Santiago Calatrava

Spanish architect, structural engineer, sculptor and painter.


World renowned architect, engineer, and artist Santiago Calatrava. Calatrava is well known for his neofuturist style and his wild feats of engineering. The Milwaukee Art Museum, his first building in the United States, is famous for its shading “wings” that open and close in response to the position of the sun. His complex of buildings in his native Valencia is also a frequent pilgrimage site for architecture enthusiasts.

Born in 1951 in Valencia, Spain, Calatrava achieved a degree in architecture from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. He later received both an undergraduate and doctorate degree in engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Calatrava is also an accomplished sculptor and painter, and his work is regularly displayed in venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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This residency is presented by The Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT.

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