Santiago Calatrava wins the European Prize for Architecture

The award honors those who "forward the principles of European humanism."

October 13, 2015 |
Santiago Calatrava announced as winner of European Prize for Architecture

Santiago Calatrava's L'Hemisfèric at the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain. Photo: Diliff/Wikimedia Commons.

On Tuesday, the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies announced Santiago Calatrava as the winner of the 2015 European Prize for Architecture.

The honor is awarded every year to architects who have “blazoned a new path and direction for an architecture that is deeply humane and committed to forward the principles of European humanism,” according to The Chicago Athenaeum’s website.

Calatrava, who has a background in both architecture and engineering, is known for his curved structures made of steel and concrete.

"His buildings are not just 'building,'" said Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, the President of The Chicago Athenaeum, in a statement. "They are powerful works of art inspired by a master's gifted hand and sculpted by a superior, critical eye."

A few of his projects include the Stadelholfen Railway Station in Zurich; the Peace Bridge in Calgary, Canada; the Milwaukee Art Museum in Milwaukee; Turning Torso, in Malmö, Sweden; and the City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia, Spain.

Calatrava will receive the award at a ceremony at the World Trade Center in New York on November 17. Also, a catalog of his works will be published by the Metropolitan Arts Press.


Milwaukee Art Museum. Photo: John Picken/Wikimedia Commons

Turning Torso. Photo: Väsk/Wikimedia Commons

Calgary's Peace Bridge. Photo: davebloggs007/Creative Commons

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