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Arup, Ove

Engineering Specialties:
Structural Engineering

Spotlight: Ove Arup (1895-1988)
Born in Newcastle, U.k., Sir Ove Nyquist Arup began his education in philosophy and mathematics at Copenhagen University. He later went on to receive an engineering degree at the Technical University of denmark. Once graduated in 1922 he began working as a structural engineer for Christiani and Nielsen, a danish civil engineering firm, and moved to London.(1)

In the early 1930’s, he worked as a consultant to the Tectron partnership where he worked with senior partner Berthold Lubetkin.
During this time, Ove Arup applied structural concrete ideas that had never been done before in residential housing. After the war in 1946, he founded his now highly successful company, Arup. (1) Sir Ove Arup’s aspiration for ‘Total Architecture’ was that great things can result when “all relevant design decisions have been considered together and have been integrated into a whole by a well organised team”. (2)

Selected Projects:

Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

Kingsgate Bridge, Durham, England

(1) Siegfried, Ryan. Architecture Engineers of the 20th and 21st Century, University of Texas at Austin
(2) http://www.arup.com

Written by Alex Pena

February 1, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Posted in Engineers

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