Sir Ove Arup

    Sir Ove Nyquist Arup, CBE, MICE, MIStructE (16 April 1895 – 5 February 1988) an Anglo Danish engineer, was born in Newcastle upon Tyne. Generally considered the foremost engineer of his era, he created the firm Arup and Partners in 1946 as a team of structural consultants. The complex level of design considerations that the partnership encountered led to the creation of Arup Associates in 1963. In 1913, he began studying philosophy at Copenhagen University and in 1918 enrolled for an engineering degree at the Polyteknisk Læreanstalt, Copenhagen, specialising in reinforced concrete.

His Inspiration:
    Charles Edouard Jeanneret (Le Corbusier) and his publication Vers une architecture and Walter Gropius, the founder of the Bauhaus movement influenced Ove Arup. Every project is an individual response to the opportunities presented by the client, the brief and the site. His aim was to produce technologically advanced design that is appropriate, economic, and sensitive to environmental and human needs. Thus, creating buildings and places that benefit those who use them, and that demonstrate responsibility to others who are affected by their presence.

His Philosophy:
    Arup brings together broad-minded individuals from a wide range of disciplines and encourages them to look beyond the constraints of their own specialities. Every Arup project is designed with the future in mind. Arup designers consider future trends such as climate change, as well as how an individual site or its immediate surroundings may be developed in the future. The availability of materials and best practice in sustainability also play a significant part. The Arup design philosophy is based on a readily extendable building envelope, which accommodates a wide variety of functions loosely, rather than a finite envelope, which fits a prescribed function exactly. In addition to satisfying the normal engineering requirements of stability, integrity and durability, designs rooted in this philosophy will allow for the requirements of growth and change.

His Legacy:
    The Ove Arup Foundation is an independent charity, established in 1989 to honour the memory of engineer, designer and philosopher, Sir Ove Arup. Ove strongly believed in the multi-disciplinary nature of design in engineering and architecture, and pioneered a holistic approach to projects throughout his career. In acknowledgement of this approach, and of his contribution to the field over many decades, the Ove Arup Foundation is committed to promoting new thinking in education, and to nurturing engineering of the built environment.

A Legend Remembered:
When engineers and quantity surveyors discuss aesthetics and architects study what cranes do we are on the right road.
- Ove Arup

Engineering problems are under-defined; there are many solutions, good, bad and indifferent. The art is to arrive at a good solution. This is a creative activity, involving imagination, intuition and deliberate choice.
-    Ove Arup

Total Architecture” implies that all relevant design decisions have been considered together and have been integrated into a whole by a well-organised team. This is an ideal, which is well worth striving for, for artistic wholeness, or excellence depends on it.
Ove Arup

His Impact — His Projects:

A650 Bingley Relief Road
National Aquatic Centre, Water Cube 2008
Second Avenue Subway
Krsge Foundation Headquarters 2003
Sydney Opera House
Centre Pompidou
Kingsgate Bridge
National Assembly for Wales Cardiff, Wales
Marine and Fresh water Resource institute, Queenscliff Victoria Australia
Highpoint I
Labworth Café
Chanel Travelling Pavillion-Mobile Art
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad India