According to Philip Jodidio,Santiago Calatrava studied in the School of Fine arts, where he formally began his preparation as drafter and painter. At the age of 13, his family sent him to Paris for a student exchange program.Back to Valencia, he enrolled at the School of Architecture, where he graduated as an architect and where he completed a post-graduate course in urbanism. Then, Calatrava, who was interested in thegreat works of classical masters and wanted to further his education, he moved in 1975 to Zurich, where he studied for four years civil engineering in the Federal Institute of Technology, in which hegraduated with a doctorate in 1979.
After the studying stages, he was employed as auxiliary professor at the Federal Institute of Technology, where he began to take part in contests of new projects. In1983, he was awarded for his first important work, Stadelhofen Railway Station, located near the center of Zurich where he also established his office. The following year, Calatrava designed the Bacde Roda Bridge in Barcelona was the first to start giving some international attention (Levin 45).
In 1989 Calatrava opened his second office in Paris, while he was working at the project of theRailway station of the Airport of Lyons. Two years later his third office, this time created in Valencia, where he was working at a project of bigger dimensions, the City of the Arts and of the Sciences.In 2003 he concluded the building of the Auditorium of Tenerife in the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, in its opening there were present some of the most prestigious newspapers of the world as NewYork Times or Financial Times. The international prestige of Calatrava was rapidly increasing.
Today he is considered as an architect specialized in big structures. On contrary to what it is habitual...