Here is a list of not one structural engineer – but an entire list of the most famous and renowned structural engineers across the world.
Do you know who are these Top Structural Engineers?
The list is not a country-specific or rank specific – it is just a list that reflects all the top structural engineer in the world.
Alexandre Gustave Eiffel
Alexandre was a Civil Engineer, Structural Engineer, Designer and Architect of French origin (Dijon – 15th December 1832-27th December 1923). He graduated from Ecole Centrale Paris and is known for making bridges for the French Railway network. His most famous work as a structural engineer was Garabit Viaduct.
If you think of structural engineering your list is incomplete without the mention of the wonderful example of Eiffel Tower made by the Structural engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel. Eiffel tower was built for the 1889 Universal exposition in Paris. Alexandre’s work as a structural engineer is also known worldwide for his contribution to building the statue of Liberty in New York.
After retiring as a structural engineer Alexandre spent his time researching on meteorology an aerodynamics. He offered an outstanding contribution in both the fields.
Peter Rice born in Dublin was an Irish Structural engineer (16th June 1935 – 25th October 1992). He studied at Queen’s University Belfast for his basic degree and then a year at the Imperial College at London. Rice was a Structural Engineer of world’s three most significant structural marvels of the 20th Century.
- The Sydney Opera
- Pompidou Centre
- Lloyd’s Building
With the three he proved his ability as a world top structural engineer and designer.
Peter first studied Aeronautical engineering but civil engineering was more of an interest to him and he switched over. He started working with Over Arup & brothers and his first work as a structural engineer was the famous roof of the Sydney Opera House.
When he died in 1992 at his obituary Jonathan Glacey said “Rice was, perhaps the James Royce of Structural engineering. His poetic invention, his ability to turn accepted ideas on their head and his rigorous mathematical and philosophical logic made him one of the most sought-after structural engineer of our times.”
Fazlur Rahman Khan
Fazlur Rahman Khan was a Bangladeshi Structural engineer and architect (3rd April 1929 – 27th March 1982). He is one of the first Structural engineers of his times to have started the structural system for skyscrapers. He is also called the ‘Father of Tubular Designs” because of his love for high-rises.
Khan was a leading pioneer in the world of Computer-aided designing (CAD). It was Khan the structural engineer behind the Sears Tower renamed as Willis Tower – that was the tallest building in the world for 25 years (1973-1998) as well as John Hancock center that was a 100 story building.
Khan is the ‘Einstein of structural engineering” famously known as the “Greatest Structural Engineer of the 20th century). In his honor, Fazlur Khan Lifetime achievement medal was established by Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
World Top Structural engineer Khan also designed the Hajj Airport terminal and the McMath-Pierce Solar telescope and various Stadium structures.