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- 1904 - 1989
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In 1933 Arup joined J.L. Kier & Co. as a director and chief designer. The firm was committed to the development of reinforced concrete construction. Arup worked alongside the Tecton Group of Architects led by Berthold Lubetkin, and collaborated with Tecton over various projects including the design for the London Zoo Penguin Pool in Regent's Park.
Arup and a cousin, Arne Arup formed a firm of engineers and contractors, Arup & Arup Ltd in 1938. The approach of war saw Arup turning his attention to a study of rational shelter design -with the aim of achieving maximum protection as economically as possible (see ARUP sections 7 and 8).
By 1945 Arup had moved entirely to consulting work as a structural consultant to architects. He became the founder and senior partner of his firm, Ove Arup & Partners in 1948. The firm grew considerably during the early and mid 1960's, and offices were started up in far-flung locations including Dublin, Edinburgh, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa.
The subsequent expansion of the firm meant that by the mid 1970's the staff numbered over 2000, operating all over the world. Projects undertaken included the award-winning Sydney Opera House. Ove Arup was involved with this for more than 15 years and worked closely with the architect, Jørn Utzon.
Arup Associates was formed in 1963 as the embodiment of Arup's ideals of professional collaboration of specialists who functioned in small groups, to undertake the total design of buildings.
CURRICULUM VITAE: Born: 1895 (Newcastle upon Tyne) Educated: Preparatory School, Hamburg; Public School, Søro, University of Copenhagen 1914 Degree in Filosofikum; Copenhagen Polytekniske Laereanstalt, 1922 Degree in Engineering, with reinforced concrete as a specialist subject. Married: 1925 Ruth Sørensen (1 son, 2 daughters) Knighted: 1971 Died: 1988
Career: 1922-1923 Designer, Christiani & Nielsen, Hamburg 1923-1925 Designer, Christiani & Nielsen, London 1925-1934 Chief Designer, Christiani & Nielsen, London 1934-1938 Director and Chief Designer, J L Kier & Co, London 1938-1945 Director, Arup Designs Ltd; Arup & Arup Ltd; Pipes Ltd; Consulting Engineer for schools, flats, air raid shelters (for Finsbury Borough Council), industrial projects, marine work (Air Ministry) 1949 Senior Partner, Ove Arup & Partners, Consulting Engineers 1955-1959 Chairman, Society of Danish Civil Engineers in Great Britain and Ireland 1963 Arup Associates
Lectures: 1955 Visiting Lecturer, Harvard University 1968 Maitland Lecture, IStructE 1970 Alfred Bossom Lecture RSA
Honours and Awards: 1963 CBE 1966 RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture 1973 Gold Medal IStructE 1967 Hon DSc Durham 1976 Hon DSc Heriot-Watt University 1979 Hon DSc City University 1967 Hon ScD East Anglia 1974 Hon Dr Tekniske Hojskole, Lyngy, Denmark 1975 Fellow, American Concrete Inst 1965 Commander (First Class) Order of Dannebrog
Publications: Books 1939 "Design, Cost, Construction and Relative Safety of Trench, Surface, Bomb-proof and other Air Raid Shelters", Concrete Publications Ltd. 1941 "Safe Housing in Wartime", Messers Gestetner Ltd. Pamphlets: 1940 "London Shelter Problem" 1944 " Memorandum on box frame construction"
Contributions to technical journals (various dates)
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