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LEAF International Announces Santiago Calatrava as Recipient of 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award


Photograph: Erin Baiano

Award Ceremony to take place in London on October 14

New York, NY (April 7, 2016) – LEAF International announced today that Santiago Calatrava, esteemed architect, engineer and sculptor, is the recipient of the LEAF Award’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. The accolade, judged by a panel of esteemed industry experts from all over the world, recognizes architects who have made outstanding, lasting contributions to the field and have transformed the built environment.

“LEAF is honored to recognize Santiago Calatrava for his unique vision and ability to transform cities through impactful design. From New York to Rio to Doha, Mr. Calatrava has crafted spaces that are both visually striking and forward-thinking. His work, both iconic and inspirational, has left an indelible mark on the discipline.”  

In awarding the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award to Mr. Calatrava, LEAF International has recognized his breadth of work, which ranges from houses of worship and museums to transportation hubs and bridges. LEAF International highlighted Mr. Calatrava’s accomplishments and works in progress over the past three years, including the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York City, the Innovation, Science and Technology Building at Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Florida and the Shard Crossing in Doha, Qatar, as particularly impactful.

LEAF International will honor Mr. Calatrava at a ceremony on October 14, as part of its annual conference, taking place in London this year. Previous winners of LEAF International’s Lifetime Achievement Award include Moshe Safdie (2015), Sir Peter Hall (2014) and Daniel Libeskind (2012). Past winners at the LEAF awards have also included Aedas, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Battersea Power Station, Coop Himmelblau, Karim Rashid, Henning Larsen Architects, Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP, MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO, Nikken Design, Popolous, Rockwell Group,SOM, Steven Holl Architects,StudioMK27, Zaha Hadid Architects and others.

About Santiago Calatrava

Santiago Calatrava is an architect, engineer and sculptor. Among his many international architectural projects, his most recent are the World Trade Center Transportation Hub and St. Nicholas Church in New York, as well as the Margaret McDermott Bridge in Dallas, Texas. In November 2015, The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design awarded Mr. Calatrava the 2015 European Prize for Architecture. In August 2015, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat awarded his Turning Torso in Malmö, Sweden the 10 Year Award.

About LEAF International

Now in its 16th year, LEAF International is an annual conference where international architects, contractors, developers, engineers and designers connect with suppliers of the latest developments in design and technology. Every year, the conference cumulates in the annual LEAF Awards. The LEAF Awards, founded in 2001, acknowledge projects and experts at the forefront of architecture, design and development. This year’s awards ceremony is taking place on October 14 in London.

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