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Male, born 1891-06-21, died 1979-01-09

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Studio Nervi, Structural Engineers

Professional History

Engineer, Societa per Constuzioni Cementizie, Bologna, Italy, 1913-1915, 1918-1923; Service, Italian Army, Corps of Engineering, World War I, 1915-1918; Partner, Nervi and Nebbiosi, Engineers, Rome, Italy, 1923-1932; President, Nervi and Bartolia, 1932-1960; Engineering Consultant, UNESCO, Paris, France, 1952; Partner, Studio Nervi, Rome, Italy, (with sons, Antonio, Mario and Vittorio), 1960-1979;

Professor of the Technology and Technique of Construction, University of Rome, Faculty of Architecture, Rome, Italy, 1947-1961; Norton Professor, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, 1961-1962;.

Certificate of Commendation, Institute of Structural Engineers, London, UK, 1955; Brown Medal, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA, 1957; Exner Medal, Osterreiche Gewerbvereines, Vienna, Austria, 1957; Gold Medal, American Institute of Architects, Philadelphia Chapter, 1958; Gold Medal, Confederazione Generale Italian Professionisti-Artisiti, Rome, Italy, 1958; Gold Medal, Royal Institute of British Architects, London, UK, 1960; Alfred Lindau Award, American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, MI, 1963; Award, Concrete Industry Board, New York, NY, 1963; Emil Morsch Award, Deutsche Beton Verein, Berlin, Germany, 1963; Gold Medal, American Institute of Architects, Washington, DC, 1964; Gold Medal, Institute of Structural Engineers, London, UK, 1968; Feltrinelli Award, Rome, Italy, 1968; Gold Medal, Academie d'Architecture, Paris, France, 1971; Nervi received honorary doctorates from the following universities: University of Buenos Aries, Buenos Aries, Argentina, 1950; University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1960; Technische Hochschule, Munich, Germany, 1960; University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland, 1961; Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1962; Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 1963; Prague Polytechnic University, Prague, Czechoslovakia, 1966; University of London, London, UK, 1968. Honorary memberships: American Institute of Architects, 1956; National Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY, 1957; Foreign Member, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Sweden, 1957; Corresponding Member, Academia Nacional de Ciencias Exactas Fisicas y Naturales, Buenos Aries, Argentina, 1959; Bayersche Akademie der Schonen Kunste, Munich, Germany, 1960; American Academy if Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, MA, 1960; Royal Institute of Dutch Engineers, (KIVI-NIRIA), The Hague, Netherlands, 1964; Akademie der Kunste, Munich, Germany, 1964; Institut de Beaux-Art, Paris, 1973; Foreign Member, Institut de France, Paris, 1973;


Dipl. Ing., University of Bologna, Civil Engineering School, Bologna, Italy, 1913;


Nervi married Irene Calosin, 1924; Nervi, an innovator in the use of thin-shelled reinforced concrete structures, named his first boat hull constructed of ferroconcrete, the Irene, in 1945.

Nervi was one of the most celebrated civil engineers/architects of the 20th century; his practice was worldwide, although his only Pacific Coast work is the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, San Francisco, CA, (1967), on which he collaborated with the Italian-American architect, Pietro Belluschi. Member, Institution of Structural Engineers; Member, Accademia di San Luca, Rome, Italy, 1960;

Associated Locations

  • Sondrio, Lombardy Italy (Architect's Birth)
    Sondrio, Lombardy Italy

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