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Birthplace of Sir Ove Arup
16 Jesmond Vale Terrace, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
associated engineer
Sir Ove Arup
date  16th April, 1895
UK era  Victorian  |  category  Birthplace of Engineer  |  reference  NZ269650
Ove Nyquist Arup was born to Scandinavian parents in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where his father worked as Danish consultant on the health of beef cattle. His mother was Norwegian.
He was educated first in Germany, then in Denmark where he received his secondary education at the Sorø Academy before going on to the University of Copenhagen in 1913. Here he studied philosophy and mathematics. He later went to the Royal Technical College to study engineering.
After graduating in 1922, Arup joined the engineering firm Christiani & Neilsen, and worked in their Hamburg office. He was transferred to the London office the following year. He married Ruth Sørenson in 1925.
In 1934, Arup joined JL Kier & Co, another engineering firm with Danish connections, where he became their specialist in concrete technology. It was during this period that he established working relationships with Berthold Lubetkin (the Modern Movement architect) and the Tecton group on which Lubetkin was a leading influence.
This co-operation led to the design of many of the most significant examples of Modern Movement concrete buildings in the UK, including the Penguin Pool at London Zoo (1935), Highpoint I in London's Highgate (also 1935) and the Finsbury Health Centre Building (1935), also in London. It was this relationship that led Arup to see the possibilities afforded to both engineers and architects by working together on designs.
Ove Arup formed the consulting engineering firm that bears his name in 1945. In 1963, he established Arup Associates, a multi-diciplinary office, with architect Philip Dowson.
He received many honours both in the UK and in Denmark, including a CBE in 1953 and the RIBA Gold Medal in 1966. He was awarded honorary doctorates from Durham University in 1967, University of East Anglia in 1968, Herriot Watt in 1976, and the City University of London in 1979. He was knighted in 1971, and died in 1988.
Research: ND
"Who’s Who in Architecture from 1400-Present Day" edited by JM Richards
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1977
Arup press release, 15th June, 2000
reference sources   OA

Birthplace of Sir Ove Arup