Santiago Calatrava, the Spanish architect, engineer and artist, has been awarded the 2005 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts by the MIT Council for the Arts.
Calatrava's recent work includes a cathedral-like $2 billion design for the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, the site where commuter trains and subway lines converge at the World Trade Center in New York.
He will present a public lecture, "Recent Work," on Tuesday, March 8, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 10-250. He will be a visiting artist at MIT from March 8-10.
"I am deeply grateful that MIT should recognize my work and the ability of art to inform and influence the exact sciences. MIT is performing a tremendous service by helping to bring art and science back together," Calatrava said.
Calatrava was a visiting professor of architecture at MIT, and his 1997 lectures at MIT, "Santiago Calatrava: Conversations with Students--The MIT Lectures," were published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2002.