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List of famous structural engineers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top structural engineers in the world? This includes the most prominent structural engineers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable structural engineers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic structural engineers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned structural engineers.

This list is made up of many different people, including James Buchanan Eads and Santiago Calatrava. Featuring famous architectural engineers of history and now, this list has it all. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known structural engineers to the lesser known structural engineers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the structural engineer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous structural engineers ever?" and "What are the names of famous structural engineers?" then you're in the right place. 

Gustave Eiffel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Gustave Eiffel Alexandre Gustave Eiffel was a French civil engineer and architect. A graduate of the École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures, he made his name with various bridges for the French railway ...more

James Buchanan Eads is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
James Buchanan Eads Captain James Buchanan Eads was a world-renowned American civil engineer and inventor, holding more than 50 patents.

Jörg Schlaich is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Jörg Schlaich Jörg Schlaich is a German structural engineer and is known internationally for his ground-breaking work in the creative design of bridges, long-span roofs, and other complex structures. He ...more

Peter Rice is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Peter Rice Peter Rice was an Irish structural engineer. Born in 52 Castle Road, Dundalk in County Louth, he spent his childhood between the town of Dundalk, and the villages of Gyles' Quay and Inniskeen. ...more

Fazlur Khan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Fazlur Khan Fazlur Rahman Khan was a Bangladeshi-American structural engineer and architect who initiated important structural systems for skyscrapers. Considered the "father of tubular designs for ...more

Isambard Kingdom Brunel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Isambard Kingdom Brunel Isambard Kingdom Brunel, FRS, was an English mechanical and civil engineer who built dockyards, the Great Western Railway, a series of steamships including the first propeller-driven ...more

Bob Shaw is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Bob Shaw Robert "Bob" Shaw was a science fiction writer and fan from Northern Ireland, noted for his originality and wit. He won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 1979 and 1980. His short ...more

Santiago Calatrava is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Santiago Calatrava Santiago Calatrava Valls is a Spanish neofuturistic architect, structural engineer, sculptor and painter. He has offices in New York City, Doha, and Zürich, where he now resides.

Lynn S. Beedle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Lynn S. Beedle Dr. Lynn S. Beedle was an American structural engineer, the founder and the director of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, notable also for his design and building of skyscrapers. ...more

Fritz Leonhardt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Fritz Leonhardt Fritz Leonhardt was a German structural engineer who made major contributions to 20th-century bridge engineering, especially in the development of cable-stayed bridges. His book Bridges: ...more

Othmar Ammann is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Othmar Ammann Othmar Hermann Ammann was a Swiss-American structural engineer whose designs include the George Washington Bridge, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and Bayonne Bridge. He also directed the planning and ...more

Félix Candela is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Félix Candela Félix Candela Outeriño was Spanish-Mexican architect known for his significant role in the development of Mexican architecture and structural engineering. Candela’s major ...more

Hardy Cross is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Hardy Cross Hardy Cross was an American structural engineer and the developer of the moment distribution method for structural analysis of statically indeterminate structures. The method was in general use ...more

Edmund Hambly is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Edmund Hambly Dr Edmund Cadbury Hambly was a British structural engineer. Edmund Hambly was born in Seer Green, near Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire in 1942. He went to Eton College prior to studying the ...more

Cecil Balmond is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Cecil Balmond Cecil Balmond OBE is a Sri Lankan – British designer, artist, architect, and writer. In 1968 Balmond joined Ove Arup & Partners, leading him to become deputy chairman. In 2000 he founded ...more

Eduardo Torroja is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Eduardo Torroja Eduardo Torroja y Miret, was a Spanish structural engineer, pioneer in the design of concrete shell structures. His first large project was the Tempul cable-stayed aqueduct in 1926, Guadalete, ...more

Émile Nouguier is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Émile Nouguier Émile Nouguier was a French civil engineer and architect. He is famous for co-designing the Eiffel Tower, built 1887–1889 for the 1889 Universal Exposition in Paris, France, the Garabit ...more

Frei Otto is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Frei Otto Frei Paul Otto was a German architect and structural engineer noted for his use of lightweight structures, in particular tensile and membrane structures, including the roof of the Olympic ...more

Pier Luigi Nervi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Pier Luigi Nervi Pier Luigi Nervi was an Italian engineer. He studied at the University of Bologna and qualified in 1913. Dr. Nervi taught as a professor of engineering at Rome University from 1946-61. He is ...more

John Ochsendorf is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
John Ochsendorf John Ochsendorf is a structural engineer and historian of construction; since 2002 he has been an associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture at the Massachusetts ...more

Maurice Koechlin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Maurice Koechlin Maurice Koechlin was a Swiss structural engineer.

Eugène Freyssinet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Eugène Freyssinet Eugène Freyssinet was a French structural and civil engineer. He was the major pioneer of prestressed concrete. Freyssinet was born in at Objat, Corrèze, France. He worked in the ...more

Edmund Happold is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Edmund Happold Professor Sir Edmund Happold, better known as Ted Happold, was a structural engineer and founder of Buro Happold.

Ove Arup is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Ove Arup Sir Ove Nyquist Arup, CBE, MICE, MIStructE, known as Ove Arup, was an Anglo-Danish engineer who founded Arup Group Limited, a multinational corporation that offers engineering, design, planning, ...more

Michael P. Collins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Michael P. Collins Michael P. Collins is a structural engineer whose research is concerned with the design and evaluation of reinforced and prestressed concrete buildings, bridges, nuclear containment structures ...more

Michel Virlogeux is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Michel Virlogeux Dr. Michel Virlogeux FREng is a French structural engineer and bridge specialist.

David B. Steinman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
David B. Steinman David Bernard Steinman was an American structural engineer. He was the designer of the Mackinac Bridge and many other notable bridges, and a published author. He grew up in New York City's lower ...more

Tung Hua Lin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Tung Hua Lin Tung Hua Lin was a Chinese-American aerospace and structural engineer best known for designing China's first twin engine aircraft during World War II.

Ian Liddell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Ian Liddell William Ian Liddell CBE FREng FIStructE Hon FRIBA is a structural engineer and the designer of London's Millennium Dome. He was one of the founding partners of Buro Happold and is a Royal ...more

Jacque Fresco is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Jacque Fresco Jacque Fresco, is an American futurist and self-described social engineer. Fresco is self-taught and has worked in a variety of positions related to industrial design. Fresco writes and lectures ...more

Frank Newby is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Frank Newby Frank Newby was one of the leading structural engineers of the 20th century, working with such architects as Philip Powell and Hidalgo Moya, Eero Saarinen, Cedric Price, James Stirling, and the ...more

Ramesh Chandra is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Ramesh Chandra Ramesh Chandra is the founder Indian Real estate company Unitech.

Carl Culmann is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Carl Culmann Carl Culmann was a German structural engineer. Born in Bad Bergzabern, Rhenish Palatinate, in modern-day Germany, Culmann's father, a pastor, tutored him at home before enrolling him at the ...more

Povl Ahm is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Povl Ahm Povl Ahm CBE FICE FREng was a structural engineer and former chairman of Ove Arup & Partners.

William F. Baker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
William F. Baker William Frazier Baker, also known as Bill Baker, is an American structural engineer known for engineering the Burj Khalifa - the world's tallest building/man-made structure. He is currently a ...more

William George Nicholson Gedde... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
William George Nicholson Geddes William George Nicholson Geddes, CBE DSc FRSE FEng was a Scottish civil engineer. George Geddes was born in Oldhamstocks, East Lothian and studied civil engineering at Edinburgh University, ...more

Tung-Yen Lin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Tung-Yen Lin Tung-Yen Lin was a structural engineer who was the pioneer of standardizing the use of prestressed concrete. Born in Fuzhou, China as the fourth of eleven children, he was raised in Beijing ...more

Werner Sobek is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Werner Sobek Werner Sobek is a German architect and structural engineer.

Franz Dischinger is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Franz Dischinger Franz Dischinger was a pioneering German civil and structural engineer, responsible for the development of the modern cable-stayed bridge. He was also a pioneer of the use of prestressed ...more

Nabih Youssef is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Nabih Youssef Nabih Youssef, S.E., F.A.S.C.E is an Egyptian-American structural engineer, most recognized for his work in earthquake engineering.

Tony Fitzpatrick is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Tony Fitzpatrick Anthony James Fitzpatrick FREng HonFRIBA was an eminent structural engineer and director of Arup.

Joseph Strauss is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Joseph Strauss Joseph Baermann Strauss was an American structural engineer, best known for being the chief engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge.

William Fairbairn is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
William Fairbairn Sir William Fairbairn, 1st Baronet was a Scottish civil engineer, structural engineer and shipbuilder.

Eugene Figg is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Eugene Figg Eugene C. Figg, was an American structural engineer who made numerous contributions to the field of structural engineering, especially in the design of the cable-stayed bridge and the use of the ...more

Leslie E. Robertson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Leslie E. Robertson Leslie Earl Robertson was one of the structural engineers of the World Trade Center in New York and was responsible for the design of the buildings' sway-reduction features. He has since been ...more

Michael Dickson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Michael Dickson Michael Dickson CBE FREng FIStructE FICE HonFRIBA FRSA is a structural engineer and a founding partner of Buro Happold. He is a Visiting Professor of Engineering Design at the University of Bath ...more

Jean-Rodolphe Perronet is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Jean-Rodolphe Perronet Jean-Rodolphe Perronet was a French architect and structural engineer, known for his many stone arch bridges. His best known work is the Pont de la Concorde.

Iain Sproat is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Iain Sproat Iain Sproat (1984-) is a Structural engineer and contributor to Freebase.

Ralph Freeman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Ralph Freeman Sir Ralph Freeman was an English structural engineer, responsible for the design of several of the world's most impressive bridges. Born in London, England, he studied at The Haberdashers' ...more

Mao Yisheng is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
Mao Yisheng Dr. Mao Yisheng was a Chinese structural engineer, an expert on bridge construction, and a social activist.