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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
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
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 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 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 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, 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
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 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 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 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 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 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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 was a Swiss structural engineer.
Eugène Freyssinet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Structural Engineers
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
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
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 is a structural engineer whose research is concerned with the design and evaluation of reinforced and prestressed concrete buildings, bridges, nuclear containment structures ...more