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Pier Luigi Nervi

Italian engineer and entrepreneur.

Biographical Information

Name: Pier Luigi Nervi
Born on 21 June 1891 in Sondrio, Sondrio, Lombardy, Italy, Europe
Deceased on 9 January 1979 in Rome, Roma, Lazio, Italy, Europe
Father of Antonio Nervi, Mario Nervi, Vittorio Nervi
Place(s) of activity:
1913

Graduates from the engineering department at the University of Bologna with a degree in civil engineering. He then begins to work at the Società per le Costruzioni Cementizie in Bologna and Florence where he remains until 1923.

1920

Founds his own construction firm, Nervi e Nebbiosi, in Rome.

1926 - 1927

Cinema 'Augusteo' in Naples

1930 - 1932

Municipal Stadium in Florence

1932 - 1978

Head and director at Nervi e Bartoli, an engineering and construction company.

1939

Patent on construction of aircraft hangers from prefabricated reinforced concrete sections

1943

Patent on vaults of 300 meter span constructed from prefabricated reinforced concrete sections

1946

Invents 'Ferrocement'

1946 - 1962

Professor at the School of Architecture of the University of Rome.

1950

Honorary Doctorate from the University of Buenos Aires.

1956

Honrary Member, American Institute of Architects.

1957

Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York.
Foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Art at Stockholm.

1958

Brown Medal, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia.

1959

Corresponding Member, Academia Nactional de Ciencias Exactas, Fisicas y Naturales of Buenos Aires.

1960

Royal Gold Medal, Royal Institute of British Architects.
Honorary Doctorates from the University of Edinburgh and the Technische Hochschule in Munich.
Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Boston
Member of the Academy of San Luca, Rome

1960 - 1978

Studio Nervi, an engineering consultancy where Nervi works with his sons Antonio, Mario and Vittorio.

1961

Honorary Doctorate, University of Warsaw
Charles Eliot Norton Professor at Harvard Universiy

1969

Honorary Member, American Concrete Institute.

1973

Honorary Member, AICAP Italian Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete Association.

Structures and Projects

Participation in the following structures & large-scale projects:

associate architect
consultant
consulting engineer
designer
engineer
structural engineer

Bibliography

Relevant Publications

Internal Information
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Created: 02/01/1999
Last Updated: 22/07/2014