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Biographical Information

Name: Holger S. Svensson
Born in 1945
Place(s) of activity:

Dipl.-Ing., Stuttgart University, Germany

1970 - 1971

Employe for contracting company Grinaker in South Africa and Botswana.


Begins his career at Leonhardt & Andrä.

1992 - 2009

Executive Director at Leonhardt, Andrä & Partner.

1998 - 2008

Speaker of the Executive Board at Leonhardt, Andrä & Partner.


James Watt Medal; Institution of Civil Engineers, London


Henry Husband Prize; Institution of Structural Engineers, London


Chairman of the overseeing board of Leonhardt, Andrä & Partner.

2009 - 2011

Lecturer on cable-stayed bridge design at Technical University of Dresden.

Since 2010

Independent consulting engineer.


Emil Mörsch Medal; Deutscher Beton- und Bautechnik - Verein E.V., Berlin


ICARO Award of the University of La Coruña, Spanien

Since 2012

Honorary professor for cable-stayed bridge design at Technical University of Dresden.

About Holger Svensson

Holger Svensson has extensive experience in the design, construction engineering and on-site supervision of cable-stayed and other long-span bridges all over the world.

In Germany he was involved in the checking of the Kocher Valley Bridge and the detailed design of the cable-stayed Flehe Bridge.

In the USA he designed several cable-stayed bridges: Pasco-Kennewick (concrete), East Huntington (concrete), Sunshine Skyway (composite alternate, not built), Burlington (composite) and the Houston Ship Channel Crossing at Baytown (composite).

In Norway he was in charge of the design for the Helgeland Bridge and in Scotland he advised on the design of the Leven River Bridge, both concrete cable-stayed bridges.

In Sweden he was Checking Engineer for the Höga Kusten suspension bridge (main span 1210 m) and the Sunningesund and Ume Älv composite cable-stayed bridges.

In Australia he advised on the design of the cable-stayed Glebe Island concrete bridge in Sidney and on the My Tuan Bridge in Vietnam for AusAID.

For the Asian Development Bank he reviewed the design and construction of the record-breaking cable-stayed composite Yang Pu Bridge (main span 602m) in Shanghai, China.

In Hong Kong he advised on the design and construction of the Kap Shui Mun Bridge to Lantau Airport.

He was also responsible for the design of several major girder and arch bridges in Germany and elsewhere.

Structures and Projects

Participation in the following structures & large-scale projects:

checking engineer
structural engineer


  1. Kovacs, Imre / Svensson, Holger S. / Jordet, Elljarn (1992): Analytical Aerodynamic Investigation of Cable‐Stayed Helgeland Bridge. In: Journal of Structural Engineering (ASCE), v. 118, n. 1 (January 1992), pp. 147-168.


  2. Svensson, Holger (2009): 40 Jahre Erfahrungen mit Großbrücken in aller Welt. Presented at: 19. Dresdner Brückenbausymposium, Dresden, 10. März 2009.
  3. Svensson, Holger (2013): Cable-Stayed Bridges. 40 Years of Experience Worldwide. Wilhelm Ernst & Sohn Verlag für Architektur und technische Wissenschaften GmbH, Berlin (Germany), ISBN 978-3-433-02992-3.


  4. Svensson, Holger / Andrä, Hans-Peter / Eilzer, Wolfgang / Wickbold, Thomas: 70 Jahre Ingenieurbüro Leonhardt, Andrä und Partner / 70 years engineering consultancy Leonhardt, Andrä und Partner. In: Kleinmanns, Joachim (): Fritz Leonhardt 1909-1999. Edition Axel Menges, Stuttgart (Germany), ISBN 978-936681-28-4, pp. 72-87.
  5. Svensson, Holger S. (2004): Bridge Competitions. Presented at: IABSE Symposium: Metropolitan Habitats and Infrastructure, Shanghai, China, 22-24 September 2004, pp. 36-41.


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