Alejandro Bernabeu, Spain

The International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) presents the IABSE Prize 2015, to Alejandro Bernabeu, Spain, ‘in recognition of his significant contribution in strengthening the role of structural engineers in complex international and multidisciplinary projects and his involvement in many innovative structural design achievements in the area of architecture and building structures’.

The Prize honours an IABSE Member early in his or her career for outstanding achievements in structural engineering.

Alejandro Bernabeu graduated in Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Madrid, UPM and at the Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées of Paris, ENPC, in 1999, and obtained his PhD at the UPM in 2008. Since  the  beginning  of  his  career  he  has  focused  his  work  on his  passion  for  structural  design.  He  has  worked with Ove Arup in London and BOUYGUES in Paris, has been Technical Director at NB35 Engineering and  Director of Building  and  Architecture  structures at IDOM, and  he  now  leads  his  own  engineering  consultancy.

Alejandro Bernabeu has collaborated with some of the more internationally acclaimed architects of today, designing emblematic structures that have attracted great interest in both engineering and architecture communities, and that are remarkable for the use of innovative solutions. 

His structures have had great impact, and stand out for their attractive design and the use of innovative  solutions.  He  has  developed  projects  in  15  different  countries,  including  amongst others France,  Switzerland,  United Kingdom, Slovenia, Argelia, Chile, Nicaragua, Peru, China or Australia. In Spain he has been responsible of the structural design and project of outstanding structures such as Caixaforum Madrid; Provincial Appeals Court and High Court in Madrid; Panticosa Resort; the Deusto Library; or  three  stress ribbon footbridges in Toledo.

In addition to his professional career, he is Assistant Professor at the UPM Architecture School since 2008, and the author of more  than  30  scientific  journal  articles,  conferences  and  congress  papers on  structural  design, and on the relationship between structures and architecture. He is also an active member of the research group on Architectural Criticism at the UPM, and has participated in several research projects. In  2013  he  was  awarded  the  prize  for  outstanding  young  engineer,  by  the  Spanish  Civil  Engineers  Association in Madrid.