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Pier Luigi Nervi

Full name: Pier Luigi Nervi
Gender: Male
Born: June 21, 1891 in Sondrio, Sondrio, Italy
Died: January 9, 1979 in Roma, Roma, Italy
Country: ITA Italy
Sport: Art Competitions


Italian architect Pier Luigi Nervi was known for his architecture innovations. Using concrete, his favorite material, he built stadiums, factories and warehouses. He was an engineer, designer, constructor, inventor, teacher and theorist. He became a cult figure for the construction industry for constructive aesthetics Italy and beyond. Nervi studied construction engineering at the University of Bologne.

Nervi's designs gained worldwide attention when he won the competition for the planned stadium in Firenze. In 1932 he completed his work, and the architectural world appreciated the courage and the grace of the open framework structure, the boldness of the thin plate staircase sweeps and the possibilities of new construction facilities.

In 1932 Nervi and his cousin, the engineer Giovanni Bartoli, founded their own office in Rome “Società Ingg. Nervi e Bartoli.” In 1954, Nervi’s eldest son, Antonio joined the office in 1960, and was followed by two other sons, Mario and Vittorio. From 1946-61 Nervi was a full professor at the Department of Engineering and Material Science at the Architecture Faculty of the University La Sapienza. From 1961-62 he was also a Norton professor at Harvard University. In 1960 Nervi was substantially involved in the planning of sports stadiums for the Roma Olympics. In 1970 he designed the audience hall at the Vatican, which is still in use.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 45 Berlin Art Competitions Mixed Architecture, Unknown Event Italy ITA AC

Mixed Architecture, Unknown Event

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1936 Summer 45 Berlin Art Competitions Italy Final Standings AC
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