Born in Spain in 1951, Calatrava took a degree in architecture and intrigued by the mathematics of historic buildings, also did a course in civil engineering. In the beginning of his career, Calatrava worked as an engineer and focused on participating in architectural competitions, as it seemed the best way to secure commissions. In 1983, he won the competition for the design and construction of Stadelhofen Railway Station in Zurich. A year later, Calatrava designed and built a bridge for the Olympic Games in Barcelona, the first in a series of bridge projects that brought him in the limelight on the scene of world architecture. The studio today has offices in Zurich, Paris, Doha and New York city.