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Ove Arup on the Kingsgate bridge

Engineering the world

Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design


Ove Arup is widely recognised as one of the most influential engineers of the 20th century. In its first major retrospective on both Ove Arup and engineering more broadly, London’s V&A Museum is staging Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design. The exhibition reveals the untold design stories behind some of the world’s most famous buildings, such as the Sydney Opera House and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and includes contemporary projects such as Crossrail and High Speed 1.

Celebrating a life

The exhibition surveys the life, work and legacy of the firm’s Anglo-Danish founder, featuring over 150 previously unseen prototypes, models, archival materials, drawings, film and photography, as well as new immersive digital displays featuring animations, simulations and virtual reality.

This is a celebration of the often hidden work of designers and engineers. Visit the show and discover the fascinating stories behind the built environment around us.

Exhibition dates and tickets

The exhibition runs to 6 November 2016. Find out more and book tickets.

Go behind-the-scenes at the V&A exhibition

The ‘Engineering the World’ exhibition contains a wealth of incredible stories. Watch key Arup engineers who’ve assisted with preparations for the exhibition, discussing the show’s content and what they hope the public gain from this long overdue spotlight on the role of the engineer.