Arup Associates

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Arup Associates

(Arup b. Newcastle upon Tyne 1895; d. 1988)
(Established 1963)

Sir Ove Arup was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1895. Generally considered the foremost engineer of his era, he created the firm Arup and Partners in 1946 as a team of structural consultants. The complex level of design considerations that the partnership encountered led to the creation of Arup Associates in 1963.

Arup Associates originally developed as a partnership between engineer Ove Arup and architect Philip Downson. It existed as a multi-disciplinary office that provided architectural, surveying, and engineering services. The firm's overall success was mainly due to Ove Arup, who believed in practical architecture, in which design fulfills social and public needs.

With Arup Associates and, later, with such research and design groups as the Modern Architecture Research Group (MARS) and the Tecton Group, Arup successfully broke the narrow confines of architecture as a single profession by creating a core organization of several specialties.

Arup died in London in 1988.

Dennis Sharp. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Architects and Architecture. New York: Quatro Publishing, 1991. ISBN 0-8230-2539-X. NA40.I45. p14.


Arup Associates
37 Fitzroy Square
London W1P 6AA
vox +44 171 465 5555
fax +44 171 465 2561
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13 Fitzroy Street
London W1T 4BQ
United Kingdom
44 (0) 20 7636 1531 vox
44 (0) 20 7580 3924 fax
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