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Library JournalBorn in England to Scandinavian parents, Ove Arup (1895–1988) was one of the world's premier structural engineers. His global consulting firm, which now numbers 8000 employees, continues to set the industry's standard for collaboration and on-time completion of large-scale projects, such as the Sydney Opera House, Paris's Beaubourg Center, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, London's Millennium Bridge, and Beijing's Olympic Village. Renowned for his organizational abilities, Arup took a holistic approach to design that brought together multidisciplinary teams directing projects from conception through completion, a much-copied model that has become a popular case study in business courses. Jones (emeritus, Univ. of Edinburgh) finds room in this engrossing and rigorously documented first biography, supplemented by about 80 historic photos, to reveal Arup's irrepressible bohemian personality and private life. Major accomplishments and commissions are highlighted, along with relations with famous architects such as Jorn Utzon and Richard Rogers. With a useful chronology and graphs that chart the firm's growth and financial success; an outstanding addition to all architecture and engineering libraries.
—Russell T. Clement