Spanish architect, artist, and engineer Santiago Calatrava was born in 1957 near Valencia, Spain. After completing high school, Calatrava moved to Paris with the intention of studying at École des Beaux-Arts, but realized after arriving that his plan was unworkable. Calatrava moved back to Valencia and enrolled in Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura. Still unsatisfied with his education, he set his sights on the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) to study civil engineering. After graduation, Calatrava took a position assisting the ETH and began taking on small engineering commissions, like roofs and balconies. His big break came when he won a competition proposal in 1984 to design and build the Bach De Roda Bridge in Barcelona. This competition led to international recognition. Calatrava was not only know for building bridges, but for his large-scale public works as well, such as the Athens Olympic Sports Complex, Auditorio de Tenerife, and the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències. He has won the AIA Gold Medal and the Prince of Asturias Award.