Julio Martínez Calzón – In memoriam

On Tuesday afternoon, 26th September, Julio Martínez Calzón, founder and soul of MC2 Estudio de Ingeniería, passed away.

Julio was Dr. Ingeniero de Caminos, Canales y Puertos, founder of MC2 and professor of Steel and Composite Structures and Bridges at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Caminos de Madrid, as well as one of the most important Spanish figures in the field of structural engineering in the last fifty years.

Throughout his professional career, he has contributed in a very relevant way to the development of innovative bridge typologies, building structures and construction processes; being recognized as the introducer and leading exponent of the development of composite steel-concrete structures in Spain, and having received multiple awards for this, among others, the National Engineering Award in 2017. In the field of building structures, Julio Martínez Calzón has collaborated with and brought to life the designs of the most prestigious Spanish and foreign architects.

Julio described himself as a humanist engineer, combining his unique technical creativity with an outstanding aesthetic sensibility that led him to work in a wide range of fields, from Philosophy to the Arts, including his recently published monumental work on 19th century painting.

In his book ‘Puentes, estructuras, actitudes’, Julio ended the prologue with Dylan Thomas’ verse: “The ball I threw while playing in the park. Has not yet reached the ground.“; today the ball is still higher than ever.

From MC2 we would like to convey our condolences to his family.

With our deepest affection and admiration, may he rest in peace.

The wake will be held on Wednesday, 27th September at the Tanatorio San Isidro in Madrid.

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