Foster pays tribute to Arup veteran Jack Zunz


Engineer was responsible for Sydney Opera House roof

Jack Zunz, the veteran Arup partner who died last week aged 94, nurtured generations of young and innovative engineers as well as producing some of the world’s most iconic structures, according to Norman Foster.

The principal structural designer for the Sydney Opera House (pictured under construction in 1965) as well as the first terminal at Stansted airport, South African-born Zunz joined Ove Arup in 1950, becoming an associate partner in 1961 and senior partner four years later. Later he became chairman of Ove Arup & Partners and co-chairman of the Ove Arup Partnership.

He was knighted in 1989, a year after receiving the Institution of Structural Engineers’ gold medal.

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