Pier Luigi Nervi Exhibit Opening

  • Dates: May 5, 2018 - May 6, 2018
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Iacocca Hall
  • Address: 111 Research Dr., Bethlehem, PA 18015


Lehigh University, in collaboration with Buzzi Unicem USA and the National Museum of Industrial History, is glad to organize and offer an exhibit on the life and work of Pier Luigi Nervi, structural engineer and architect.

The exhibit will investigate the transformative contributions that Nervi has provided in the field of reinforced concrete, at the intersection between structural engineering and architecture. The event will be also an opportunity to reflect on the paramount role that the cement and concrete industry has had in the Lehigh Valley for more than a century, and on the Italian heritage in the region.

The exhibit is part of a portfolio of collaborations spanning scientific research, technology advancement, and cultural initiatives resulting from the strategic partnership between Lehigh University and Buzzi Unicem USA.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 — Iacocca Hall, Lehigh University
3:30-3:45 p.m. Sign in
3:45 - 4:20 p.m. Welcome addresses and presentation of the exhibit, with the participation of: Paolo Bocchini (Frank Hook Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering, Lehigh University), Stephen P. DeWeerth (Professor and Dean, P.C. Rossin College of Engineering, Lehigh University), Tony Hanna (Executive Director, Redevelopment Authority of the City of Bethlehem), Massimo Toso (CEO, Buzzi Unicem USA), Pier Forlano (Consul General of Italy in Philadelphia)
4:20 - 5 p.m. Keynote lecture “Beauty’s Rigor: Patterns of Production in the Work of Pier Luigi Nervi” by Thomas Leslie
5 - 6 p.m. Open exhibit and refreshments

Sunday, May 6, 2018 — Iacocca Hall, Lehigh University
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Open exhibit
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Keynote lecture “Nervi's Harmonious Interplays” by Thomas Leslie