Pier Luigi Nervi was born in Sondrio on 21 June 1891. After finishing high school in Ancona, he moved to Bologna in 1908. Despite a passion for aeronautics, mechanics and chemistry, he opted for a course in civil engineering at the Regia Scuola di Applicazione per Ingegneri of Bologna under the guidance of professor, engineer and entrepreneur Attilio Muggia. He graduated in 1913 after completing a design for a small villa. That same year, Muggia hired him to work at his Bologna-based Società Anonima per Costruzioni Cementizie, a company Muggia had set up in 1908 together with the engineer Leone Poggi.