Werner Sobek

Stuttgart, Germany


Architect and structural engineer Werner Sobek is the Mies van der Rohe Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology and head of the famous Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK) of the University of Stuttgart. As successor to architect Frei Otto and engineer Joerg Schlaich, Werner Sobek advocates a unique approach of bringing architects and engineers together, both during their training and in their professional activities.

While the ILEK specializes on the research into new materials and new concepts for lightweight and adaptive structures, Werner Sobek Group is one of the leading engineering consultancies in Europe. It excels through excellent engineering combined with first-rate design of constructional elements and sophisticated concepts for sustainable buildings. Werner Sobek has offices in Stuttgart, Dubai, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Moscow, New York, and…

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Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Award (2005)

Country Representative, Germany (2010 – 2013)

Annual Conference, Presenter (Stuggart 2003; London 2013)

Annual Conference, Session Chair (Stuttgart 2003)


15 July 2013

Industry leaders answering this question include: Talal Al Maiman, Kingdom Real Estate; Sir Terry Farrell, Farrells; Helmut Jahn, JAHN; Lee Polisano, PLP Architecture; Ken Shuttleworth,...


21 June 2019

Stefanie Weidner & Simon Steffen, ILEK University of Stuttgart; Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group

Whilst most research focuses on the reduction of operative energy use in buildings, the aspect of which (and how many) materials are used is often...


11 June 2013

Viewpoints: The London Conference

European architecture is at a crossroads. Its commercial and environmental realities are driving buildings ever-higher, but not all are convinced. In this article – contributed...