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Prof. Dr. Dr. E.h. Dr. h.c. Werner Sobek


  • Honorary PhD (Dr. h.c.) of the Technical University Graz
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the IZKT (International Center for Culture and Technology Research)



  • Member of the Board of Overseers of Harvard University
  • President of the Stuttgart Institute of Sustainability (SIS)



  • Visiting professor at the National University of Singapore
  • Member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Sustainable Building Technology and Urban Development



  • Exhibition 'Werner Sobek and the ILEK', Moscow Architecture Biennale


  • Honorary doctorate of the Technical University Dresden/Germany
  • Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects
  • Exhibition 'Sketches for the Future', Ringturm Gallery Vienna/Austria


2008 - 2014

  • Mies van der Rohe Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago/IL


since 2008

  • Member of the supervisory board of the Federal Foundation for Building Design

2007 - 2008

  • Visiting professor at Harvard University, Cambridge/Massachusetts, and at the aac, Hamburg/Germany


2007 - 2013

  • Member of the supervisory board of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) (2008 – 2010 president)


2006- 2010

  • Member of the Council on Research and Technology of the University of Graz/Austria
  • President of the Academic Council of the HafenCity University, Hamburg/Germany


  • Exhibition “show me the future - engineering and design by werner sobek” in the Pinakothek der Moderne museum, Munich/Germany



  • Licensed Peer Review Engineer in Chicago, IL



  • Architectural License for Germany
  • Honorary member of the Association of German Architects
  • Member of the German Academy for Urban Development and Environmental Planning


  • Structural Engineering License for the State of Illinois


2000 - 2001

  • Visiting professor at the University of Graz/Austria



  • Founded the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK)
  • Shanghai Engineering License/China

since 1998

  • Proof engineer for all types of structures and materials in Baden-Württemberg


1998 - 2006

  • Member of the board of the Chamber of Engineers of Baden-Württemberg

since 1994

  • Professor at the University of Stuttgart/Germany


  • Founded the Werner Sobek Group


1991 - 1994

  • Professor at the University of Hanover/Germany

1980 - 1987

  • PhD in structural engineering


1974 - 1980

  • Studied Civil Engineering and Architecture at the University of Stuttgart/Germany



  • Born in Aalen/Germany