Construction is a greedy consumer of resources.

Werner Sobek: 17 Statements on Sustainable Engineering and Design

Werner Sobek stands for … engineering.

Werner Sobek stands for … design.

Werner Sobek stands for … sustainability.

We must change our approach to construction.

Werner Sobek: 17 Statements on Sustainable Engineering and Design

We need designs that are faithful to the structural essence.

adidas ARENA, Herzogenaurach/Germany

We need to be prudent with the fabric of our world.

R128, Stuttgart/Germany

We need to be appropriate in our choice of materials.

NEST Unit UMAR, Dübendorf/Switzerland

Our Mission:
Sustainable Engineering and Design

Sustainable engineering and design are essential for the future of our planet. Man-made climate change, the continuing growth of the world’s population and the increasing consumption of natural resources are global challenges that affect us all. The building industry has a special role to play in tackling the problems ahead, as it is responsible for a large proportion of all emissions and resource consumption worldwide.

Building for Future Generations

We see ourselves as pioneers for a future-proof environment. Our aim is to create a built environment that is breathtakingly beautiful while also serving the interests of future generations. We want to realize emissions-free structures for more people with less material by producing exceptional designs, innovative structural solutions, and holistic concepts that minimise our impact on the environment. Werner Sobek is internationally synonymous with engineering, design, and sustainability.

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Affiliations and Memberships

Here we present some of the associations, institutions and activities with which we have been closely associated for years. We are involved in many of them on a voluntary basis or through donations, in order to promote the next generation and to advance a sustainably planned environment.

Roland Bechmann Vorstand der Werner Sobek AG

CTBUH Germany

The CTBUH (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) is the world’s leading resource for professionals focused on the inception, design, construction, and operation of tall buildings and future cities. Our managing director Roland Bechmann is head of the German section of the CTBUH. The German chapter was founded in 2019. It organizes conferences and events in various German cities.

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DGNB

Werner Sobek is one of the first founding members of the DGNB (German Sustainable Building Council). Prof. Sobek was president of this important association for the definition and certification of sustainability in the built environment from 2008 to 2010. Werner Sobek regularly advises architects and builders on issues related to sustainability certification according to DGNB, BNB and other systems.

ILEK

The ILEK (Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design) at the University of Stuttgart is headed by our managing director Lucio Blandini. In this capacity, he is responsible for the education of architects and engineers as well as for research in areas of lightweight construction with concrete, adaptivity and digital life cycle optimisation. The director of ILEK is successor to such eminent figures as Fritz Leonhardt, Frei Otto, Jörg Schlaich, and Werner Sobek.

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D1244

D1244 is the largest adaptive building in the world. It stands on the University of Stuttgart’s Vaihingen campus as part of SFB 1244 (Collaborative Research Centre ‘Adaptive Building Skins and Structures for the Built Environment of Tomorrow’). Despite only having a footprint of 5 m x 5 m, this 12-storey tower reaches an approximate height of 36.5 m. Werner Sobek − the project’s structural engineer and general planner − played an instrumental role in developing the unique, innovative building in collaboration with the ILEK (Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design) and other research institutes of the University of Stuttgart.

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Deutschlandstipendium

The Deutschlandstipendium is an initiative of Germany’s BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research). It supports talented and high-achieving students. In addition to first-class grades, social commitment and special personal achievements are also taken into account when awarding the scholarship. We are pleased to be part of this important programme by sponsoring three scholarship holders per year. By the way: Further information on the Deutschlandstipendium can be found here. By the way: We were also involved in the engineering of the new headquarter of BMBF.

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aed e.V.

The aed (Association for the Promotion of Architecture, Engineering and Design in Stuttgart e.V.) is a non-profit initiative founded in 2004 by Werner Sobek and others interested in these topics. With its exhibitions, lectures and discussion events, the association offers a platform that aims to promote cooperation between architects, engineers and designers and to familiarise the general public with the design work of outstanding personalities.

Werner Sobek is internationally synonymous with engineering, design, and sustainability.

Our company is active across the globe and is home to more than 350 employees. Our staff originates from more than 40 countries and speaks just as many languages. We work on all kinds of structures and materials. We particularly pride ourselves on the sophisticated designs we develop for load-bearing structures, technical building services, and facades.

Our aim is to create a built environment that is breathtakingly beautiful while also serving the interests of future generations.

We want to realize emissions-free structures for more people with less material by producing exceptional designs, innovative structural solutions, and holistic concepts that minimise our impact on the environment.