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The Goethe-Institut New York presents What Is Green Architecture?,
a series of conversations, lectures, and events exploring the
cutting-edge developments in the field and their impact on contemporary
life as well as implications for the future. The series continues with
a talk by noted architect Prof. Werner Sobek, followed by a discussion moderated by Andres Lepik.
Werner Sobek is 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.
He studied architecture and structural engineering at the University of Stuttgart in Germany. 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
While the ILEK specializes on the research into new materials and new concepts for lightweight and
adaptive structures, Werner Sobek’s office 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. A particular focus lies on special structures in steel,
glass, titanium, concrete, textiles and wood.
Werner Sobek has offices in Stuttgart, Cairo, Dubai,
Frankfurt, Khartoum, Moscow, and New York,
The works of Werner Sobek have been awarded numerous awards and distinctions, e. g. the DuPont
Benedictus Award, the European Gluelam Award, the Fritz Schumacher Award, the iF Design Award,
the SEAOI Structural Engineering Award, AIA awards of the American Institute of Architecture, the
Hugo Haering Award, the Fazlur Rahman Khan Medal and the UIA’s Auguste Perret Prize.
What Is Green Architecture? series curator Dr. Andres Lepik
studied art history and German literature at universities in Augsburg
and Munich, earning his Ph. D. in Rome on Architectural Models in the
Renaissance. He has curated noted architecture exhibitions, including
solo shows highlighting the work of Renzo Piano, Rem Koolhaas, and
Oswald Mathias Ungers at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, and the
German venue for The Museum of Modern Art’s Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Die Berliner Jahre 1907-1938
at Altes Museum. He is currently Curator in the Architecture &
Design Department of The Museum of Modern Art, as well as author of Skyscrapers.