Joerg Schlaich

The Challenge and Joy of Structural Engineering

The Challenge and Joy of Structural Engineering is the inaugural Edward and Mary Allen Lecture in Structural Design

Topic 1
The Challenge and the Joy of Structural Engineering
Assuming that this lecture will not only be attended by structural engineers but also by architects and further that as I understand an inaugural lecture should give an overview of my work, I decided for a general description of my projects with emphasis on my collaboration with architects.

Topic 2
Solar Electricity from the Desert – Prosperity for all
Poverty is large parts of this earth and how it could be overcome is what really occupies my mind. Since time probably does not permit to include this topic in my main lecture, I will bring it with me just in case there is time and interest.

Joerg Schlaich

Structural Engineer, Founder, Schlaich Bergermann & Partner, Stuttgart

Prof. Dr. Ing. Drs. h.c. Jörg Schlaich is a German structural engineer. He studied architecture and civil engineering from 1953 to 1955 at Stuttgart University before completing his studies at the Technical University of Berlin in 1959 (Dr. Ing.). He spent 1959-60 at the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, USA (MSc.).

Jörg Schlaich was made a partner of the structural engineers, Leonhardt und Andrä and was responsible for the Olympic Stadium Roof, Munich in 1968-72.

From 1974 to 2000 he was full professor and director of the Institute for Concrete Structures (Institut für Massivbau), later called for Structural Design (Konstruktion und Entwurf) at the University of Stuttgart. In 1980 he and his partner, Dr. Bergermann, founded their own firm, Schlaich Bergermann und Partner in Stuttgart.

Most of his projects as well of that of his company with offices in Stuttgart, Berlin, New York, Sao Paulo and Shanghai is documented on their website (www.sbp.de). The work of schlaich bergermann und partner focuses on the three main themes of building, surveying and solar energy.

Jörg Schlaich is also the developer of the Solar Updraft Tower for large scale solar energy generation. He is credited with advancing the strut and tie model for reinforced concrete.

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