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Werner Sobek

Year of birth, place
1953, Aal, Germany

Werner Sobek, a graduate engineer, has followed in the footsteps of Frei Otto and achieved international fame with his elegant solutions for architectural support structures.
Sobek studied from 1974 to 1980 in Stuttgart, where he graduated in 1987 and since 1994 has held Frei Otto’s chair and run an engineering office. Sobek previously worked at Skidmore Owings & Merril, as well as Schlaich, Bergermann & Partner. Work in 15 joint projects undertaken since 1995 with architect Helmut Jahn was presented at the Morsbroich Castle Museum (Leverkusen) in an exhibition with the telling title »Archi-Neering«. His most important projects include working on the Sony Center in Berlin, the Bangkok International Airport and the new roof for the bull-fighting arena in Nimes.


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