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German engineer.

Biographical Information

Name: Jörg Schlaich
Born on 17 October 1934 in , Rems-Murr-Kreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Europe
Deceased on 4 September 2021 in , Germany, Europe
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Place(s) of activity:
1953 - 1955

Studies architecture and civil engineering at the Technical School (TH) Stuttgart

1955 - 1959

Studies at the Technical University (TU) Berlin

1960 - 1963

Technical University of Stuttgart (Dr.Ing.)

1960 - 1963

L. Bauer, Civil Contractors, Stuttgart.

1963 - 1979

Employee and later Partner of Leonhardt und Andrä.

1967 - 1974

Lecturer for Reinforced Concrete Structures, University of Stuttgart.


Licensed Checking Engineer.

1974 - 2000

Full Professor and Director of Institut für Konstruktion und Entwurf (for Structural Design), formerly called Institut für Massivbau (for Concrete Structures).


Opens his own design office: Schlaich, Bergermann & Partner

1 October 2000


26 November 2004

Recipient of the Gustav Magnel Golden Medal (University of Ghent - Belgium) for the bridge on Auerbachstrasse.

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Participation in the following structures & large-scale projects:

checking engineer
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structural engineer

Biography from Wikipedia

Jörg Schlaich (born 1934) is a German structural engineer and is known internationally for his ground-breaking work in the creative design of bridges, long-span roofs, and other complex structures. He is a co-founder of the structural engineering and consulting firm schlaich bergermann partner.

Architect Brigitte Schlaich Peterhans is his sister.

Early career

Jörg Schlaich studied architecture and civil engineering from 1953 to 1955 at Stuttgart University before completing his studies at the Technical University of Berlin in 1959. He spent 1959-60 at the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, United States.

In 1963, he joined the firm Leonhardt & Andrä, the firm founded by Fritz Leonhardt.

Later career

Schlaich was made a partner and was responsible for the Alster-Schwimmhalle in Hamburg, and more importantly, the Olympic Stadium in Munich. He stayed with the firm until 1969.

In 1974 he became an academic at Stuttgart University, and in 1980 he founded his own firm, schlaich bergermann partner.

In 1993, with the roof of the Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion (since 2008 Mercedes-Benz-Arena) in Stuttgart, he introduced the "speichenrad" principle to structural engineering. Indeed, this principle was employed the first time in the history of Structural Engineering by the Italian engineer Massimo Majowiecki, the designer of the roof of the Olympic Stadium, Rome (built in 1990, three years before the Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion). Since then, his company has successfully employed it to stadium projects across the globe. Other structures include the observation tower at the Killesbergpark in Stuttgart. Most of his work as well of that of his company is documented on their website. He is also the developer of the solar tower (or solar chimney) and is largely credited with inventing the strut and tie model for reinforced concrete.

Text imported from Wikipedia article "Jörg Schlaich" and modified on 22 July 2019 under the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license.


  1. Schlaich, Jörg (1994): Aesthetics and structural performance of cable-supported bridges. Presented at: International Conference IABSE-FIP: Ponts suspendus et à haubans = Cable-stayed and suspension bridges, Deauville, France, 12-15 October 1994, pp. 43.
  2. Schlaich, Jörg / Schlaich, Mike / Werwigk, Michael (1998): 3. Donaubrücke Ingolstadt. Planung und Konstruktion. Presented at: 3. Internationale Donaubrückenkonferenz, 3rd International Conference on Bridges across the Danube, 29-30/10/1998, Regensburg, Germany, pp. 327-337.
  3. Schlaich, Jörg (1999): Anton Tedesko. In: Beton- und Stahlbetonbau, v. 94 ( 1999), pp. 108-118.
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