Jörg Schlaich

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Jörg Schlaich
Born 1934 (age 82–83)
Stetten im Remstal
Nationality German
Education Stuttgart University
Technical University of Berlin
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Engineering career
Discipline Structural engineer
Institutions Institution of Structural Engineers
Practice name Schlaich Bergermann & Partner
Projects Olympic Stadium, Munich
Solar updraft tower
Significant advance strut and tie model for reinforced concrete
Awards IStructE Gold Medal, Werner von Siemens Ring, Award of Merit in Structural Engineering, José-Entrecanales-Ibarra-award

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 leading firm Schlaich Bergermann & Partner.

He is the brother of the architect Brigitte Schlaich Peterhans.[1]

Early career[edit]

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[edit]

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 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.[2]

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  1. ^ Holgate, Alan (1996).The Art of Structural Engineering: the work of Jörg Schlaich and his team Fellbach: Edition Axel Menges. Retrieved 12 June 2017
  2. ^ Schlaich, J., K. Schäfer, M. Jennewein (1987). "Toward a Consistent Design of Structural Concrete". PCI Journal, Special Report, Vol. 32, No. 3.