Jan Knippers, a super-genius structural engineer, head of the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the University of Stuttgart, and founder of Jan Knippers Ingenieure was a part of the PA Talks interview series with Hamid Hassanzadeh, the Founder of PA. In this episode, Jan discussed his career, his works, the importance of computational and parametric design tools in engineering, and his interest in innovative and resource-efficient structures created at the intersection of research and development and practice.
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Jan was born in Düsseldorf and completed his academic studies of structural engineering at the Technische Universität Berlin in 1992 with the award of a Ph.D. After that, he worked for a few years in an internationally recognized engineering firm. Since 2000 he is head of the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the Faculty for Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Stuttgart.
In 2001 he cofounded, together with Thorsten Helbig in Stuttgart, Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering; and in 2018 Jan Knippers Ingenieure. Knippers focuses on efficient structural design for international and architecturally demanding construction projects involving solid timber, steel, and glass constructions. He specializes in the design of complex-shaped and highly efficient roof and facade structures, as well as in research and development on the use of fiber-based materials and biomimetic structures in architecture.
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