2019 Pinnacle Lecture: Mike Schlaich

Date: March 14, 2018

Presenter: Mike Schlaich, Prof. Dr. sc.techn.
Managing Director, Schlaich Bergermann Partner, Berlin, Germany

“Homage – Where do ideas come from?”

SEABC’s Pinnacle Lectures epitomize high caliber topics by distinguished speakers on themes that shape the future of our profession.

Our first Pinnacle Lecture was presented by Mike Schlaich. Throughout his career, Mike collaborated with the likes of Frank Gehry, the offices of Richard Rogers and Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, engineers like Ted Happold and Fazlur Khan to strive for excellence and elegance. His passion to elevate technical norms to deliver free expression of geometrical curves was influenced by Felix Candela and Frei Otto amongst others. Encapsulating his experiences in an inspiring lecture for students and professionals at TU Berlin, Mike unfolded an energizing view on the history of structural engineering – its evolution and current trends, aimed to revitalize for an ever-optimized world of future structures.

Meet our Presenter

Mike Schlaich, Prof. Dr. sc.techn.
Managing Director, Schlaich Bergermann Partner, Berlin, Germany

Mike graduated with a Doctrate in Technical Sciences from ETH Zurich. He joined the esteemed structural engineering firm Schlaich Bergermann Partner (SBP) in 1993. He is now its Managing Director, with six offices across the world, serving on prominent international projects and redefining engineering fundamentals with cutting edge research.

Mike is a certified proof checking engineer for structural analysis, a Professor at TU Berlin, and its Chair of Conceptual and Structural Design. He is a highly esteemed member of various international Professional Societies and was recognized as Fellow of Institution of Structural Engineers, London, UK.

Mike is recipient of numerous international awards, recently amongst them: the 2016 Deutscher Ingenieurbaupreis for the Rathenow Footbrigde in Germany; and the 2015 Gold Medal by the Institution of Structural Engineers, London, UK.

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Mike Schlaich, Prof. Dr. sc.techn.

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