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Jan Knippers

Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Deputy Director
Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE)
Cluster of Excellence IntCDC


Keplerstr. 11
70174 Stuttgart

  • 2000 – present Full Professor and director of the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE), University of Stuttgart
  • 2001 – 2017 Partner and co-founder Knippers Helbig GmbH
  • 1993 – 2000 Schlaich Bergermann und Partner, Stuttgart

Qualification Indicators

  • Since 2019 Vice Rector Research of University of Stuttgart
  • 2014 – 2019 Spokesperson of the transregional DFG Collaborative Research Centre SFB/TRR 141 “Biological Design and Integrative Structures – Analysis, Simulation and Implementation in Architecture” at the Universities of Stuttgart, Freiburg and Tübingen
  • 2013 – 2019 Elected member of the DFG review board 410 “Construction Engineering and Architecture” (DFG-Fachkollegium “Bauwesen und Architektur”) (periods 2013 – 2016 and 2016 – 2019)
  • Since 2018 German representative in European Code Committe CEN TS250 „Fibre Reinforced Polymers“.
  • Awards: Tsuboi Award of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (2016), Timber Construction Award of the state of Baden-Württemberg in the category Groundbreak- ing Innovation (2015), Gips-Schüle-Forschungspreis (2013), Hangai Award of International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (2013), International Bionic Award of the VDI (2012), Techtextil Innovationprize (2011)
  • Since 2011 Member of The Association of German Engineers (VDI) work group “VDI Richtlinie 6226: Bionik – Architektur, Industriedesign und Ingenieurbau”
  • Since 2010 Board member of the Biomimetic Competence Network Baden-Württemberg, dep- uty spokesperson of the University of Stuttgart
  • Since 2010 Scientific Reviewer for SNF Swiss National Science Foundation, Research Foundation Flan- ders, Österreichische Forschungsgemeinschaft
  • Deputy Director 
  • Principal Investigator
  • Research Infrastructure Commission
  • Industry Collaboration Commission 
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