Our founders Jörg Schlaich (*1934-2021) and Rudolf Bergermann (*1941) were guided by the principle of Baukultur (the culture of building and the building of culture) and shaped our office and work around the holistic art of structural engineering coupled with a strong social commitment. Their belief that “the art of building is indivisible” is fundamental to our work today.

The
art of building is indivisible

1953 – 1959

Jörg Schlaich during his studies of civil engineering, Technische Hochschule Stuttgart, TU Berlin

1959 – 1961

Jörg Schlaich, Lecturer, Master of Science, Case Institute of Technology, Cleveland OH, USA

1961 – 1966

Rudolf Bergermann: Studies of civil engineering, Technische Hochschule Stuttgart

1963

Jörg Schlaich starts working with Leonhardt und Andrä, Stuttgart

Jörg Schlaich: PhD, Technische Hochschule Stuttgart, Fritz Leonhardt, F. W. Bornscheuer

1968

Start of planning, Olympic Roof, Munich

1968

Rudolf Bergermann starts working with Leonhardt und Andrä

1970

Jörg Schlaich becomes partner with Leonhardt und Andrä

1974

Jörg Schlaich nominated full Professor, Technische Hochschule Stuttgart, Institut für Massivbau

1975

Consistant design and detailing of RC structures using Strut-and-Tie Models (STM)

1976

Attempt to revive shell construction with fibre RC

Thin metall membranes for light roofs and solar dishes

1980

„Deutscher Stahlbaupreis“: Solar Updraft Tower – Pilot Plant Manzanares

1980

Jörg Schlaich und Rudolf Bergermann establish Schlaich + Partner

1986

Jörg Schlaich: First Honorary Doctor, Universität Hannover

1989

Development of tooth connectors for the transfer of large concentrated loads from steel into concrete

1990

Holistic approach and assessment of engineering structures

1992

Jörg Schlaich und Rudolf Bergermann are awarded the Fritz-Schumacher-Preis

1992

Hans Schober becomes partner of schlaich bergermann und partner and later takes over the managing direction of the new office in New York.

1994

Andreas Keil becomes partner of schlaich bergermann und partner

1995

Jörg Schlaich: Emil-Mörsch-Denkmünze

1995

Wolfgang Schiel becomes partner of schlaich bergermann und partner and later takes over the solar division.

Excursion of the office to Berlin

1997

Mike Schlaich, Andreas Keil, Knut Göppert and Sven Plieninger travel to Paris for the exhibition L’Art de l’Ingenieur

1998

Knut Göppert becomes partner of schlaich bergermann und partner

1999

Mike Schlaich becomes partner of schlaich bergermann und partner

2000

Sven Plieninger becomes partner of schlaich bergermann und partner

2002

Jörg Schlaich gets honoured with the Werner von Siemens Ring.

2002

Jörg Schlaich is awarded the Fritz-Leonhardt-Preis

Knut Göppert, Andreas Keil, Sven Plieninger and Mike Schlaich become the new partners and Directors of schlaich bergermann und partner

2003

leicht_weit exhibition at the German Architecture Museum (DAM) in Frankfurt

2004

Mike Schlaich is appointed as professor, Chair of Conceptual and Structural Design at the Technische Universität Berlin

schlaich bergermann und partner goes to America: inauguration of the office in New York with Hans Schober as Managing Director

2006

Summer fairytale I „The FIFA Football World Cup in Germany under our roofs“

Rudolf Bergermann receives an honorary doctorate from the Technical University in Cottbus

2008

Jochen Gugeler becomes checking engineer and together with Mike Schlaich establishes sbp prüfingenieure gmbh

Excursion of all offices (Stuttgart, Berlin, New York) to Madrid

2009

Markus Balz, Thomas Fackler, Knut Stockhusen and Michael Werwigk become Associates

Michael Stein becomes Managing Director of our New York office

Establishment of schlaich bergermann und partner, sbp sonne gmbh Consulting Engineers for renewable energy, with Wolfgang Schiel as Managing Director

2010

Markus Balz becomes Managing Director of sbp sonne gmbh

Summer fairytale II: „FIFA World Cup in South Africa“

Inauguration of our office branch in São Paulo, Brazil, with Miriam Sayeg as Associate Director

2010

Michael Stein becomes a Bedford Visiting professor at the Renssellaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York

Mike Schlaich and Knut Göppert become member of the Construction Convention (Baukonvent)

2011

Relocation of our headquarters to Schwabstr. 43

2012

Inauguration of a new office branch in Shanghai with Wei Chen as Associate Director

Office Excursion to the Olympic Park in Munich

2014

Prof. Dr. Jörg Schlaich celebrates his 80th birthday with a weekend of workshops and social events with the presence of our offices from around the world in Berlin

First eBook of schlaich bergermann und partner is launched

Summer fairytale III: Germany wins the Football World Cup 2014 in Brazil

2015

Knut Stockhusen joins the Board of Directors

Christoph Paech becomes Associate of schlaich bergermann und partner

Inauguration of a new office branch in Paris, France, with Michael Zimmermann as Managing Director

Office ski trip to Hochfügen, Austria

2019

In December, multilayered—engineered variety, the new book by schlaich bergermann partner is published in German (original language) and English.

2020

Inauguration of a new office branch in Madrid, Spain.

In the beginning of the year, Jannika Erichsen and Stefan Kammerer are appointed as directors.

2021

Jörg Schlaich passes away on September 4 in Berlin at the age of 86. His life and legacy will continue to shape the work and identity of schlaich bergermann partner.

David Sommer becomes Director in our branch office in Shanghai.

In 2021, Enrique Goberna and Frank Schächner become directors.