Building tomorrow holds great opportunities

19 September 2023
6:00 p.m.
Empa Academy, Überlandstrasse 129, 8600 Dübendorf
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Sustainable engineering and design are essential for the future of our planet. After all, man-made climate change, the ongoing growth of the world population, and the ever-increasing consumption of natural resources are global challenges that affect us all.

The construction industry plays a significant role in addressing the challenges ahead of us, as it accounts for a substantial portion of global emissions and resource consumption worldwide.


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Welcoming & Kick-off Future Areas

referent_stephan_brunner.jpg STEPHAN BRUNNER
CEO Future Areas

Research for the Building of Tomorrow

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Deputy Director of Empa

The Building of Tomorrow Offers Great Opportunities

Sobek_Werner - Copyright Rene Mueller.jpg PROF. DR. WERNER SOBEK

Keynote Speaker


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Prof. Dr. Werner Sobek is an architect and consulting engineer. In 2001, he founded the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK) at the University of Stuttgart, which he led until 2020. Werner Sobek was also a co-founder of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). In 2022, he was included in the list of the 500 most important German-speaking intellectuals by the magazine Cicero, being the only architect and engineer on the list.

For his work, Sobek has received numerous national and international awards and honors. His company, Werner Sobek AG, is a globally active firm specializing in structural engineering, facade design, sustainability consulting, design, and architecture. It is headquartered in Stuttgart and has offices in Stuttgart, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Istanbul, and New York. The firm's work is characterized by high-quality design and sophisticated concepts aimed at minimizing emissions, energy consumption, and material usage.

You can find more information about Werner Sobek and his company at