Prof. Stefan Schäfer



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Numerous lectures in Germany, Europe, Asia and USA about the topics Constructive Design, Building Construction, Bionics, Green Building and Building with Existing Buildings!

Numerous successes with international architecture design competitions!

Since 2015 Head of the newly founded Institute of Constructive Design and Building Construction (KGBauko) of TU Darmstadt

2013 - 2014 Research stay in Singapore, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) in Collaboration with MIT / USA

Since 2013 Research and teaching seminars in Vietnam

2012 Research and teaching seminar in the USA, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg

2009 Appointment as a Research Expert Member for the European Research Council

2009 Appointment as a Judge for the Architectural Association of Baden-Württemberg

2009 Appointment as Director of the Department of Concrete and Masonry Structures, Technische Universität Darmstadt

2008 Appointed to the focus group “Bauen mit Stahl” (now “bauforumstahl e.V.”)

2004 Authorized Consultant of the Department 13 of the Technische Universität Darmstadt for questions about new constructions and buildings

2003 Appointed to the Focus Group for the future program “ The Bionical House”

Since 1998 Professor at the Technische Universität Darmstadt for the Chair of Constructive Design and Building Construction in the Department of Civil Engineering and Geodesy

1995-1998 Research Assistant at the Institute for Lightweight Structures (ILEK) at the Universität Stuttgart, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, Prof. Dr. Ing. W. Sobek

Since 1994 Numerous publications

Since 1994 Numerous competition successes and realized buildings

Since 1994 Practicing Architect in Stuttgart: Stuttgart Architekten. 3P, a s s – Architekten Stuttgart

1994 Workshop 94 in Stuttgart

Until 1994 Dependent Architect at Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) in Genoa / Italy

Until 1992 Architecture offices in Mannheim and Stuttgart in the field of architectural competitions and planning

2nd Diploma –Thesis: “Stadium”

1st Diploma – Thesis: “Reorganization of a building block in Kaiserslautern – City Center at the Schillerplatz”

Until 1991 Studies in Kaiserslautern and Stuttgart

1987-88 Assistant for Design, Freehand Drawing and Architectural History

1979-81 Apprendiceship as a carpenter

Research and Teaching

Building Surface

  • Study of the development and optimization of building surfaces / facades

Light Weight Construction

  • Optimization of light weight- and textile constructions
  • Development and patent protection for metal roofing
  • Design of light weight constructions (e.g. canopies)

Building Concepts

  • Low Cost Construction; Mobile Construction; Air Design
  • Development of Simple Building Concepts
  • Observation of thermal properties of buildings
  • Implementation of new constructive technologies

Building redevelopment

  • Reuse, conversion, documentation of old building structures with a particular focus on unique construction methods

CRC 666

  • Integral sheet metal design with higher order bifurcations

Studi forscht

  • A technology oriented, playful and instinctive research program like „Jugend Forscht“ but upon university level


  • Focuses on the implementation of Genetic Algorithms for optimizing building constructions (e.g. double facades)
  • Focus group "The Bionic House"
  • Implementation of bionic principles during the building planning process

Awards and Distinctions


2004 Award of the city Zwickau

2004 BDA – Award Sachsen (Recognition for the Kfz-Laborhalle in Zwickau)

1994 Praise “Comitato Olympico Nazionale Italiano”

1992 Praise “Stahlbauförderpreis”

1991 Award from the Universität Stuttgart for outstanding scientific performance

1987 Award of the city of Kaiserslautern for outstanding performance


2009 Messestand für die AK NRW - Honorable mention / acknowledgement

2008 Solar Thermal Tower Plant at Badaling - Honorable mention / acknowledgement

2007 Neubau Bürgerzentrum Stanglmeier Gelände - Honorable mention

2006 Stadionumbau - Haupttribüne und Logenbereiche Eintracht Braunschweig – 3rd Prize

2005 Winnenden Zipfelbachtal und Rems-Murr Kliniken - 2nd Prize

2005 Grund- und Hauptschule Bersenbrück - Mention

2004 Bürgersaal in Vaterstetten - 5th Prize

2003 Gemeindezentrum in Mannheim - 2nd Prize

2003 Museumstrasse in Bozen - Mention

2003 Konversion Kaserne Knielingen - Mention

2002 Heimsonderschule in Heidenheim - 3rd Prize

2001 Müngersdorfer Stadion zur WM 2006 in Deutschland - 3rd Prize

2001 Schulzentrum Ingolstadt - 1st Prize + 3rd Prize + mention

2001 Hauptschule Kolbermoor - 2nd Prize

2000 Universitäts- und Forschungs-Zentrum München – Garching - 2nd Prize

2000 Sparkasse Zell im Wiesental - Mention

1999 Kfz-Laborhalle Zwickau - 1st Prize

1999 SV Versicherung Stuttgart - 3rd Prize

1999 Hochhaus Fellbach - 1st Prize section

1999 Bad Kissingen - Mention

1998 Gymnasium Geislingen Heilbadelandschaft - Mention

1998 Gymnasium Mölln - Mention

1997 Schule in Erkelenz - Mention

1997 Musikschule Fellbach - 3rd Prize

1996 DLZ Heilbronn - 1st Prize

1996 Harmonie Heilbronn - Mention

1996 FH Remagen - 1st Prize

1995 Volksbank Schönaich - Mention

1994 FH Bibliothek Zwickau - 2nd Prize


  • Member of “Freunde der Technischen Universität Darmstadt”
  • Member of “Architektenkammer Baden-Württemberg”
  • Representative Chairman of the “Verein zur Förderung des Leichtbaus e.V.”
  • Member of the Focus Group “ The Bionic House”
  • Member of “ Freunde der Universität Stuttgart”
  • Member of the board of “Freunde des Instituts für Massivbau”
  • Member of “Verein AED zur Förderung von Architektur, Engineering und Design in Stuttgart e.V.
  • Research consultant in the European Research Council
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