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Detailed information on the postgraduate Master Program

The goal of the "Lightweight Membrane Structures" Master Program is to combine the pioneering spirit of the early developments made by Frei Otto and his team with the current and future building technologies.

Above all, this Program will provide practical yet innovative answers to real-world questions.

This comprehensive Master Program includes lectures by key figures from the Membrane Lightweight Structure Industry and Academia. The so called "top secrets" will be fully revealed and the worldwide accredited and approved academic M.Eng. eq. M.Sc. (90 ECTS) opens also the door to an unprecedented Ph.D program.

State of the art software like the EASY and Formfinder Professional are free available to all participants in their development as the most prepared and up-to-date graduate in the field of membrane lightweight structures.

This 4 semester part-time program is presented in English language. There are  4 units each lasting 12 days plus one extra Unit for the Master´s Thesis.

The major target group is the individuals working in architects and engineers offices in the private or the public sector, who aim to enhance their professional career and prepare themselves for an exciting, interdisciplinary, and innovative professional future. Graduate students in related disciplines are also of great value to this program.

Visionary concepts and top class lectures are designed to accentuate the entire creative process from the first sketch up to the realization.
Be part of our network to set new quality standards in membrane architecture and membrane engineering.

We are very happy about the powerful and enthusiastic group of participants and look forward to continue this success.

More information can be obtained at the team and initiator of the Master Program:

Dr. Robert Roithmayr
Fon: +43(676)6272950

Faculty alphabetical order

  • Martin Bechthold Arch. Univ. Prof. Dr.
    Harvard University Graduate School of Design (USA)
  • Rainer Blum Dr.-Ing. habil.
    Laboratorium Blum Stuttgart (Germany)
  • Horst Dürr Arch. Dipl.-Ing. (ETH)
    IF Group (Germany)
  • Jürgen Hennicke Arch. Dipl.-Ing.
    ILEK (Germany)
  • Ali Heshmati Ass. Prof. BArch
    University of Minnesota (USA)   
  • Alex Heslop Arch. BA (Hons)
    Tensile Architecture Consultant, Founder of Architen (UK)
  • Barbara Imhof Mag. arch. Dr. techn. , MSc
    Liquifer Systems Group (AT)
  • Peter Kneen Dr.
    Lightweight Structures Associaton of Australasia (Australia)
  • Johann Kollegger O.Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. , MEng
    Vienna University of Technology (AT)
  • Ami Korren Arch. Univ. Prof. Dr.
    Technion - Israeli Institute of Technology (Israel)
  • Julian Lienhard Dr.-Ing.
    str.ucture Stuttgart (Germany)
  • Peter Mandl Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn.
    Peter Mandl ZT GmbH (AT)
  • Riklef Rambow Univ. Prof. Dipl.-Psych. Dr. phil. nat.
    Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT, Germany)
  • Peter Resch Dipl.-Ing.
    Werkraum ZT GmbH  (AT)
  • P. Michael Schultes Dipl.-Ing.
    Experimonde (AT)
  • Vinzenz Sedlak Prof.  Arch. Dipl.-Ing.  PhD
    University of New South Wales (Australia)
  • Michael Seidel Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn.
    Vienna University of Technology (AT)
  • Hannes Stiefel Univ.Prof. Arch. Dipl.-Ing.
    State University of New York at Buffalo (USA)
  • Dieter Ströbel Dr.-Ing.
    technet GmbH (Germany)
  • Robert Roithmayr Arch. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.
    Formfinder Software GmbH (AT)
  • ... and many more!

Industry Partner

There is a wide range of industry partners who support the first Univ. Master Program in "Membrane Lightweight Structures". There will be full equipment for material testing, welding, one by one scale modelling and wind tunnel testing. More details will be provided on this website.

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Lightweight Membrane Structures

Spring 2017 "Lightweight Membrane Structures" postgrad. MEng. Program
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