The Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the University of Stuttgart focuses its activity on the development of structures as the main aspect of architecture. Combining teaching and research in a highly interdisciplinary environment, ITKE’s goal is to push the boundaries of engineering design and material science towards new and non-standard applications in the field of architecture.
The two main research interests of the Institute are geared towards material science for the production of high performance materials and their application, along with structural morphology and the study of innovative structural systems. These fundamental aspects of the research activities at ITKE are investigated both from a theoretical and a practical point of view, integrating computational engineering and advanced analysis methods together with technological fabrication and development of full scale prototypes.
The synergy between research and teaching environment is a central feature of the work carried out at ITKE. The interaction between scientific investigation and academic activities provides a privileged platform to develop high quality research and to establish solid collaborations with industry partners, allowing the continuous trade of original ideas and an innovative approach to structural design which redefines the border between architecture and engineering.