Lightweight Architecture

Textile Roofs

International Workshop on the Design and Practical Realisation of Architectural Membrane Structures

annually: 1995 – 2016 (21 events)

Host: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lothar Gründig, Technische Universität Berlin,
Institut für Geodäsie und Geoinformationstechnik (Institute of Geodesy and Geoinformation Science) (1995 – 2012),
AcaMem (Academy for Architectural Membrane Structures) (2013 – 2015), academus GmbH (since 2016)

Organisation & Event management: Dr.-Ing Bernd Stary (TU Berlin, academus GmbH), Anke Bellmann (Solution Pool GmbH)

Special Guest


2015 May 11th – May 13th

Dipl-.Ing. (FH) Frank Höreth /  Taiyo Europe GmbH


2014 May 26th – May 28th

Dipl.-Ing. Gerd Schmid / formTL, ingenieure für tragwerk und leichtbau gmbH


2013 June 17th – June 19th

Ms. Lena Brögger & Mr. Martin Glass / gmp architects


2012 May 14th – May 16th

Mr. Wolfgang Rudorf-Witrin / CENO TEC GmbH


2011 May 30th – June 1st

Mr. Mauro Pedretti / Airlight Ltd.


2010 June 3rd – June 5th

Mr. Jürgen Hennicke / University Stuttgart & TU Vienna


2009 June 11th – June 13th

Mr. Dirk P. Emmer / Vector Foiltec GmbH


2008 May 22nd – May 24th

Mr. Roberto Canobbio / Canobbio SPA


2007 June 7th – June 9th

Dipl.-Arch. Horst Dürr / Ingenieurgemeinschaft Flächentragwerke


2006 May 25th – May 27th

Dipl.-Ing. arch. Einar Thorsteinn


2005 May 26th – May 28th

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Kröplin / University Stuttgart


2004 June 10th – June 12th

Mr. Rainer Lenz / Kauffman, Theilig & Partner


2003 June 19th – June 21st

Dipl.-Ing. P. Michael Schultes / TU Vienna

Asia 2003

2003 February 24th – February 25th


2002 May 30th – June 1st

Mr. Klaus-Michael Koch / B&O Hightex GmbH


2001 June 14th – June 16th

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Axel Thallemer / Festo AG & Co


2000 June 22nd – June 24th

Mr. Johan Sischka / Wagner-Biro AG


1999 June 17th – June 19th

Mr. Robert Nijsse / Consulting Engineers ABT


1998 June 18th – June 20th

Prof. Percy Hooper / North California State University


1997 May 15th – May 17th


1995 June 15th – June 17th

These workshops are concerned with the design of architectural membrane roof structures.  For most people such roofs are typified by world famous sports stadia and temporary exposition structures.  Although prestigious buildings of this type continue to utilise tensile roofing systems, the scope of application has widened considerably over the past decade. Today tensile roofs are routinely used in shopping centres, corporate headquarters, leisure centres, zoos, schools and even factories.  With a combination of visually dramatic curvilinear form, and economic efficiency, such architectural solutions represent an attractive option for many situations.

The textile roof industry continues to grow world-wide. In order to encourage this development, workshops on the Design and Realisation of Textile Roofs have been held in Berlin since 1995. Due to their practical emphasis and unique format, these events have proven increasingly popular.

The main objectives of this workshop are to provide fundamental information, as well as presenting the state-of-the-art in textile roof engineering. Above all, the workshop aims to provide practical answers to real-world questions. In addition to a comprehensive programme of lectures presented in English by key figures from the membrane structure industry and academia, opportunities for the study and hands-on development of practical case-studies in an informal tutorial environment will be provided.