Mike Schlaich, Managing Director of schlaich bergermann und partner and Professor of Structural Engineering at Technische Universität Berlin, has been awarded the prestigious Gold Medal by The Institution of Structural Engineers.
Mike’s award-winning career has brought him in touch with architects like Frank Gehry, the offices of Richard Rogers and Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, engineers like Ted Happold and Fazlur Khan, and even with the artist Christo – on the remarkable Mastaba project.
A specialist in lightweight structures, Mike is a firm believer in a holistic, conceptual design approach, and in engineers’ responsibility to contribute more to “baukultur” – that is the concept of producing quality structures to improve quality of life. He also has an enduring interest in creating free, clean, renewable energy by developing solar thermal power plants in the North African desert.
Examples of his remarkable designs can be seen around the world, from the Christian Garden in Berlin, to the Ting Kau cable-stayed bridge in Hong Kong and presently the new Yamuna cable-stayed bridge in New Delhi, India. All the projects reflect his belief that engineering should always strive to be elegant.
Martin Powell, Chief Executive of The Institution of Structural Engineers said:
“The Institution of Structural Engineers has awarded The Gold Medal since 1922, recognising those individuals who make exceptional contributions to the advancement of structural engineering.
“We are delighted to present Mike with our 2015 Gold Medal in recognition of his remarkable career, which has seen him produce some of the most beautiful structures of our generation.”
Tim Ibell, 2015 President of The Institution of Structural Engineers, said:
“The Institution is proud to present Mike Schlaich with the 2015 Gold Medal, recognising his wonderful work across both academia and industry, including his remarkable accomplishments in the field of lightweight structures and the elegant use of concrete, plus his very well-known and widely respected engineering publications on footbridges.”
“Receiving the Gold Medal is a wonderful honour. When I think of the award’s previous winners, many of them my heroes, it makes me blush.
“My father, Jörg Schlaich, received the Award 25 years ago and it is very special indeed to join him and the other illustrious Gold Medal winners of the past.”