The roofs he has designed for numerous stadiums, among others in Frankfurt, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Warsaw, Brasilia and Rio, have earned civil engineer Knut Göppert status as a leading engineer in structural design.
For Göppert, civil engineers will keep facing new challenges going forward both due to the standards they set for themselves and the demands made on multifunctional uses of stadiums. Particularly the roof structures of large stadiums play a crucial visual and medial role. Knut Göppert is convinced that the principles of lightweight construction combined with modern technology and innovative materials will gain increasing importance and redefine the appearance of sports stadiums compared to traditional and customary forms.
The lecture took place in the context of the exhibition The Fifth View – Of Arches, Shells, Domes, Roofs and Their Engineers.
After earning his university degree (Diplom-Ingenieur), Knut Göppert joined the Stuttgart-based firm schlaich bergermann partner – Beratende Ingenieure im Bauwesen in 1989, and has been a partner since 1998. In 2002, he became one of the four directors of the firm, which operates branch offices in Berlin, New York, São Paulo, Shanghai and Paris.