Educated as both an architect and a structural engineer, Werner Sobek has been a full-time professor at the University of Stuttgart in Germany since 1995. From 2007–2008 Sobek was a visiting professor at Harvard GSD. Since 2008, he has also taught at the IIT in Chicago as Mies van der Rohe Professor. Sobek is the founding director of the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design, University of Stuttgart. The Werner Sobek Group was founded in 1992 and now has branches in Stuttgart, Dubai, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Moscow, New York, and São Paulo.