Werner Sobek is an architect and consulting engineer. He is the founder of the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK) at the University of Stuttgart. From 2017 until 2020, he was chairman of the German Research Foundation (DFG) Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1244 on Adaptive Building Skins and Structures for the Built Environment of Tomorrow. Sobek initiated and headed several nonprofit initiatives such as the aed e.V. In 2022, he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit, one of Germany’s highest distinctions. Sobek is the founder of a globally active planning office with more than 350 employees. The company processes all types of buildings and materials. Special emphasis is placed on the design and planning of structures, facades, and technical building equipment as well as on consulting in building physics. The aim is a built environment that is breathtakingly beautiful and at the same time meets the interests of future generations—Sobek wants to build emission-free for more people and with less material.