Lucio Blandini

Director at ILEK, University of Stuttgart


Lucio Blandini is an engineer and architect with a special interest for sustainable lightweight systems and the relationship between architecture, engineering and digital technologies.

Since 2020 he has been the new Head of the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK) at the University of Stuttgart, where he had obtained 15 years before his PhD with the design and development of the Stuttgart Glass Shell, a filigree glass-only shell structure. He is one of the directors of the Collaborative Research Center 1244 “Adaptive skins and structures for the built environment of tomorrow”, an interdisciplinary research program focused on the question how natural resources and greenhouse gas emissions could be radically reduced through the integration of sensors, actors and control systems.

He has spent several years in the praxis, focusing on innovative facades and light structures, and is currently partner and managing director of the Werner Sobek AG.
His most important projects include the Ferrari Museum in Modena, the Mansueto Library in Chicago, the special facades of the Japan Post Tower in Tokyo, the railway Station Stuttgart 21, the Etihad Museum in Dubai, the House of European History in Brussels, and Terminal 2 at Kuwait International Airport.