Irmgard Lochner is an engineer who positions herself at the interface of architecture and civil engineering. Her professional passion feeds on the inspiring dialogue between natural structures.

By utilising modern, digital tools, this dialogue can be poured into new sustainable forms. One of her guiding principles describes the topic: „Aesthetic structures are efficient – efficient structures are aesthetic“. 

Irmgard Lochner has exhibited her scientific work at the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen, the Center Pompidou in Paris and in 2023 at the Biennale Archittetura in Venice, among others. She has designed and is responsible for numerous scientific publications and books on the subject.

It is particularly important to her to incorporate her experience and attitude into her teaching at the University of Applied Sciences Biberach (HBC). From basic courses to advanced open questions concerning sustainable, efficient and aesthetic form finding, her experience and knowledge is available to the students.
Another aspect of her experience is her partnership in the internationally and globally active engineering office PUL Ingenieure. She incorporates current and practical experience, from competition level to realised construction, into her teaching practise.


2014 – 15Visiting Research Scholar, Princeton University, USA
2013Scientific committee, ICSA International Conference on Structure and Architecture
2012Scientific committee, IASS International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures
2009Associate, Peter und Lochner Stuttgart
2009PhD dissertation / Dr.-Ing, „Design Strategies“, Institute of Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design
2007 –Professor, Structure in Architecture, Biberach University of Applied Sciences
2006Teaching consultant, Konstruktives Entwerfen, HfT Stuttgart
2001 – 05Enseignant, Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées + Ecole d’Architecture des Villes et des Territoires, Paris
2000 – 05Teaching + Research Assistant, Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design, Stuttgart
2000 –Peter und Lochner, Stuttgart
1999Ove Arup, Berlin
1998 – 99Prof. Polonyi + Partner, Berlin
1994 – 95Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Bath, England
1991 – 97Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Stuttgart
1990 – 91Design studies in Stuttgart, Cologne and Rhode Island / USA

Selected publications

2018Literal and phenomenal lightness: lightness, logics and aesthetics. Proceedings of the IASS Symposium „Creativity in Structural Design“ 2018, MIT, Boston, USA
2018Natural Structures and Structural Optimization. Journal of the International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures Special Issue Frei Otto, Vol 59 (2018) No 1 March n 195
2017Exhibition „NaturPatente – PatenteNatur“. Ministerium fuer Umwelt, Klima und Energiewirtschaft Baden-Wuerttemberg. Holcim Forum
2017Learning from Insects: Studies of Nest Structures. Chrystelle Mavoungou, Irmgard Lochner, Barbara Bottenbruch. Proceedings of the IASS Symposium „Interfaces: architecture . engineering . science“, Hamburg, German
2011Geometry studies using parametric structural models and methods of structural optimization. Proceedings of the IASS Symposium ‚Taller – Longer – Lighter‘ 2011, London
2011„Optimization workshop 2011“, Princeton University, Hochschule Biberach
2010„digital design workshop 2010“, Hochschule Biberach
2009Structural Optimization as a Constitutive Design Tool in Architecture. IASS International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures: Evolution and Trends in Design, Analysis and Construction of Shell and Spatial Structures. Valencia, Spain,
2009Design Strategies, Dissertation, University of Stuttgart 2009
2008Entwurfsstrategien / design strategies. In: Ákos Moravánszky, Ole W. Fischer (Hrsg.): precisions – Architektur zwischen Kunst und Wissenschaft. Berlin: Jovis, 2008