Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Baier

Module Bionics
Baier

Personal Data

1943

born in Innsbruck, Austria

Education / Professional Activities

until 1971

Practical work as construction workman
College for Technical Engineering in Salzburg, Austria

1971

Architectural Diploma at Graz Technical University, Austria
Work as freelance architect in Austria and Germany in lightweight structures, energy-saving architecture and bionics

1974

Member of Prof. Frei Otto’s academic staff at the Institute for Lightweight Structures (IL) in Stuttgart, Germany

1976

Assistant professor at the University of Essen, Germany

1981

Doctoral thesis about the energy demand of building structures at the University of Essen, Germany

1983

Professor for Civil Engineering, Building Construction and Structural Design at University of Applied Sciences in Aachen, Germany

1997

Professor at the University of Duisburg-Essen / Germany, Building Sciences Department
Head of the Structural Design and Lightweight Building Institute

2006

Member of the IMS teaching staff of the International Master Course on Membranes Structures at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Surveying, Dessau, Germany for Membrane Details, Bionics and Experimental Structures

Since 2008

Publications, lectures, and visiting professorships inter alia at several universities in Austria, Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Iceland, India, Mexico, South Africa, etc.
Research work, consulting service and experiments in industrial design, wide-span and lightweight buildings, membrane structures, bionics, ecological architecture and bamboo constructions

Awards

1994

European Glulam Award

1995

Nordrhein-Westfalen-Engineering-Award for wood-structures

Publications

  • Control of Thermal Energy in Membrane Structures;in: Proceedings on LSA 98, IASS/IEAust/LSAA International: Congress on Lightweight Structures in Architecture, Engineering and Construction, Sydney 1998
  • Control of Energy Flows in Multi-Layer Membrane Structures; in: Textile Construction, Techtextil Symposium, Lyon 1998
  • New approaches and aims in membrane construction; in: Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium for Technical Textiles, Nonwovens and Textile Reinforced Materials, Frankfurt 1999
  • Skelett und Haut – Einführung; in: Baier, B. et al. (ed.): Skelett und Haut, symposium interdisziplinär; Essen1999
  • Kriterien für das systematische Konstruieren von Membrankonstruktionen; in: Bauen mit Textilien, 4/1999, Berlin
  • Ist Leichtbau schwer? - Perspektiven der Membranbauweise; in: VfA Profil 3/2000, Köln
  • Climatic and Energy-Saving Aspects in the Optimization of Membrane Constructions; in: Proceedings Textile Roofs 2000, Workshop, Technical University Berlin 2000
  • Synergetik - Das erweiterte Prinzip Leichtbau; in: Baier, B. et al. (ed.): LeichtBauKunst - symposium interdisziplinär, Essen 2001
  • Transluzente Strukturen; in: Baier, B. et al. (ed.): Transparenz und Leichtigkeit – symposium interdisziplinär, Essen 2003
  • Leichtbau mit Membranen – Neue Entwicklungen, Materialien, Konstruktionen; in: Essener Unikate 23, Essen 2004
  • State of Engineering, New Developments and Applications in Textile Building; in: Cinte Techtextil Symposium, Shanghai 2004
  • Temporäre, wandelbare und anpassungsfähige Membranstrukturen; in: Techtextil Symposium, Frankfurt 2005
  • Beweglichkeit und Anpassungsfähigkeit bautechnischer Membranen; in: Baier, B. et al. (ed.): Grenzbereiche – symposium interdisziplinär, Essen 2005
  • Particular new aspects of material, construction and design of membrane structures; in: Zingoni, Alphose (ed.): Recent
  • Developments in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation, p. 279-280, Millpress, Rotterdam 2007
  • Bionik und Leichtbau; in: Baier, B. et al. (ed.): Reichweiten – symposium interdisziplinär, Essen 2007
  • Bambus - ein moderner Baustoff (Co-author Yu, Xiaobing); in: Baier, B. et al. (ed.): Reichweiten – symposium interdisziplinär, Essen 2007
  • Technical characteristics and requirements of textiles used for building and construction; in: Pohl, G. (ed.): Textiles, polymers and composites for buildings; Woodhead Publishing; Oxford/Cambridge 2010