Postgraduate Master´s Program

Postgraduate Master´s (M.Eng.) Program

Lightweight Membrane Structures


at Danube University Krems, Vienna Austria

Frei Otto

Em. Univ. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. (hc)
Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design, University of Stuttgart

Frei Otto 2000, Photo © Ingenhoven und Partner Architekten, Düsseldorf

Goal of the Master´s Program is to combine the pioneering spirit of the early developments made by Frei Otto and his team with the current and future building technologies.


Above all, this Program will provide practical yet innovative answers to real-world questions.

This comprehensive Master´s Program includes lectures by key figures from the Lightweight Membrane Structures Industry and Academia. The so called "Top Secrets" will be fully revealed.

The accredited and approved academic M.Eng. eq. M.Sc. (90 ECTS) opens also the door to an unprecedented Ph.D program.

State of the art software tools are fully available to participants.

This 4 semester part-time program is held in English language. There are 4 units each lasting 10 days plus one extra Unit for the Master´s Thesis.

Target Group are Individuals working in the field of Lightweight Membrane Structures and related fields ranging from design and architecture, engineering, business administration, finance, manufacture, installation, textile industry or related sciences.
Participants will fully sharpen their profile to become an authority in the specific field.

Visionary concepts and top-class lectures are designed to accentuate the entire creative process from the first sketch up to the realization. Be part of our network to set new quality standards in membrane architecture and membrane engineering.

The powerful and enthusiastic participants and lecturers look forward to continued success.

More information can be obtained at:


  • Rainer Blum Dr.-Ing. habil.
    Laboratorium Blum Stuttgart (Germany)
  • Bruce Danziger Structural Engineer
    Danziger Engineering Collaborative (USA)
  • Horst Dürr Arch. Dipl.-Ing. (ETH)
    IF Group (Germany)
  • Jürgen Hennicke Arch. Dipl.-Ing.
    ILEK (Germany)
  • Robert Roithmayr Arch. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn.
    Formfinder Software GmbH (AT)
  • Simon K. Chiu Arch. Eng. PhD.
    Tensile Evolution North America (USA)
  • Julian Lienhard Dr.-Ing.
    str.ucture Stuttgart (Germany)
  • Josep Llorens Arch. Univ.-Prof. Dr.
    University Poly (ES Catalunya)
  • Dieter Ströbel Dr.-Ing.
    technet GmbH (Germany)
  • Jürgen Holl Dipl.-Ing.
    technet GmbH (Germany)
  • Helmut Pottmann Univ.-Prof. Dr.
    Vienna University of Technology
  • Heidrun Bögner-Balz Dr.-Ing.
    DEKRA Stuttgart (Germany)
  • Ali Heshmati Ass. Prof. BArch
    University of Minnesota (USA)   
  • Alex Heslop Arch. BA (Hons)
    Tensile Architecture Consultant, Founder of Architen (UK)
  • Ami Korren Arch. Univ. Prof. Dr. 
    Technion - Israeli Institute of Technology (Israel)
  • Peter Mandl Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn.
    Peter Mandl ZT GmbH (AT)
  • Riklef Rambow Univ. Prof. Dipl.-Psych. Dr. phil. nat.
    Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT, Germany)
  • Peter Resch Dipl.-Ing.
    Werkraum ZT GmbH  (AT)
  • P. Michael Schultes Dipl.-Ing.
    Experimonde (AT)
  • Lars Meeß-Olsohn Arch. Dr.-Ing
    Leichtbaukunst (Germany)
  • Michael Seidel Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn.
    Vienna University of Technology (AT)
  • Ales Vanek MEng. Dr.-Ing.
    Technical University Prague (Czech)
  • Hubertus Pöppinghaus Dr.-Ing.
    Architect (Spain)
  • Bjoern Beckert Dr.-Ing.
    Engineer (Germany)
  • Peter Birnstingl Dr.-Ing.
    Danube University Krems (Austria)
  • Johannes Braumann Dr.-Ing.
    Robots in Architecture (Austria)
  • Hannes Stiefel Univ.Prof. Arch. Dipl.-Ing.
    State University of New York at Buffalo (USA)

Danube University Krems, Vienna Austria


Danube University Krems is the University for Continuing Education.
Its courses are specifically oriented toward the needs of working professionals. The University offers exclusive master's programs and short programs. Serving about 9000 students from 93 countries. There are close collaborations with world leading institutes.
The University provides special areas for participants to work with full scale models. Working in an relaxed and focused environemt is joy and basis to a successful development. 

Dr. Rainer Blum and DI Horst Dürr who are part of the faculty are the "inventor" of the so called "Biaxial-Testing-Table". This table is today at DEKRA Stuttgart with Dr. Heidrun Bögner-Balz. Also the  Wind tunnel testing Lab and in house light lab are of additional value.