Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Knaack

Head of

Chair of Façade Structures


work +49 6151 16-23036

Work L5|06 639
Franzika-Braun-Straße 3
64287 Darmstadt

Against the background of ever more complex system solutions and increasingly elaborate planning services and certification methods, teachings related to the building envelope are embedded in the basic studies of a BSc curriculum as well as in the advanced studies of the MSc curriculum.

In addition to imparting a basic understanding of building physical principles and the according requirements, principles and systems, the range of systematic solutions as well as the possibilities of individual engineering solutions is introduced. The objective is to create an understanding of the possible potential and technologies as well as a constructive approach and handling of façade technology.

  • Basics of Structural Engineering
  • Building with Paper
  • Energy Technologies in Civil Engineering and Architecture (ECTEA)
  • Experimental Façade Technology (BSc)
  • Facade Technology (M.Sc.)
  • Façade Technology II (MSc)
  • Glass and Facade Project (MSc)
  • Regenerative energies

In the area of research, the group of engineers and designers deals with the building envelope in its entirety – from the skeletal structure to massive constructions and their feedback into the overall construction and energy performance. Basic research and industry-oriented product research and development form the focus here.

Current main topics can be found in the area of the integration of house technology and building envelope; the evaluation of constructions against the background of material-bound energy and the resulting new conception of constructions and fasteners as well as material and construction development using the example of additive manufacturing technologies.

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