Prof. Dr. Mario Rinke

Mario Rinke researches and teaches structural and constructional aspects of architecture. Trained as a structural engineer and working in the field of architecture for some years, he is genuinely interested in transformation processes of technical knowledge, materials and institutions. Developing cultural and historical views, he looks into circular and hybrid material concepts and studies the histories of early industrial materials, such as reinforced concrete and industrial timber (glulam). He regularly gives international design&build workshops where he seeks to explore the role of craftsmanship and technology in contemporary construction.

After working as a design engineer for leading offices in London and Zurich, he ran his own practice in Zurich for several years. Mario Rinke holds a Diploma degree in civil engineering from the Bauhaus University Weimar and a PhD from ETH Zurich. He was senior researcher and lecturer at the architecture department at ETH Zurich and senior lecturer at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Currently, he serves as a member of scientific committees, as a reviewer for journals and is a founding member of the International Association of Structures and Architecture (IASA), serving as a member of the management board.