Werner Sobek was born in 1953 in Aalen, Germany. From 1974 to 1980, he studied structural engineering and architecture at the University of Stuttgart. From 1980 to 1986, he was post-graduate fellow at the same university.
In 1991, he became professor at the University of Hanover and director of the Institute for Structural Design and Building Methods. In 1992 he founded his own company Werner Sobek which now has offices in Stuttgart, Frankfurt, London, New York, Moscow, Sao Paulo, and Dubai.
Werner Sobek is known for his environmentally sustainable and self-sufficient prototype houses.
Sobek is the architect of the Iset Tower in Yekaterinburg (height with the spire – 209m) – the skyscraper which is a part of the future business quarter Yekaterinburg-City.
Werner Sobek is the head of the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design and the Mies van der Rohe Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.