CHRIS LUEBKEMAN

Director, Global Foresight & Innovation, AruP, San Francisco, CA, USA
A GENERALIST “IN LEAGUE WITH THE FUTURE”.

Why you should listen

Chris has been geologist, engineer, architect, R&D director – a broad career boasting qualifications from the world’s most prestigious institutions such as Vanderbilt, Cornell, MIT and ETH.

He brings his vast perspectives about the impact of anticipated future trends on built environment, and vice versa. How will our world be shaped by the smartness of it’s structures? How will the structures and buildings help us ensure a sustainable future for the next generations? How will design affect the way we see and experience change?

BUILDER OF MANY KINDS


Dr. Chris Luebkeman is a bridge builder of many kinds. He has been formally educated as a geologist, structural engineer and architect. He is a third generation educator and individual who believes that successful design cannot be separated from breadth of knowledge and steadfast inquiry.

ARUP

Arup has a strong portfolio in the design of buildings and infrastructure projects to which it has contributed include the Sydney Opera House.

DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

Chris joined Arup in 1999 to become joint Director of Research and Development and continues to utilize his enthusiastic belief in our zeitgeist in his current position. His experiences have enabled him to specialize in being a generalist with a view to being “in league with the future”. He is jointly responsible for developing the role of the group with a focus on design research and has particular responsibility for future projects. Since joining the firm he has facilitated the creation of an eCommerce strategy, initiated research projects on the designers desktop of the future, encouraged thinking about the evolution of the firm’s skills networks into a knowledge network. He is a member of Arup’s Design and Technical Executive which promotes the highest standards of design and technical skill to ensure that Arup is one of the world’s leading practitioners in its chosen fields.

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BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Chris Luebkeman is a bridge builder of many kinds. He has been formally educated as a geologist, structural engineer and architect. He is a third generation educator and individual who believes that successful design cannot be separated from breadth of knowledge and steadfast inquiry. He is a cum laude Bachelor of Engineering (Honors) graduate of Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Science (Civil Engineering) graduate of Cornell University. At Cornell he was introduced to the Engineering marvels of Robert Maillart and traveled to Switzerland to become an understudy to Prof. Christian Menn at the ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology).

In 1987 he was asked to join the design office of Santiago Calatrava where he introduced structural computer modeling to this new office. He returned to the ETH to study architecture and completed his doctorate there in 1992. During this time he founded his consultancy ‘Second Generation Design’ in which he worked with artists and architects to realize their design dreams. He was also a full-time faculty member of the Department of Architecture teaching structural engineering. Since leaving Switzerland, he has since been a faculty member of the Departments of Architecture at the University of Oregon, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At Oregon he created the first Architectural Portal on the Web entitled ‘the Architectonics Studio.

His architectural practice focused on low-impact zero-energy homes; his engineering practice on mobile and deployable structures, and his teaching practice on the integration of building systems. His research program at MIT which continues today, is entitled ‘house_n – MIT’s intelligent home of the future.’

Chris joined Arup in 1999 to become joint Director of Research and Development and continues to utilize his enthusiastic belief in our zeitgeist in his current position. His experiences have enabled him to specialize in being a generalist with a view to being “in league with the future”. He is jointly responsible for developing the role of the group with a focus on design research and has particular responsibility for future projects. Since joining the firm he has facilitated the creation of an e-commerce strategy, initiated research projects on the designer’s desktop of the future, encouraged thinking about the evolution of the firm’s skills networks into a knowledge network. Chris promotes the highest standards of design and technical skill to ensure that Arup is one of the world’s leading practitioners in its chosen fields.

Chris is now the Global Director for Foresight + Research + Innovation. His international team
is working with some of the world’s leading companies to develop a better understanding of the opportunities created by change in our built environment.