Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering is a consulting engineering practise engaged in German and international projects. The firm is based in Stuttgart and New York and consists of a multidisciplinary team of civil and structural engineers, architects, and technicians who provide comprehensive services in structural engineering for architecturally demanding projects of building constructions, bridges, airports, and stadiums. The structural engineering firm was founded in 2001 by Prof. Dr. Jan Knippers and Thorsten Helbig in Stuttgart. In 2009, the company set up a practice in New York City. Furthermore, there are specialist project-practises in Abu Dhabi and Shenzhen.
The mission statement also constitutes the strength of the company: the main priority is always the building structure, and hence the quality of structural engineering - irrespective of size and location of the project. The consulting services range from the early design stage through fabrication and installation. The design approach is based on a deep knowledge of all materials and the applicable joining technologies. Besides the conventional materials such as steel, concrete, and timber the use of glass, membranes and fibre-glass reinforced plastics as well as other innovative materials increasingly gains in importance for integral solutions and hence for the application in projects.
In addition to being a partner at Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering, Prof. Dr. Jan Knippers is also the head of the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design, and a member of the faculty for architecture and urban design at the University of Stuttgart. There he engages in research and teaching, dealing with efficient wide span building structures and the development of innovative materials.
Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering works closely with renowned architects such as Renzo Piano, Massimiliano Fuksas, Stefan Behnisch, Auer+Weber+Associates, as well as others.
Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering stands for an innovative approach to structural design which redefines the border between architecture and engineering.