Werner Sobek was born 1953 in Aalen, Germany. From 1974 to 1980, he studied structural engineering and architecture atthe University of Stuttgart. From 1980 to 1986, he was post-graduate fellow in the research project 'Wide-Span Lightweight Structures' at the University of Stuttgart and finished his PhD 1987 in structural engineering.
From 1987 to 1991, he was structural engineer in the office of Schlaich, Bergermann & Partner, Stuttgart. In the same year, he became professor at the University of Hanover (successor to Bernd Tokarz) and director of the Institute for Structural Design and Building Methods.
In 1992 he founded his own engineering firm Werner Sobek.
Since 1995, he has been a professor at the University of Stuttgart (successor to Frei Otto) director of the Institute for Lightweight Structures and of the Central Laboratory for Structural Engineering. In 2000, he took over the chair of Jörg Schlaich; and fused the Institute for Lightweight Structures and the Institute for Construction and Design into the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design.
The firm has offices in Stuttgart, Cairo, Dubai, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Moscow, New York and Sao Paulo.