Prof.-Dr. Harald Kloft
Harald Kloft studied civil engineering at the TU Darmstadt and graduated in 1990. After two years of practical construction work at Strabag Bau AG, he returned to the TU Darmstadt in 1993 as a research assistant, where he received his doctorate in 1998 under Professor Jan-Dietrich Wörner. After completing his doctorate, he worked from 1998 to 2002 as a project-leading structural engineer at the engineering firm Bollinger + Grohmann for groundbreaking free-form architecture such as the BMW Bubble or the Kunsthaus Graz. It was here that he first came into contact with continuous digital building processes from 3D planning to CNC-based production.
In 2000, Harald Kloft received a guest professorship for structural design at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, where he taught in the architecture class with Ben van Berkel and Johan Bettum until 2008. When he accepted a professorship in structural design and construction at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern in 2002, he founded osd - office for structural design together with his partners Klaus Fäth and Sigurdur Gunnarsson. In 2007, he was offered a professorship for structural design at the TU Graz, which he accepted for a limited period until 2009. On 1 April 2011, he was appointed university professor for structural design at TU Braunschweig and has since headed the Institute for Structural Design (ITE) of the same name in the Department of Architecture. From 2015 to 2017 Harald Kloft was Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences and from 2017 to 2020 Vice Dean. Since 2020, Harald Kloft has been the spokesperson for the DFG Collaborative Research Centre TRR 277 Additive Manufacturing in Civil Engineering.