College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities

Faculty Bio

Sill, Bernhard

Sill, Bernhard

Assistant Professor

Office: Lee 3-115

Curriculum Vitae

The years of formation during Bernhard Sill's studies of Civil Engineering and Architecture at the University Stuttgart, Germany were influenced by rigorous foundations in building technology, creative structural design and analysis, as well as a shift of paradigm from form-setting to form-finding.

Bernhard's professional career ignited 1997 with a student project at the IL Institute of Lightweight Structures, at the University Stuttgart directed by Professor Werner Sobek. The project was required to convert a disused barge with a glass roof into a mobile exhibition venue. He designed a minimalistic glass arch stabilized with cable trusses, which was proposed for realization. This became the research project and prototype "Glass Arch 1", presented in international conferences and exhibitions, and featured in the "Glass Construction Manual", 1st edition, Munich 1998, and international architectural journals.

After graduation, years of practice as structural engineer in progressive offices followed: RFR in Paris, founded by Peter Rice, and Conzett Broinzini Gartmann in Chur, Switzerland. He collaborated in interdisciplinary design teams with contemporary architects on light weight roof structures, long span bridge, glass facade and multi-storey building in exposed concrete. Several of these projects received national and international awards and prizes.

With years of professional experience in structural design and analysis Bernhard Sill was appointed to teach architecture structures and comprehensive studio: since 2003 as a Lecturer at the Technical University Berlin and since 2008 Assistant Professor with tenure track at the Clemson University School of Architecture. In addition to his teaching, he is researching on structural morphology, adaptive and kinetic structures and has presented peer-reviewed papers at leading national & international conferences and published in international journals.

Among Bernhard's activities at Clemson are the collaborative co-teaching with Professors Ulrike Heine and Dan Harding in Comprehensive Studio, courses on Architecture Structures, and trans-disciplinary collaborations on Architecture Robotics with Professors Keith Green and Ian Walker at the Clemson University Institute for Intelligent Materials, Systems and Environments [iMSE].