Born in Aalen/Germany, Werner Sobek studied engineering and architecture at the University of Stuttgart. After working for Schlaich, Bergermann & Partner, he started the Werner Sobek Design group. He later founded the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design.
Werner Sobek was visiting professor at Harvard University, at the AAC in Hamburg and is the Mies van der Rohe Professor at the IIT in Chicago. He is also President of the German Sustainable Building Council. He has received an honorary doctorate from the Technical University of Dresden and is affiliated to several professional organizations such as the AIA. He has received multiple honours.