Institute of Construction and Art History
Chair of Construction History and Structural Preservation
Field of research
History of construction, with special emphasis on the 19th and 20th century
Interactions within construction, science, architecture and arts
History and historicity of self-perception and attitudes of construction engineers
Constructive evaluation and appropriate exercise of historical cast, steel and reinforced concrete buildings
Prof. Dr. Ing. Werner Lorenz conducts research on the history of civil engineering and industrial archaeology, especially in the field of iron-, steel- and steel-concrete constructions of technical monuments of the 19th and 20th century and has provided numerous publications on them. He directs the chair of Chair of Construction History and Structural Preservation at the fculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Urban Planning at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg. His international cooperation project “The Metal Girders of Eremitage St. Petersburg – Studies on the Geneaology of European Steel Structures in the 19th Century” is on the specific aspects of civil engineering of this World Cultural Heritage and represents thereby an important contribution in the context of modern concepts of heritage preservation. In the year 1999, he has been awarded with the literary prize for building culture of the DAI and in year 2008 with the Brandenburg prize for engineering. Prof. Lorenz shall supervise PhD topics in the focus area 1.