History of the institute
The IMS - Institute for Membrane and Shell Technologies was founded in 1999 in Bobingen, near Augsburg, Germany by Dr.-Ing. Robert Off and Prof. Alexander Furche.
In 2005 Dr. Robert Off started his career as Professor for Real Estate at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences. This laid the foundation for the cooperation between the Anhalt University and IMS and his vision of creating an international master program “Membrane Structures” could became reality.
In March 2006 the worldwide first master program in Membrane Structures startet with 21 students from all over the world at the Bauhaus Campus of the Anhalt University in Dessau-Rosslau. Since than more than 300 students from over 64 nations have been educated in this unique master program.
Since September 2018 the Institute was renamed to IMS Bauhaus ® Archineer® Institutes e.V.
Next to educating Architects and Engineers the institute accompanies various research and construction projects in the field of textile-, tensile- and cushion constructions, lightweight membranes and architectural fabrics.