Mario Rinke is a Professor at the Faculty of Design Sciences at the University of Antwerp. Genuinely interested in transformation processes between areas of knowledge, materials and institutions as well as structural thinking, he is specialised in hybrid material concepts, early reinforced concrete and early industrial timber (glulam). Mario Rinke is trained as a structural engineer and worked in the field of architecture for some years, teaching and researching construction in architecture. He holds a Diploma degree in civil engineering from the Bauhaus University Weimar and a PhD from ETH Zurich and worked as a design engineer for major offices in London and Zurich. He taught at the architecture department at ETH Zurich, the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and the Tor Vergata University Rome. Furthermore, he is a cofounder of the International Association of Structures and Architecture (IASA).