By Ali Heshmati
The fabric structures world has lost another luminary. Ingo Lishke, the founder and director of Textil Bau GmbH, Trittau (Hamburg), Germany, a company specializing in the fabrication of small- and mid-sized fabric structures passed away June 16, 2010. Lishke was known throughout Europe and Asia as one of the best and most capable fabricators of bespoke projects. He was respected as a collaborator who helped with details and the realization of a project’s final installation. He was a very enthusiastic and hands-on person who helped shape designs from the formfinding process to the final installation. Lishke’s passion for his art is apparent in the number of realized projects located around the world and through the workshops he conducted to share his knowledge.
A teacher, designer and a master craftsman Lishke was involved in numerous well-tailored projects that have won awards around the world. He believed in the inseparability of architecture and engineering, especially in the field of fabric structures. I called him “Fabric Structural Master Tailor,“ as his work was uniquely designed and tailored to fit the project at hand. We will miss him dearly.