Hermann Tilke graduated in civil engineering from the emphasis on traffic engineering at the Fachhochschule Aachen in 1982. He also drove in racing and so came to the racetrack construction. From the Nürburgring GmbH, he was also the first small contract for 600 DM, the construction of a short access road.
The Tilke Engineers & Architects was founded in 1983 in Aachen and is regarded as a leading service provider in the planning and construction of racing and test tracks.
The scope includes the construction of technically and architecturally modern racetracks with adjacent stands, boxes buildings, team building and other infrastructural facilities, including individual customer requirements and the ever-changing track layout and security measures.
Tilke is involved in addition to the developments around the racing with the planning and construction of hotels, office buildings, residential buildings, shopping centers, and sports and leisure facilities.
The company employs more than 350 engineers and architects with offices in Germany, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan worldwide. The range of services covers the areas of architecture, engineering, building engineering, electrical engineering and urban planning, from design, through planning to construction management and project management.
Through the development of numerous changes in the security field Hermann Tilke was able to secure a particularly large number of projects in Formula 1. Some of his projects include:
- Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia, 1999
- Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, 2004
- Shanghai International Circuit, China, 2004
- Istanbul Park Circuit, Turkey, 2005
- Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Italy, 2006 ( reconstruction, since Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari di Imola )
- Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, 2009
- Korean International Circuit, South Korea, 2010
- Buddh International Circuit, India, 2011
- Circuit of The Americas, USA, 2012
- Formula 1 racetrack New Jersey, USA, 2014 ( planned)
- Formula 1 racetrack Sochi, Russia, 2014 ( planned)
For seven of the 2010 used 19 formula 1 circuits were realized by him. Hermann Tilke was also involved in the modifications of the ring in Austria Austria, the Hockenheimring in Germany and the Fuji International Speedway in Japan. When his specialty, he indicates that he offers everything from planning to realization next to the track itself also stands and outbuildings from a single source.
For years, Hermann Tilke also plans at the Nürburgring. In addition to the pit building and the Bilstein grandstand and the new route ( Mercedes Arena ) Tilke is also responsible for the Nürburgring 2009 project.
Hermann Tilke took from the 1980s touring car VLN endurance race and the 24-hour race on the Nordschleife part. He won with Dirk Adorf 2003 and 2004 some VLN races with a V8 -Star. In the 2008 season, he raced along with Dirk Adorf in a built-up by Raeder Motorsport Lamborghini Gallardo in the VLN. In 1984 he drove in the European Touring Car Championship.