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This program is intended for graduate and PhD students or practitioners planning to be, or already involved into building conservation and restoration, architecture history, structural design, seismic assessment, management of cultural heritage, and history of construction.

The Summer School on Historic Masonry Structures is designed to bring together researchers and scholars from the different fields of structural masonry, construction history and restoration to share their experiences on the history, design rules, construction methods and assessment tools of historic masonry structures, including vaults, domes and shells. Teaching will be in English, and it will include three main parts: course work, field-work and technical trips.

The learning programme is based on a variety of didactic approaches including lectures, research presentations by students, field-work and field trips. Being designed to last for twelve days, the course work will play the main role during the summer school. Furthermore a round-table talk will be carried out at halftime of the summer school. At the end of the programme the results of the field-work campaign will be presented by the students.



Several days will end with a keynote lecture dealing with specific problems from the practical or theoretical work of one of the teachers or PhD students.

Course days will stand under a general theme and are planned to be formed by morning and afternoon sessions. The morning sessions are devoted to introductory lectures delivered by experts in ancient masonry structures and will therefore take the form of ‘master classes’. Each lecture will last for about an hour, allowing enough time for discussion.

The afternoon sessiones will be occupied by workshops, some of which will be exploratory and allow students to question and develop their understanding. Others will have seminar character, with groups of students giving presentations about selected case studies in the range of the day’s main theme.

Detailed Program



During the field-work days, students will be asked to analyse some historic masonry constructions in the city of Segovia.

First, students will document the actual state of preservation using traditional survey and drawing techniques as well as a variety of digital instruments. Collected data will be afterwards used to analyse the structural behaviour of a masonry structure as well as to assess its safety level – thus, detect possible defects and propose suitable repairs and strengthening methodologies.

This work will be supplemented by documentary sources to support students in their individual understanding of the structural behaviour of vaults and domes in existing structures.

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