HISTORIC MASONRY STRUCTURES
Professor at Università degli Studi di Salerno
Maurizio Angelillo is Professor of Statics and Strength of Materials at the School of Engineering and Architecture of the “Università degli Studi di Salerno”. Architect and structural expert with multi-disciplinary research interests including masonry mechanics, and Biomechanics, trained in Architecture at the University of Neaples and in Mechanics at the University of Minnesota, he and his group are actively working on the kinematics and on the equilibrium of masonry buildings. Angelillo, who is the Editor and the co-author of the CISM books “Mechanics of Masonry Structures” and “Discrete Computational Mechanics of Masonry Structures”, works on unilateral models for masonry since the early 80s, being the author of more than 50 papers on the application of these models to real masonry structures and masonry elements such as arches, domes, vaults and spiral stairs.
Professor at ETH Zurich
Philippe Block is Professor at the Institute of Technology in Architecture at ETH Zurich, where he co-directs the Block Research Group (BRG) together with Dr. Tom Van Mele. He is director of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) in Digital Fabrication, and founding partner of Ochsendorf DeJong & Block (ODB Engineering). Block studied architecture and structural engineering at the VUB, Belgium, and at MIT, USA, where he earned his PhD in 2009. Research at the BRG focuses on computational form finding, optimisation and construction of curved surface structures, specialising in unreinforced masonry vaults and concrete shells. Within the NCCR, BRG researchers develop innovative structurally informed bespoke prefabrication strategies and novel construction paradigms employing digital fabrication. With the BRG and ODB Engineering, Block applies his research into practice on the structural assessment of historic monuments in unreinforced masonry and the design and engineering of novel shell structures.
Professor at Università di Trieste
Alessio Bortot, an Architect and a “Doctor Europaeus” since 2016 in Architecture, City and Design, with a specialization in Representation, is Associate Professor at the Department of Engineering and Architecture in the University of Trieste since 2021.
He has been professor for the course of “Descriptive geometry”, “Advanced technologies for representation” and “Digital 3D modelling” at the IUAV University of Venezia, at the faculty of Engineering of the University of Padova, at the IED of Venice and at the École National Supérieure des Travaux Publics in Yaoundé (Camerun). He has participated to national (PRIN 2010-2011) and international research projects (James Turrell. Roden Crater Project – Florence 2007; Jean François Niceron. Prospettiva, catottrica e magia artificiale – Rome 2013.
Gianmarco de Felice
Professor at Università degli Studi Roma Tre
Gianmarco de Felice is professor of structural engineering at the Department of Engineering of Roma Tre University. He is coordinator of the PhD school in Civil Engineering at Roma Tre University, chairmen of the RILEM Technical Committee TC-250 CSM “Composites for Sustainable strengthening of Masonry” and member of the drafting Committee of the Charter of Rome on the Resilience of Art Cities to Natural Catastrophes. He has been the scientific coordinator for the design of engineering projects on heritage conservation and structural rehabilitation, such as the restoration of the Farnese Palace in Ischia di Castro and that of the Abbey of San Clemente in Casauria supported by the World Monuments Fund and awarded by the Domus International Prize for Restoration and Conservation.
Paula Fuentes González
Professor at Universidad de Alcalà
Paula Fuentes is Architect by the Polytechnic University of Madrid and has a Master in Building Structures. Her research focuses in history of construction, masonry structures and metric survey of architectural heritage In this field she has worked as a post doc researcher in the BTU Cottbus Senftenberg being member of the DFG Research Training Group 1913 “Cultural and Technological Significance of Historic Buildings”, and in the Department of Architectural Engineering at the VUB, in a project funded by a Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship. Since 2021 she is Assistant Professor at the Universidad de Alcalá She is the founder, together with Rosa Ana Guerra, of the metric survey and analysis report of architectural heritage association villard 3 D.
Rosa Ana Guerra
Professor at Escola Técnica Superior de Santiago de Compostela
Rosa Ana Guerra is PhD Architect and Master in Architectural Restoration. Professor of Engineering Graphics at the Escola Técnica Superior de Enxeñería in Santiago de Compostela. Researcher in masonry structures, focused on the use of the state-of-the-art techniques for metric survey of architectural heritage. Member of the Spanish Construction History Society, and an active participant in national and international congresses on Construction History. She is the founder, together with Paula Fuentes, of the metric survey and analysis report of architectural heritage association villard3d.
Professor at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Santiago Huerta is a professor of Structural Design at Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM). President of the Spanish Construction History Society (SEDHC). Work as consultant for Historical Constructions Analysis (Cathedrals of Mallorca; Santiago de Compostela; Lonja de Mallorca; San Juan de los Reyes, etc.). Director of publications of the Juan de Herrera Institute. Author of more than 80 publications: books (editor), articles and papers, mainly on historic masonry structures and Construction History. Prize for the ‘Dissemination of Architecture’ related to the Exhibition and Catalog Guastavino Co. the Reinvention of the Vault (COAM), 2003. Telford Gold Medal of the British Civil Engineers Association London, 2011.
Gianmarco de Felice
Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
John Ochsendorf is a structural engineer with multi-disciplinary research interests including the history of construction, masonry mechanics, and sustainable design. Trained in structural mechanics at Cornell, Princeton, and the University of Cambridge, he conducts research on the structural safety of historic monuments, and the design of more sustainable infrastructure. His group is actively researching the dynamics of masonry buildings, the safety of cracked masonry vaults and domes, displacement loading of structures and the design of more sustainable infrastructure. Ochsendorf is the author of “Guastavino Vaulting: The Art of Structural Tile” and several dozen journal papers in structural mechanics. He has been awarded a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome and a MacArthur Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Vault builder and master plasterer, he has been involved in the construction and restoration of more than 300 vaults to date. He is the founder of Bóvedas Hispanas, a company specializing in the construction and restoration of vaults, working on numerous projects, including some of the most important in Spain in the last 30 years. He is a Professor of vault workshops at a national and international level and the author of several publications on plaster and vaulted structures.
Outstanding works. Vaulted vault in the Chapel of the Seminary of the Santos Niños Justo y Pastor de Alcalá de Henares (Madrid); Structural vaults of the Aljibe of the castle of Jadraque (Guadalajara) and in the cellar of the Valdemonjas de Quintanilla (Valladolid); Gothic vaults in stone in the Monastery of Pelayos de la Presa (Madrid); Vaults and domes in the Colegio San Basilio Magno de Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), in the Convent of San Juan de la Penitencia de Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), in the sacristy of Loeches (Madrid) and in the Chapel of San Felipe de Novelda (Alicante). He has participated as a builder in the Venice Architecture Biennale of 2016, executing a contemporary vaulted ceiling in collaboration with MIT (Prof. John Ochsendorf), with the design of Sir Norman Foster.
Professor at European University of Madrid
Architect, graduated from the School of Architecture, Polytechnic University of Madrid. Working as a structural designer and consultant since 1999, as co-founder of the GV408 Studio, since 2001 she teaches structural design at the School of Architecture of the European University of Madrid, where she has been in charge of several subjects in the area of structures, as well as joint subjects in the area of technology. She also worked as a visiting professor at ETSAM (Madrid), EaT (Toledo), Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid) and Universidad de Ambato (Ecuador). PhD in 2013 -"Tile vaulting in Sapin in the 19th Century: The transformation of a constructive system"-, her current field of research is the history of construction and structures. In this context, she has written numerous publications and participated in the organization of related congresses in Madrid (2013), Segovia (2015) and Soria (2019).
Professor at Sapienza University of Rome
Angelo Amorosi is Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at Sapienza University of Rome (Italy), where he graduated in Civil Engineering in 1992 and then obtained his PhD from the Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering.
During his career, Prof. Amorosi spent several periods of study and research abroad, working at City University of London (UK), Technical University of Athens (Greece) and Oxford University (UK). His research interests include experimental observations and mathematical modelling of the mechanical behaviour of clayey soils, the development of numerical integration schemes for plasticity-based constitutive laws, and numerical simulations with a focus on natural and artificial slopes, earth dams, tunnels and masonry structures. He has been member of the editorial panel of Géotechnique and is currently member of the editorial boards of Acta Geotechnica and of the Italian Geotechnical Journal.
Lecture on September 4 at 6.15 p.m.
Professor at University of Parma
Carlo Blasi, born in Florence in 1948, he graduated with honours in Architecture in 1972, University researcher in Florence in the disciplinary areas of Construction Science and Technology, Associate Professor of Restoration in Bari and, from 2002 to 2014, Full Professor in Parma. From 2013 to 2017 he was a full member of the Consiglio Superiore dei Lavori Pubblici. He currently works professionally and lectures at the Ecole de Chaillot in Paris. He has worked mainly in the field of structural design, restoration, stability of historical buildings and seismic protection. He is in charge of the reconstruction project for the Basilica of San Benedetto in Norcia and responsible for the structural stability of the reconstruction of Notre Dame. He is the author of numerous scientific publications.
Lecture on September 1 at 5 p.m.
Professor at Berkeley University of California
Matthew DeJong is a Professor in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials at University of California, Berkeley. He was a university lecturer in Structural Engineering and a Fellow and Director of Studies in Engineering at St Catharine’s College. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the Technical University of Delft and completed his PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Davis, and worked as a structural design engineer in California. His research interests lie broadly in the field of structural engineering, but are primarily focused in the areas of earthquake engineering (rocking structures, damage-control design, analytical modelling, fundamental dynamics, and low-cost solutions for the developing world) and masonry structures (structural collapse, retrofit methods, settlement, soil-structure interaction, laser-scanning, limit analysis, and discrete element modelling).
Lecture on September 5 at 6.15 p.m.
Professor at University of Naples Federico II
Giulio Zuccaro is Full Professor of Solid & Structural Mechanics and Theory of Structures at University of Naples Federico II. He is member of the Major Risks National Committee of the Italian Civil Protection Department. He is Scientific Director of PLINIVS - Study Centre for Hydrogeological, Volcanic and Seismic Engineering, Operative Structure of the Interdepartmental Research Centre LUPT, University of Naples Federico II. Research activities of PLINIVS Study Centre concern the analyses of effects of single natural hazards and potential cascading effects on Buildings, infrastructure and urban settlements, vulnerability analyses at local, regional and national scale, impact damage scenarios and hazard modelling, emergency planning and decision-making support, including innovative methods and tools to assess mitigation and adaptation options.
He is author of more than 160 scientific publications in the field of structural mechanics, with a focus on Mechanics of masonry, Stochastic dynamics, Active control of structures and Impact evaluation of natural hazards on the built environment.
Lecture on September 5 at 5 p.m.
Professor at Princeton University
Sigrid Adriaenssens’ research interests lie in the mechanics of large-span structural surfaces under construction and extreme loading. From storm surge membrane barriers to macroscale adaptive shading shell devices, she has innovated a range of structural and architectural systems. The framework she is developing combines advanced analytical formulations, numerical form-finding and optimization approaches, fluid-structure interaction, and machine learning models to accelerate discoveries and automate optimal designs. In her cross-disciplinary work, Sigrid has initiated and nurtured collaborations with researchers from diverse fields, including computer and material science, biology, robotics, architecture, philosophy, art history, visual arts, graphic design and choreography.
She is the co-editor of the International Journal of Space Structures, a fellow of the Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and vice-president of the International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures. A 2023 Myron Goldsmith Fellow at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Sigrid has also received the DigitalFUTURES Matthias Rippmann Award from Tongji University, Shanghai, and the Pioneers Award from the Spatial Structures Research Centre of the University of Surrey, U.K. As a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University, Sigrid directs the Form Finding Lab, teaching courses on the (non-)linear mechanics of solids and slender structures, structural design, and the integration of engineering and the arts.
Lecture on September 6 at 3 p.m.
Antonello De Luca
Professor at University of Naples Federico II
Antonello De Luca is Professor of structural engineering at University of Naples Federico II and author of about 300 scientific papers in several topics of seismic engineering including masonry structures, steel structures and base isolations system. In the field of masonry structures, he has co-organized workshops (Wondermasonry 2-4), and the lecture series in memory of G. Castellano in 2015 with M. Angelillo. Concerning steel structures, he has participated in many international committees (ECCS, CEN, CNR, UNI), organized the XXIII CTA, and he is Director of II level Master Design of Steel Structures. In the field of Base Isolations System, he has coordinated important research projects (COSMES, Pernaso and PRIN) and coorganized the volume Base isolation and seismic control of structures and infrastructures (Reluis project). He has carried out professional design, workmanship and testing for private and public administration with particular reference to reinforced concrete structures, steel structures, masonry buildings, bridges and tunnels and consultancy activities for major structural work, winning the awards ACAI 2001, Sisto Mastrodicasa 2007 and AICAP 2009.
Lecture on September 8 at 5 p.m.