HISTORIC MASONRY STRUCTURES 

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TEACHERS AND LECTURERS

Maurizio Angelillo

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Professor at Università degli Studi di Salerno

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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. He coordinates the activity of a research group within the laboratory of micromechanics and biomechanics of the University of Salerno. Angelillo is the Editor and the co-author of the CISM book “Mechanics of Masonry Structures” and works on unilateral models for masonry since the early 80s, being the author of more than 40 papers on the application of these models to masonry structures such as arches, domes, vaults and spiral stairs.

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Professor at the Institute of Technology
in Architecture at ETH Zurich

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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.

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Gianmarco de Felice

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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.

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Matthew DeJong

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).

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Santiago Huerta

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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. He is the author of more than 80 publications: books (editor), articles and papers. 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.

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John Ochsendorf

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.

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Alessio Bortot

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Professor at Università di Trieste

Alessio Bortot, architect, is Doctor Europaeus since 2016 in Architecture, City and Design, with a specialization in Representation.

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 been research fellow working on topics about History of representation and advanced technologies for Architecture. He has lectured in conferences in academic institutions in Italy and abroad, and 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). He is author of several publications, i.e.: Modelli digitali. Approcci multidisciplinari alla rappresentazione eidomatica (Venice 2010), La Geomatica per la documentazione e la tutela dell’architettura e del paesaggio Veneto (Venice 2012) and Emmanuel Maignan e Francesco Borromini. Il progetto di una villa scientifica nella Roma barocca, (Siracusa 2020). He became Associate Professor at the Department of Engineering and Architecture in the University of Trieste in 2021.

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Rosa Ana Guerra

Professor at Universidad 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.

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