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HISTORIC MASONRY STRUCTURES 

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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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Alessio Bortot

Professor at Università di Trieste

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Alessio Bortotarchitect, 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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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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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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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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INVITED LECTURERS

Philippe Block

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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.

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David Odgers

Indipendent Consultant

David Odgers, after graduating in chemistry, he became an apprentice conservator at Wells Cathedral. He was a founder of Nimbus Conservation in1984 and Managing Director from 1991 to 2005 during which time the company undertook repair and conservation works to many important monuments, archaeological sites and historic buildings.

He is an accredited conservator and from 2005, he has been an independent consultant on conservation of stone and plaster. As well as advising on many important historic buildings, he is a regular writer and lecturer both in the UK and overseas.

Lecture on August 30 at 5 p.m.

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Giorgio Serino

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Professor at University of Naples Federico II

Giorgio Serino is Professor of Structural Engineering, Earthquake Engineering and Structural Control and Theory and Design of Bridges at the University of Naples Federico II. He earned a Bachelor in Civil Engineering and a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from University of Naples Federico II and a Master of Science in Engineering from University of California, Berkeley. His research interests are innovative dynamic control systems, structural monitoring, design and assessment of bridges and more recently rehabilitation of historical masonry construction. In the years 1992-99 he was external consultant of ISMES (Bergamo, Italy) and ENEL Hydraulic and Structural Research Centre (Milan, Italy), member of CUN (National University Council) for the Civil Engineering and Architecture area (1998-2007), Associate Professor at the School of Architecture of University of Roma Tre (1998-2001). He has been Team Leader in two experimental research projects on semi-active control with oleodynamic and magneto-rheological fluids financed by EU, Principal Investigator of five PRIN research projects financed by Italian Ministry of University and Research and Work-Package Coordinator of six ReLUIS projects on innovative seismic protection systems financed by the Italian Department of Civil Protection.

Lecture on August 31 at 5 p.m.

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Denis Zastavni

Professor at Université Catholique de Louvain

Denis Zastavni is Dr. Arch. Eng. and Professor in the Louvain research institute for Landscape, Architecture, Built environment [LAB] and at the Faculty of Architecture, Architectural Engineering and Urbanism [LOCI] of the Université Catholique de Louvain at Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium since 2008. He has worked as a structural engineer and architect for over ten years. His PhD was on Robert Maillart’s design methods and won the Premio Edoardo Benvenuto in 2008. His main publications are on structural design, pedagogical approaches in teaching structure, and Robert Maillart’s designs. With his team, his current research is focused on structural design approaches and tools, analysis of historical structures, history of the design of structures, graphic statics, timber constructions and on deepening his knowledge of Robert Maillart’s structural methods.

Lecture on August 31 at 6:15 p.m.

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Riccardo Barsotti

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Professor at University of Pisa

Riccardo Barsotti is a researcher in the Mechanics of Solids and Structures at the University of Pisa, Dept. of Civil and Industrial Engineering. His research activities are mainly addressed towards the nonlinear mechanical behaviour of structures and solids, particularly thin membranes and masonry elements. As for masonry, within the last years his research has been focused on analytical and numerical studies of arches, panels and domes, addressing both their limit conditions as well as the distributions of stresses and strains within them. Other scientific interests comprise the study of the classical theory of elasticity, the critical re-examining of the historical development of the mechanics of solids and structures and, more recently, the study of the statics and the dynamics of elastic beams subjected to unilateral constraints, undergoing large displacements. He is the author of papers published in national and international journals, as well as in international conference proceedings.

Lecture on September 1 at 11:30 a.m.

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Sigrid Adriaenssens

Professor at Princeton University

Sigrid Adriaenssens’s research interests lie in the mechanics of large‐span structural surfaces under extreme loading and more recently under construction. She has been working on a comprehensive framework with advanced analytical formulations, numerical form finding and optimization approaches, fluid/structure interaction and machine learning models and algorithms to open new avenues for accelerated discoveries and automated optimal designs. In terms of applications, she has used this framework to successfully innovate structural and architectural systems ranging from macroscale adaptive shading shell devices to large‐scale storm surge membrane barriers. In 2021, she was named Fellow of the Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), elected vice‐president of the International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS), and received the Digita lFUTURES Matthias Rippmann Award (Tongji University, China) and the Pioneers’s Award (Spatial Structures Research Centre of the University of Surrey, UK). In 2018 she received the ASCE George Winter Award. She chairs the ASCE Esthetics in Design Committee as well as the IASS Concrete Shell Roofs Working Group. She is the co‐editor of the International Journal of Space Structures and directs the Form Finding Lab at Princeton University, where she teaches courses on (non‐)linear mechanics of solids and slender structures, structural design and the integration of engineering and the arts.

Lecture on September 1 at 5 p.m.

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Carlo Blasi

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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 6:15 p.m.

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Aguinaldo Fraddosio

Professor at Polytechnic University of Bari

Aguinaldo Fraddosio, Ph.D., is a structural engineer and associate professor of “Scienza delle Costruzioni” at the Department of Civil Engineering Sciences and Architecture of Polytechnic University of Bari.

His research activity, developed within an established network of Italian and international scholars, is focused on fundamental and applicative issues of solids, structural and experimental mechanics. His research interests in historic masonry constructions concern advanced applications of the lower bound theorem of limit analysis for corbelled structures, arches, vaults and domes; dynamics of curved masonry constructions; advanced strengthening techniques; damage characterization. On these subjects, he performed both theoretical and experimental research. Moreover, he studies stability and bifurcation in finite elasticity; advanced ultrasonic approaches for mechanical characterization of materials; acoustoelasticity; tensegrity structures; innovative approaches for structural dynamic identification; vibro-impact dampers for seismic protection of structures. He is the principal investigator in research projects on existing and historical structures, on seismic metamaterials, and on non-linear ultrasonic techniques for damage characterization. He carries out an intense didactic activity, mostly at MSc and at PhD level, also giving lectures and seminars for national and international courses.

Lecture on September 2 at 6:15 p.m.

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Nicola Nodargi

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Professor at University of Rome tor Vergata

Nicola A. Nodargi is Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy. He received his M.Sc. degree in civil engineering and his M.Sc. degree in mathematics from the same university, where he earned his Ph.D. in civil engineering in 2016. His Ph.D. thesis was selected as a finalist for the 2016 ECCOMAS best Ph.D. thesis award, was recognized with the 2016 GIMC best Ph.D. thesis award and the 2017 ECCOMAS best Ph.D. presentation award. As a Postdoctoral researcher, he was visiting scholar at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany. His research activity, framed in the field of computational mechanics, focuses on the development of computational strategies for the analysis of structures exhibiting material and geometric nonlinearities, with a particular interest in the computational mechanics of historical masonry constructions, such as arches, vaults and domes.

Lecture on September 2 at 9:00 p.m.

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Angelo Amorosi

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). In 1999, he became Lecturer and then Associate Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the Technical University of Bari (Italy), where he worked until 2015.

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, also serving as reviewer for several international journals in geotechnics and mechanics.

Lecture on September 5 at 6:15 p.m.

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Giulio Zuccaro

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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.

PLINIVS is a research structure specialized in seismic, volcanic and hydrogeological risk assessment, and National Competence Center of the Italian Civil Protection for volcanic risk. 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.

In the last 30 years, he has been principal investigator in several national and international research projects, including: TOSQA (EV5V-CT93-0305, 1994-96), VESUVIUS (EU FP5, 1998-2000), EXPLORIS (EU FP6, 2002-2005), SAFELAND (EU FP7, 2009-2012), CRISMA (EU FP7, 2012-2015), SNOWBALL (EU FP7, 2014-2017); REACHING OUT (H2020, 2016-2019); ESPRESSO (H2020, 2016-2018); CLARITY (2017-2019).

Lecture on September 6 at 9 a.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 6 at 5:00 p.m.

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Matthew DeJong

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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 7 at 6:15 p.m.

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