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Tile vault construction workshop

We will build together with the students a vaulted structure.

The workshop will consist in preparation (scaffolding, formwork, etc.), plaster mixing, preparation of lime mortar, cutting bricks, laying bricks. We will then assess its bearing capacity under static loading conditions.

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Alejandra Albuerne

Assistant Professor at IE University

Dr. Alejandra Albuerne is a structural engineer with more than twenty years of international experience across industry and academia. Her career has included work in Asia and Europe as structural engineer and heritage specialist within organisations such as Arup and Architecture Sans Frontieres. In 2017 she joined UCL as Assistant Professor of Sustainable Heritage at the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. Since 2022, Albuerne is Assistant Professor at IE University’s School of Architecture and Design, where she is Coordinator of Building Structures.

Albuerne obtained her Master of Engineering degree from the University of Cambridge in 2003 and her  DPhil in Archaeology and Engineering Science from the University of Oxford in 2016. She has a background in traditional building structures, heritage management and international development. Her research focuses on the role of cultural heritage in the safety and development of communities. Examples of ongoing research include the seismic performance evaluation of earthen constructions in the 2023 Morocco earthquake and the development of fire-structure interaction models for historic structures.


Carlos Martín

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.

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