HISTORIC MASONRY STRUCTURES 

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YOUNG INVITED TEACHERS

Antonino Iannuzzo

Block Research Group

Postdoctoral Researcher at ETH

Antonino Iannuzzo is a structural engineer. After receiving his master’s degree at the University of Naples Federico II, he completed his Ph.D. in 2017 with a dissertation on “A new rigid block model for masonry structures” written under the supervision of Professors Maurizio Angelillo and Antonio Gesualdo. Antonino’s research during his Ph.D. work focused on models for the static, kinematic and dynamic analysis of masonry elements and structures modelled as continua composed of Normal Rigid No Tension material. Since 2013, he has worked on masonry buildings, restoration projects and retrofitting of new reinforced concrete buildings. During the academic year 2017-18 he worked as a post-doctoral researcher on “large scale assessment of ordinary masonry buildings under seismic actions” at the P.LIN.I.V.S. Study Centre for Hydrogeological, Volcanic and Seismic Engineering, whose scientific coordinator is Prof. Giulio Zuccaro. Antonino’s research activities are mainly focused on the kinematics and statics of masonry structures and on the rocking behaviour of rigid blocks, and he joins the BRG as a post-doctoral researcher.

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Postdoctoral Researcher

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Marialuigia Sangirardi

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Research Associate

Research Associate at

University of Oxford

Marilù is a Research Associate at the Department of Engineering Science of the University of Oxford where she's working on the development of new advanced and non invasive in situ testing methods for historic masonry.

She received her PhD in Structural Engineering in 2016 from the Technical University of Bari and the University of Minho, where she spent a visiting period as part of the ISISE Historic Masonry Group lead by Professor P.B. Lourenço. She has been working as scientific consultant in international research projects and as research fellow in Bari, Pavia and Rome, in the research group coordinated by Gianmarco de Felice. 

Her research interests include constitutive modelling of masonry, computer vision based monitoring strategies, numerical simulations of various boundary value problems, under static and dynamic conditions, with particular emphasis on historical constructions, low-impact retrofitting techniques and soil-structure interaction.

She serves as reviewer for several international journals in preservation, structural engineering, and mechanics. 

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Andrea Montanino

Assistant Professor 

University of Naples “Federico II”

Andrea Montanino is Assistant Professor at the University of Naples “Federico II”. He got a PhD in Computational Mechanics and Advanced Materials from the University of Pavia. His thesis was awarded as the Best PhD thesis in Computational Mechanics of Fluids by the Italian Group of Computational Mechanics. His research has focused on different applications of computational mechanics, including fluid-dynamics, biomechanics and computational methods for masonry structures. He is coauthor of about 25 publications on peer-reviewed international journals.

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Assistant Professor

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Carlo Olivieri

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Postdoctoral Researcher

Postdoctoral Researcher

Università di Salerno

PhD in Structural Engineering at the University of Salerno, where he is actually a Postdoctoral Researcher, in collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley.  In 2016, he received his MSc in Building Engineering and Architecture at the University of Salerno.  After his graduation, Carlo worked as Structural Engineer and Assistant Project Manager for an International General Contractor, where he was involved in relevant international projects. Thanks to these experiences, he acquired strong skills in the structural design of reinforced concrete and steel structures, the structural assessment and retrofitting of ancient masonry buildings, and complex project management. Indeed, among other projects, he was the Construction Manager for a stadium in Italy. During his PhD, he developed new strategies for the assessment and form-finding of complex curved structures using the membrane theory and an extension of the classical Thrust Line method to special structures called Linear Arch Static Analysis. This new methodology opens new possibilities to look at the complex topic represented by curved masonry and concrete constructions. He also investigated the dynamics of masonry arches subjected to ground motion both under a theoretical than physical perspective. His research is currently directed towards new optimization strategies for purely compressive shapes subjected to seismic actions and new strategies for using low-carbon material blocks to construct these structures. As co-founder partners of the KEIKO Cultural Association, he has organized and participated as Teaching assistant at the International Summer School on Historic Masonry Structures since 2018.

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Pietro Meriggi

Postdoctoral Researcher

Università degli Studi Roma Tre

Pietro Meriggi is a Postdoctoral fellow and member of the Structures Research Group at the Department of Engineering of Roma Tre University. 

Born in 1992, he got his BSc in 2014, his MSc in 2017, and his PhD in Civil Engineering in 2021 at Roma Tre University.  His scientific interests and expertise include laboratory and field testing of both traditional and innovative materials and of full-scale masonry structural members (subject to static and dynamic loads), analytical modelling of masonry structures and development of rules for the design of masonry constructions.  From January to March 2020 he was visiting PhD Student at Navier Laboratory – IFSTTAR in Paris, where he started studying possible strengthening solutions for 3D printed digital concrete structures. Pietro has recently been involved in International Technical Committees, including the RILEM TC 250-CSM “Composites for sustainable strengthening of masonry” and the ACI 549 0L – RILEM TC 250 CSM Liaison Subcommittee “Design and Construction of Externally Bonded Fabric Reinforced Cementitious Matrix (FRCM) Systems for Repair and Strengthening Masonry Structures”. Since 2017 he is teaching assistant for the course of Earthquake Engineering at Roma Tre University. 

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Postdoctoral Researcher

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Vittorio Paris

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Postdoctoral Researcher

Postdoctoral Researcher

Università degli Studi di Bergamo

Vittorio Paris is a Postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Bergamo. He received his PhD in 2020 under the supervision of Professor Attilio Pizzigoni. Vittorio’s research focuses on masonry self-balanced shells and their equilibrium during the construction, through which he aims to pave a way towards sustainable construction that is inspired by historical techniques. Under this aim, he has conducted extensive research on the unique and long lost masonry technique: the herringbone technique and the cross-herringbone masonry pattern to construct domes.
He is also part of the Form Finding Lab at Princeton University since 2018. Here, he works with Prof. Sigrid Adriaenssens towards applying self-balancing techniques to a range of shells varying in form, scale and materials, and further in collaboration with new-age technologies of robotic construction.

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Ricardo Maia Avelino

PhD Student at ETH Zurich

Ricardo Maia Avelino is a structural engineer with strong interest in structural optimization, masonry and shell structures. Since 2019, he is a doctoral student at ETH Zurich, working under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Philippe Block at the Block Research Group. His research aims to develop practical computational tools to improve assessment of historic masonry structures and is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Ricardo graduated in a dual degree program at Universidade de São Paulo (Poli-USP) and École des Ponts Paristech, where he received highest merit (Prix Betancourt) and the Eiffel excellence scholarship. During his studies, he also worked as structural engineer in the architectural firm Skidmore Owings & Merril (SOM) in San Francisco.

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PhD Student

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