Although masonry structures are no longer built, we need to understand their construction and structural behavior. In this International Summer School, we will learn the theory and practice of Historic Masonry Architecture.

Join us in the second edition of this Summer School in Anagni, Italy.

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This program is intended for graduate and PhD students or practitioners planning to be, or already involved into building conservation and restoration, architecture history, structural design, seismic assessment, management of cultural heritage, and history of construction.

The Summer School on Historic Masonry Structures is designed to bring together researchers and scholars from the different fields of structural masonry, construction history and restoration to share their experiences on the history, design rules, construction methods and assessment tools of historic masonry structures, including vaults, domes and shells. Teaching will be in English, and it will include three main parts: course work, field-work and technical trips.

The learning programme is based on a variety of didactic approaches including lectures, research presentations by students, field-work and field trips. Being designed to last for fourteen days, the course work will play the main role during the summer school. Furthermore a round-table talk will be carried out at halftime of the summer school. At the end of the programme the results of the field-work campaign will be presented by the students.

Course Work

Several days will end with a keynote lecture dealing with specific problems from the practical or theoretical work of one of the teachers or PhD students.

Course days will stand under a general theme and are planned to be formed by morning and afternoon sessions. The morning sessions are devoted to introductory lectures delivered by experts in ancient masonry structures and will therefore take the form of ‘master classes’. Each lecture will last for about an hour, allowing enough time for discussion.

The afternoon sessiones will be occupied by workshops, some of which will be exploratory and allow students to question and develop their understanding. Others will have seminar character, with groups of students giving presentations about selected case studies in the range of the day’s main theme.

Field Work

During field-work days students will be required to analyse the church of San Pietro in Vineis and other Medieval constructions in the city center of Anagni.

First, students will document the actual state of preservation using traditional drawing techniques as well as a variety of instruments. Collected data will be afterwards used to analyse the structural behaviour of masonry structures as well as to assess their safety levels – thus, detect possible defects and propose suitable repairs and strengthening methodologies.

This work will be supplemented by documentary sources to support students in their individual understanding of the structural behaviour of arches in structures.

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Excursion Days


Restoration construction
sites after the effects
of earthquakes


Roman masonry domes and
baroque churches

Anagni Cathedral and Cripta

Imposing Romanesque
building and crypt


An underground hidden and
medieval reality

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Lectures & Guest talks

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Course Credits

We will provide certification that you participated in the course and completed all the class work and field experience with a total of 90 credit hours.

We can furnish your professor and university with any information they require about our course in order to approve it as an independent course, or any other form of accreditation that you are considering.

The number of lecture hours, field work and trips, and independent study is such to provide 90 credit hours. This would be a good addition to your resume if applying for further education or a job in restoration.

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