MSc in Conservation and Restoration of Historical Structures and Monuments

Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeMACOM04
Course Unit DetailsMSc Conservation and Restoration of Historical Structures (Required Courses) -
Number of ECTS credits allocated10
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Identify the special terms and different types of interventions on monuments (maintenance, renovation, repair, strengthening, re-use, etc.) and basic principles such as compatibility, durability, reversibility etc.
  2. Recognise the types and causes of damages on a historical building and the corresponding degree of risk - Identify the types and causes of vulnerability of a monument and the associated risk.
  3. Develop technical skills for evaluation of a monuments situation and propose immediate measures of support.
  4. Identify techniques for the repair and/or strengthening of masonry buildings and wooden structures.
  5. Develop the ability to define and follow criteria for a suitable repair of a damaged monument or historical structure.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents

·         Basic principles and scientific ethics of restoration.

·         Analysis and design methodology of interventions on monuments and traditional structures.

·         Intervention fundamentals: Compatibility, durability), reversibility.

·         Framework for the intervention on historic structures so as to conform to the applicable safety standards without harming the integrity, authenticity and originality.

·         Design proposals for the restoration or repair of monuments and historic structures.

·         Stone bearing structures during the classical, Byzantine and post-Byzantine years.

·         Materials properties and proper use (mortar, grout, stone, metal, brick, wood, reinforced concrete).

Recommended and/or required reading:
    No specific textbook required
  • Preservation Briefs 1-39 ( recognizing and resolving common reservation and repair problems prior to working on historic buildings) Us Dept of interior –National Park service- cultural recourses- Heritage preservation Services
  • T.E.E. ελληνικό τμήμα ICOMOS –«Επεξεργασία Τροποποιήσεων στην ελληνική Νομοθεσία μνημείων», Σύμβαση Γρανάδας, Σοφ. Αυγερινού κ.α., Αθήνα 1995
  • Compatible materials for the protection of European cultural Heritage, Part 56, 1998 G. Biscontin .e.a. European Commision Directorate general X technical Chamber of Greece
  • “All’ origin dell’ abitare”, ( with English translation), Giancarlo Cataldi, Alinea, Firenze 1986 ( σελ. 287)
  • ERTAG Technica e pratica del recupero edifizo, Alinea editzioni, Firenze 1994 ( σελ. 479)
  • Estrutaras de Madeira Reabilitacao e Inovacao, GEOPRA lisboa 2000.
  • Antoino Giuffre, Caterina Carocci, “Codice di Pratica per la assigurezza e la conservazione dei sassi di matezza”, Universita di Roma, edition da Bantta 1997( σελ. 305)
  • Antonino Giuffre, Caterina Carocci, “Codice di Pratica per la assigurezza e la conservazione del centro storico di Palermo, commune di Palermo editori Latezza 1999, (σελ. 199)
  • Antonino Giuffre, Sicurezza e conservazione dei centri storici, il caso Ortigia, CNR Gruppo Nationale Difesa dei Tezzemoti, editori Latezza 1993, (σελ. 279)
  • EMΠ –ΥΠEΧΩΔE, Θ. Τάσιος κ.α., “Επεμβάσεις ( επισκευές και ενισχύσεις ) σε κτίρια από τοιχοποιία”, Αθήνα 1986
  • ΤΕΕ Μακεδονίας –VΠΠΟ, «Ήπιες επεμβάσεις για την προστασία των ιστορικών κατασκευών», Πρακτικά 3ου εθνικού συνεδρίου, Ιανός Εκδόσεις, Θεσσαλονίκη 2009 (σελ. 630)
  • Ministery of culture of Greece, “The acropolis at Athens”, Conservation, restoration and research 1975-1983, Maria Casanaki e.a., Platsis Kotsetas, Greece 1986
  • EU Meda Euromed Heritage, “Traditional Mediterranean architecture”, Gilles Nourissier e.a., Barcelona 2002, ISBN-84-87104-51-7 (σελ. 139)
  • Δωδεκάνησος . Επίσημο δελτιον των εν δωδεκανησου επαρχιών του οικουμενικού θρόνου, περιοδος Α ετος Δ, τευχος Ζ Ιανουαριου-Ιουνιου 2012
  • R. Ousterhout, Mater builders of Byzantium, Philadelphia 2008
  • Anna Mangiarotti, Le tecniche dell’ architectura contemporanea.
  • Evoluzione e innovazione degli elementi constuttivi, Milano 1995
  • Π. Μυλωνά, Μονή Οσιου Λουκά του Στειριώτη, Αθήναι 2005
  • Λεξικό όρων βυζαντινής αρχιτεκτονικής και γλυπτικής, επ. επιμ. Σ. Καλοπίστη και Μ.Π. Κεσισόγλου, Παν. Εκδόσεις Κρήτης, Ηρακλειο 2010.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The taught part of the course is delivered to students by means of lectures, conducted by electronic presentations. Lecture notes and pictures are given to students in electronic form.

All course materials will be available to students through the platform e-Learning that is available at the university.

Visits to monuments and traditional buildings: Τhe aim of these visits is to gain experience in the field of identification of the construction systems.

Assignment: Each student should prepare an individual or a group work in collaboration with the tutors of the course.

Assessment methods and criteria
Exams 65%
Language of instructionGreek
Work placement(s)NO