MSc in Conservation and Restoration of Historical Structures and Monuments

Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeMACOM05
Course Unit DetailsMSc Conservation and Restoration of Historical Structures (Required courses for CRHS_ARCH) -
Number of ECTS credits allocated10
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Identify and describe, using a structured methodology, the construction system and typology of specific types of monuments and record their particularities in detail.
  2. Recognize and record thoroughly the pathology and vulnerability of a monument or a historical structure, using scientific findings in relevant case studies.
  3. Correlate the pathology of certain types of structures with all possible existing or anticipated causes, including those which may appear in the future.
  4. Elaborate and focus on detailed analyses of certain types of historical structures i.e. fortified complexes, religious monuments, traditional structures, special anti-seismic local construction systems, etc.
  5. Develop the ability to analyse a monument’s structure and retrieve technical information about the building method and building techniques used during its erection or the subsequent interventions during the years.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents

·         Identification, Documentation and Analysis of selected case studies of Historical Building Construction Systems.

·         Pathology and Vulnerability of specific Historical Building Construction Systems (stone, brick, wooden and mixed bearing systems).

·         Description and identification of selected encountered Historical Building Construction Systems (H.B.C.S) in the wider region of the Eastern Mediterranean Basin (Cyprus, Greece, Italy etc).

·         Thorough study on the basic traditional building materials, their properties and the expected behavior of the corresponding structural members.

·         Case studies reference of special Local Historical Construction Systems (L.H.C.S.).

·         Typical examples of (H.B.C.S) and (L.H.C.S.) with emphasis on their anti-seismic mechanisms and behavior.

Recommended and/or required reading:
    No specific textbook required
  • Preservation Briefs 1-39 ( recognizing and resolving common preservation and repair problems prior to working on historic buildings) Us Dept of interior –National Park service- cultural recourses- Heritage preservation Services
  • ERTAG Technica e pratica del recupero edifizo, Alinea editzioni, Firenze 1994 (σελ. 479)
  • Ministry 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)
  • 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 Οσίου 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 35%
Language of instructionGreek
Work placement(s)NO