Profile of the chair

The chair of Construction History deals with historical aspects of
"Architectural Engineering" and with the preservation of historical
structures. Central topics are traditional and historical building methods,
as well as the history of construction, applied geometry and mechanics in
the building industry. This is done from a perspective that is necessarily
interdisciplinary: in order to understand the conceptual, planning, material
science and constructional aspects in their historical development,
engineering methods must be combined with hermeneutical methods of the

In the investigation of buildings and the analysis of historical technical
literature, techniques and practices as well as organisational and
communication processes can be grasped, which provide insight into the
knowledge society in which the buildings were built, and which enable
general insights into economic and social history beyond the history of
technology and ideas. 

For the preservation of historical buildings, in particular the
conservation, restoration or strengthening of their sturcture, the special
scientific and methodical bases are developed and imparted: Interventions
with the aim of usability and stability in the technical and normative
framework conditions must take into account the character of the monument as
a historical document. 

Finally, the consideration of historical construction provides a perspective
for the necessary reflection on today's building and has repeatedly proven
to be an important basis for innovation.

Current events

Lecture for Symposium "Bezugspunkt Schlosskapelle".
David Wendland: Kunstvolle gotische Gewölbedecken in der Renaissance - Die Dresdner Schlosskapelle. Dresden, 04.05.2022

Ninth Conference of the Construction History Society
Queens’ College, Cambridge, UK, 1-2 April 2022
Papers by: Mark Gielen, Vladimir Korensky, Jonas Lengenfeld, Soheil Nazari, Rebecca Erika Schmitt and Prof. David Wendland

"Construction History lecture series", Department of Architectural Engineering (March 3-May 5), VUB und ULB Brüssel.
David Wendland: Gothic vaults: design and construction. 17.03.2022, 14:30 (online),
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Scientifiques au service de la restauration de Notre-Dame de Paris
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2021 Events Archive

Falsework and Vault Construction: First Zurich Colloquium on Building Archaeology
ETH Zurich, Chair of Building Archaeology and Construction History, 4 October 2021 (Programme).
Paper by D. Wendland

Seventh International Congress on Construction History
Congress in Lisbon, 12-16. July 2021 (Online),
Papers by H. Bücherl, M. Gielen, V. Korensky, J. Lengenfeld, S. Nazari, R.E. Schmitt and D. Wendland

Fünfte Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Bautechnikgeschichte 2021
Materialgerecht konstruiert!?!, Conference in Zurich, 10-11 June 2021 (Online),
Papers by J. Lengenfeld, R.E. Schmitt and D. Wendland

Lecture at DFG Research Training Group 1913
Hadi Safaeipour: Architectural Technology Transfer: Iranian Double-Shell Domes and the West, 1 June 2021, 17:00 (Online).

51. Tagung für Ausgrabungswissenschaft und Bauforschung der Koldewey-Gesellschaft
Sur le Grand Tour – Reisende Architekten als Protagonisten des europäischen Gedankens,Conference in Strasbourg, 12-16 May 2021 (Online),
Paper by D. Wendland

International Symposium “Brick Vaults and Beyond“
The Transformation of a Historical Structural System, internationales Symposium in Brussels, 29-30 April 2021 (Online),
Paper by D. Wendland

Lecture at DFG Research Training Group 1913
Dieter Mertens:Neue Beobachtungen am sog. Poseidontempel in Paestum, 27 April 2021, 19:00 (Online).

Reconstruction and Restoration of Architectural Heritage
International Conference in Saint-Petersburg, 24-27. March 2021 (Online),
Paper by V. Korensky