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a historical document.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

8th International Congress on Construction History, Zurich, 24-28 June 2024
Papers by: Mark Gielen, Jonas Lengenfeld, Soheil Nazari, Rebecca Erika Schmitt, Prof. David Wendland

53. Tagung für Ausgrabungswissenschaft und Bauforschung, 8-12 May 2024, Aachen
Dauerhaftigkeit und Effizienz als Prinzipien des antiken Bauwesens
Papers by: Mark Gielen, Vladimir Korensky, Soheil Nazari, Rebecca Erika Schmitt und Prof. David Wendland


techne: Herausforderungen, Ressourcen, Lösungen im antiken Bauwesen
Conference in Architekturforum, Technische Universität Berlin, 16 and 17 November 2023
Paper by Prof. David Wendland

4th International Congress on Luso-Brazilian Construction History
Guimarães, Portugal, 04-06 August 2023
David Wendland, Keynote Lecture "Towards the Gothic: Design and construction of the 12th century vaults in Notre-Dame in Paris, and possible origins"

Lecture at the conference "Teoria e pratica del restauro - Materiali e tecniche nell'edilizia storica e nel restauro"
David Wendland: Murare nell'aria: La costruzione di volte in laterizio a mano libera. Benevento (I), 28 June 2023

Sechste Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Bautechnikgeschichte 2023
Bautechnikgeschichte – Positionen und Perspektiven, in Berlin, 11-13 May 2023,
Paper by R.E. Schmitt

Tenth Conference of the Construction History Society
Queens’ College, Cambridge, UK, 12.-13 April 2023
Papers by: Mark Gielen, Vladimir Korensky, Jonas Lengenfeld, Rebecca Erika Schmitt and Prof. David Wendland

Lecture at the conference "Rekonstruktion historischer Topographien in Raum und Zeit: Möglichkeiten und Grenzen"
David Wendland: Modellierung und Reverse Engineering – Rückwärts zu den großen Gewölben des Mittelalters. Nuremberg, 23 March.2023

Scientifiques au service de la restauration de Notre-Dame de Paris
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