Restoration and conservation of buildings


The term architectural conservation addresses the issues involved of prolonging the life, integrity and character of architectural constructions, with a focus on form and style, and on constituent materials including stone, brick, glass, metal, and wood. In this case, the term refers to the ‘professional use of a careful balance of science, art, craft, and technology as a preservation tool’ within the fields of historic environment conservation and art preservation.
Our goal is to provide students with both a theoretical and practical knowledge of methods used, in order for them to work successfully on historic buildings whilst using technical eqipment. There is an important focus on structures and materials such as bearing walls, reinforced concrete and steel, both for simple and mixed systems. Students will be trained in analysis and diagnosis of the causes of degradation, in intervention techniques for the recovery of materials, and in the use of technical equipment designed to reuse the building project. Particular attention will be given to the recovery techniques used in areas susceptible to seismic activity. The course also incorporates the development of a project which will enable application of the theoretical techniques presented in the lectures.
  • Traditional building materials
  • Analysis of the evolution of traditional construction systems
  • Analysis of failures in masonry buildings
  • Analysis of failures in buildings made from reinforced concrete and metal structures
  • Analysis of traditional techniques and materials for recovery and restoration
  • Analysis of modern and innovative techniques and materials for recovery and restoration
  • Diagnostics for the preservation of historical buildings
  • Technology used for the recovery of walls, vaulted structures and wooden floors
  • Technology used for the recovery of concrete within frame structures
  • Technology used for the recovery of floors in reinforced concrete and in metallic carpentry
  • Technology used for the remediation of landslides as a result of moisture in the walls
  • Technology used for the recovery of plaster facades and stone cladding
  • Technology used for the recovery of decorative architectural details
  • Technology and regulations used when working with historic structures in places vulnerable to seismic activity
  • Introduction to fire safety in historic buildings.

PROFESSOR Dr. Agostino Catalano
Agostino Catalano graduated Civil Engineering at the University of Naples “Federico II” in 1984. And having specialized in fire prevention, in also a graduate of the School of Specialisation in Restoration of Monuments at the University’s Faculty of Architecture.
In May 2003, Catalano co-founded OSSEVM, The Scientific Centre for the Study of Vernacular Building in the Mediterranean Basin, assuming the office of Treasurer.
Since Semptember 1, 2008, Catalano has been the Associate Professor at the University of Molise, ad is a professor of technical architecture and design and technology for the engineering of fire safety and the preservation of building. Over the years he has participated in numerous national and international conferences  and has enjoyed several scientific publications.
Agostino Catalano’s complete curriculum vitae can be found here: