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History of construction and heritage


Compulsory attendance


Admission requirements

Bachelor’s degree obtained.


This practical college is meant to get started with the basics of Construction History, ‘Standing up Archaeology’. There will be 4 tutorials about:

  • Stone and brick (types, bonds, ages, finishing);

  • Timber (types, marks, walls, floors, ceilings and roofs);

  • Foundation and windows;

  • Heritage and restoration.
    Next, there will be two practical exercises, to start with an explanation about how to make a documentation and description by yourself, choosing one element of an existing building.

Course objectives

Using the element mentioned before and placing it in a functional and historical context will result in a final paper to be delivered in January.

Ects distribution

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 14 hours of lecture;

  • Related literature;

  • Presentation and paper.


Course schedule details can be found in the Master time schedule.

Mode of instruction

Lecture and tutorial.

Assessment method

Presentation and paper

Assessment deadline

Exam dates and assessment deadlines can be found in the examination schedule

Reading list

  • Individual;

  • For dutch students: R. Stenvert en G. van Tussenbroek, Inleiding in de bouwhistorie, Matrijs Utrecht 2012


Register for this course via uSis

Exchange and Study Abroad students: please see the Prospective Students website for information on how to apply.

All information (costs, registration, entry requirements etc.) for those who are interested in taking this course as a Contractstudent you will find on the Contractonderwijs Archeologie webpage (in Dutch).

Contact information

For more information about this course, please contact prof. dr. D.J. de Vries.