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History of construction and heritage


Admission requirements

Bachelor’s degree obtained.


This practical course 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.
    There will also be 2 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 elements mentioned above and placing it in a functional and historical context will result in a final paper to be delivered in January.


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

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture;

  • Tutorial with presentations.

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 28 hours of lectures/tutorials (2 ects);

  • Literature (1 ects);

  • Assignments (2 ects).

Assessment method

  • Presentation (50%);

  • 4 assignments (2 are for practice and need to be completed, the other 2 assignments together count for 50% of the final grade).

All assessment deadlines (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the examination schedule.

Reading list

  • To be composed individually;

  • For Dutch students: R. Stenvert & G. van Tussenbroek, _Inleiding in de Bouwhistorie. Utrecht: Matrijs (2012).


Registration for the course is not necessary, registration for the exam is mandatory. For instructions, see the Registration in uSis page.

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

Registration ‘Contractonderwijs’

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


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


Compulsory attendance.