Italy, San Gemini

Touching the Stones: Restoration and Analysis of Historic Buildings

when 30 May 2016 - 24 June 2016
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee USD 3900

This program is an introduction to restoration of historic buildings offering both theoretical and hands-on experience. There are two courses: one deals with the restoration of masonry buildings in Italy and focuses on traditional building materials. In the second course, students learn how to identify and analyze historic buildings and their settings. Both courses include morning lectures. In the afternoon, students participate in field work, including directly restoring the masonry façade of the Oratory of San Carlo, a 13th century church in San Gemini. The sketching workshop offers the opportunity to develop analytical skills by observing and documenting historic structures in San Gemini’s medieval core using the information learned during the morning classes.

Application deadline is March 15, 2016

Course leader

Director: Massimo Cardillo
Associate Director: Nikos Vakalis
Contact information:
(718) 768-3508

Target group

This program is intended for students planning to be involved with building conservation and restoration, architecture, art history, civil engineering, art, restoration, field history, management of cultural heritage, anthropology and history of technology.

Course aim

This program aims to give students an introduction to restoration of historic buildings by offering both theoretical and hands-on experience.

Credits info

SGPS was originally part of the university program at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee for many years and became an independent study program in 2010.
In the past five years, many of our students have successfully arranged to get independent study credit through their universities. We can furnish your professor and university with any information they require about our course in order to approve it as an independent course, or any other form of accreditation that you are considering. The number of units listed on our website, e.g. 6 units for Programs A, B, D and E, and 1 unit for the Intersession Field Trip, is the equivalent credit level at which students were credited when SGPS was part of a university and what we recommend for independent study credit in 2016.
We can also provide certification that you participated in the course and completed all the class work and field experience. This would be a good addition to your resume if applying for further education or a job in restoration.

Fee info

USD 3900: Fee includes academic costs for the equivalent of 6 credit units, accommodations, application fee, transportation during academic field trips within Italy that are part of that course, materials and tools, buffet reception, welcome packet, and final dinner. Tuition does not include: airfare to Italy, travel to San Gemini, food or required insurance.