Conference: Modelling Medieval Vaults London, 14 July 2016

Wells CathedralThe University of Liverpool in London, Finsbury Square. Seminar Room 4,
July 14, 2016  Registration deadline: Jul 7, 2016

The use of digital surveying and analysis techniques, such as laser scanning, photogrammetry, 3D reconstructions or reverse engineering offers the opportunity to re-examine historic architecture.

Digital analysis has enabled new research into design processes,
construction methods, structural engineering, building archaeology and
relationships between buildings. Recent research on Continental
European and Central American architecture has established the
significance of these techniques, however, as yet there has been little
exploitation of digital technologies in the context of medieval
architecture in the British Isles. This is despite international
recognition of the importance of thirteenth and fourteenth-century
English vault design to the history of Gothic architecture in an
international context.

The aims of the present symposium are to present new research in this
emerging field to establish appropriate methodologies using digital
tools and identify significant questions for future research in the

The symposium will be relevant to anyone with an interest in:
Medieval architecture
Three-dimensional digital methodologies
Digital techniques used for the analysis of historic works of

Welcome (tea and coffee)
Keynote: Prof Norbert Nussbaum, Thomas Bauer and Jörg Lauterbach:
Benedikt Ried’s Deconstructive Vaults in Prague Castle – Design,
Construction and Meaning
10:30 Tea and coffee break

Digital processes 1
Carmen Pérez de los Ríos:
Researching tas-de-charge Design and Construction Methods: an Approach
Supported by Digital Techniques
Danilo Di Mascio:
Morphological and geometric complexities of built heritage
Marco Carpiceci and Fabio Colonnese:
Medieval vaults for Renaissance architecture. Modelling the vaults on
sheet 10 of Leonardo da Vinci’s Code B
Enrique Rabasa-Díaz, Ana López-Mozo, Miguel Ángel Alonso-Rodríguez and
Rafael Martín-Talaverano:
Technical knowledge transfer in European Late Gothic: multi-star vaults
12:10 Questions
Keynote: Prof Santiago Huerta:
Cracks and distortions in masonry arches and vaults

13:10 Lunch break

New questions in 14th-century vaulting
Nick Webb:
Wells cathedral choir aisle vaults: digital documentation and analysis
Alex Buchanan:
Wells cathedral choir aisle vaults: issues of interpretion
Andrew Budge:
Design changes: the macro- and micro-architectural vaults of
fourteenth-century collegiate churches
Sophie Dentzer-Niklasson:
From Two to Three Dimensions: Drawings and Design Processes in Medieval
15:00 Questions
15:10 Tea and coffee break

Digital processes 2
Rosana Guerra and Paula Fuentes:
The construction of the vaults of Mallorca cathedral
Weiyi Pei and Lui Tam:
Comparison of Digital Documentation Methodologies of Neo-gothic
Vaulting System: A Case Study of Dominican Church, Ghent, Belgium
Balázs Szőke, Balázs Szakonyi and Gergely Buzás:
Role of the “Horizontal ribs” in late gothic vault constructions in
16:30 Questions
16:40 Keynote: Prof Benjamin Ibarra-Sevilla

Enquiries to be addressed to

Further information about the symposium can be found at:

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: