251.694 Dokumentation and Analysis of Historical Architecture
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022W, UE, 2.5h, 3.5EC
Quinn ECTS survey


  • Semester hours: 2.5
  • Credits: 3.5
  • Type: UE Exercise
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to analyse historic buildings in order to have an understanding of their construction. The practical application of building archaeological methods on completion of the course allows students to investigate aspects including design choices, construction techniques and construction phases and processes.

Subject of course

This course is part of [SIQ!] Bauforschung.Denkmalpflege


The building survey object in WS 2022 is an ancient temple mausoleum in Rome, the so-called Cenotaph of Annia Regilla in the Caffarella Valley.

As part of our building documentation there will be a special focus on structural details such as various types of masonry, construction with "roman concrete" (opus caementitium) as well as construction site logistics of antiquity. Building analysis will then consider relevant facts of architectural history concerning topics like "building- and functional typologies", "sepulcral architecture" (necropolis, mausoleum, catacomb), "live and death along the Via Appia" and much more.

Teaching methods

 collective on-site inspection for a initial understanding of the object

self-reliant approach into the subject using analytical sketching

manifacturing of preliminary plan-material to work with using hand-measurement supported by tachymetry (in small groups)

self-reliant documentation of the status quo by applying various methods of analysis - sketching, pictures, hand-measurement, tachymetry, image-rectification as well as photogrammetry and laserscanning (in focus areas for small groups)

self-reliant documentation of relevant details, findings and mappings (in focus areas for small groups - supervised)

comparison with historic image sources and literature + discussion

continous review of analysis in small groups

presentation and discussion of results

incorporation of results into a so called building documentation folder

Mode of examination


Additional information

All module dates in winter semester take place on Wednesday.

Compulsory Attendance!

All dates to this course are communicated via the course 251.691 Modul Baugeschichte Bauforschung



Examination modalities

printed as well as digital submission of building documentation folder containing all results of building analysis

digital submission of results of documentation as well as architectural drawings according to predefined formatting

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
05.10.2022 15:20 05.10.2022 15:35 03.11.2022 15:35

Registration modalities

participants will be signed up through the course Modul Baugeschichte Bauforschung


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 443 Architecture Not specified


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

expected is a basic knowledge in sketching and manifacturing of architectural drawings

experience in surveying and written communication of architectural topics with scientific intent is beneficial

lectures and exercises of the Institute of History of Art, Building Archeology and Restoration

Accompanying courses

Continuative courses


  • Attendance Required!