251.915 Collaborative working | Historical Construction Techniques
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023S, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to build selected dome and vault constructions in clay and brick and to evaluate the static processes.

In the context of climate change, the ability to build large structures with little more than a nail and a ball of string and the readily available building materials of clay and earth can fundamentally change the way we look at things.

Arches, domes and vaults.
The art of vaulting in clay and brick

This course is led by Prof. Dr. techn. Eisa Esfanjary (Art University of Isfahan, Iran)



Subject of course

In a three-day workshop, geometry and simple techniques for marking out and constructing arches, vaults and domes are explained using practical examples. A compass, nail, string and chalk are used.

The course begins with an introduction to the subject. The first step is to draw on paper with a ruler and compass. Then, using a nail, string and chalk, everything is recreated in full size on the floor. After the geometry for the required dimensions has been determined, it is discussed how the formwork and the arches of the vaults or domes have to be made. During the workshop, the participants each practise a specific type of vault and its geometric pattern. No complete vault will be built, but the whole process for its construction will be simulated from start to finish.

Teaching methods

  • Introduction to the subject (impulse lectures)
  • Practical exercises (if possible also outdoors)
  • Documentation (drawing, photography), textual descriptions and analyses

Mode of examination


Additional information

Place will be  announced soon!

Time: Thursady 30 March - Friday 31 March - Saturday 1 April from 9am to 6pm



Course dates

Thu08:00 - 18:0030.03.2023TVFA Halle - Achtung! Ausstellungsraum/Werkraum Workshop Historische Bautechniken
Thu09:00 - 18:0030.03.2023Seminarraum AEEG-1 Workshop
Fri09:00 - 18:0031.03.2023TVFA Halle - Achtung! Ausstellungsraum/Werkraum Workshop Historische Bautechniken
Sat09:00 - 18:0001.04.2023TVFA Halle - Achtung! Ausstellungsraum/Werkraum Workshop Historische Bautechniken

Examination modalities

Documentation and project paper

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
24.02.2023 08:00 01.04.2023 23:00 01.04.2023 21:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 243 Architecture Not specified
066 443 Architecture Not specified


No lecture notes are available.


  • Attendance Required!