Course Details

Reconstruction and Renovation of Historical Buildings

Academic Year 2024/25

NHB053 course is part of 3 study plans

NPA-SIS Winter Semester 2nd year

NKC-SIS Winter Semester 2nd year

NPC-SIS Winter Semester 2nd year

Course Guarantor


Language of instruction

Czech, English


5 credits



Forms and criteria of assessment

course-unit credit and examination

Offered to foreign students

To offer to students of all faculties

Course on BUT site


13 weeks, 2 hours/week, elective


1. Introduction to the subject; monument care: development and contemporary legal requirements on the protection of cultural heritage in the Czech Republic; methods of protection and presentation of building monuments; surveys and diagnostics of historical buildings. 2. Architectural styles in the territory of the Czech Republic. 3. Historical development of building structures in the territory of the Czech Republic. 4. Approaches to the conservation and interventions in individual building elements and structures of historic buildings and building monuments. 5. Historical building technologies: stonemasonry; plastering of historic buildings; gypsum plasters and false vaults; stucco work. 6. Historical building technologies: painting techniques in historical eras; fresco paintings; sgraffito decoration; stuccolustro. 7. Historical building technologies: mosaic; wallpapers; gilding, patination, polychrome. 8. Vaults: fundamental overview, building technologies, faults and repairs of vaults; exam instructions.


13 weeks, 2 hours/week, compulsory


1. Introduction to practice classes; credit granting conditions; assignment of input documents for semestral work. 2. Individual consultation of the assignment and field work: preliminary survey, measurement of current state, photodocumentation, collection of the necessary information. 3. Historical survey of the given building: work with archive and literary sources. 4. Architectural analysis of the building and art history review: architectural style and detail; monument evaluation of the building. 5. Building survey: basic structural and static survey, moisture survey and bio-corrosion evaluation, including a preliminary assessment of the current state. 6. Design of the refurbishment of particular structures: processing the problems of reconstruction, rehabilitation or renovation procedures of selected building defects and failures (special technological procedures for the restoration of monuments are preferred). 7. Individual consultation; presentation of work results. 8. Submission of semestral work; credits.