Course detail

Reconstruction and Renovation of Historical Buildings

FAST-NHB053Acad. year: 2020/2021

Cultural monuments and all the older or heritage buildings need to be renovated in a specific way. It is necessary to acquaint with historical building technology and used means creating their construction, architecture and embellishment. The course content is aimed right at this so that students can familiarize with traditional technologies, construction and craft industry. Last but not least they also learn how to deal with employees of conservation institutes.


Institute of Building Structures (PST)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Fundamental knowledge about the construction and project design process of building rehabilitation and reconstruction of historical buildings.


Basic knowledge of constructions of vertical and horizontal building parts; constructions of roofs and roof trusses; interior finishing works; basics of the history of architecture; building constructional and historical survey; building chemistry and physics; drawing of building structures and their changes.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Not applicable.

Language of instruction

Czech, English

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Introduction to the subject; surveys and diagnostics of historical buildings.
2.–3. History of buildings and architectural styles in the Czech Republic.
4. 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.
5. Approaches to conservation and modification of individual building elements and structures of historical buildings and building monuments.
6. Historical building technologies: plasters of historic buildings; gypsum plasters and false vaults; stucco work.
7. Historical building technologies: painting technologies in historical eras; fresco paintings; gilding, patina coating, polychrome.
8. Historical building technologies: sgraffiti; stucco lustro; mosaic; wallpapers.
9. Vaults: fundamental overview, building technologies, faults and repairs.
10. Final lecture and summary; information on the examination.


Construction and technology of exterior and interior embellishment, wall surface finishings, decorative elements, development of fortification buildings, preservation of ruins, painting methods.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme NPA-SIS Master's, 2. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory
  • Programme NKC-SIS Master's, 2. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory
  • Programme NPC-SIS Master's, 2. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer