Two Millennia of Structural Architecture in Italy

Understand the structural and architectural engineering leadership of Italy in the context of social-political-economic circumstances in Rome. 

Two Millennia of Structural Architecture in Italy
July 1 – August 9, 2019
St. John’s University, Rome

Maria Garlock, professor of civil and environmental engineering and codirector of the Program in Architecture and Engineering
Branko Glisic, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering
Sigrid Adriaenssens, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering

The aim of this seminar is to track and  understand the structural and architectural engineering leadership of Italy in the context of social-political-economic circumstances.

The seminar studies various structures of Italy in three distinct time frames. The first part of the course explores creativity in structural and architectural engineering during the classical and medieval period. It identifies particularities relative to the analysis of ancient structures, including construction materials, construction techniques, structural elements (column, arch, wall, and shell), and architectural forms (bridge, building, and dome). The second part of the seminar is based on vaulted reinforced concrete structures of the  1900s. The works of Italian engineer Pier Luigi Nervi are contrasted to those of Spanish engineer Felix Candela. The third part of the seminar brings us to modern times of lightweight structures and advanced technologies. It traces the relationship between innovative design and construction technology, and the evolution of tent structures ranging from the sun sails over the Roman theatres to the apparently freeform bridges of the Italian engineer Sergio Musmesci.

In all parts of the seminar, calculations are made to examine structural integrity, construction methods are discussed, and an evaluation of elegance is made. The seminar places the engineering aspect of each design within the socio-economic context of Italy at the  time of its construction. In addition to Rome, students will visit Florence and other relevant cities.

This seminar fulfills the science and technology (STN) general education requirement.

“Two Millennia of Structural Architecture in Italy” is generously supported by the Beth M. Siskind Global Seminars Fund.

Course Fee: $5,900

Includes all housing, required course excursions, related academic expenses, visas (for international students), estimated personal meals and estimated airfare ($1,350). World Travel, the University travel agency, will book all participants’ flights. Details on the required booking process will be provided by seminar administrators.

All participants should budget an additional $1,000 for personal expenses and be prepared to cover costs of required and routine immunizations (estimated $50) as recommended by University Health Services. The immunization costs are covered in full for students enrolled in the University’s Student Health Plan. For students covered by families’ health insurance or other insurance plans, the associated costs will vary. International phone plans are highly recommended for all students.

Financial Aid

Students accepted into a Global Seminar and receive term financial aid automatically receive funding toward the course fee and personal meals based on the level of term aid. Possibilities for additional financial support may be available through the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE). Princeton subsidized Student Loans, available from the Office of Financial Aid, are also highly recommended. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

Students who accept a place in a Global Seminar and then, before the seminar begins, withdraw or cannot participate because they are no longer enrolled at Princeton will lose the nonrefundable deposit and any unrecoverable costs. There are no refunds after the start of the program.

This seminar is generously supported by the Beth M. Siskind Global Seminar Fund. PIIRS Global Seminars are also made possible in part by the generous contributions of alumni and friends and ongoing efforts of the Office of Development.

Questions? Contact Nikki Woolward, Manager, Global Initiatives.