063-0903-23L  Case Studies Construction History and Building Preservation

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersS. Holzer
Periodicityevery semester recurring course
Language of instructionGerman
CommentEach enrolment requires an uninterrupted visit throughout the semester.
Cancellation (incl. deletion of enrolment) is permitted until 1.11.2023.


063-0903-23 GFallstudien Konstruktionsgeschichte und Bauforschung Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers.
Keine Lehrveranstaltung am 27.10. (Seminarwoche) sowie in den letzten beiden Semesterwochen (Schlussabgaben).
2 hrs
Fri15:45-17:30HIL E 6 »
S. Holzer

Catalogue data

AbstractAcquiring in-depth knowledge of construction history and building archeology by means of detailed study of selected historic monuments. The course will start with a multi-part classroom introduction, followed by field studies in small groups.
ObjectiveThe participants will gain in-depth knowledge on the methodology of building archeology by means of the documentation and interpretation of real historic structures in on-site studies.
ContentWe study historic constructions in German-speaking Switzerland (individual small groups, objects within 2 hrs public transport reach from ETH Hoenggerberg). Each group will be assigned an individual tutor (PhD student) who will be present on-site, on individual appointment.

We will survey, document and analyze a historic construction, with particular attention to production traces, constructive detail and laod-carrying system.

We will start with introductory classroom lectures and on-site teaching during the first third of the semester. This will be followed by individual investigations on site. The progress will be pinpointed in three critiques:
1) on site, with individual tutor
2) at institute, with professor and institute members
3) final delivery, at institute, with professor and all institute members

The detailed schedule of the case studies can be found here:


Each enrolment obliges the student to visit all compulsory dates during the entire semester without interruption.
Lecture notesDetailed instructions on on-site investigations, as well as manuscripts on the background, will be provided. It is mandatory to read them in due time!
LiteratureWill be announced during the introductory lectures
Prerequisites / NoticeElementary knowledge of architectural history and construction.

Semester program:
25.9.20: On site introduction, Rümlang (Glattbrücke).
Courses in HIL E 7 until end of October.
Group work on the object or individual work (at home).

Intermediate crits and final crits at the IDB (HIT, H Level). Details will follow in due time.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesfostered
Project Managementassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkassessed
Customer Orientationfostered
Leadership and Responsibilityfostered
Self-presentation and Social Influence assessed
Sensitivity to Diversityassessed
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityassessed
Creative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsassessed
Self-awareness and Self-reflection assessed
Self-direction and Self-management assessed

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersS. Holzer
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.

Learning materials

Main linkWebsite der Professur Holzer
RecordingVideoportal der ETH Zürich
Only public learning materials are listed.


No information on groups available.


General : Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers
Places40 at the most
Waiting listuntil 25.09.2023

Offered in

Architecture MasterField of Historic Building Research and ConservationWInformation