14th International Conference on Studies, Repairs and Maintenance of Heritage Architecture. 13-15 July 2015. A Coruña (Spain)

14th International Conference on Studies, Repairs and Maintenance of Heritage Architecture

13 – 15 July 2015. A Coruña, Spain


STREMAH 2015 is the 14th International Conference on Studies, Repairs and Maintenance of Heritage Architecture. The meeting has taken place on a regular basis since the first conference started in Florence (1989) and continued in Seville (1991); Bath (1993); Crete (1995); San Sebastian (1997); Dresden (1999); Bologna (2001); Halkidiki (2003); Malta (2005); Prague (2007); Tallinn (2009); Tuscany (2011), and the New Forest, UK home of the Wessex Institute (2013).

The importance of retaining the built cultural heritage cannot be overstated. Rapid development and the inappropriate conservation techniques are threatening many unique sites in different parts of world. This conference aims to provide the necessary scientific knowledge required to formulate regulatory policies, to ensure effective ways of preserving the architectural heritage. Because of that the series has been successful and continues to attract a wide range of high quality contributions since it started in 1989.

The meeting addresses a series of topics related to the historical aspects and the reuse of heritage buildings, as well as technical issues on the structural integrity of different types of buildings, such as those constructed with materials as varied as iron and steel, concrete, masonry, wood or earth. Restoration processes require the appropriate characterisation of those materials, the modes of construction and the structural behaviour of the building. This knowledge can be gained through a series of material characterisation techniques, preferably via non-destructive tests. Modern computer simulation can provide accurate results demonstrating the stress state of the building and possible failure mechanisms affecting its stability. Of particular importance are studies related to their dynamic and earthquake behaviour aiming to provide an assessment of the seismic vulnerability of heritage buildings.

This conference brings together contributions from scientists, architects, engineers and restoration experts from all over the world dealing with different aspects of heritage buildings. Papers contained in the volumes in the series have been published in paper and digital format in the WIT transactions of the Built Environment, and widely distributed around the world. They are also permanently archived in the Wessex Institute eLibrary where they are available to the international community (see http://library.witpress.com).

Journal Submission
Presenters at STREMAH 2015 will be invited to submit an extended version of their paper for possible publication in the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning, one of the Journals published by the Wessex Institute.

Conference Topics

  • Heritage architecture and historical aspects
  • Learning from the past
  • Surveying and monitoring
  • Performance and maintenance
  • Structural restoration of metallic structures
  • Earth construction
  • Modern (19th/20th century) heritage
  • Maritime heritage
  • Heritage masonry buildings
  • Stone masonry walls
  • Wooden structures
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Material characterization
  • New technologies or materials
  • Corrosion and material decay
  • Seismic vulnerability
  • Assessment and re-use of heritage buildings
  • Heritage and tourism
  • Social and economic aspects in heritage
  • Guidelines, codes and regulations for heritage
  • Heritage management
  • Defence heritage
  • Industrial heritage
  • Transportation heritage

Abstract and Paper Submission Information

Papers are invited on the topics outlined and others falling within the scope of the meeting. Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted as soon as possible. Abstracts should clearly state the purpose, results and conclusions of the work to be described in the final paper.

We strongly encourage the submission of abstracts electronically, by clicking on the ‘Submit an Abstract‘. If you prefer, abstracts can be sent by email, fax or mail to the Conference Secretariat. Details can be found on the left side of this page. Please include your name, full address and conference topic on all submissions.

Final acceptance will be based on the full-length paper, which if accepted for publication, must be presented at the conference. The language of the conference will be English.

The paper deadline will be advised after submission of abstracts.

Registration Information

To register online for this conference please complete the registration form by clicking on the ‘Register’. If you would prefer to print out a copy of the Registration Form, please download the PDF Registration Form below and return to the Conference Secretariat.

PDF Registration Form

Conference Fees

Includes conference proceedings, other documentation and refreshments.

  • Registration Fee, €890
  • Conference Chairmen, WIT Fellows and members of the Scientific Advisory Committee, €780
  • Students, €500

Conference Secretariat

Gemma Breen
Wessex Institute
Ashurst Lodge, Ashurst
Southampton, SO40 7AA
Tel: 44 (0) 238 029 3223
Fax: 44 (0) 238 029 2853


Display Facilities

There will be space for organisations to display products, services and literature related to the theme of the conference. Further details are available from the Conference Secretariat above.