16th International Conference on Studies, Repairs and Maintenance of Heritage Architecture


7 – 9 October 2019
Seville, Spain



The 16th International Conference on Studies, Repairs and Maintenance of Heritage Architecture took place in Seville, Spain. The Conference was organised by the Wessex Institute, UK, represented by Professor Patrick De Wilde.

The conference, which started in Florence, Italy in 1989, is well-established and always attracts a wide international spread of delegates. The variety of topics covered by the conference includes the historical aspects and the use of heritage buildings, as well as technical uses dealing with different structural shapes and material.

Opening of the Conference

The conference was opened by Patrick De Wilde who welcomed the delegates to the conference, before paying tribute to the founder of the Wessex Institute, the late Prof Carlos A Brebbia.

Professor Patrick De Wilde then mentioned that the main object of WIT is the dissemination of knowledge, with particular emphasis on science and engineering. Another way in which this is achieved is by the publication of papers from conferences and Journals, through its publishing arm, WIT Press.

Invited Presentations

There were a series of invited lectures on advanced topics of research and applications, as follows:

  • “Corrosion of historic grey cast irons: indicative rates, significance and protection”, by Miroslav Sykora, Czech Technical University Prague, Czech Republic
  • “Planning and rehabilitation in historical areas and its repercussions on the tourism and economic sectors in Palestinian areas”, by Wael Said Shaheen, Palestine Polytechnic University, Palestine
  • “Architectural renewal: A rising dawn in Ile-Ife?”, by Cordelia Osasona, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Conference Sessions

The papers presented during the conference were classified under the following headings:

  • Re-use of heritage buildings
  • Learning from the past
  • Heritage architecture and historical aspects
  • Management and assessment of heritage buildings
  • Rehabilitation
  • Heritage conservation
  • Heritage and tourism
  • Modern (19th/20th Century) heritage

There were numerous occasions for holding informal discussions during the coffee breaks and the complimentary lunches provided.

Conference Publication

Papers presented at this conference will appear in Vol. 191 of the WIT Transactions on The Built Environment (ISSN 1743-3509). Papers presented at the meeting will be available Open Access in the eLibrary of the Wessex Institute ( from where they can be freely downloaded by any interested parties.

Following the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of their conference paper to be considered for publication in one of our International Journals.

Conference Dinner

The Conference dinner took place at Restaurante Oriza, where the participants could enjoy local dishes, including fresh fish and traditional Spanish dessert known as ‘Tarta de Santiago’. The evening was particularly appreciated by the participants.

Closing of the Conference

The conference was closed by Professor Patrick De Wilde, who thanked the delegates for attending and hoped that they would consider attending the next conference in the series which is due to be reconvened in 2021.

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