22nd September 2022

The Hungarian project partner, Hungarian Renaissance Foundation for Built Heritage (MRA) is organising a networking and multiplier event on 22 September 2022, entitled INNOVATIONS IN BUILT HERITAGE PRESERVATION within the framework of the VI-TRAIN project.

In the field of historic building conservation, professionals often face the problem of finding the right specialist for the assessment, treatment, restoration or reconstruction of an architectural element, as earlier skills, techniques and materials are lost over time. Traditional skilled occupations (such as stucco making, artificial marble making, stonemasonry, roofing, decorative painting, ornamental tiling, tinsmithing, terrazzo making, stained glass making, etc.) are becoming increasingly difficult to master. The handling of structural or decorative elements found on historic buildings by experienced hands using original techniques or materials is becoming increasingly challenging for those responsible for maintenance or restoration.

The professionals invited to the networking and multiplier event will discuss the following topics:


09:00 – 09:30Arrival, coffeeregistration
09:30 – 10:00Welcome speechesDr. Kornél Almássy, Pál Ritoók MÉM-MDK
Welcome by the host

Gerald Wagenhofer UBW
Welcome by the prgoramme coordinator, short introduction of VI-TRAIN project

Graham Bell MRA
Welcome by the project leader
10:00 – 11:15Opening presentations: Best Practice Examples (English)Built Heritage Competence Centres in Europe
moderator: Júlia Katona MRA

Astrid Huber Federal Monuments Authority Austria
Pilot case: Kartause Mauerbach Bundesdenkmalamt (Information and Training Centre for Architectural Conservation)
online presentation

Pavol Izvolt Director, the Monument´s Board of the Slovak Republic
Best Practice: Pro Monumenta project online presentation

Eugen Vaida Director, Prince’s Foundation, Romania
Best practice: Introduction to the School of Traditional Arts and the Ambulance for Monuments programs

Graham Bell Introducing FEMP – The European Federation for Architectural Heritage Skills
11:15 – 11:30Coffee break
11:30 – 12:30Discussion (English)Topic: Competence centres in Europe
moderator: Júlia Katona
12:30 – 13:30Lunch break
13:30 – 14:30Workshop (English)Digital Tools in the Practice of Traditional Crafts Related to Built Heritage VI-TRAIN workshop
moderator: Graham Bell

Gerald Wagenhofer
Short Presentation of VI-TRAIN project

Jana Faschinger-Sanborn IMC Fachhochschule Krems
Digital Tools in Practice – VR, AR solutions

Dora Ivanova Buzludzha Monument Foundation, Bulgaria
Application of digital tools in the saving of Buzludzha Monument
14:30 – 15:00Coffee break
15:00 – 16:00Workshop (English)Digital Tools in the Practice of Traditional Crafts Related to Built Heritage VI-TRAIN workshop
moderator: Graham Bell
discussion, debate
16:00 – 16:30Closing plenary sessionmoderators: Graham Bell, Gerald Wagenhofer

Download the Agenda (PDF) here.

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