Back to Events, Romania, Short Courses,

Traditional Building Skills Intermediate Programme: Romania, 14-28 July 2013

The intermediate course is designed for those who wish to improve their building and heritage restoration skills and are seeking qualifications in the heritage sector. The course includes a “back to basics” session where participants will be re-familiarised with the traditional tools and materials required on heritage sites. The course takes place over two weeks in the medieval part of Transylvania, Romania.

The participants will be able to work on 14th century sites on small repairs under the supervision of leading European heritage tutors and INTBAU staff. There will be visits to a number of places with remarkable medieval architecture, including the villages of Viscri and Saschiz and the towns of Sibiu and Sighisoara, many included on the UNESCO Heritage List.

The two intensive weeks of training are designed for apprentices, architecture students and young practitioners with some experience on heritage sites. Their work will be documented throughout the programme and INTBAU will issue attendance certificates to all participants.

The training programme includes:

  • The urban fabric of heritage sites (case study: the XV fortified church of Archita, Romania)
  • “Back to basics session”: traditional tools and traditional materials
  • Lime work, brick work & stonemasonry
  • Work on site: plastering techniques using traditional materials (lime, sand, earth mortar, porcelanic additives)
  • Work on site: restoration work on the medieval wall involving cleaning the site, removing the defective mortar, dressing stone, preparing lime mortar, plastering & dubbing out

To download the draft programme please click here.

“The reason why these courses are unique are that they give the students the opportunity to work on some of the most prodigious buildings in Europe. From day one of the course students use their hands encouraging their minds to always focus on the simplest way forward to achieve their goals.”
– Henry Rumbold MBE, Master Craftsman, UK

“The Traditional Building Skills Programme has so far been one of the best experiences and short courses of my life. The programme also gave me a boost for my own little local projects to do more research and use appropriate building materials and techniques and be responsible towards my duties as an Architect.”
– Jyoti Soni, Architect and Member of INTBAU India


The attendance fee is £990 and includes tuition, 14 nights accommodation, three meals a day, materials, tools, safety equipment, local trips and tea breaks.

To book your place safely online please click here.

The final report from the 2012 programmes can also be viewed by clicking here.