Morteza Mirgholami

A bond never broken


Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of Tabriz Islamic Art University is glad to conduct this important event to be hold at university central campus in co-operation with Assorestauro, Emarat Khorshid Consulting Engineers and ITA in Oct 2015. The seminar and workshops will host academic professors chosen among the most experienced in Italy and Iran; Assorestauro companies specialized in strengthening technologies like composites, steel devices, calculations and modeling, as well as in restoration materials related to reinforcement, injections, repairs etc.
The seminars and workshops will address professionals in the restoration field from the country previously contacted by Tabriz Islamic Art University and EK Consulting Engineers, Academics from different universities, members of restoration and building companies that work in the field and PhD and Master students in the field. Faculty of architecture and urbanism (TIAU), established in 1999 after restoration of 5 historical houses, is home to 400 students and 20 academic members specialized in different field such as architecture, architectural restoration, strengthening and urban design and is initiating to run a new master degree in restoration and strengthening of historical buildings in the near future. This conference is the first step for mutual co-operation between TIAU university and Italian institutes and universities and it is hoped that based on the M.O.U signed between the two parties this mutual interaction can be expanded in the near future.

The aim of these seminars is to exchange experiences in the field of Seismic Reinforcement and structural rehabilitation of historical buildings between Italian experts and Iranian one’s. Both countries face high seismic areas and meantime high valuable historic buildings and it is of main importance to exchange and put together the experience of both countries to improve knowledge and practice with latest technologies and methodologies in the field. Si Seminar focuses on new methods on Seismic Reinforcement and structural rehabilitation of historical buildings and introduces commonly applied methods on masonry building, (Adobe, Brick and Stone).
The seminars will discuss these main topics related to seismic strengthening: Improving the resistance of ancient building; Changing functions of old buildings and related issues; Modern approaches to seismic calculations; The Italian Guidelines for seismic reinforcement and repair; New technologies for strengthening (examples and principles). New materials for improving resistance and restoration due to the historical character of the city of Tabriz and its vulnerability to seismic forces, I believe that this conference will highlight the importance of the issue both for authorities, organizations such as municipality and heritage organization as well as academics and will pave the way for benefiting from experiences of both sides for conduction of professional as well as research projects.
Preparing the Iranian guidelines for seismic reinforcement and strengthening of historical buildings can be the first task for our university.
At the end, I should thanks Dr. Keynejad (the university principal), Prof. Berlucchi and Dr. Zanini for all their help and supports during the last several months, Dr Nezad Ebrahimi (conference scientific manager) and Eng. Roshan (conference executive manager) and also other organizations in Tabriz such as E-A Heritage organization, Tabriz Municipality and especially ITA supports, without which this event could not be realized.


Morteza Mirgholami
Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism Tabriz Islamic Art University