Early Thin Shells Session / 6ICCH

6ICCH presentation room

Regulations and Specifications / 6ICCH

6th International Congress on Construction History – Brussels 2018

6th International Congress on Construction History

The 6ICCH was a week long conference held at the Palace of the Academies (early 19thC) in Brussels from July 9 – 13th, 2018. Over 300 research abstracts were submitted and 160 papers were presented, discussing a broad range of topics related to Construction History. There were one or two new subjects – such as a series of papers on maintenance.

Keynote speakers were Thomas Coomans (Belgium), Tullia Iori (Italy), Robert Thorne (UK) and Werner Lorenz (Germany). Tours explored various sites in and around Brussels, including Bruges, Antwerp and Liege, in subjects ranging from materials (timber, iron/steel, pre-cast concrete) to craftsmanship, contractor archives, and towers.

A new International Federation of Construction HIstorians was proposed, formed from the eight societies active in Construction History. 



Building Knowledge, Constructing Histories – Proceedings of the 6ICCH

Published by Taylor & Francis Group, London UK / Routledge

ISBN 978-1-138-58414-3 (2 printed volumes together) for $369.95

Vol 1 and Vol 2 available separately for $219.95 each volume

Also available in ebook for $196.80 each volume

Amazon hardcover 2 vol set available for slightly cheaper – $320.00


CHSA Members presenting at 6ICCH:

Jeffrey Beard, Drexel University, Philadelphia

David Simmons, Ohio History Connection, Columbus

Alessandro Pierattini, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame

Dario Gasparini, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland

Stephen Buonopane, Bucknell University, Lewisburg

Miguel Calvo-Salve, Marywood University

Sara Wermiel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Anna Nau, University of Texas

Quentin Collette, Preservation Design Works

Brian Bowen, Georgia Institute of Technology

Benjamin Hays, University of Virginia

Vyta Baselice, George Washington University

Jessica Garcia Fritz, South Dakota State University

Liane Hancock, Louisiana Tech University

Donald Friedman, Old Structures engineering

Thomas Leslie, Iowa State University

Andrew Cruse, Ohio State University

Clifton Fordham, Temple University

6ICCH Organizing Committee:

  • KU Leuven – Krista De Jonge
  • Universiteit Antwerpen – Michael de Bouw
  • Université Catholique de Louvain – Patricia Radelet-de Grave and Denis Zastavni
  • Université Libre de Bruxelles – Rika Devos and Bernard Espion
  • Vriej Universiteit Brussel – Inge Bertels, Stephanie Van de Voorde, and Ine Wouters

7ICCH in Portugal!


The Construction History Society of America is proud to have hosted the 5th International Congress on Construction History, which took place in Chicago in June 2015. Nearly three hundred delegates from twenty-one countries attended the Congress. Proceedings from the Congress may be ordered in three volumes (Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3).  The 5ICCH was the first time the Congress was held outside Europe – the four previous congresses hosted by Madrid (2003), Cambridge (2006), Cottbus (2009), and Paris (2012).