Researchers of construction history are fascinated by the intrinsic human desire to create and to build.  Construction History encompasses the investigation of all historic aspects of the built environment including buildings, structures, builders, architects, engineers, contracting, and construction materials and methods.  It addresses diverse and previously unexamined methods, techniques, practices and motivations, whether small-scale or broadly-defined; local or international in scope.


What Construction Historians Accomplish

  • Examine how various buildings, civil projects and industrial works were built and why.
  • Determine what materials and techniques were employed to achieve the resulting projects.
  • Identify initiatives, organizations, economics and legal systems needed to fulfill past endeavors.
  • Date projects based on origins and accretions over time.
  • Understand the histories of materials, products, equipment and systems comprising the constructed works.
  • Explore the building sciences, technologies and cultures affecting the built environment over time.
  • Interpret the meanings of built works to assist contemporary planners, designers, craftspeople and future historians.
  • Provide intensive research into under-explored areas that can lead to increased knowledge, enhanced understanding of heritage and better preservation practice.