Yannick Ley


Research Assistant

Foto of Research Assistant Yannick Ley
Chair of Architectural History


Building: 1080 Reiff-Museum

Room: R 118

Schinkelstraße 1

52062 Aachen


Phone: +49 241 80 93712
Fax Fax: +49 241 80 92314

Consultation Hour

Mondays, 9am to 10am | Appointments to be requested via e-mail


Yannick Ley gives lectures on sacred architecture of the Middle Ages and organizes student research projects as well as seminars. Furthermore, he coordinates the tasks of the Student Assistants at the Chair and is involved in the advisory board of the Faculty of Architecture.


Curriculum vitae

1992 Born in Adenau | 2012 Abitur at Peter-Joerres-Gymnasium, Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler | 2013-2020 Studies in Architecture at RWTH Aachen University | 2016-2020 Student Assistant at the Chair of Architectural History at RWTH Aachen University under Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Anke Naujokat, collaboration on the DFG-funded research project „Scherpenheuvel: Church and City in a Heptagon" | 2017 Bachelor's degree | 2017-2020 Student collaborator at the architectural firm mg-architekt, Pulheim-Stommeln | 2017-2018 Internship at the Cathedral Treasury and Workshop of Aachen Cathedral | 2018-2020 Research Assistant at the Cathedral Treasury of Aachen Cathedral | 2019-2020 Erasmus Programme at the Faculty of Architecture of the Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza" | 2020 Master‘s Degree with Honors, RWTH Aachen University Springorum Medal | Since 2020 Collaborator at the architectural firm mg-architekt, Pulheim-Stommeln | Since 2020 Research Assistant at the Chair of Architectural History at RWTH Aachen University under Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Anke Naujokat | 2021 Funding for the Student Research Project Futur[AHR] by the Student Council of the Faculty of Architecture


Teaching Activities

In addition to his research activities, Yannick Ley supervises the Student Research Project Futur[AHR], which aims to develop a cultural-historical sustainable future perspective for the Ahr Valley, which was destroyed by the flood disaster in 2021, as well as the Student Research Project Kornelimünster, which investigates and analyzes the former imperial abbey there from an architectural-historical perspective. He accompanies the associated building survey and building research campaigns and coordinates the communication of the student research results. Furthermore, Yannick Ley gives lectures on sacred architecture of the early and high Romanesque period as part of the lecture series "Building Types and Designs“ and regularly leads seminars dealing with building research around the Aachen Cathedral World Heritage Site.



Current Research Projects

Temple to Church. Conversion of Ancient Roman Buildings into Counter-Reformation Churches in Rome around 1600 (ongoing PhD project)

Futur[AHR]. Future prospects for the Ahr valley after the flood

Completed Research Project

The High Altar of Scherpenheuvel. Building Archaeology and Architectural History (Master’s Thesis in the context of the DFG-funded project Scherpenheuvel. Church and City in a Heptagon)

Main Research Areas

Roman architecture of the 16th and 17th century | Conversion of ancient buildings into sacral spaces of the Counter-Reformation | Digital building survey as a tool of architectural history research | Roman and Flemish altar architecture of the 17th century | Italianizing tendencies in European architecture and art of the 17th and 18th centuries | Iconology and iconography of historical building materials