Portrait of Research Assistant Sara Dolls


Sara Dolls

Chair of Architectural History

Research Assistant


Building: 1080 Reiff-Museum

Room: R 118

Schinkelstraße 1

52062 Aachen


Phone: + 49 241 80 95076
Fax Fax: + 49 241 80 92314

Consultation Hour

Tuesdays, 10am to 11am | Appointments to be requested via e-mail


Sara Dolls is a senior researcher in the DFG-funded project "Scherpenheuvel. Church and City in a Heptagon" directed by Prof. Dr. Anke Naujokat. Her responsibilities include the coordination, implementation and follow-up of the building survey and research excursions up to the plan layout as well as the guidance and supervision of the student assistants. In addition, she supports the project management in project-specific teaching events and gives certain lectures in the course "Building Types and Building Forms" in the first year of the study program.


Curriculum Vitae

2011-2014 Bachelor's studies in Architecture at FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences | 2014-2017 Master's studies of Historical Building Research at OTH Regensburg | 2015-2016 Student assistant at the building survey of the dissertation project "The Leonidaion" in Olympia, Greece under the guidance of Claudia Mächler M.A. | 2016-2017 Research project "The Leonidaion Baths" in Olympia as a master thesis | 2017 Freelance researcher in the DFG-project "The Porta Nigra" in Trier at the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI) Berlin | 2017-2018 Research assistant at the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI) Berlin – Continuation of the project of the "Leonidaion Baths" under the supervision of Prof. Dr.- Ing. Ulrike Wulf-Rheidt | since 2018 Research assistant at the Chair of Architectural History at RWTH Aachen University with Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Anke Naujokat – Senior researcher in the DFG project "Scherpenheuvel. Church and City in a Heptagon".



Current Research Projects

Scherpenheuvel. Church and City in a Heptagon . (DFG-funded 2018-2022)

The Koepelkerk of Willemstad (ongoing PhD project)

The Baths of the Leonidaion in Olympia (DAI)

Main Research Areas

Development of Protestant church architecture in the 16th and 17th century | Contemporary church architecture during the lifetime of Prince Moritz of Orange | Dutch fortress construction in the 16th and 17th century | Historical building research | Development of bathing culture in Olympia in the 3rd century AD | Greek and Roman bath and thermal architecture


Main Publications

The publications of Sara Dolls on RWTH Publications can be found here.

Anke Naujokat, Barbara Uppenkamp, Sara Dolls: Genesis and Shape of the Belgian Pilgrimage Church “Onze-Lieve-Vrouw” in Scherpenheuvel: New Insights Through Interdisciplinary Combination of Methods, in: Ojārs Spārītis, Agita Gritāne (eds.): Synergy Between Humanities and Natural Sciences in Cultural History and Theory, Riga 2023, p. 38-49.

Sara Dolls: Die ‚Koepelkerk‘ von Willemstad. Kontextualisierung des Architekturwirkens ihres Bauherrn Prinz Moritz von Oranien (1567-1625), in: INSITU Zeitschrift für Architekturgeschichte 1 (2022), p. 59-66.

Anke Naujokat, Sara Dolls, Christian Klosterkötter: Sakristei und Turm der Wallfahrtskirche Onze-Lieve-Vrouw in Scherpenheuvel: Ergebnisse der Bauforschung, in: Koldewey-Gesellschaft. Vereinigung für baugeschichtliche Forschung e.V. (Hg.): Bericht über die 51. Tagung für Ausgrabungswissenschaft und Bauforschung vom 12. bis 14. Mai 2020 (accepted for publication)