S | Building Archaeology in Aachen and Kornelimünster

  Kornelimünster Abbey and Villa Schüll in Aachen © Carsten Hensgens / Yannick Ley  

In addition to the cathedral, the city hall and the Elisenbrunnen fountain, the city of Aachen and its suburbs are home to numerous other exciting architectural monuments, many of which have only been scientifically analyzed in rudimentary form. The Chair of Architectural History has therefore begun to investigate some of those hitherto overlooked buildings and ensembles using the methods of historical building research.

This semester, we will focus on the Kornelius Chapel behind the church of the Kornelimünster Abbey. Apart from that, we will take a closer look at Villa Schüll in the Oppenhoffallee for the first time. The aim is to document the two buildings in their concrete building fabric in order to create the basis for further analyses of their content. The course thus not only introduces you to the relevant surveying and documentation methods, but also gives you the opportunity to try them out on an actual building while participating in an architectural history research project.

The focus is on documentation work on the object. The seminar will therefore take place in the form of full-day building survey campaigns on site at Villa Schüll or Kornelimünster. The increased time spent in attendance is compensated for by a smaller amount of individual hand-in work.



Cultural and Historical Basics III | Seminar
B. Sc. | 5th semester


Kick-Off: Monday, October 16, 2023, 4:30 to 6pm, Semi 90, SE 003
Introduction to documentation methods: Friday, October 21, 2023, 9:30am to 4pm, AGes Library
Regular date: bi-weekly on Wednesdays (Villa Schüll) / Fridays (Kornelimünster), all day, on site
Submission: Monday, January 29, 2024, 4:30pm


Dr.-Ing. Tobias Glitsch
Yannick Ley, M. Sc. RWTH