Task Group 5.5
Conservation and Seismic Strengthening/Retrofitting of Existing Unreinforced Masonry Structures


Mission Statement/Objectives

To provide a platform to exchange knowledge and provoke understanding in strengthening techniques for existing Unreinforced Masonry (URM) structures with a special focus on heritage areas and on low/middle income countries.

Scope & Limitation

TG 5.5 is focused on seismic strengthening and retrofitting strategies aimed towards earthquake resilient URM structures.

The main scope of this task group is to collect and evaluate the existing strengthening and retrofitting techniques for URM and to produce guidelines and practical recommendations within its focus structure type.

Expected Project Output

The project deliverable anticipated by the Task Group includes the following:

  • Provide advice and support activities for the mitigation and reduction of seismic hazard
  • Organise special sessions and workshops, special issues
  • Produce reports which could be considered for publication as SED


Start Date:September 2018
Target Date of Completion:November 2022


If you are interested to join Task Group 5.5 then please contact the Chair, Dr. Andreas Lampropoulos A.Lampropoulos@brighton.ac.uk




  Andreas Lampropoulos, UK
  Vice Chair
  Stephanos Dritsos, Greece

Eftychia Apostolidi, Austria
Christos Giarlelis, Greece
Jose Jara, Mexico
Diego Lo Presti, Italy
Jon Moseley, UK
Marina Traykova, Bulgaria
Humberto Varum, Portugal
Daniel Oliveira, Portugal

Anna Karatzetzou, Greece

Vasilis Sarhosis, UK

Cristina Ferreira de Oliveira, Portugal