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Anna studied Architecture at Politecnico di Milano in Italy, and then pursued her interest in conservation attending the SAHC Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of Historic Buildings and Constructions thanks to an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship. She's currently finishing her PhD thesis which researches the architectural conservation of 17C and 18C Scottish built heritage, focusing on historic timber roof structures. The construction history and development of these structures are investigated, along with their pathologies and causes of decay, with the aim to increase awareness about the extent, value and nature of Scottish timber roofs and their present condition. A database and related mapping of 17C and 18C Scottish buildings has been developed to store and manage the data. This tool has been used to select 56 key buildings to visit and survey. Among these, 10 case studies have been selected to proceed with further in-depth historical and archival research and pathological surveys, with the aid of in situ testing.

Academic / Professional qualifications

2014 Qualified Architect in Italy

2013 Advanced Masters in "Structural Analysis of Historical Buildings and Constructions" in Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya in Barcelona and Czech Technical University in Prague

2011 Master in Architecture at Politecnico di Milano

2009 Bachelor in Architecture at Politecnico di Milano

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Engineering, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, and Czech Technical University, Prague

Master of Architecture, Politecnico di Milano

Bachelor of Architecture, Politecnico di Milano


  • Architectural Heritage
  • Architectural History
  • Architectural Conservation
  • Conservation Theory
  • Scottish Architecture
  • 17th century
  • 18th century
  • Historic Structures
  • Timber Roofs
  • Wrights
  • Traditional Construction Techniques
  • In-situ Testing

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Timber Engineering & Materials Science
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roof Earth & Environmental Sciences
timber Earth & Environmental Sciences
Stairs Engineering & Materials Science
Pathology Engineering & Materials Science

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Projects 2013 2016

Research Output 2011 2016

37 Downloads (Pure)

A database model for the analysis and assessment of historic timber roof structures

Serafini, A., Riggio, M. & González-Longo, C., 13 Oct 2016, In : International Wood Products Journal. 8, 1, p. 3-8 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

Open Access
Open Access
Chemical analysis

Activities 2014 2015

  • 3 Participation in conference
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

5th International Congress on Construction History

Anna Serafini (Speaker)
3 Jun 20157 Jun 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Training School: Assessment and Reinforcement of timber elements and structures

Anna Serafini (Participant)
11 May 201514 May 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course