Italy Design/Build: Masonry Restoration

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Spend two weeks in the Italian Alps helping restore 500 year-old vernacular stone buildings and learning design skills necessary for this restoration and for any restoration you may subsequently tackle on your own.

Yestermorrow has collaborated with the Canova Association since 2010 in the preservation and adaptive re-use of abandoned stone buildings throughout the Ossola Valley, north of Lago Maggiore and Milan. Projects have included a small water-powered mill, a barn, a communal laundry, a stone oven and a vaulted cantina. Much of our work is focused on restoring the abandoned village of Ghesc.

No prior skills are required to take the course, which is taught in English, and an ability to engage in modest hiking is desirable. The masonry work is tailored to each individual’s physical ability. This course is a combination of masonry construction, historic preservation, adaptive re-use, natural building techniques and the application of the design/build philosophy. 

Lodging is included in the tuition price, however food and flights are not. Students are responsible for organizing their own travel.


Info Session Presentation and Q&A

Field Project References:

Click here to visit the Canova Associations website!



AIA Credit Courses, Whole Structure Design/Build


All levels


  • Sterling College: 5 Continuing Education Units ($650 additional)
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA): 91 HSW Learning Units

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