Mass Masonry Buildings, Part 1: Construction, Materials, Behavior, and Common Problems

Mass Masonry Buildings, Part 1: Construction, Materials, Behavior, and Common Problems

For owners and stewards of monumental historic masonry buildings, it is crucial to understand the construction, materials, and unique challenges posed by mass masonry construction. These pre-WWII stone or brick masonry buildings may appear similar to later stone or brick masonry buildings, but their construction, behavior, and typical problems are fundamentally different than those of their successors. In the first session of this two-part webinar series on mass masonry buildings, we will explore the construction and materials of these structures, their design behavior (both structurally, and in terms of water management), and their common problems.


After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the construction of mass masonry buildings.
  • Describe the typical materials used in mass masonry wall construction.
  • Describe the typical structural and water management behavior of mass masonry buildings and how they differ from their later successors.
  • Discuss common problems that occur over time with mass masonry buildings.

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for attending the live webinar. Registration is free. Please note that space is limited – email events@sgh.com to join our waitlist if the session is closed when you register. 

About the Speaker

Matthew Bronski
Matthew Bronski | Senior Principal

Matthew Bronski is the SGH Preservation Technology Practice Leader and has led SGH’s projects on many iconic mass masonry buildings, including numerous National Historic Landmarks. He has published technical papers and articles on preservation and historic construction and served as a guest lecturer or critic at numerous universities, including Harvard, MIT, and Yale. He also serves as an instructor in the Getty Conservation Institute’s annual international course on conserving modern architecture. In 2009, he became only the second engineer in 113 years to receive the prestigious Rome Prize, which he received in the field of Historic Preservation and Conservation.