Roberta Fonti

Dott. ric. Roberta Fonti

Independent Researcher / Wiss. Mitarbeiterin

Tel.: +49.89.21124.561






She is an early-career researcher at the Chair of Conservation-Restoration of the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Before, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Chair for Structural Design of the TUM.
She was trained in conservation-restoration, architectural design and structural mechanics at Reggio Calabria and Naples. She conducted research on preservation theories, construction history and the mechanics of masonry structures in Germany and Italy.
In Italy her post-graduate research concentrated on the use of geometrical standards in the design of monumental buildings and the protection of historic buildings from earthquakes and fire.
While subject of her post-doctoral research in Germany shifted from simplified numerical models for historic masonry structures to preservation theories especially for modern heritage buildings and archeological remains by encompassing the fields of conservation-restoration, construction history, archeology and structural engineering.
She designed a simplified mathematical model especially for the out-of-plane behavior of rubble masonry by matching experimental evidences with historical researches.
She designed a novel typology of protective shelter fully reversible and especially for the archeological remains of Pompeii. She documented an intermediate typology of pseudo-reticulatum having a flat cross-section profile and functioning as a cladding.
She is the scientific responsible for the BMBF Project Restoring Modern Architecture in Europe by the work of Marcello Piacentini: The case of the Italian Simplified Neoclassicism (NB-EINS). Thus, conducting research on the history of construction and the influence of preservation theories on the theory of architecture in Modern Times.
In general, her interests in research lays into preservation theories especially for heritage lacking integrity and the history of construction and the development of structural theories especially investigating historic books on the theory of architecture.
She was honored with a fellowship from the TUM Foundation (year, 2014) and individual fellowships within the COST Action network (year, 2012-13).
She has been awarded a prize by the International Masonry Society (IMS) within the 10th IMC Conference (year, 2018), and the Kleine Fächer - Große Potenziale Conference in Berlin (year, 2017), as well as a special mention within the Edoardo Benvenuto International Prize per la ricerca sulla Scienza e l’Arte del Costruire nel loro sviluppo storico (year, 2015).
She was one of the three experts invited to represent Europe at the International Symposium on strategies of intervention for immovable heritage affected by earthquakes in Mexico (year, 2018). She was one of the three early career scientists invited to represent the TUM at the Global Scientists Summit in Singapore (year, 2015).




(a)        Fonti R*. and Gardelli P. (2019). The mechanics of opus reticulatum. Reticulata structura, qua frequentissime Romae struunt, rimis opportuna est! Proc. 11th Congreso Nacional de Historia de la Construcción, Soria, del 9-12 October 2019, Spain.

(b)       Fonti R. and Emmerling E. (2019). Tomba del Lollii, denominata anche Tomba H sulla Via Nucerina negli Scavi di Pompei (NA). Protective shelters or Exhibition windows? Staging antiquities for future: The case of Via Nucerina in Pompeii. 8th ARCO Conference on “I buoni progetti di restauro: Conservazione, Adeguamento, Riuso, 8-9 March, 2019, Naples, Italy. [OA]


(a)        Faggiano, B., Fonti, R. and Landolfo, R. (2018) The structural assessment of the travertine façade of the Banco di Napoli Palace in via Toledo in Naples: An example of a mixed concrete–steel–masonry monumental building in the decade 1930–1940 in Italy, International Journal of Architectural Heritage, doi: 10.1080/15583058.2018.1497227

(b)       Fonti, R*. and Candela, M. (2018). The Monastery of Santa Maria in Gerusalemme in Naples (Italy). A Reconstruction of a Masonry Vault in Modern Times. (eds.) G. Milani, A. Taliercio and S. Garrity. 10th International Masonry Conference (IMC) Milan Italy, 9-11 July 2018). Selected for a special issue



(a)        Fonti R*. (2017). Investigating modern concrete buildings by the work of Gino Zani: the case of Messina and Reggio Calabria. (eds): Theodore Simos, 17th International Conference of numerical analysis and applied mathematics (ICNAAM 2017), 25-30 September 2017, The MET Hotel, Thessaloniki, Greece. AIP Conference Proceedings.

(b)       Fonti, R*. Formisano, A. Mazzolani, F. M. (2017) Protection of historical buildings from fire hazard in seismic areas: a case study. 3nd International Conference on Protection of Historical Constructions (PROHITECH 17), Lisbon 12-15 July 2017, Portugal. Selected for a special Issue.

(c)        Fonti, R., Borri, A., Barthel, R., Candela, M., Formisano, A. (2017). Rubble masonry response under cyclic actions: experimental tests and theoretical models. International Journal of Masonry Research and Innovation, (IJMRI), doi: 10.1504/IJMRI.2017.082391 2016.



(a)        Fonti, R*., Barthel, R., Borri, A., Savelli, R., Candela, M. (2016). A simplified model to assess out-of-plane response of rubble masonry walls derived from experimental evidence. (eds): Van Balen K.,Verstrynge E.,Van Balen K., Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions (SAHC Leuven Belgium, 13-15 September 2016). p. 1324-1331, London: CRC Press, doi: 10.1201/9781315616995-196. Selected for a special issue

(b)       Fonti R* (2016). On the reading of the structural behavior of old masonry: The issue of the seismic assessment of archeological ruins. (ed): Theodore Simos, International Conference of Computational Methods in Sciences and Engineering (ICCMSE 2016) Athens, 17–20 March 2016, vol. 1790, pp. 130011-1­130011-4, Conference Proceedings, doi: 10.1063/1.4968729 AIP.