Roberta Fonti

Dott. ric. Roberta Fonti

Independent Researcher / Wiss. Mitarbeiterin

Tel.: +49.89.21124.561


Born in 1984, she is a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of 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 structural mechanics and conservation-restoration at Reggio Calabria and the University of Naples “Federico II”. She conducted research on the static of masonry vaults and the mechanics of rubble masonry focusing on the role of groins on the extrados in thin vaults, and uncut boulders in the development of unconventional out-of-plane mechanisms of collapse, which were observed during the 2009 L’Aquila Earthquake. While her doctoral research mainly concentrated on the mechanics of historic masonry, the subject of her post-doctoral studies shifted from numerical models for masonry constructions to protective measures for archaeological remains by encompassing the field of Structural engineering, Construction History and Restoration. Fonti 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, researching on early reinforced concrete heritage buildings. She has been awarded a prize by the International Masonry Society (IMS) within the 10th IMC Conference (year 2018), and within the "Kleine Fächer - Große Potenziale" Conference in Berlin (year 2017), and a special mention within the Edoardo Benvenuto Prize (year 2015) as well as a TUFF Fellowship from the TUM Foundation (2014), and Individual Fellowships within the COST Action TU0904 (2013) and ReLUIS project (2012) on the Vulnerability of old masonry to fire and the Seismic Vulnerability of Monumental Buildings, respectively. Fonti was also selected to represent the TUM within the 3rd Global Scientists Summit in Singapore (2015)


Field of expertise:

Structural mechanics, Construction History, Repurposing and reinforcement of Heritage Buildings



2013 Ph.D in Construction Engineering, curricula of Structural Design. Faculty of Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, ITA. Topic: “Statics and Mechanics of historical rubble masonry”

2009 MSc. in Architecture, curricula of Conservation-Restoration, Faculty of Architecture, University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, ITA. Topic: The role of “solid” springers in the static of masonry vaults. Designing by using geometrical standards

2007 BA of Architecture - curricula of History and Conservation of Architectural Heritage and Environmental Assets, Faculty of Architecture, University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, ITA. Topic: Thin vaults, a comparison of case studies: Lipari and Capri



2017: Independent Researcher at the Chair of Conservation-Restoration, Art technology and Conservation science, Faculty of Architecture, TU München; DE.

2016: Research Associate at the Chair of Conservation-Restoration, Art technology and Conservation science, Faculty of Architecture, TU München; DE

2014: Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Chair of Structural Design, Faculty of Architecture, TU München DE.

2007–2014: Independent co-worker and Partner at Candela & partners Engineering Office in Avellino (Campania), ITA. The professional practice and collaboration focused on the refurbishment, repurposing and seismic upgrade of architectural and archaeological Heritage buildings located in the WH Site of Naples and other Southern Italian cities.

(2018) Member of IMS International Masonry Society in Shermanbury, UK; (2012) Member of ARCo Associazione per il Recupero del Costruito in Rome, ITA; (2010) Member of the European COST Action Network; (2008 – 13) Member of the Italian ReLUIS Network.

Reviewer for the following international journal papers: 2014: Bentham Open Journal on Construction and Building Technology, ISSN: 1874-8368. 2017: International Journal of Masonry and Innovation, Inderscience Publishers, ISSN: 2056-9467



She has published one chapter in a book, co-edited a collection, and authored 36 articles in refereed peer-reviewed conference proceeding and journals, out of which she presented as a speaker 16 papers at international conferences in European and non-EU Countries.


Fonti R. and Emmerling E. (in print - RomaTrePress). 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]

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.


Fonti R. (in print). The Courthouse of Messina. Between innovation and tradition. (eds): Prof. Theodore Simos, International Conference of Computational Methods in Sciences and Engineering (ICCMSE 2018). 14-18 March 2018, The MET Hotel, Thessaloniki, Greece. AIP Conference Proceedings.

Fonti R. and M. Candela (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 (ICM), 9-11 July, 2018, Milan, Italy.

B. Faggiano, R. Fonti & R. Landolfo (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


Fonti R (2017). Investigating modern concrete buildings by the work of Gino Zani: the case of Messina and Reggio Calabria. (eds): Prof. 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.

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

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), ISSN: 2056-9459; doi: 10.1504/IJMRI.2017.0823912016


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: Anamnesis, diagnosis, therapy, controls -Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions (SAHC Leuven Belgium, 13-15 September 2016). p. 1324-1331, London: CRC Press, eBook ISBN: 978-1-317-20662-0, doi: 10.1201/9781315616995-196

Fonti R (2016). On the reading of the structural behavior of old masonry: The issue of the seismic assessment of archeological ruins. (eds): Prof. Theodore Simos, International Conference of Computational Methods in Sciences and Engineering (ICCMSE 2016). AIP Conference Proceedings, vol. 1790, p. 130011-1¬130011-4, ISSN: 1551-7616, Athens, 17–20 March 2016, doi: 10.1063/1.4968729


Fonti R, Barthel R, Formisano A, Borri A, Candela M (2015). Rubble masonry response under cyclic actions: The experience of L’Aquila city (Italy). (eds): Kalogiratou Z.,Simos T.E.,Monovasilis T.,Simos T.E.,Simos T.E., International Conference of Computational Methods in Sciences and Engineering (ICCMSE 2015). AIP CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS, vol. 1790, p. 160003-1-160003-4, ISBN: 978-0-7354-1349-8, ISSN: 0094-243X, Athens, Greece, 20/03/2015-23/03/2015, doi: 10.1063/1.4938929