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Integrated Researcher

Rolando Volzone

research interests

Religious Landscape and Architecture, Cultural Heritage, History of Architecture, 3d documentation, Adaptive Reuse

Short Bio

Rolando Volzone is a Postdoctoral researcher at ISCTE-IUL (Lisbon), focusing his work on a multidisciplinary approach on the religious heritage sites heritage, by combining History, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Cultural Heritage, Computer Sciences. This research line has been delved deeper since the PhD project “Architectures of the soul. Legacy of the Eremitical Congregation of São Paulo da Serra de Ossa (Portugal)", defended in 2020. Currently he integrates the JPI Cultural Heritage project “F-ATLAS – Franciscan Landscapes: the Observance between Italy, Portugal and Spain” (2020–2023). Moreover, he is researcher in the project “CONVEMOS – Convents and Monasteries of Portugal (1096–1901): spatiality and temporality” (2019–2021). He is coordinator of the Seminars Architectures of the soul (2017, 2018 and 2020), and of the International Conference and Summer School Digital Survey in Religious Architecture (July 2018).


research project at dinâmia'cet-Iscte

Link to DINÂMIA'CET-IUL identifying mission:

The research developed in DC in the processes of social, economic and territorial change, in an interdisciplinary perspective, is its main factor of suitability. The experience of the research center at the level of creativity, culture and territory and its interconnection with governance and development models, constitute a valuable asset and one of the critical success factors for the research.

Main publications

Volzone, R., Fontes, J., and Carapinha, A. 2023. ‘Towards the reconstruction of sacred medieval
spatialities: multiscale analysis of the system of eremitical landscapes in Southern Portugal from
historical records’. Historical Archaeology [To be published in mid-2023].

Rolando Volzone, Olimpia Niglio & Pietro Becherini (2021) "Integration of knowledge-based documentation methodologies and digital information for the study of religious complex heritage sites in the south of Portugal". In Digital Applications in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage,
ISSN 2212-0548,

Volzone, Rolando & Fontes, João Luís Inglês (2019) – “The Portuguese Eremitical Congregation of the Serra de Ossa: Spatial Analysis of the Monastic Settlements”. In Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies - Taylor and Francis. DOI: 10.1080/17546559.2019.1652838

Volzone, R., Genin, S., Estêvão, J., and Patuleia, M. 2022. ‘Reuse of unoccupied religious
monuments for tourist accommodation: Santa Maria da Ínsua (North of Portugal)’. In Rana, S. P.
B., Niglio, O., and Rana, P. S. (eds.) Placemaking and Cultural Landscapes. [To be published in
December 2022]

Volzone, R, and Genin, S. 2022. ‘The legacy of Franciscan Observance convents in Portugal:
overview of their reuse towards a sustainable development’. In Olimpia Niglio (ed.) Regenerating
Cultural Religious Heritage. Intercultural Dialogue on Places of Religion and Rituals.

Main projects

F-ATLAS. Franciscan Landscapes: the Observance between Italy, Portugal and Spain

CONVEMOS: Conventos e Mosteiros de Portugal (1096-1901): espacialidade e temporalidades

PhD Project "Architecture of the Soul. Legacy of the Eremitical Congregation of São Paulo da Serra de Ossa (Portugal)"

Ius Illuminatum - Oficina de investigação sobre os manuscritos jurídicos iluminados.

Costumer Journey Maps - Survey of the Customer journeys with analysis of case studies.

Last update

23 de maio de 2023
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