A building expert without building training: The city of Lisbon vedor of works (14th-19th centuries)

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Abstract

The role of the building expert has historically been filled by a person with building training, such as a builder (master-mason or carpenter), an architect or an engineer. However, in the historical Portuguese building world, there were some agents acting as building experts who had no formal construction skills or building practice as was the case of the vedor of works in the city of Lisbon. His expertise was the administration of building contracts for the city’s public works. The aim of this study is, therefore, to bring to light the now extinct office of the city of Lisbon vedor of works, focusing both on the duties and on the men.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHistory of Construction Cultures
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International Congress on Construction History (7ICCH), Lisbon, Portugal, 12–16 July 2021
EditorsJoão Mascarenhas-Mateus, Ana Paula Pires, Manuel Marques Caiado, Ivo Veiga
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherCRC Press/Balkema
Pages157-165
Number of pages9
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-003-17335-9
ISBN (Print)978-1-032-00202-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event7th International Congress on Construction History (7ICCH), Lisbon, Portugal, 12–16 July 2021 - Lisboa, Portugal
Duration: 12 Jul 202116 Jul 2021

Conference

Conference7th International Congress on Construction History (7ICCH), Lisbon, Portugal, 12–16 July 2021
CountryPortugal
CityLisboa
Period12/07/2116/07/21

Keywords

  • Vedor of works
  • Lisbon-Portugal
  • 14th-19th centuries
  • Public works
  • Contract administration

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