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Vault Zafra is an architecture and engineering studio created in 1978, whose central activity focuses on consulting and architectural restoration of historical buildings. The goal of our studies and investigations have been, fundamentally, masonry structures, which lends to specific knowledge of vaults , arches, domes, and walls.

Vault Zafra is a leader in the field of consulting specialized in all types of historic masonry. We rely on knowledge, professionals, and the necessary technology to design and calculate any type of structure, from traditional  to the most innovative structures. Vault Zafra's team is made up of professionals specialized in the different activities of the company, led by the architect Manuel Fortea Luna, a globally recognized expert in masonry structures. He is recognized for his many publications as well as his ample teaching and professional experience.

  • Architecht. Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Sevilla (1978)
  • Doctor in Letters. History. Specialization in Art History. Universidade de Coimbra (2002)
  • Doctor of Engineering from the Universidad de Extremadura (2013)
  • Professor of the Escuela Politécnica de la Universidad de Extremadura. Construction Department.
  • Guest Profressor to the Universidades de Pamplona, Alcalá de Henares, Politécnico de Valencia, Universitá degli Studi de Firenze, Instituto Superior Técnico de Lisboa y Columbia University de Nueva York.
  • Dean-President of the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Extremadura from 2003 to 2009.
  • Member of Consejo Superior de los Colegios de Arquitectos de España, from 2003 to 2009.
  • Member of the Asociación Sostenibilidad y Arquitectura (ASA) as a founding member 2008.
  • Member of the Consejo Asesor en asuntos concernientes al Patrimonio Artístico, Histórico y Documental del Monasterio de Santa María del Valle de Zafra (Badajoz) from 2007.
  • Member of the Comité nacional Español de ICOMOS (Consejo Internacional de Monumentos y Sitios) from 2007.
  • Academic of PARTAL (Asociación Libro de Profesionales de la Restauración Arquitectónica) from 2006.
  • Member of the Sociedad Española de Historia de la Construcción from 1997.
  • President of CICOP.NET España from 2012.
Análisis estructural de bóvedas de fábrica. La eficacia de la geometría.

Masonry structures (arches, vaults, domes) suffer from marginalization in the academic and professional world due to the boom, power, and extension of steel and concrete structures. This book offers a new vision of masonry structure behavior, showing that i...

Bóvedas de ladrillo. Proceso constructivo y análisis estructural de bóvedas de arista.

The book contains a detailed description of the vault construction processes without centering, in timbrel vaults of spiral and in their behavioral or structural analysis. The second part of the book contains a set of tables for different types of vaults...

La Iglesia de la Magdalena de Olivenza. Modelo del Gótico portugués.

The goal of the thesis the the comprehension of an architectural work “La Magdalena de Olivenza” seen through the eyes of an architect, revealing the catalog of decisions, variations, and problems that have to be addressed. A vision broken into ...

Bóvedas extremeñas. Proceso constructivo y análisis estructural de bóvedas de arista.

The book contains a detailed description of the vault construction processes without centering, in timbrel vaults of spiral and in their behavioral or structural analysis. The second part of the book contains a set of tables for different types of vaults...

Origen de la Bóveda Tabicada

The study and analysis of timbrel vaults is an elusive topic. Difficult to explain, difficult to find its origins, difficult to predict its behavior, or difficult to analyze its operating. This publication goes deeper into the search for its origins.

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