Due to the various legal systems in European countries, there
are great differences in the respective educational systems.
Stonemasons and sculptors are particularly able to work together
to promote the culture of their own craft. Many centuries ago
there was already an international network of masons‘ lodges at
the major cathedrals in Europe as well as an excellent training
system for that time. This is the origin of a craft identity that
is deeply rooted in the history of many eras and is still present
today. In Europe, which is getting closer together, there is a
chance of working on a common target and to promote it for the
use and profit of society.
This is the reason why, since 1998, we hold annual meetings of
international experts. In 2003, at the 6th Soest Talks in Brussels
at the UEAPME, the EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION OF BUILDING CRAFTS AND
DESIGN, the EACD, has been constituted, articles of association
have been passed and the 1st general assembly has been held. This
put the common aim of the international circle of friends to a
more official level.
The main common tie between the members of the EACD is the
mutual striving for high comparable standards and to constantly
improve the quality of practical and academic training in vocational
training and graduation in the building crafts in Europe. A MASTER OF
CRAFT degree should be established all over Europe, an equivalent to
the MASTER OF SCIENCE degree.
In 2006, for the first time, and following an international call
for applications, eight carefully selected candidates were sent off
on a tour of Europe. In Brussels, in the spring of 2009, the appropriate
committee of the EACD awarded the title of EUROPEAN MASTER OF CRAFT
after the successful completion of all the requirements.
As a result, the carrying-out of a follow-up action was unanimously
agreed on. This second tour has take place from 2010 until 2012.
Following their successful European Tour, seven applicants were
awarded the title of EUROPEAN MASTER OF CRAFT by the EACD during the
summer of 2012, in Salzburg. To keep costs down, the account of this
event will appear in book form in 2014.
The third tour for stonemasons and sculptors has been decided and took place in the years 2014 to 2016. It was completed with an exam in March 2017 in Hallein. As many as 7 graduates were awarded the title EUROPEN MASTER OF CRAFT by the EACD in September 2017.
These stations were organized from the president this time:
- Cologne Cathedral Stonemasonry Workshop, Germany
- St Maria zur Wiese Cathedral Stonemasonry Workshop, Soest, Germany
- HTL – Hallein, Austria
- Kienesberger GmbH, Austria
- Natursteine Franz Bamberger, Austria
- Federal Mouments Office, Vienna, Austria a
- Marmor Hotavlje GmbH, Slovenia
- Stonemasons College Brac, Croatia
- Technical College for Stone Sculpture in Lasa, Italy
- Cathedral Stonemasonry Workshop, Basel, Switzerland
- Institute of Stone, Rodez, France
- Building Crafts College, London, UK
- Canterbury Cathedral, UK
- Lincoln Cathedral, UK
- Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway
- United Kingdom
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2012, EMC Examination
Nine of the ten candidates selected for
the certificate of European Master of Craft completed their two-year
European Tour and were examined in March 2012. The EACD Committee
selected Luxembourg for holding the exams that year.
des Metiers was reserved by the Luxembourg Guild of Stonemasons for
the EACD proceedings. Part of the exam involved giving a talk to the
Committee on a subject of general social interest.
talks involved discussing an aspect of their own professional craft
and taking a look at an associated craft, with the help of words and
illustrations. The audience always consisted of the other applicants,
guests of the Chairmanship and from international educational
institutions and the Committee.
A reception for the EACD was held
in the European Court of Justice and hosted by Martin Loeer, the
Chief of Protocol. He and Jürgen Prigl, the President of EACD, had
met a few years ago at a function of the German Federal President
Johannes Rau at St. Maria zur Wiese in Soest.
glimpse of the session room where the EU Court of Justice reaches its
All persons involved in the examination gather in
front of a suitable backdrop, part of the Luxembourg castle, which
has UNESCO world heritage status.