18 – 22 May 2007 ~ El Rito, New Mexico, USA

Adobe USA 2007

Adobe USA 2007

May 18- 20: Earth architecture specialists from as many as 15 nations will offer presentations on earth architecture at the May 18-19, 2007 conference of the Adobe Association of the Southwest on the campus of Northern New Mexico Community College in El Rito, New Mexico. Distinguished guests will travel 45 miles northeast of Santa Fe, from Asia, Africa, Europe and from South America. Sponsored by the Adobe Association of the Southwest, this conference is the only one of its kind in the United States and grew out of the Adobe Construction Building Program at Northern New Mexico College in El Rito.

A committed and growing international community of architects, builders, conservationists, historians, geologists, environmentalists and scholars will share their experiences. Presentations will cover the cultural, historical and technical aspects of the global adobe building tradition, and focus on important contemporary trends in design, solar power, and earthquake durability.

Topics of special interest

  • Affordable adobe construction
  • Thermal properties of earthen materials
  • Physical properties of earthen materials including seismic considerations
  • Historical buildings of note
  • Historical builders, developers, architects or designers worldwide
  • New projects: architecture, adobe art and design
  • Adobe education
  • Manufacture and supply of adobe and related construction materials


Presentations will be 20 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes to answer questions. Conference Languages are English and Spanish. › Details of speakers

Workshops – May 14-17

The workshops Building with Adobe, Improvised Materials, Domes and Tools and Rammed Earth Methods and Tools will be offered by the college in the week before the conference. › Workshop details

Trade Fair and Exhibits – May 18-20

The Association will host New Mexico’s first adobe Trade Fair and Exhibition for suppliers, builders, designers and publishers free to the public. The will be exhibits of the Northern New Mexico’s campus programs, including Spanish Colonial Woodworking and Weaving as well as historical exhibits of local buildings. › Exhibition details

Adobe Musters – May 18-19

We will have an on-site adobe making yard to benefit the local community of El Rito and to fulfill a plan for open air classrooms of handmade structures on the campus. Parents and students from the areas high schools are invited to tour the exhibits, the college campus’ cultural programs, participate in the adobe brick making and attend a number of select conference presentations. › Further details

Tours – May 21-23

Two tours are being offered after the conference; “Adobe Building In Taos” and “Adobe Building in Chaco”. › Tour Details

Contact and Registration

Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are still available, as well as exhibitor booths. For more information please contact us through our online pre-registration form.

Quentin Wilson › Email
Speakers Committee
PO Box 426
El Rito
NM 87530
Fax: 00 1 505-581-4130 fax

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