A Los Angeles-based organization dedicated to educating, enabling and advancing adobe construction in California.



AiNS offers periodic classes and lectures in Southern California covering a variety of adobe related topics.



Introduction to Building with Adobe in California

This 4-week online course covers the basics of building with adobe (earthen blocks) in California.

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Horno Building Workshop

Earthen ovens are inexpensive to build, fun to use, and provide baking environment impossible to recreate in the kitchen.

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Adobe Project Planning & Foundations

This week long class covers the fundamentals of designing and planning an adobe home. We will make our own adobe bricks and learn the basics of soil selection and testing.

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Adobe Walls

This week long course covers the fundamentals of building earthen walls using adobe bricks. We will be laying adobes onto the foundation wall course by course ending with the installation of a wood bond beam at the top.

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Adobe Roofs, Vaults, Openings & Insulation

This week long course covers the fundamentals of designing and installing roofs for adobe structures. We will focus on shed and gable roofs with extended eaves.

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Interior & Exterior Earthen and Lime Finishes

This week long course covers the fundamentals of finishing interior and exterior adobe block walls with natural plasters and paints.

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From last year

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Kurt and Ben met in 2006 at Northern New Mexico College. Through their shared passion for adobe, the desert, and green chile, they have collaborated on numerous adobe projects, including a dome, a vault, and several earthen ovens.

Kurt Gardella

Kurt has been teaching and building with adobe since 2006. He offers classes through Adobe in Action and at Santa Fe Community College.
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Ben Loescher

Ben is a licensed architect, founder of AiNS and principal of Loescher Meachem Architects in Los Angeles.
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