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


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Workshops

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

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September 22, 2019

Making Adobe

A 4-hour long hands on introduction to the basics of adobe brick making, including soil sourcing and testing, form design, curing and stabilizers.

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November 23-24, 2019

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 and 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 and 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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MEET THE

Instructors

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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