Adobe Residency

adobeisnotsoftware is pleased to announce our Adobe Builder Instructional Residency. The program takes you from foundation to roof of a small adobe structure over the course of the 4-week period.

The idea for Adobe is not Software’s Adobe Builder Instructional Residency program was born in 2015 with the aim of immersing architects, students and builders in modern adobe construction techniques within the context of a complete building project.

The Adobe Builder Instructional Residency program provides an opportunity for people from around the world to work with adobe at real building sites in the inspiring vicinity of Joshua Tree, California. In addition to daily hands-on instruction and building site work, lectures and field trips are often held on weekends. These become an important part of the total immersion nature of the residency. Resident builders also have unlimited access to Adobe is not Software’s extensive book collection and archive. Residency staff is available to answer questions and assist you with planning your own adobe project in the off hours.

Adobe is not Software is based in Pioneertown, California and maintains a casual atmosphere. It is up to the residents to find their own lodging and food for the duration of the residency. There are ample facilities directly in Pioneertown and nearby. Every effort is made to carpool to the building site each day as a group.

Week One Syllabus – Adobe Project Planning & Foundations
Week Two Syllabus – Adobe Walls
Week Three Syllabus – Roofs, Vaults, Openings and Insulation
Week Four Syllabus – Interior and Exterior Earthen & Lime Finishes


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.
Adobe in Action


The class will be conducted in Pioneertown, California, about 12 miles outside of Joshua Tree National Park and some 40 miles from Palm Springs. Joshua Tree and the surrounding area have a wealth of great hiking, climbing, lodging and food options, including Pioneertown’s world famous Pappy and Harriet’s just down the street.


There are lots of private vacation rentals available around Pioneertown, at various price points. Check out and for more information. The Wooden Indian Ranch, Little House, and Little Red Cabin are all within a block of Adobeisnotsoftware.


Cost: $1500 per person for the four week, full time session.

Fine Print

Construction is inherently dangerous, and participants are expected to be partners in ensuring their own safety. You may be asked to sign an acknowledgement of this in advance of class participation. Children under 14 cannot be accommodated except by prior arrangement.

Classes may not be held in the event of sufficient registrations to cover operating costs – adobeisnotsoftware reserves the right to cancel undersubscribed classes and events with at least 7 days prior notice.

For individuals who find they may not be able to attend a class or event for which they are registered, adobeisnotsoftware will offer a full refund if notified at least two weeks in advance. For cancellations less than two weeks prior to the event date, adobeisnotsoftware will provide a credit for the full amount of tuition to be used for a future adobeisnotsoftware event.


Pioneertown, CA


(760) 278-1134



Precise directions will be sent to participants prior to the class.