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.


Aug 7 – Sept 3, 2023

Introduction to Building with Adobe in California – Online

This 4-week online course is an expanded introduction to building with adobe (earthen blocks) in California.

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Multiple Dates

Making Adobe, Half-Day Intensive

This four hour class is a condensed introduction to adobe brick and construction taught in a single pleasant afternoon.

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July 3–30, 2023

Intro to Natural Plasters – Online

This 4-week online course covers the fundamentals of finishing interior exterior walls with earthen and lime plasters and paints.

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October 27–29, 2023

3-Day 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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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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