Networking in the Built Earth World
For this third session in INTBAU's Autumn Series, we will hear from international representatives from organisations working to normalise the use of earth in construction. The talk will be followed by a live Q&A session with the audience.

The panel discussion will be chaired by Rowland Keable, Honorary Professor and UNESCO Chair on Earthen Architecture, who is also CEO of Earth Building UK and Ireland and Director of Rammed Earth Consulting CIC. A founding member of Ebuki, Rowland works towards earth in the mainstream of construction. This includes being an active member of a European skills group working on training standards for earth structures. His negotiated the publication of UK standard NVQ training for earth building and plasters and has written construction codes and standards in the UK, Europe and Africa. Through Ebuki, Rowland brings together networks of builders, teachers, trainers, researchers, designers, publishers and taking a ‘by all necessary means’ approach to earth as a building material. Rowland has worked with rammed earth technology since 1985 including Passivhaus local authority classrooms, acting as consultants to non-earth specialist designers and contractors.

Rowland will be joined by fellow advocates of earth building, Ben Loescher and mason and architect, Sourabh Phadke. Sourabh works with communities in India to help them design and build for themselves using local resources and building practices.

Ben Loescher is architect and co-founder of Loescher Meachem Architects, a Los Angeles based practice specializing in creative workplace and high performance adaptive reuse projects in California, New Mexico, and Texas. Ben has authored significant changes updates to the earthen construction provisions of the International Building Code, and is committed to reducing barriers to the appropriate use of earthen construction. He is also a charter member and Chair of the Earthbuilders’ Guild, the trade association for earthbuilding in the United States.

Date: Wednesday 28th October

Time: 18:00 GMT

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