About pauljaquin

I'm did a PhD at Durham University about the repair of rammed earth buildings. I now work for Ramboll Whitbybird, doing geotechnical engineering, rammed earth, and general earth building.

The Earth Builders Guild

The Earth Builders Guild

The Earthbuilders’ Guild is an organization dedicated to the Betterment & Advancement of Earthen Construction of homes and commercial buildings.  We invite you to join us in this mission of preserving and promoting the age old building methods of adobe, rammed earth and compressed earth block construction.  The commitment of people in this industry stretches across family traditions, meaningful work, environmental concerns, and joy of working with the earth.  We want to insure that we continue to make history through our building process while improving them to create safe, comfortable, long lasting structures.

Earth Builders Guild


Earth building and Plasterworks
since 1996 specialized in:

  • Clay Plaster
  • Lime Plasters (basics tadelakt, authentic stucco’s)
  • Traditional Decorations (sgrafitto, fresco, limewash, marble imitations, etc.) and Restorations
  • Thermal Insulation, Radial heat systems, Damp Wall Treatment
  • Rammed Earth


  • enviromental-friendly materials
  • workshop-made colours
  • strict planning and communication
  • fully guaranteed, certificated and insured


Learn clay plastering with a Grundtvig grant

Grundtvig Course – Clay Plaster Part I 
New Educational Approach in Sustainable Natural Building Part I
(Clay Plaster – Module 1) L9/2012

Workshop for Educators and Trainers in Earth Building across Europe
Date: May 12th 18 h – May 20th 10h  2012

Introduction into the teaching methodology of the training course “Clay Plaster”
based on the training materials of module 1 – clay plaster basics
as developed in the European Leonardo da Vinci Project Clay Plaster
Assessment methods of ECVET – <<New>>
Course languages: English or German

Trainers: Burkard Rüger (Lehmbaukontor Berlin-Brandenburg), Uta Herz (FAL e.V.)
Place: Earth Building Workshop, House Khademi in Wangelin

individual grants for participants from EU countries via the European Programme Grundtvig mobility.

Duration: 54 hours
Course Fee:  740 EUR
Accommodation and board: 770 EUR (8 nights)

Comenius/Grundtvig course – Clay Plaster Part II

New Educational Approach in Sustainable Natural Building Part II
(Clay Plaster – Module 2) L21/2012
Workshop for Educators and Trainers in Earth Building across Europe

Date: July 14th 18 h – July 22nd 10 h 2011

Introduction into the teaching methodology of the training course “Clay Plaster”
based on the training materials of module 2 – clay plaster design
as developed in the European Leonardo da Vinci Project Clay Plaster

Course languages: English or German


Trainers: Irmela Fromme, Lehmbaukontor Berlin-Brandenburg (DE), Uta Herz, FAL e.V. (DE), Andrea Silbermann (DE)
Place: Earth Building Workshop, House Khademi in 19395 Buchberg, OT Wangelin
: 54 hours
Course Fee:  740 EUR
Accommodation and board: 770 EUR (8 nights)


The first module offers all the introductory theory of earthern plasters, soil analysis, mixing, applications, different substrates, problem solving and analysis – and the discovery process which is central to best practice in teaching this subject. For the first time participants who successfully pass an ECVET clay Plaster exam will be awarded an ECVET certificate. Read more about ECVET earth building lernpunktlehm.de/wp3/?page_id=969 

The second module follows on with in-depth discovery as to finishes, pigments, mixes, applications, ornamentation, techniques, analysis and colour theory. The finishing of all clay work should be seen to be an integral part of any clay course. 

Information about the courses and to to apply for a Grundtvig grant

see http://lernpunktlehm.de/wp3/?page_id=324

Europaeische Bildungsstaette fuer Lehmbau » ECVET.

AsTerre – Association Nationale des Professionnels de la Terre Crue


AsTerre – Association Nationale des Professionnels de la Terre Crue.

L’ Association nationale des professionnels de la TERRE crue AsTerre fédère les acteurs et actrices de la construction en terre crue en France.

Elle regroupe des artisans et des chefs d’entreprise, des producteurs de matériaux, des architectes, des ingénieurs, et des organismes de formation professionnelle. Elle accueille aussi des représentants d’organismes régionaux (parcs…) ou d’autres associations développant des activités dans le domaine de l’architecture de terre, valorisation des patrimoines nationaux, architecture contemporaine, recherche sur les matériaux et les techniques.

The National Association of Professional Earth Builders –  Asterra brings together those involved in  earthen construction in France.

It brings together artisans and entrepreneurs, producers of materials, architects, engineers, and professional training organisations.

It also hosts representatives of regional organisations  or other organisations developing activities in the field of earthen architecture, development of national heritage, contemporary architecture, materials research and technology.

L’association Touraterre announce ‘Le Village’, celebration of architecture 10th to 25th September

L’association Touraterre est ravie d’annoncer la tenue de l’atelier d’architecture 2011 ‘Le Village’, du 10 au 25 septembre prochain à Cavaillon (Vaucluse.)

Join us at conferences and many colorful which will mark two weeks of work, dream and achievements.
Announcement (pdf)




Theory, Teaching and Dissemination of a Vernacular Technique International Conference, Lyons, 10-12 May 2012

Organized by the Laboratoire de Recherche Historique Rhône-Alpes (LARHRA, UMR-NRS 5190) and the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art
From 1785 onwards, the builder and master mason François Cointeraux actively
promoted a construction technique of vernacular origin, known as pisé de terre (or ‘rammed earth’), which was at that time confined to southeast France. His cahiers or fascicules from the Ecole d’architecture rurale (School of Rural Architecture), published in Paris in 1790-91, were rapidly translated into seven languages (German, Russian, Danish, English, Finnish, Italian and Portuguese). They attracted the attention of major architects such as Henry Holland (1745-1806) in England, Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) in America, David Gilly (1748-1808) in Germany and Nicolaï L’vov (1751-1803) in Russia, founder of a flourishing school of earthen architecture in Tiukhili near Moscow, based on Cointeraux’s school of the Colisée in Paris. Through his publications, Cointeraux generated an almost universal interest for this material, as cheap as it was abundant, and encouraged its adaptation to rural or residential architecture. This success can largely be explained by a desire to revive rural architecture, which was in perfect harmony with both the physiocrats’ line of thought and the actions of agricultural societies. However, Cointeraux never managed to popularise its use widely and lastingly in France. His numerous publications did not achieve their expected uptake with the institutions concerned. He
is nonetheless representative of a culture of invention and innovation, highly characteristic of the first industrial revolution and the birth of modern architecture. The aim of the conference is to present a synthesis of the extensive research carried out on François Cointeraux over the course of the last twenty years and to re-situate his work in the wider context of the evolution of ideas and techniques.

Cointeraux conference call for papers

House of Five Dreams

House of Five Dreams

The House of Five Dreams by Jones Studio inc is a light-filled masterpiece that rests upon a lower level made from massive 4 foot-thick rammed earth walls. The 30,000 square foot house is huge, but most of its volume rests comfortably inside the earthen walls, which serve as a gallery for the owner’s collection of art and artifacts. The luminous residence above is protected from the sun by a movable screened wall which opens up to provide views of the Sonoran Desert.