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Adobe Construction - School of Trades, Technology, Sustainability and Professional Studies

Building an adobe wall. View photos of the class by student Omar E. Contreras.

Concentration within the Building Science and Construction Technologies degree
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) 
Certificate (CERT) 

Fall Classes for 2014 - Spring Class Schedule Coming Soon

Class: ADOB 111 - Adobe Construction Basics
Format: Web
Dates: August 25 to October 17, 2014 (8 Weeks)
Credits: 3
CRN: 20924
Instructor: Kurt Gardella

Class: ADOB 112 - Adobe Wall Construction
Format: Live Instruction
Dates: October 31, November 7, 14 & 21, 2014 (4 Fridays from 9am to 4pm)
Location: Trades and Applied Technology 822
Credits: 3
CRN: 21003
Instructor: Kurt Gardella


Class: ADOB 113 - Passive Solar Adobe Design
Format: Web
Dates: October 20 to December 13, 2014 (8 Weeks)
Credits: 2
CRN: 21227
Instructor: Kurt Gardella

About the Program

Adobe - The Original Green Building Material!

This program provides you with the knowledge and skills you'll need to gain employment in the adobe construction and earthbuilding fields. The program is also geared towards non-professional, owner-builders who wish to obtain the skills needed to design and build their own adobe home.

We teach you to build an adobe structure from foundation to roof using traditional New Mexican adobe construction skills combined with an emphasis on modern "green" practices and sustainable building materials. The program is built around passive solar adobe design and construction principles.

The Adobe Construction Program offers courses in:

  • Passive Solar Adobe Design (site planning, building layout)
  • Adobe Construction Basics (soil selection and testing, adobe brick production)
  • Adobe Wall Construction (earthen mortars, correct brick coursing and leveling)
  • Floor Design and Construction (poured earth, earth brick and rammed earth floors)
  • Finish Practices (interior and exterior earthen and lime plasters)
  • Roof Design and Construction (flat roofs, shed roofs, gable roofs for adobe structures)
  • Preservation Practices (common examples of deterioration in adobe structures and their solutions)
  • Adobe Building Practicum (hands-on field work)
  • Rammed Earth Construction

Career Opportunities:

  • Entry Level Adobe Construction Worker
  • Entry Level Project Planner/Developer
  • Administrator
  • Sustainability Coordinator


For more information, please contact the School of Trades, Technology, Sustainability and Professional Studies, 505-428-1388,

Santa Fe Community College | 6401 Richards Ave. | Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508 | 505-428-1000
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