Making Natural Building Mainstream
Panel discussion with Doug, Lisa, Lola, and Roland about how we make natural building mainstream. There will also be a conversation about the future of the Natural Building Alliance.
Lisa Morey is a professional engineer and architectural designer with over 16 years of experience in management, design, and construction, with a background in adobe brick construction. She is an author of “Adobe Homes for all Climates”, a book on how to build with adobe bricks. Lisa also holds a patent on an innovative building system that incorporates reinforcement and scaffolding into the adobe brick wall system.
Currently Lisa is Co-Founder of Colorado Earth LLC, based in Golden, Colorado. Colorado Earth manufacturers compressed earth blocks and adobe bricks, carries out design and engineering services, and constructs earthen walls. Lisa is dedicated to the promotion and realization of natural building.
Lola Ben-Alon is an engineer, curator, and Ph.D. candidate at the at the
Architecture, Engineering and Construction Management (AECM) Program at Carnegie
Mellon University. She specializes in socially and environmentally sustainable building
practices, natural building materials, and engineering-architecture collaborations.
She has earned her BS in Structural Engineering and MS in Construction Management, both
cum laude, from the Civil and Environmental Engineering program at the Technion, Israel
Institute of Technology. Her doctoral research deals with Life Cycle Assessments (LCA),
perception, and building policy of earthen construction.
Parallel to her engineering background, Lola has earned a diploma in Critical and Curatorial
Studies at the Technion, where she has co-founded art.espionage, the Experimental Art and
Architecture Lab. She has exhibited various interactive urban interventions, public art, and
performance art in museums and galleries around the world, including the Shanghai Biennale
Gallery and Tel-Aviv Art Museum. She has also served as a curator and content developer at
the Madatech, Israel National Museum of Science, Technology, and Space.
Lola is passionate about fostering connections between academia and community, by
promoting social engagement in the production of the built environment. She is the academic
advisor of the TERRA Collaborative, an all-women organization that provides hands-on
natural building training for women and youth in developing communities. Through sharing
skills and knowledge that promote healthy and affordable living environments, Lola hopes to
diversify the building industry and to catalyze new intersections and creative dialogues among
the various disciplines of architecture, engineering, art, and sociology.