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.

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Oct 16 2021


4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Panel Discussion


Star Hall


Panel Discussion

Sponsors/Other Organizers


  • Doug Nichols
    Doug Nichols

    Doug has been a natural builder of over 20 years and currently serves as the lead instructor and contractor for Community Rebuilds. Fall 2013-present.

  • Lisa Morey
    Lisa Morey

    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
    Lola Ben-Alon

    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.

  • Roland Gyallay-Pap
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