Terra 2022


We are pleased to announce that the full Congress program is now available for view. Please visit the Congress Program page here. Additionally, information and registration are now available for the half day site visits and post-congress tours. For both the Half Day Site Visits and Post-Congress tours, you may register through the main registration portal. If you have already registered for the Congress, please select “Modify your registration” from the main registration page to add the site visit you wish to attend. If the site visit has an additional fee, you will be required to re-enter your payment information as well. We look forward to seeing you in Santa Fe in June!


Terra 2022 13th World Congress on Earthen Architectural Heritage will take place in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA from June 7 – 10, 2022. This is the thirteenth international congress organized by the earthen architecture community under the aegis of ICOMOS since 1972, and the second to be held in New Mexico, thirty years after Adobe 90 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Terra 2022 is expected to draw up to 600 specialists in the fields of conservation, anthropology, archaeology, architecture and engineering, scientific research, site management, and sustainable development of earthen architectural heritage. 

The four-day program will include presentations, posters and videos / digital media that reflect the latest research and best practice in the study and conservation of earthen heritage around the world. The wealth, variety and significance of earthen heritage in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the greater region of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico make it an ideal setting for the congress and will help inform and stimulate conversations around earthen heritage. The program will include sessions presenting technical information, management issues, methodology, advances in research, case studies and guidelines for best practice.

Registration Now Open

Registration is open for both in-person and virtual attendance options. For more information and to register, please click here.



  • Southwestern US and Northern Mexico
  • Archaeological Sites
  • Historic Buildings and Structures
  • Urban Settings
  • Cultural Landscapes and Cultural Routes
  • Advances in Research
  • History of Conservation
  • Education and Advocacy
  • Risk and Vulnerability
  • Care by and for Communities

The Abstract Submission deadline has passed.  We hope you will join us in Santa Fe for Terra 2022. 


The congress will be held at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The recently built convention facility is designed to echo the adobe structures characteristic of New Mexico, and features state-of-the-art audio/visual capabilities and high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the building. The convention center is located in close proximity to numerous hotels, shops and restaurants.


We have worked with local hotels to secure hotel blocks at a reasonable rate ($119 - $219 USD per night). You may be able to book your hotel accommodations now. See “Lodging and Transportation” for additional information about the hotels available at the Congress rate and how to book. 

Congress Visits

The congress program will include one half-day dedicated to site visits in and around Santa Fe, as well as auxiliary exhibits and activities on the theme of earthen architecture organized for the public. More information about half-day site visits during the conference can be found here. Registration for half day site visits will be taken on a first come, first served basis.

Funding Opportunities

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the funding landscape is more restricted than originally anticipated. Please visit the scholarship opportunities page for more information.

Optional Pre-Congress Workshops

Optional pre-congress workshops will be one to three days depending on the nature of the topics covered. They will provide the opportunity for registered participants to acquire hands-on skills and technical training. Pre-congress workshops will be offered within the period of June 3 – 6, 2022.

Registration for the pre-congress workshops will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Advance payment will be required. More information about pre-Congress workshops can be found hereRegistration for all Terra 2022 pre-Congress workshops is now closed. If you would like to be put on a waiting list, please email corrina@mgr-events.com.

Post-Congress Tours

Optional one-day post-conference tours will be offered to Terra 2022 participants on Saturday, June 11, following the conference. These tours will visit earthen sites in the region around Santa Fe, which demonstrate different approaches to conservation, restoration, and maintenance by communities and conservation professionals in different contexts. Registration for the Post-Congress tours will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Advance payment will be required. More information about post-Congress tours can be found here.

Travel to the United States

All citizens of a foreign country who plan to participate in the Terra 2022 World Congress must first obtain a US visa. The congress organizers will provide participants coming from outside the United States with a formal letter of registration to facilitate the visa process upon request and proof of registration.

In addition, the congress organizers are prohibited under U.S. law from transacting or dealing with persons who are subject to U.S. financial sanctions. Prospective registrants will be screened and required to certify their eligibility.

Key Dates

April 1, 2020 Extended deadline for abstract submissions - 

The Abstract Submission deadline has passed.  We hope you will join us in Santa Fe for Terra 2022. 

June 2020 Second announcement
August 2020

Selection of oral presentations / posters / video or digital media

September 2020

Oral presentation / poster / video or digital media acceptance notice sent to authors

October 2020

Author guidelines for papers sent to authors of oral presentations

Spring 2021  Deadline for submission of papers for publication in the Terra 2022 Proceedings
November 2021 Registration opens for congress and pre-congress workshops
March 21, 2022 Early bird registration closes
June 3 – 6, 2022 Pre-congress workshops
June 7 – 10, 2022 Terra 2022 13th World Congress on Earthen Architectural Heritage


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Melissa Rael
MgR & Associates
PO Box 67585
Albuquerque, NM 87193
Tel: +505 508 2999
Email: Melissa@mgr-events.com



Leslie Rainer
Senior Project Specialist
Getty Conservation Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90049, USA


Lauren Meyer
Program Manager
Vanishing Treasures Program
National Park Service
PO Box 728 
Santa Fe, NM 87504,USA
Email: lauren_meyer@nps.gov

Frank Matero
Chair, Graduate Program in Historic Preservation
Stuart Weitzman School of Design
University of Pennsylvania

102 Meyerson Hall
210 South 34th Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19104,USA
Email: fgmatero@design.upenn.edu