Terra 2022



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.


  • 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.


Three Santa Fe hotels close to the convention center will be proposed as the official congress hotels with a preferred rate in the next announcement. Other smaller or less expensive hotels will also be listed for those who prefer more independent accommodations. Participants will be responsible for making their own payments directly to all hotels.

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.

Funding Opportunities

Limited sources of funding may be available for participants who need financial assistance to attend the congress. Participants must indicate a need for funding with their registration.

Optional pre-congress workshops and post-congress tours

In conjunction with Terra 2022, optional pre-congress workshops and post-congress tours will be organized at an additional cost to the congress registration.

Pre-congress workshop
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 4 – 6, 2022.

Post-congress tours
Optional post – congress tours will be offered for participants to experience the archaeological, historic and contemporary earthen heritage in and around Santa Fe and neighboring states. Experienced guides, staff from the National Park Service and University of New Mexico, and other professionals will lead and assist on the tours. The post-congress tours are planned for one to four days and will be offered within the period of June 11 – 14, 2022.

Detailed itineraries, costs, and registration information for the pre-congress workshops and the post-congress tours will be provided in the next Terra 2022 announcement, scheduled to be posted online in fall 2021. Registration for the pre-congress workshops and the post – congress tours will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Advance payment will be required.

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.

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
Fall 2021 Registration opens for congress, pre-congress workshops and post-congress tours
Winter 2021 Early bird registration closes
June 4 – 6, 2022 Pre-congress workshops
June 7 – 10, 2022 Terra 2022 13th World Congress on Earthen Architectural Heritage
June 11 – 14, 2022 Post-congress tours 

Next Announcement

The next congress announcement will be posted online on the Terra 2022 website in fall 2021. 


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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