Terra 2022


Pre-Congress Workshops are available for an additional fee on a first come first serve basis. You can register for the two day optional workshops during registration. Registration 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.

  • Injection grouting for decorated surfaces on earthen architecture | June 5-6, 2022 | 2 days in Santa Fe, NM | $250 for two day workshop

    The aim of this workshop is to provide the scientific and conservation context for the formulation of earthen grouts to be used in the stabilization of decorated earthen surfaces. Because decorated surfaces are an integral part of the architectural system, grouting is the best practice when decorated surfaces require stabilization. Earthen decorated surfaces present specific conservation issues derived from building techniques and materials and from site conservation conditions.

    This session introduces the multidisciplinary approach for the study of materials composing injection grouts for the stabilization of earthen plaster and a methodology for the development of appropriate grout formulations for decorated surfaces. The workshop is comprised of a series of lectures and hands-on exercises for proper in-situ testing.
  • Lab and field testing exercises for earthen materials | June 5-6, 2022 | 2 days in Santa Fe, NM | $300 for two day workshop

    The aim of this workshop devoted to “Earth as a building material” is to show the participants that raw earth is a natural concrete. Just like man-made concrete, raw earth is a mixture of grains of different sizes, the smallest ones (clays and oxides) ensuring the cohesion of the material. Each grain category has its own behavior, contributing to the overall behavior of the material in construction or repair. Hence, knowing the composition of a given earth in terms of grain size distribution is important for using the earth in an optimal way and, possibly, to modify it with appropriate additions.

    The workshop will include a series of lectures to understand earth as a building material and its various compositions and behavior through a series of hands-on exercises, traditional lab tests, and on-site testing to identify the composition of the raw earth particles. The workshop will conclude with the Carazas test and discussion of the different test methods presented.
  • TICRAT | New Mexico 2022 | June 3-6, 2022 on the El Rito Campus of Northern New Mexico College and the Village of Abiquiu, NM | $350 basic registration (includes travel from/to Santa Fe and between workshop sites, double-occupancy lodging, meals) | Learn more and register separately for TICRAT here.

    TICRAT Purpose

    The International Workshop on the Conservation and Restoration of Earthen Architecture (known by its Spanish acronym TICRAT) is a bi-national partnership between the U.S. National Park Service and its Mexican counterpart, the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH). Since 1994, these hands-on workshops have convened adobe experts from both countries to disseminate traditional earthen building practices and ensure the safeguarding of the integrated cultural heritage across the US-Mexico border. TICRAT | New Mexico 2022 is a project of partnerships between the Vanishing Treasures Program of the U.S. National Park Service, University of Arizona’s College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture, University of New Mexico Historic Preservation and Regionalism Program, and Cornerstones Community Partnerships. It is administered by Cornerstones.  

    TICRAT | New Mexico 2022 will include presentations, hands-on workshops and field trips focused on techniques and strategies for conserving and restoring earthen architecture such as adobe brickmaking, building condition assessment, adobe wall repair, and mud plastering. Information to a separate registration form will be made available on the Congress website soon.

    TICRAT Sponsors

    U.S. National Park Service
    Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH)
    University of Arizona
    University of New Mexico
    Cornerstones Community Partnerships
    Northern New Mexico College, El Rito
    The Community of Abiquiu