One brick at a time

One brick at a time



Quentin Wilson (President)

Born in 1943, Quentin Wilson made miniature adobe bricks at age 10. At age 27 he started repairing and building full-sized buildings ending up as a licensed construction contractor. Teaching weekend adobe and solar classes all along, he went full time at Northern New Mexico College and established their Adobe Construction Program at 52 and nominally retired at 67.

Mike Lopach (Treasurer)

Mark Zaineddin (Secretary)

At times, perhaps to the chagrin of family, friends, and colleagues, Mark Zaineddin seems to have often taken the road less traveled. Mark has often sought, in small ways, to bring wholeness to a broken world. With an undergraduate degree in International Studies, and graduate degrees in Public Affairs, Middle Eastern Studies, and Divinity, Mark has worked the hallowed halls of Washington DC; taught in Cairo, Egypt; and labored in Northern New Mexico. While at Ghost Ranch, an education and conference center of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A ), in Abiquiu, NM, Mark, among other things, helped spearhead the creation and implementation of its successful Youth Service Corps. Certainly not a technical expert in the field of earth building, Mark is especially interested in how individuals from across disciplines come to this field and, in doing so, can help promote the greater good.  He now resides and works in North Carolina.

Sean Kaltenbach

Ben Loescher

Ben Loescher is the co-founder of Loescher Meachem Architects, a Los Angeles based practice specializing in creative workplace and high performance adaptive reuse projects in California, New Mexico, and Texas. Loescher is active in building code development, and committed to reducing barriers to the appropriate use of earthen construction.


Cornelia Theimer Gardella (Co-Executive Director)

Kurt Gardella (Co-Executive Director)

Kurt Gardella specializes in online and field-based adobe construction education. He holds a Certificate in Adobe Construction from Northern New Mexico College (Quentin Wilson) and is also certified as a Specialist for Building with Earth (Registration #01-208-0810) by the Dachverband Lehm (German Association for Building with Earth) and the Handwerkskammer Ulm (Ulm Chamber of Trades and Crafts).