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Apprentice Alumni

Cal-Earth's Apprentice Alumni

The following Cal-Earth alumni names and photos are a small sample of the alumni from Cal-Earth, and a start in presenting to our visitors the work that many individuals and organizations are doing after taking the apprenticeship course with Nader Khalili. The people and projects we have chosen are not necessarily the largest or most fanciful, nor are they the best known of our students, but these are the persons who have sent photos of their work and stayed in touch during their evolving journey. We know them to be impassioned individuals who have made the most of the knowledge that they have learned and are now taking it all over the world with site specific variations. We have tried to include varied examples of buildings from the more sophisticated domed clusters and large vaulted homes, to humble backyard emergency shelters and playful landscaping. We hope that this page will continue to grow as alumni write and add photographs, to provide inspiration and contact information for others who wish to build with earth, in the service of humanity and the environment.

Journeymen and Journeywomen
Cal-Earth sent alumni and distance learning training to help the earthquake victims in the Himalayas region of Pakistan and India in late 2005-2006.
In co-operation with the local SASI foundation refugees and local NGOs learned how to build Superadobe emergency shelters and recieved the bags build in the earthquake destroyed areas.
Khurram Schroff and Shahid Malik Shahid,
Alumni - PakistanAlumni - Pakistan
Alumni - Pakistan
Alumni - PakistanAlumni - Pakistan
Fondation pour L'Architecture, Brussels.
"Alter Architecture" exhibition Emergency Shelter prototype
Hooman Fazly team leader
Alumni - Belgium Alumni - Belgium
Virginia Sanchis
Domo Rosa Residence
Alumni - Brazil Alumni - Brazil
Patricio Calderon,
Emergency Shelter
Alumni - Chile Alumni - Chile
Djalal and Shahla Sherafat
Omtones Healing Center, Hornby Island, Canada
Alumni - Canada Alumni - CanadaAlumni - Canada
Bradley Cebeci
Uplift Investments Llc.
Alumni - Guatemala Alumni - Guatemala
Michelle Queyroy, project manager
MEG Foundation orphanage, Puri, Orissa
Alumni - India Alumni - India
Dada Krpasundarananda,
Herbal Farm Center Prototype
Built by local people for Anandamarga
Alumni - India
Representative architect Hamid Irani
Baninajar Refugee Camp
Khuzestan Province
15 temporary domed dwellings, Built by the Refugees
Alumni - Iran Alumni - Iran
Mara Cranic
Casa De La Madre Tierra
near Cabo San Lucas, Baja
2,300 sq. ft. private residence
Alumni - MexicoAlumni - Mexico Alumni - Mexico
Eric Hansen
Vaulted House, 1,600 sq. ft. private residence
Alumni - Mexico Alumni - Mexico
Giovanni Panza, Don Graber, Craig Cranic, and the Yaqui People of Sarmiento
Yaqui Community Center
Alumni - Mexico Alumni - Mexico
Martin Perna,
Meditation dome
Alumni - Mexico Alumni - Mexico
John LaFrance, Tana Lehr, John Mitchell, Joel Janka, Richard Mutch
Lumbini Gardens Community
Alumni - Mexico Alumni - Mexico
Dada Krpasundarananda,
Built by the nuns.
Alumni - Mongolia  
Dada Krpasundarananda
Alumni - Thailand Alumni - Thailand
Las Casitas; Colleen Lassegard and Anna Hoyle

Jim Guerra
Training Project for migrant Farmworkers in California, USA
Alumni - USAAlumni - USA Alumni - USA
Stephen Gates, Eric Birkhauser
Living Systems
landscaping in Southern California
Alumni - USA Alumni - USA
Marcus Tribelhorn
landscaping in Northern California
Alumni - USA Alumni - USA
Adrien Jenik
Artists' Retreat, Joshua Tree, Calif.
Alumni - USA Alumni - USAAlumni - USA
Gary and Tommie Wright,
Wright Residence (double Eco-Dome), Yucca Valley, Calif.
Construction supervision: Hooman Fazly
Alumni - USA Alumni - USA
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Superadobe technology was designed and developed by architect Nader Khalili and Cal-Earth Institute, and engineered by P.J. Vittore. Superadobe is a patented system (U.S. patent #5,934,027) freely put at the service of humanity and the environment. Licensing is required for commercial use.

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