Biotecture Planet Earth is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Contributions to Biotecture Planet Earth are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Biotecture Planet Earth’s tax identification number is 46-4120704.
The purpose for which the organization is formed is for expanding the use of affordable, sustainable buildings and homes throughout the world and for educating the public about the architecture, construction and maintenance of those buildings and homes.
Our programs and projects include:
Educating the public in the form of web sites, e-Books, printed materials, workshops, lectures, and videos.
Building community centers, schools and homes using local materials and sustainable living methods.
Teaching people in disaster areas how to use sustainable living structures to rebuild their communities.
Researching and developing new materials and educational techniques for affordable, sustainable buildings and homes.
Alix W. Henry, AIA – President
Alix is a licensed architect practicing in Taos, NM (henryarchitectstaos.com), and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Webster University where she teaches two classes Living On/ Off the Grid and Global Ecologies and Sustainable Living. She has dedicated her architectural practice to principles of sustainability; and worked for 6 years with Solar Survival Architecture (predecessor to Earthship Biotecture) where she was an architectural intern, builder and manager of earthship rentals. She lives with her husband and two kids in an earthship that she built in the Greater World Community. They have lived there since 1998.
Peter Kolshorn – Vice President
Peter Kolshorn is the Vice President of Biotecture Planet Earth, who was trained in architecture school at the University of Cincinnati and has been building and designing earthships and sustainable buildings throughout the past 30 years in Taos, NM. He is one of the founders of Taos Mesa Brewing.
Nicole Leduc – Secretary
Nicole is the Clerk of the Greater World Land Users Association and lives with her husband Zac Helmberger in the earthship they helped build in 2004. She brings thirty-five years of experience in the high tech corporate world as Manager and Director. Nicole was previously on the Board of OUR Ecovillage in BC and has worked with other non-profits in Taos, NM. She has a MS in Communications and is trained as a usability specialist.
Amy Duke – Treasurer
Amy Duke was born and raised in Aurora, Illinois. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Stanford University. She played volleyball professionally in Europe and for the US National Team. Amy has been working for Earthship Biotecture since 1999 and is currently the business manager of the company. She lives in an earthship in the Greater World Earthship Community that she built with her husband, Tom Duke. They have 2 children.
Chris Pieper – Director
Chris Pieper received his B.S. from the University California at Berkeley in conservation education. After graduating, he taught science and environmental education at Sacred Heart Schools in Palo Alto California. In 1998, Chris moved to Taos with his wife Elana and taught Earth Science at Taos High School. Chris and Elana have raised two children in Taos. He and his wife currently own and operate an outdoor gear and clothing store in Taos called Mudd n Flood. Chris enjoys gardening, hiking and skiing with his family . “I support the mission of Earthship Biotecture because it serves a critical need in our community and the world – building affordable, earth-friendly and beautiful structures for families and community spaces.”
Deborah Binder – International Public Relations and Fundraising Manager
Deborah is Biotecture Planet Earth’s global PR and fundraising manager. Originally from the Canary Islands, Spain, she has lived and worked in six different continents and speaks three languages fluently. She has a higher degree in International Marketing and Public Relations and has extensive experience in Project Management, Fundraising and Public Relations all over the world. Her passion lies in self-sustainable living and technologies and bringing this knowledge to those who need it the most.
John E Walker II – Intel Encore Fellow
John E Walker II Born and raised in Albuquerque and fortunate to experience the great outdoors with a father who shared his love for the sacred and the mystical, I grew up knowing nature provides us with everything we need. My wife Deborah joined me here in 1989 giving birth to my second son in 1990. A retired school teacher and currently a massage therapist she shares my interest in sustainability. Both our sons JohnRobert and Luke enjoy wilderness adventures and are excellent outdoorsmen. It is only fitting I combine my love of nature with sustainable building as we embark on my post retirement career as a Encore fellow for Biotecture Planet Earth. Deborah and I also share our home in the Albuquerque NE Heights with Zoe the dog. We are currently planning and working towards our future Earthship on our property near Fence Lake New Mexico.