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 the 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.
Judy Ann Sutton, FNP-C, MPH – Secretary
Through her work as a health care provider, Judy has seen work in the Emergency Room, a rural clinic, working for the Army in Germany, working for Peace Corps in Uzbekistan and for the Department of State in Madagascar, Kenya, Japan, Afghanistan, Belgium, Libya, Wash, DC, and Nicaragua. Judy has lived in an Earthship for 4 years and hosts a weekly craft group for community members.
Amy Duke – Treasurer
Amy Duke was born and raised in Aurora, Illinois. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Stanford University. 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.