October 14–November 9, 2018
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) is pleased to announce the International Course on the Conservation of Earthen Architecture 2018 (EAC18), a collaboration between the GCI and the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi).

EAC18 reflects advances in practice, science, and technology for the conservation and rehabilitation of earthen sites, buildings and structures. The primary objective of the course is to improve the practice of conservation and rehabilitation of earthen sites internationally by providing participants with a holistic understanding of the decay and deterioration of earthen buildings, disseminating effective conservation and rehabilitation methodologies, and ensuring a practical understanding of appropriate repair methods and long-term management strategies.

The course will be four weeks in duration and include up to twenty students. The language of the course will be English.

The primary goals of EAC18 are to:

train conservation professionals (architects, engineers, conservators, scientists, and archaeologists) from regional centers of earthen architecture including the Gulf States, Maghreb/North Africa, and southern Asia;

provide a regional training initiative that balances a theoretical foundation in conservation with emphasis on practical approaches and hands-on experience;

build a robust professional network for the conservation of earthen architecture in the region;

continue the GCI's legacy of training while raising awareness of earthen heritage in the gulf and promoting TCA Abu Dhabi as a center of culture and training in earthen architecture; and

develop English language training materials for earthen architecture conservation that can be adapted to other regions and languages, such as Arabic.

In content and structure, EAC18 has been developed to address the following topics and skills as they pertain to the conservation and rehabilitation of earthen sites:

Conservation theory and principles

Analysis of earthen materials including mineralogical, physical characteristics and behavior of earthen materials

Earth as a building material—use and construction

Mechanisms of decay—material and structural

Methods of recording for documentation and analysis

Planning and selection of conservation and rehabilitation interventions

Practical conservation methods, both structural and non-structural, for earthen buildings and archaeological sites

Maintenance and preventive conservation

Developing rehabilitation and re-use projects for earthen buildings

Conservation of earthen sites in the urban environment (Nizwa, Oman)

Eligibility requirements, costs, and application materials will be available in December 2017. For further information, please contact EAC18@getty.edu.