Hanno Burtscher, Tobias Fritz
Hanno Burtscher (supervisor rammed earth)
Born 1977 in Fontanella Hanno Burtscher grew up in a small village in midst the Austrian Alps. Nature was always present and served as the stage for the main activities throughout his childhood and adolescence.
Subsequently, when he began to study architecture in Vienna, he had to balance the non-materialistic part of design-and concept study throughout the year at university, with something tangible, (a project he could get his hands dirty with), during his summer holidays. Working onsite on building developments seemed like the best fit.
He met Martin Rauch, and the rammed earth construction technique, in 1998 for the first time. He’s been actively engaged in an art, discipline, and profession of rammed earth ever since. Under the careful mentorship and guidance of Martin Rauch, he gained his knowledge, years of hands-on field-experience, and mastery in rammed earth construction.
Hanno has also been working as an entrepreneur, working independently on his own projects, spread around the world.
Building with earth, and ultimately sharing with the future occupants of earth structures, the experiences and innate benefits which earth brings, drives all of Hanno’s work.
Tobias Fritz (supervisor rammed earth)
born 1987, growing up in a alpine valley in Vorarlberg, Austria.
Studying physics and architecture at the Technical University Munich, Germany.
Learning at Lehm Ton Erde (Martin Rauch), project Ricola Kräuterzentrum in Laufen, Switzerland.
Experimenting theoretical and pratical, mainly in wood and earth architecture.
Teaching at the Base Habitat Summer School 2016 in Altmünster, Austria.
Working as architect in Voralberg, Austria.
Markus Lerch (supervisor clay plaster)
Born 1960 in Vorarlberg, Austria
Since 1984 Master craftsmen in plasterwork, company founding “Lehm Lebt” in 1995, further training in lime plaster, slaked lime plaster and Tadelakt. Various projects in Austria and Switzerland.
Thomas Künzi (supervisor Tadelakt)
Thomas Künzi was born in 1967 in Frutigen (Bern/Switzerland)
In 1986 he finished his education as ceramicist and founded in 1990 his own studio.
In 1995 Thomas received his degree as certified Earthbuilder.
During his numerous journeys to Afrika he came in contact with Tadelakt and studied with a Tadelaktmaster in Marokko.
In the following years mainly his Tadelakt projects were in central Europe and Marokko, but he built as well in Thailand and Paraguay.
Thomas is holding many workshops where he shares his passion.