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Martin Rauch


Martin Rauch is Principal & Founder of Lehm Ton Erde based in Schlins, Austria.

Since 1999, Lehm Ton Erde (Loam Clay Earth), have developed and implemented many techniques and projects relating to rammed earth. A crucial pivot point in this development is not only the persistent elaboration of constructional details and enhancements of production possibilities, but also establishing the material with contemporary architecture and aesthetics. Many buildings and installations have been realized in cooperation with international and renowned artists and architectural offices, which have enriched building with earth in a technical and creative sense.

He was a Guest Lecturer at the Department of Architecture, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich); an Honorary Professor at the UNESCO Chair for Earthen Architecture, Constructive Cultures & Sustainable Design; and Lecturer at the University for Art & Industrial Design Linz.

He is the co-recipient of a Holcim Awards Silver 2020 prize for Restoring Common Ground in Prijedor, Bosnia & Herzegovina - A rehabilitation project creating space for peacebuilding activities, and received a Holcim Awards Bronze 2011 for a Teaching and Training Center in the Marrakesh satellite suburb of Chwiter that concentrates on the use of nearby resources including the workforce and earth as the primary construction material.

Martin Rauch was a workshop expert on digitization, labor and construction at the 6th Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction in Cairo, April 4-6, 2019.

Last Updated: November 16, 2021
Schlins, Austria
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