CRAterre (International Centre on Earthen Architecture), which was founded in 1979, is a research laboratory on earthen architecture based within the National Superior School of Architecture in Grenoble[fr] (ENSAG), France. It has assembled a multidisciplinary team of researchers, professionals, lecturers and trainers to work on the dissemination of knowledge and know-how on raw earthen construction techniques in France and all over the world.
Earthen Architecture Post-Master degree (DSA)
Since 1984, CRAterre provides a Post-Master's degree on earthen architecture, the DSA Earthen Architecture, a two-year programme leading to a National Specialised Diploma, conferred by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. The three main axes of this training are:
- Heritage and conservation
- Building material
- Human settlement
UNESCO chair "earthen architecture"
The main objective of the UNESCO Chair “Earthen architecture, construction cultures and sustainable development”, which is led by the CRAterre-ENSAG laboratory since 1998, is to accelerate, on a global level, the dissemination of scientific and technical know-how on earthen architecture (rammed earth, cob, Wattle and daub, Adobe, etc.) and this in two areas:
- Environment and World Heritage
- Environment, human settlements/housing