Earth construction Workshop in Morocco

When tradition meets innovation

In the context of the postgraduate certificate Building Beyond Borders of the Faculty of Architecture and Arts of Hasselt University, we are pleased to invite you to this workshop at Ouled Merzoug, a small village in the heart of Morocco.

The aim of this workshop is to promote and spread vernacular knowledge about ecological, bioclimatic building, using natural materials such as raw earth, to valorize local knowledge and question the current way of constructing. We will be hosted by the local woman’s association, in their building, realised during a former BBB program.

During this 10-day workshop, you will do hands-on experiments with different earth construction techniques, guided by local professionals. A series of introductory lectures will be given by BC architects & studies & materials. These will give you a look into the traditions and history of earth construction techniques while also elaborating on contemporary applications in a Western context. Finally, the region offers a wide variety of architecture using vernacular earth construction techniques. We will take the time to visit traditional architecture as well as contemporary ones.

You will be accommodated by local families, which will allow you to experience the village culture in depth. Local families will host participants at their own houses. The woman’s association of Ouled Merzoug will manage this, making sure that you get a great experience, including traditional dishes, Moroccan bread and traditional tea.

Note that the workshop will be given mainly in English, but partly in French.

A certificate of the workshop will be delivered by Hasselt University to all participants of the workshop.


06 to 15th of February 2023

Ouled Merzoug, Morocco



Sun 5th Travel to Skoura, arrival in Ouled Merzoug

Mon 6th Tour of the villages, visit of ancient & contemporary earth projects

Tue 7th Earth introduction day

Wed 8th Hands on earth

Thu 9th Hands on earth

Fri 10th Hands on earth

Sat 11th Trip to Erfoud, landscape sculptures of Hannsjörg Voth

Sun 12th Trip to Erfoud,

Mon 13th Market day

Tue 14th Hands on earth

Wed 15th Hands on / conclusions

Thu 16th Travel back to Marrakech or Agadir


Student fee: €750 excl. ( 21% ) vat

Professional*: €950 excl. ( 21% ) vat

This registration fee includes the practical workshop, lectures and materials, accommodation, food and workshop insurance.

It does not include travel costs to and from Ouled Merzoug and travel assistance insurance.

*Professional participants from Flanders could benefit from financial support for the full registration fee by means of the Flemish KMO-portefeuille(only for Flemish SMEs).

Deadline for subscription: December 31st 2022

Registration is only complete after full payment of the registration fee within 7 days after receiving the invoice.

Cancellation policy

By submitting your online registration, you agree with the terms of UHasselt SEE. For cancellations more than one month before the start of the workshop (January 5th), an administrative fee amounting to 10% of the registration fee will be charged. The participant can only cancel or modify his/her registration by letter or e-mail. This cancellation needs to be addressed to and needs to be confirmed. For cancellations after January 5th, the full registration fee is due.


On Monday 05/12/2022, the subscriptions opened on a first come first served basis. The number of participants is limited to 24.

Due to overwhelming response, as of December 06, 2022, we've reached our maximum of 24 participants.
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