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Traditions: Southwestern United States

Traditional building, architecture, and urbanism of the southwestern United States is responsive to its culture, climate, and materials. From the Mesa Verde to Santa Fe, from ancestral to colonial traditions, whether stone masonry or adobe, southwestern traditions of building in the United States provide a rich resource for designers today and a wealth of examples of a climate-adaptive architecture.

“Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to 1300. Today the park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States.” [Photo: Christine Huckins Franck]
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15th Havana International Study Tour and Charrette, March 8-13, 2020

INTBAU CUBA invites attendance and participation in its 15th Havana International Study Tour and Charrette, a program held in two parts, beginning with a study tour (March 8-10) and concluding with a charrette (March 11-13). Participants may attend either or both portions.

The tour will introduce participants with the history of the Architecture and Urbanism of Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its urban evolution. The Charrette will start a 100 Years Plan for Havana based on Classical Planning Principles.

Habana Vieja de noche
Havana at Night, Gabriel Rodríguez / CC BY-SA (

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International Making Cities Livable Conference coming up June 2-6, 2020 in Carmel, Indiana

A reminder that you can save $100 off registration before the 15th for the International Making Cities Livable conference, June 2-6 2020 in Carmel, Indiana.

This year will focus on the challenges of suburban development and retrofit, with Lizz Plater-Zyberk, Ellen Dunham-Jones, Chris Leinberger, Bob Gibbs, Doug Kelbaugh, Dr. Richard Jackson, formerly of the CDC, Laura Petrella of UN-Habitat, George Ferguson, past president of the RIBA and former mayor of Bristol, UK, Sven von Ungern-Sternberg, former mayor of Freiburg, Germany, and many other mayors, planning staff members, developers, and other city leaders and “doers”.

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Welcome to INTBAU USA

We here at INTBAU USA are excited to be developing a new era in INTBAU USA’s history. We were formed in 2007, in New Orleans, just a few years after Katrina wreaked such devastation along the Gulf Coast. It was clear then that America’s architectural, building, and urban traditions would be needed to help rebuild in a manner that could reflect and extend the local culture and history while also addressing new, critical challenges of building sustainably and resiliently.

While the American chapter of INTBAU has been in existence for 12 years now, we are just beginning to try to serve the diverse array of American practitioners, craftspeople, and institutions which make up the large body of people connecting to and learning from our various traditions. We welcome you to join us in the new phase of INTBAU USA.


INTBAU USA members Jenny Bevan and Christoper Liberatos direct the inaugural INTBAU European Summer School in Classical Architecture in Engelsberg, Sweden.