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I discovered earth for the first time while studying architecture in Grenoble. During my student years, I worked as a builder-plasterer for Akterre, a company specialized in the production and distribution of earthen building materials. Then for the first time I touched this sticky, fine, gracious and boundless matter. During my specialization on earthen building techniques at Craterre, a unique of its kind institute, I had the opportunity to participate in international and European projects that brought me to Central Asia, Africa and different places in Europe.

Earth turned out to be the thread of my multi-cultural life. It brought me to the Rhodope Mountains and opened me the doors towards new acquaintances…


If you have an old earthen house that you wish to renovate or want to build a new dwelling using natural or ecological materials, you can contact me for an advice or a project. I offer:

– Visit, recording and prescriptions for the restoration of existing earth buildings;

– Renovation and sanitation of existing buildings;

– Design of environmental and energy efficient modern buildings;

– Group or individual training on earth building;

– Practical training on the construction site;

– Lectures and seminars.

You can send me information about your project or send me your questions at:  varvara_valtchanova (at) hotmail (dot) com