About Earth Building

Earth building is an endeavor that is trying to re-bring natural building as a method of construction to people. Our main motto is to keep our designs eco-friendly, aesthetic, functional, unusual and thermally comfortable. We are trying to reclaim our ancestral knowledge of building and use it to the best of our abilities with our own spin.


Areas Explored:

• Cob, Earth Bag, Adobe, Stone Masonry, Rammed Earth

• Cob oven, Rocket Stove, Arches, Vaults

• Clay plaster, Lime and Lime Clay Plasters , Lime Surkhi, Tadelakht Lime Plaster

• Tiled Roof, Reciprocal Roof, Ladakhi Traditional Roof.

Our Team

We are Stanzin Phuntsog and Samyuktha, two people who love working with mud and enjoy thinking out of the box to make things happen. Literally from two ends of India, our love for mud brought us to work together. We love making crazy designs that are functional too. We believe that sound designing and execution can create natural homes that can achieve as much longevity as our ancestors. Traditional homes inspire us and our thirst for adventure keeps us traveling and exploring traditional techniques in natural building.

Meet Our Architects

I am a self explored architect and I started my journey from my childhood in Ladakh. In Ladakh, our village community gets together to build our homes. This was the fodder for my curiosity in building things.

Uncomfortable with theoretical and irrelevant education, I intentionally walked out of the schooling system when I was 16. I pursued alternative education at SECMOL, Ladakh and at Swaraj University, Udaipur. I travelled a lot through India observing, learning and understanding architecture and materials.

I am passionate about alternative education, sustainable living and love trekking, photography, sketching.


By education, I am an architect. Feeling incompetent to do a build even after 5 years of my course, I started searching for hands-on experiences. I continued my journey in a self-designed learning course at Swaraj University, Udaipur. During my second year at Swaraj, Stanzin and I designed and built my earthbag home with the help of volunteers. Building my home was an extraordinary journey in my life giving me confidence in my skills as an architect. In my journey in earth building, I find that I like trying out plaster combinations and making different paints and finishing layers.

I dream of living a sustainable lifestyle with a community of friends in a farm. I also dream of a healthy way of living and an active life with nature. I enjoy gardening, facilitation, trekking, reading storybooks.

In The Media


Mad about mud: These two travelling architects are building mud houses across India

The Better India

Meet the Two Nomad Architects Making Naturally Cool ‘Earth Buildings’ Across India

The Hindu

A home built with earth bags

The Quint

Old Car as House Roof: Ladakh Institute Impresses Anand Mahindra

The Better India

No Cement or Bricks: This Home Is Made of Earth Bags and You Can Build It Too!

The Better India

Saw the Viral ‘Roof-With-A-Jeep’ Pic? It Once Helped Revolutionize Education in Ladakh!