About Us

Lisa Morey

Lisa Morey, P.Eng.

Founder and Owner

Lisa Morey is a professional engineer and architectural designer who has been working in the construction industry since 2000. Lisa starting building with adobe bricks while living and working in New Zealand in the early 2000’s. There she was involved in a design-build firm that constructed nearly 50 homes. From this work Lisa published a book, “Adobe Homes for all Climates”, in 2010. Lisa’s mission is to scale the natural building industry in Colorado by offering an affordable wall system made from locally obtained material. Lisa was recently recognized as a woman making contributions to reduce carbon emissions within the building sector.

Photos: Vince Ogletree in Waiheke Island; Lisa (middle) and Vince (squatting down) making mud bricks in Kaiwaka, NZ; Lisa applying earthen plaster in New Zealand; Lisa and Vince in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand with their previous company.

Where it all began….Lisa moved to New Zealand in 1999 to study architecture after obtaining a civil engineering degree. There she met Vince Ogletree who was already building houses with “mud bricks” on Waiheke Island. Lisa began working with Vince designing and building homes until his untimely passing in 2005. Since then she has been carrying on his legacy and promoting the benefits of natural building. She can still hear him say “Nice work boys!”

Client Quote: “I wanted to say thank you for all the time, energy, and input you have put into our home to make it a reality. Without your help and guidance it would not be possible. We know you have done so much more for us than just the architectural plans and we thank you for that. You have been such a pleasure to work with and we are truly grateful for you.”

Colorado Earth is fortunate to have advisors that offer support with a shared mission from a local and global perspective. In particular, we would like to thank Francesco Piazzesi (with Echale a Tu Casa), the members of The Earth Builders Guild, the Natural Building Alliance, Emu Systems, Living Craft, as well as Lopez Smolen Engineers, and the awesome team at Colorado Earth that makes it all go.

Jim Hallock was involved in the initiation of Colorado Earth and supported the production of CEB’s. He has returned to Texas to continue his efforts with earthen construction.