Ione Stiegler to talk about adobe structuress in La Jolla lecture

By Dave Schwab

Staff Writer

Ione Stiegler, the fourth speaker in La Jolla Historical Society’s 10-part Contemporary Architects Making History 2011 Lecture Series, said her presentation will not be like her predecessors’.

“I will be showing some of my projects in the context of learning about adobe techniques through time,” said the La Jolla architect, whose lecture is titled “Adobes from Prehistory to the Present.”

She will speak at 7 p.m. May 26 at the Wisteria Cottage, 780 Prospect St.

Stiegler was born in Los Angeles and is a graduate in architecture from Tulane University in New Orleans, a place she said imbued her with a lifetime passion for historic preservation.

A member of the City of San Diego Historical Resources Board and chair of La Jolla Planned District Ordinance (PDO) Review Committee, Stiegler’s firm has restored and rehabilitated 45 historic residences, 17 historic institutional structures and 8 historic adobe structures.

She is presently involved with the restoration/rehabilitation of UCSD Chancellor’s House (Black’s House) in La Jolla Farms.

Stiegler noted adobe is something of an underappreciated building material.

Adobe is a natural building material made from sand, clay, water and some kind of fibrous organic material like sticks, straw or manure, which are fashioned into bricks.

“About 3 billion people on six continents live or work in buildings constructed of earth,” she said. “It is far more prevalent around the world than what we see in the U.S.”

Noting adobe is both environmentally and climate friendly (warm in cold weather, cool in hot) she said there are numerous examples throughout La Jolla where the building material has been used to artistic and aesthetic value.

Asked what she’d like those listening to her speech to come away with, Stiegler replied, “An understanding of the attributes of adobe as a construction material, and knowledge of how adobe construction has evolved through the last two centuries.”

Tickets are $10 for La Jolla Historical Society members: $15 for nonmembers.

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