DVL Earth Building Prize for Young Academics 2024

The German Association for Earth Building, the Dachverband Lehm e. V. (DVL), announces the DVL Earth Building Prize for Young Academics 2024. The prize aims to promote the study of earth building in an academic context. It recognises academic work of excellent quality that demonstrates a firm knowledge of earth building and makes a forward-looking and original contribution in the fields of design, construction, research or development.

Theses / final projects are invited in one or more of the following subject areas:

  • Regulations and building codes,
  • Research (e.g. development, testing or assessment of materials),
  • Education and professional training,
  • Sustainability,
  • Design approaches (modern / traditional earth building).

The thesis or project topic can relate to an international context.


Dachverband Lehm e. V. (DVL)


Applicants are invited to submit a successfully completed bachelor, diploma or master thesis project or doctoral dissertation in German or English. The work should have been completed within the two years prior to the time of the prize award in September 2024. Please use the attached application form.

Awarding of the prize

The prize will be awarded during the LEHM 2024 – 9th international Conference on Building with Earth from 27 – 29 September 2024 in Weimar.


Applications are invited from graduates of a university or equivalent institution (e.g. Hochschule). Applicants should submit their final project or thesis in digital form (PDF format) along with the respective university’s grade / assessment. An accompanying letter of recommendation from the academic supervisor or assessor is recommended.


Applications may be submitted in German or English to the following address: email dvl at this domain name, Subject: DVL Earth Building Prize for Young Academics 2024

Application form