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Rural Studio Alumni Return as Part of 20th Anniversary Lecture Series

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During Rural Studio’s celebration of 20 years of designing and building in Hale County, 31 alumni have been invited back to share their own work in an exciting and fast-paced lecture format. The Alumni Lecture Nights, split into three extraordinary series, honor the incredibly broad and diverse designers and makers of the Rural Studio family, spanning 20 years. The opportunity to hear from many people in one night, to learn from former students and the different paths they have chosen, while connecting the past and future, promises to be a provocative exchange. Hopefully, these will become annual events for the Studio.


AUGUST 24, 2013
Alumni Lecture Night #1
Scott Stafford ’94, Stafford Architecture| Madison, Alabama
Robert Sproull ’96, Visiting Assistant Professor, Auburn University School of Architecture| Auburn, Alabama
Jamie Phillips ’98, CMG Landscape Architecture |San Francisco, California
Buffy Walters ’00, Instructor of Art-Marion Military Institute | Greensboro, Alabama
Jared Fulton ’02, Williams Blackstock Architects, Plenty Design Coop | Birmingham, Alabama
Matt Edwards ’04, kennon | calhoun WORKSHOP | Nashville, Tennessee
Fernando Abreu ’06, Studio Abreu |Media, Mexico
Ryan Stephenson ’08, Elemental Design LLC | Seattle, Washington
Clem Blakemore ’10, WORKSHOP architecture | London, England
Alex Henderson ’12, Rural Studio| Newbern, Alabama

DECEMBER 6, 2013
Alumni Lecture Night #2
Steve Hoffman ’97, d/b/A – design build, Van Campen Architects | New York City, New York
Jack Sanders ’01, Design Build Adventure | Austin, Texas
Jennifer Bonner ’02, Studio Bonner, Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech | Atlanta, Georgia
Emily McGlohn ’03, Duet Design Studio, Visiting Assistant Professor at Mississippi State| Starkville, Mississippi
Daniel Boone McHugh ’04, Duet Design Studio, Student of University Mississippi School of Law | Oxford, Mississippi
Kellie Stokes ’05, PhD student, Urbanization and Global Change Group, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies | New Haven, Connecticut
Dan Splaingard ’06, Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation| Chicago, Illinois
Mark Wise ’06, KEM Studio | Kansas City, Missouri
Danny Wicke ’07, Wheeler Kearns Architects | Chicago, Illinois
Lindsay Butler ’07, studio-bna | Athens, Georgia
Margaret Sledge ‘00, ’09, Lake Flato Architects | San Antonio, Texas

JANUARY 11, 2014
Alumni Lecture Night #3
Steve Durden ’95, Durden Architecture | Nashville, Tennessee
Iain Stuart ’97, Iain Stewart Architectural Illustration | Opelika, Alabama
Thomas Palmer ’99, Palmer Built Environments | Chattanooga, Tennessee
James Kirkpatrick ’01, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson | San Francisco, California
Sarah Dunn ’03, Engineering Ministries International-East Africa | Uganda
Sam Currie ’05, Gluck + | New York City, New York
Sabina Nieto ’07, University of San Francisco | San Francisco, California
Brett Jones ’09, David Baker Architects | San Francisco, California
Will McGarity ’11, Jones Valley Teaching Farm | Birmingham, Alabama
Bruce Lanier ’99, Standard Creative | Birmingham, Alabama

Stay tuned for our extraordinary Spring Lecture Series calendar –

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