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Montgomery’s Urban Wild: Design Potential of Cypress Nature Park

Montgomery's Urban Wild Student Site Visit

Situated in the heart of Montgomery, it’s hard to imagine that just a mile north of Alabama’s Capitol Building lies a 260-acre forest containing wetlands, ancient river bluffs, and deep ravines.

Designing and Building with Jake LaBarre

3rd Yr studio with Jake LaBarre

The third-year students at Rural Studio started the 2016 fall semester with the traditional ‘neck-down’ activities. This allows the students to get their toes wet in the culture and community of Hale County, to work hard, and get to know each other.

Rural Studio Celebrates Openings

Lions Park Shade

On Saturday, November 12, 2016, Rural Studio celebrated the opening of two incredible projects: the Fabrication Pavilion and Lions Park Shade. Family, friends, and alumni arrived in hordes, traveling from near and far to witness the ribbon cuttings and speeches.

ARIA Students Propose Restoration of Elba Theatre

This spring, students in fourth-year Interior Architecture were invited by the non-profit Restoration 154 ( to imagine possibilities to restore the historic Elba Theatre. The theater is imagined to be reborn as place for the community and tourists.

Rural Studio Represents U.S. at Two Prestigious International Exhibitions

Rural Studio in Venice Biennale and Milan Triennale

Rural Studio was invited to participate in two prestigious international exhibitions: 
Milan Triennale (2 April to 12 September 2016)
Venice Architecture Biennale (25 May to 27 November 2016)

Milan Triennale is entitled ARCHITECTURE AS ART.
The Milan Triennale is curated by Lotus magazine, who invited

The Grasslands Project

Arboretum Project Model

Graduate Landscape students in David Hill's Plant Spatiality course recently explored design possibilities for the urban meadow at Auburn’s very own Donald E. Davis Arboretum.

Jessie Ball DuPont Grant Funds DESIGNhabitat 5 Work

Jessie Ball Dupont Grant

DESIGNhabitat 5: Affordable Urban Housing Solutions for an Aging U.S. Population

The Urban Studio is embarking on a new Design for Health Initiative that will unite the capabilities of design professionals and healthcare practitioners to address health issues for the greater Birmingham area.