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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.

Birmingham Museum of Art | Third Space Exhibition

Third Space /shifting conversations about contemporary art

This fall the Birmingham Museum of Art commissioned Rural Studio to produce a work of art that can serve as a gathering, reflection, and contemplation space within the gallery space of its newest exhibition: Third Space /shifting conversations about contemporary art.

In 2005, Auburn University

Xavier Vendrell Steps In As Rural Studio’s Acting Director

Xavier Vendrell

While Director Andrew Freear is away on sabbatical, Xavier Vendrell has stepped in as Acting Director. In addition to filling Andrew’s very large boots, he will be working with Instructor Steve Long and the Fifth Year students on the latest 20K Home (20Kv21) and a new community center for historic

Rural Studio Pig Roast 2016

Pig Roast 2016

The morning crowd arrived at Morrisette House and gathered on the Great Hall. They noshed on sausage biscuits and sipped orange juice and stood together in silence, gazing curiously to the west. A drummer blasted a string of notes from a Samba whistle and began a steady roll on the snare.

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

Rural Studio Soup Roast 2016

RS Soup Roast

Rural Studio marked the end of another wonderful fall semester with the annual Soup Roast celebration.

For the third year in a row, the festivities began on Friday night at Faunsdale Bar and Grill, with some impressive alumni giving PechaKucha-style presentations, lectures from friends, and music