Hand & Heart: Academic Learning in the South

Nestled near the Black Willow River in Alabama and focusing on community-led design, The Rural Studio part of Auburn University, has committed to guiding the next generation of land-based activists.

Students to the “Studio’s” farm, part of the larger learning environment of program

Students to the “Studio’s” farm, part of the larger learning environment of program

Along with farming, students learn to collaborate on designing and building projects.

Along with farming, students learn to collaborate on designing and building projects.

The studio was founded in 1993 by architects Samuel Mockbee and D. K. Ruth. It is led by UK-born architect Andrew Freear. Each year the program builds five or so projects - a house by the third-year students, three thesis projects by groups of 3-5 fifth-year students, and one or more outreach studio projects. The Rural Studio has built more than 80 houses and civic projects in HalePerry and Marengo counties.

The concept design for their greenhouse, tool shed and cleaning zone for crops

The concept design for their greenhouse, tool shed and cleaning zone for crops