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.
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 Hale, Perry and Marengo counties.