Auburn University

Auburn University

Auburn, AL

Andrew Freear and Rusty Smith, Rural Studio: The Challenges of Sustainable Rural Living

Wed, Jan 19 '227 PM  –  Wed, Jan 19 '228:30 PM
New York, NY, US | 7 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

Current Work is a lecture series by The Architectural League of New York featuring leading figures in the worlds of architecture, urbanism, design, and art.

This fall and early winter, Current Work spotlights influential and innovative design practices that bring widely varying perspectives to contemporary housing challenges.

Andrew Freear and Rusty Smith direct Auburn University’s Rural Studio, a context-based service-learning program that questions the conventional education and role of architects. To date, Rural Studio has built more than 200 projects and educated more than 1,200 students in the Black Belt region of Alabama and Mississippi. 

The organization’s current research focuses on housing access and affordability, efficient timber use, small-scale farming, and access to resources like clean water. Working with partners throughout the Southeast, Rural Studio is building homes to address rural America’s silent housing crisis.  

Recent projects include:

This event will be offered both in person and online. In-person lecture attendees are required to show proof of vaccination and wear a facial covering indoors. Learn more and register.

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