Founded by Auburn professors Samuel “Sambo” Mockbee and D.K. Ruth in 1992, the Rural Studio set out to serve communities in need in rural Alabama. They intended to tackle substandard housing and facilities that had become prevalent and concentrated in certain counties and ended up focusing on Hale County. By the late 90’s the studio began to attract the attention of both professional and academic audiences for the projects that ranged between public community building to small private homes. After Sambo’s passing in 2001, Andrew Freear has since overseen the progress of the studio and its projects.
More than 450 students have now passed through the program and dozens of projects have been designed and realized by the efforts of the faculty, students, and community.
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