Auburn University Rural Studio Auburn University Rural Studio

Auburn University Rural Studio

The off-campus design-build program in Auburn's School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture aims to create a new generation of mindful architects in local communities and beyond.

Helping Shape the Next Generation of Citizen Architects

Auburn University Rural Studio

The Rural Studio philosophy suggests that everyone, both rich and poor, deserves the benefit of good design. In its initial years, the Rural Studio became known for establishing an ethos of recycling, reusing, and remaking. In the years since, the program has expanded the breadth and scope of its work to address community needs. Projects have become multi-year, multi-phase efforts across five counties. The students work within the community to define solutions, fundraise, design and, ultimately, build remarkable projects.  The Rural Studio continues to question what should be built rather than what can be built. To date, Rural Studio has built more than 200 projects and educated 1,200-plus "Citizen Architects."

Auburn University was chartered in 1856 and opened its doors to the public in 1959 as the East Alabama Male College. In 1892, the college began admitting women, making it the oldest coeducational four-year institution in the state and the second in the South. Today, Auburn University remains guided by its longstanding mission to improve people's lives across Alabama, the United States, and the world through excellent academics, critical research and scholarship, and community-oriented services.

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Project - Community Projects of the Rural Studio