Family Friday Speaker Series with Rusty Smith

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Auburn Alumni Center
317 S. College St.
Auburn, AL 36830
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Sponsored by Auburn Alumni Association, Auburn Athletics, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University, Auburn University Office of Communications and Marketing

Date: November 15th, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM

Join Rusty Smith, associate director of Rural Studio, on Friday, November 15 at 3 p.m. for a talk highlighting Rural Studio’s commitment to Auburn University’s land grant mission with regard to building design, constructibility and affordability while simultaneously engaging in community growth, health, welfare, sustainability and education. He will provide an inside look at how Rural Studio continues to evolve within the ever-emerging complexities of a rural community while simultaneously striving to educate its students as citizen architects.

Rural Studio is Auburn University’s internationally recognized design-build program. The program gives architecture students a hands-on educational experience while assisting the underserved communities of Alabama’s rural Black Belt region. The students work in partnership with their neighbors in the local community to define solutions, fundraise, design and ultimately build remarkable projects. In its initial years, the Studio first became known for establishing an ethos of recycling, reusing and remaking. Over the past decade Rural Studio has expanded the scope and complexity of its projects to include the design and construction of community-oriented infrastructure, the development of more broadly-attainable small home affordability solutions, and a comprehensive approach to addressing insecurity issues relative to income, energy, food, health, and education resources. The Studio continually questions what should be built, rather than simply what can be built. Learn more about Rural Studio here.

Rusty Smith is a nationally-recognized teacher and scholar. Educated first at Auburn University and then at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he has received both the American Institute of Architects National Teaching Honor Award and the American Institute of Architecture Students National Teaching Honor Award.