Educating Citizen Architects

Students sitting with the owner of a Rural Studio home

Front Porch Initiative

We are working to develop a scalable, sustainable, agile, and resilient delivery process for beautiful, well-designed, high performance affordable homes that can be titled as real property while also supporting an industry of home building in underserved rural communities.

Our Work

Rural Studio philosophy suggests that everyone, both rich and poor, deserves the benefit of good design. The students work within our community to clarify problems, define solutions, design, fundraise, and, ultimately, build remarkable projects. Our research addresses rural communities holistically: from houses to infrastructure and resources, always mindful of the connectedness of the many facets of rural life.
Sketch of the red barn


We give architecture students a hands-on educational experience while working hand-in-hand with an under resourced population in West Alabama’s Black Belt region. The program establishes student project teams so that faculty can help them form their own communal and individual design processes. Students learn in a supportive culture that promotes problem solving, the value of listening, and the ownership of ideas.

News From the Field

Rural Studio launches a new graduate program in the fall of 2019
Auburn University Rural Studio’s 20K Initiative: The key to affordable home ownership
PBS NewsHour features the work of Rural Studio

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