See You in Newbern

Interested in finding out what’s going on at Rural Studio? While we host events throughout the year, the highlights are our Halloween Review and Pumpkin Carve, Christmas Soup Roast, and our early summer Graduation, the Pig Roast. These events give us a chance to celebrate our students’ work, from building chairs, to building houses, and to hear from some of our graduates, our expert consultants, and our many annual visitors. 

Soup Roast Weekend Schedule of Events

Friday, December 6, 2019

1:00pmMeet at Red Barn in Newbern
1:15pm2020 20K Home project review
2:30pmReggie’s Home project review
3:45pmBreathing Wall Mass Timber project review
4:45pmThermal Mass & Buoyancy Ventilation project review
6:10pmVisit site of Breathing Wall Mass Timber Pod at Morrisette House
6:30pmDinner & Bonfire at Morrisette House, with Watercolors display

Saturday, December 7, 2019

9:00am Meet at Morrisette House in Newbern (8448 AL HWY 61, Newbern)
9:10am Drive to Moundville Archaeological Park Pavilion site
10:00am Moundville Archaeological Park Pavilion project review
11:30am Lunch at Project Horseshoe Farm Hub at the old Greensboro Hotel
Visit Horseshoe Hub Courtyard & Horseshoe Homes projects during lunch
1:15pm Hale County Hospital Courtyard project review –
(Site visit then walk across the street to Gboro Boys & Girls Club for review )
2:50pm 3rd-Year Studio project presentation at Red Barn, then walk to site
5:30pm Dinner & Celebration of Johnny Parker at Faunsdale Bar & Grill — RSVP HERE!!!


21 Aug
Fall Convocation Welcome students, staff, and faculty! It’s the first day of the new academic year and the beginning of our fall semester.
02 Sep
03 Sep
Danny Wicke Workshop & Lecture Rural Studio Alumnus and Project Manager at CLB Architects in Bozeman, Montana gives a two-day workshop to our 5th-year students and lecture to all at Red Barn.
05 Sep
06 Sep
Dan Wheeler and Frank Harmon Workshop & Lectures Dan Wheeler, founding principal of Wheeler Kearns Architects and Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Frank Harmon, founder of Frank Harmon Architect in Raleigh, North Carolina, together give a two-day sketching and watercolor workshop.
09 Sep
10 Sep
Emily McGlohn Workshop & Lecture Rural Studio’s own Emily McGlohn gives a two-day workshop to our 5th-year students and lecture to all students.
10 Sep
Rusty Smith Lecture at Housing the Future 2.0 in Sante Fe, NM Rural Studio Associate Director Rusty Smith will be in Sante Fe for Housing the Future 2.0: A Disruptive Futures Dialogue at Tumbleroot Brewery from 5pm-7:30pm.
12 Sep
15 Sep
Salmaan Craig, Kiel Moe, & David Kennedy Workshops & Lectures Professors Salmaan Craig and Kiel Moe from McGill University in Quebec, Canada and David Kenned from Auburn University School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture and Decentralized Design Lab in Auburn, Alabama lead a four-day workshop to our 5th-year students.
16 Sep
18 Sep
Anderson Inge Workshop & Lecture Architect and structural designer at Anderson Inge Building Workshop and professor at Architectural Association in London, England gives a three-day workshop to our 5th-year students and a lecture to all students.
19 Sep
21 Sep
Jake LaBarre Workshop & Lecture Architect at the Miller Hull Partnership and co-instructor for the University of Washington Neighborhood Design Build in Seattle gives a three-day workshop to our 5th-year students and lecture to all students.
21 Sep
20K Ann’s Home Ribbon Cutting A celebration of the completion of the latest 20K Project for our neighbor Ann, designed and built by four 5th-year students.
22 Sep
24 Sep
John Forney Workshop & Lecture Founder and principal at John Forney Architecture & Planning gives a three-day workshop to our 5th-year students and lecture to all students at Red Barn.
26 Sep
27 Sep
David Hill & Emily Knox Workshop & Lecture Auburn landscape architecture professors Emily Knox and David Hill, who is also founder and principal at HILLWORKS, together give a two-day workshop to our 5th-year students and lecture to all students at Red Barn.
04 Oct
Johanna Gilligan & Leo Gorman Lecture 2018 Loeb Fellow and current Director of Community Development at Homewise in Sante Fe, New Mexico and Leo Gorman from Grow Dat Youth Farm in New Orleans, LA, give a lecture at Red Barn at 5pm.
16 Oct
19 Oct
NOMA Conference & Expo Find Rural Studio at this year’s NOMA Conference & Expo in Brooklyn, NY! Grad Program Chair Xavier Vendrell will be at the Grad Fair Expo on Friday, Oct. 18. Rusty Smith, Mackenzie Stagg, Meghan Walsh, and Xavier Vendrell will be presenting on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 4:30pm ET. Find more info on the NOMA website.
17 Oct
Kim Clements Lecture Founder and Creative Director of J.A.S. Design Build in Seattle, Washington gives a presentation of her work in Red Barn. (Time TBD)
24 Oct
Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano Lecture Founding partners from LOT-EK and professors at Columbia GSAPP give a lecture at Red Barn.
30 Oct
Marlon Blackwell Lecture Founder and principal of Marlon Blackwell Architects and E. Fay Jones Distinguished Professor at the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design at the University of Arkansas, from Fayetteville, Arkansas, gives a presentation of his work in Red Barn. (Time TBD)
31 Oct
Halloween Reviews Don’t forget your costume! It’s the first public review and critique of the 5th-year and master’s student projects and the mid-term reviews for our 3rd-year students. Guest reviewers include Marlon Blackwell, Mike Newman, and Katrina Van Valkenburgh.
05 Nov
Andrew Freear and Emily McGlohn Lecture at McGill University Andrew and Emily head up to Canada for a lecture at Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
07 Nov
Rusty Smith Lecture at Nashville Design Week Rural Studio in Nashville! Don’t miss Rusty Smith’s lecture at Nashville Design Week. Get your tickets today!
06 Dec
07 Dec
Soup Roast Come celebrate the end of the fall semester with two days of current project presentations and tours. Friday night ends with locally-grown vegetable soup dinner around a bonfire. Guest reviewers are Steve Badanes, Jim Adamson, and Jake LaBarre.


08 Jan
Spring Convocation Welcome back students, staff, and faculty! It’s the first day of the spring semester.
25 Apr
Pig Roast The annual Pig Roast & Valediction Ceremony is an all-day celebration of the year’s work. Visit each project site, hear from each student team, and afterwards, enjoy a catfish and BBQ dinner, followed by a one-of-a-kind valediction ceremony.
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