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Looking for more information about Rural Studio? Our work has been featured in a wide range of publications, from professional journals such as Architecture, Architectural Design, Architectural Record, and Architectural Review to more general publications, such as People, Southern Living, Time, and the New York Times. We’ve also been featured in broadcast media outlets such as CBS Sunday Morning, PBS NewsHour, and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, Speaking of Faith, and Studio 360.

Samuel Mockbee was the subject of the documentary, Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio as well the book, Samuel Mockbee and the Rural Studio: Community Architecture. In 2014, we told our own story in the book, Rural Studio at Twenty: Designing and Building in Hale County, Alabama.

  • Books

    Rural Studio at Twenty
    Princeton Architectural Press | Andrew Freear & Elena Barthel with Andrea Oppenheimer Dean and Timothy Hursley | 2014

    Proceed and Be Bold: Rural Studio After Samuel Mockbee
    Princeton Architectural Press | Andrea Oppenheimer Dean & Timothy Hursley | 2005

    Rural Studio: Samuel Mockbee and an Architecture of Decency
    Princeton Architectural Press | Andrea Oppenheimer Dean & Timothy Hursley | 2002

    Covers of the Rural Studio books
  • Films

    Rural Studio: Love Stories
    Timothy Hursley & Dave Anderson | Web | 2015

    Rural Studio 20k House Model Home Construction
    Timothy Hursley  | Web | 2015

    Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee And The Spirit Of The Rural Studio
    Big Beard Productions | 2010

    The Rural Studio
    Alabama Public Television | BluePrint Productions | 2002

    Movie clapboad for a Rural Studio video
  • Press
    • 2019
      City Considers Zoning Change To Allow Construction
      Anniston Star | Newspaper & Web | September 14, 2019

      Innovative Building
      Auburn Research Magazine | Magazine | 2019

      Unlocking Home Affordability and Prosperity in Rural America
      Auburn Research Magazine | Magazine | 2019

      Something Much Bigger: The Studios of Auburn University
      Auburn Magazine | Magazine & Web | March 2019

      There’s no other playground in the world quite like this one in Alabama
      Only In Your State | Web | March 24, 2019

      Innovative program aims to boost affordable housing in Alabama
      Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta | Web | January 23, 2019

      Opelika takes step toward renewable energy
      OA News | Web | January 10, 2019

      40 Places under forty
      Saving Places | Web | January 2019

    • 2018
      Child Care Is Broken. Silicon Valley Thinks It Can Fix That, Too
      Quartz | Web | August 28, 2018

      Rural Studio’s 20K Homes Reveal The Systemic Problems Behind Affordable Housing
      Dwell | Web | August 6, 2018

      Tackling The ‘Everywhere Problem’ Of Housing Affordability
      Pro Builder | Web | July 20, 2018

      They Built A $20K House–now They Want To Fix The Housing System
      Fast Company | Web | July 19, 2018

      These Alabama Architecture Students Are Designing And Building Low-Cost Homes For Rural America
      Archdaily | Web | July 18, 2018

      College Architecture Studio Tackling Affordable Housing Crisis
      Builder And Developer | Web | July 18, 2018

      How A College Architecture Studio Is Tackling The Affordable Housing Crisis
      Curbed | Web | July 18, 2018

      Rural Studio Links Up With Fannie Mae
      Architects + Artisans | Web | July 18, 2018

      Rural Studio / Show 416
      Simply Southern TV | TV | July 15, 2018

      Rural Studio’s 20K Initiative At Auburn University Now Backed By Fannie Mae
      Residential Architect | Web | July 11, 2018

      Rural Studio’s 20K Initiative At Auburn University Now Backed By Fannie Mae
      Architect Magazine | Web | July 11, 2018

      Auburn University Rural Studio’s 20K Initiative: The Key To Affordable Home Ownership
      AU Newsroom | Web | July 10, 2018

      Chasing The Dream
      PBS Newshour | TV | June 29, 2018

      Thinnings
      Into The Woods, Harvard Design Magazine | Magazine | June 2018

      Third_Space / Shifting Conversations About Contemporary Art
      2x’s, 2016 | Catalog | June 2018

      Episode 73: Public Interest Design, Past, Present, & Future – With Sarah Curry And Coleman Coker
      Social Design Insights | Podcast | May 29, 2018

      Rural Studio Builds Community In Alabama’s Hale County
      Alabama Newscenter | Web | May 25, 2018

      Cityviews: We Need Innovative Designs-and Open Minds-to Solve The Housing Shortage
      City Limits | Web | May 09, 2018

      Toward A History: The Aia Diversity Timeline
      Architect Magazine | Web & Magazine | May 2018

      New Library From Oma In Doha And 5 More Unusual Libraries Around The World
      Ad Russia | Web | April 19, 2018

      Alabama’s Rural Studio Provides Sleek Modern Building And Shelter For The Soul Too
      Star Tribune | Web | April 13, 2018

      Our House: Probing “the American Idea Of Home”
      The Santa Fe New Mexican | Web | March 03, 2018

      AIA Seattle Exhibit Shows How Architects Can Serve The Public Good
      Curbed Seattle | Web | March 02, 2018

      Who Will Win The 2018 Pritzker Prize?
      Architectural Digest | Web | March 01, 2018

      One From The Vault
      The National | Magazine | March 2018

      Rural Studio Works Design Magic In Newbern
      Business Alabama | Web & Magazine | February 09, 2018

      Perry Lakes Park – State Fish Hatcheries – Barton Beach
      Alabama Birding Trails | Web | February 08, 2018

      Behind The Lens: The Town That Had No Library
      Governing | Web | February 2018

      What Do Andy Warhol, Crystal Bridges And Southern Funeral Homes Have In Common? One Man: Tim Hursley
      Arkansas Life | Web | February 07, 2018

      20 Alabama African-American Heritage Sites On 2018 World Monuments Watch List
      AL.com | Web | January 22, 2018

      Coming Soon: The $20K Home Building Guide
      Vista | Web | January 16, 2018

    • 2017
      Alabama Architecture Students Convert Historic Bank Into Library For Rural Town
      Dezeen | Web | December 13, 2017

      5 Amazing Tiny Houses And Their Financing Models
      Archipreneur | Web | November 16, 2017

      Small Town, Big Style In Alabama
      Yellowhammer News | Web | September 28, 2017

      See Why A Small Community In Alabama Is Getting Attention For Its Architecture
      Architectural Digest | Web & Magazine | September 2017

      Era 21
      Design-Build | Magazine | #04 2017

      The Best Student Design-build Projects Worldwide 2017
      Archdaily | Web | July 13, 2017

      Newbern Library By Rural Studio
      Architectural Record | Web & Magazine | July 2, 2017

      Introducing The 2018 Loeb Fellows
      loeblog | Web | May 11, 2017

      Learning From Alabama: Interview With Rural Studio
      AMC | Web & Magazine | May 2017

      Rural Studio Celebrates Openings
      StudioAPLA | Web | Spring 2017

      Birmingham Museum Of Art | Third Space Exhibition
      StudioAPLA | Web | Spring 2017

      Rural Studio Woodshop Class
      StudioAPLA | Web | Spring 2017

      Designing And Building With Jake Labarre
      StudioAPLA | Web | Spring 2017

      On A Design Mission In Mississippi
      The New York Times | Newspaper And Web | February 21, 2017

      Backyard Architecture
      Designbuild Education | Book | February 18, 2017

      Rural Studio
      Architags | Web | February 01, 2017

      Third Space: Birmingham Museum Of Art Presents First Large Exhibition Of Contemporary Art
      Birmingham Times | Web | January 26, 2017

    • 2016
      Rural Studio. Forum
      Architecture As Art – Exhibiting Architecture, Lotus | Book | 2016

      The Work Of Rural Studio
      Reporting From The Front: Biennale Architettura Exhibition 2016 | Catalogue | 2016

      Answering The Challenge: Rural Studio’s 20k House
      Carolina Planning Journal Volume 41 | Journal | 2016

      Answering The Challenge: Rural Studio’s 20K House
      Firenze Architettura | Book | 2016

      Rural Studio, Alabama Eeuu, Xavier Vendrell
      Catálogo Académico De La XX Bienal Panamerlcana De Arquitectura De Quito 2016 | Book | 2016

      Design Criteria
      Open House 2 | Book | 2016

      Architectural Ethics Is Focus Of Freshman Seminar
      Princeton University | Web | December 15, 2016

      Rural Studio | This Is Alabama
      This Is Alabama | Web Video | December 8, 2016

      How The 94 Residents Of Faunsdale Are Saving Their Spot-in-the-road Town
      AL.com | Web | December 6, 2016

      Great Detail: Piers Taylor On Rural Studio’s Mason’s Bend Community Centre
      Architects Journal | Web | December 6, 2016

      Lions Park: Architecture Students Transforming A Community
      Building Design + Construction | Web | November 8, 2016

      Slideshow: Rural Studio’s Social Designs For Milan And Venice
      Architectural Record | Web | November 02, 2016

      APLA Welcomes New Hires
      StudioAPLA | Web | Fall 2016

      Xavier Vendrell Steps In As Rural Studio’s Acting Director
      StudioAPLA | Web | Fall 2016

      The Theatre Of Usefull
      Domus | Web | October 26, 2016

      Homegrown: Rural Studio’s Contextual Approach To Rural Housing
      Impact Design Hub | Web | October 19, 2016

      Rural Studio Pig Roast 2016
      StudioAPLA | Web | July 06, 2016

      Rural Studio Represents Us In Two Prestigious International Exhibits
      StudioAPLA | Web | July 06, 2016

      Saving The World, One Brick At A Time
      Architecture Record | Web | July 01, 2016

      Greensboro Boys & Girls Club
      Arquine No. 76 | Magazine | Summer 2016

      Venice Biennale Of Architecture: The Theater Of The Usefull By Rural Studio
      Catalogodiseno.com | Web | June 29, 2016

      Why Are There (almost) No American Architects At The 2016 Venice Biennale?
      The Architect’s Newspaper | Web | May 27, 2016

      I Molteplici Fronti Dell’architecttura Non Tradiscono Le Attese
      Il Giornale Dell’architecttura.com | Web | May 25, 2016

      Rural Studio: A Story Of Solutions
      AIA National – Lookup Campaign | video | May 24, 2016

      7 Architecture Schools With Stellar Design-Build Programs
      studyarchitecture.com | Web | May 03, 2015

      Rural Visions
      Places Journal | Web | April 2016

      Rural Studio – “The Theater Of The Usefull”
      Arkitektur N | Magazine | April 2016

      Building In The Black Belt
      Church Health Reader | Magazine | Spring 2016

      Serenbe Ecovillage Values Nature, Creativity And Community
      Earth911 | Web | March 17, 2016

      Growing Business In Tiny Houses
      Business Alabama | Web | March 10, 2016

      These Beautiful Tiny Homes Cost Less Than $20,000 To Build – Take A Look Inside
      Business Insider | Web | March 09, 2016

      No Such Thing As Bad Publicity? Why Clickbait’s Bad For Affordable Housing
      Metropolis | Web | March 08, 2016

      20K House In The News
      CADC | Web | February 13, 2016

      $20,000 Dream Homes Are Being Built In This Georgia Town Where 70% Of Public Land Is Edible
      The Plaid Zebra | Web | February 11, 2016

      Remarkable $20K Houses From Rural Studio
      Green Building Elements | Web | February 11, 2016

      Auburn Studio Putting $20K Houses On The Market
      Columbus Ledger Enquirer | Web | February 09, 2016

      Low-Cost Rural Studio Homes Aspire To Be Built For $20,000
      Tree Hugger | Web | February 09, 2016

      Rural Studio – Teaching Socially Conscious Architecture
      Agile-City | Web | February 09, 2016

      Is This The Future Of Low-income Housing?
      Bisnow | Web | February 8, 2016

      This $20,000 House Will Save America
      Hustle | Web | February 8, 2016

      Step Inside The Loveliest Low-Cost Cottages In All Of Georgia
      Mother Nature Network | Web | February 08, 2016

      Students Try To Figure Out How To Make $20k Homes By Building In A Luxury Community
      Digital Trends | Web | February 06, 2016

      Someone Is Promoting This One Hundred Thousand Yuan Small House, In Order To Solve The Housing Problem
      Q Daily | Web | February 06, 2016

      Rural Studio Proves Attractive Affordable Housing Is Possible
      Azure | Web | February 05, 2016

      Housing For Next To Nothing? These Students Make It Possible
      Elle Netherlands | Web | February 04, 2016

      Shape: Designs For Life
      Brisbane Times | Web | February 04, 2016

      Alabama’s Auburn University And Rural Studio Develop $20,000 House
      The Age | Web | February 04, 2016

      Architectural Geniuses At Auburn Somehow Design Beautiful Houses That Only Cost $20K
      Yellowhammer News | Web | February 04, 2016

      A $20,000 House Could Be A Game Changer
      Builder Magazine | Web | February 04, 2016

      Architecture Students Try To Solve Rural Us Housing Crisis By Creating Affordable Homes That Cost Just $20,000 To Build (shame That Doesn’t Include The Price Of The Land)
      This Is Money | Web | February 03, 2016

      Architecture Students Try To Solve Rural Us Housing Crisis By Creating Affordable Homes That Cost Just $20,000 To Build (Shame That Doesn’t Include The Price Of The Land)
      Daily Mail UK | Web | February 03, 2016

      Architecture Students Try To Solve Rural Us Housing Crisis By Creating Affordable Homes That Cost Just $20,000 To Build (Shame That Doesn’t Include The Price Of The Land)
      Ontario Association Of Architects | Web | February 03, 2016

      This House Costs Just $20,000-but It’s Nicer Than Yours
      Fast Company Co.exist | Web | February 03, 2016

      Students Built The House For Only $20,000. The Interior Will Really Surprise You!
      Nehnutel’nosti | Magazine & Web | February 01, 2016

      ‘Rural Studio’ Created This Home Design That Can Be Built For $20,000
      Trend Hunter | Web | January 30, 2016

      These Students Aim To Create Affordable Housing For All
      House Beautiful | Web | January 29, 2016

      See Inside These Dreamy Tiny Houses Designed In Alabama
      AL.com | Web | January 27, 2016

      Architecture Students Design Sustainable Low-income Homes That Can Be Built For $20k
      My Modern Met | Web | January 25, 2016

      Department Of Architecture Students Challenged To Create Cheap Houses
      Okezone | Web | January 23, 2016

      Students Design Affordable, Beautiful Homes That Target Mass-Production At Just $20,000
      Inhabitat | Web | January 21, 2016

      Bring Shelter For The Soul To Beltlandia
      Beltlandia | Web | January 21, 2016

      Lions Park: Architecture Students Transforming A Community
      Alpolic-Americas | Web | January 19, 2016

      Serenbe & Rural Studio’s Partnership Leads To A Happy, Artistic Haven
      ArtsATL | Web | January 18, 2016

      Sneak Peek At Serenbe’s Tiny Houses For Artists
      Atlanta Magazine | Web | January 15, 2016

      Place, Evolution, And Appropriateness
      Metropolitan Laboratory Magazine | Book | 2016

    • 2015
      La Proposta Educativa I Arquitectonica Del Rural Studio: Una Visio De Futur
      L’Arquitectura Que Ve | Book | 2015

      Alabama Bright Lights: Andrew Freear Continues The Legacy Of Sambo Mockbee And The Rural Studio In Alabama’s Black Belt
      Alabama Newscenter | Web | October 02, 2015

      The 20K House
      The New Small House | Book | 2015

      You Can Now Vote On The Best Public Restroom In The Us
      Mashable | Web | September 21, 2015

      At Long Last, Rural Studio’s 20k House Ventures Outside Of Rural Alabama
      Mother Nature Network | Web | September 10, 2015

      A $20k Home Starts Construction At Serenbe, No Really
      Curbed Atlanta | Web | September 09, 2015

      Freear Is Keynote Speaker At Alabama Humanities Foundation Annual Awards
      The Greensboro Watchman | Newspaper | August 13, 2015

      Xavier Vendrell
      Arqa | Magazine | July/August 2015

      New States Of Play
      The Architectural Review | Web | July 30, 2015

      Pig Roast And Newbern Library Project Opening
      StudioAPLA | Web | Summer Issue 2015

      RS Receives Whitney M. Young Jr. Award At National Aia
      StudioAPLA | Web | Summer Issue 2015

      Site Specific In The Middle Of Nowhere
      Domus | Web | June 2015

      Rural Studio Receives Prestigious Whitney M. Young Jr. Award From American Institute Of Architects
      Beyond Auburn | Magazine | Spring/summer 2015

      Auburn’s Rural Studio Students Reveal Newbern Library
      AL.com | Web | May 2, 2015

      La Proposta Educativa I Arquitectonica Del Rural Studio: Una Visio De Futur
      L’Arquitectura Que Ve | Booklet | April 2015

      Rural Studio: Incarnations Of A Design-and-Build Programme
      Architectural Design | Magazine | March/April 2015 Issue

      Aprendendo Com O Alabama
      Bamboo  | Magazine & Web | March 2015

      Di Loves Freear And Blackwell
      StudioAPLA Newsletter | Web | Winter 2015 Issue

      Rural Studio Wins Whitney M. Young Award
      StudioAPLA Newsletter | Web | Winter 2015 Issue

      Build An Energy-efficient, Sustainble Home For $20k? Rural Studio Shows That Yes, You Can
      Line//shape//space | Web | March 04, 2015

      In Rural Alabama, Student Architects Jump-Start A Neglected Park
      Mother Nature Network | Web | February 26, 2015

      Good Design
      Harvard Magazine | Web | February/march 2015

      The 11 Most Stunning New Architecture Projects In America
      Thrillist | Web | February 24, 2015

      $20,000 Homes Created By Students Could Help Fix Rural America’s Affordable Housing Crisis
      The Huffington Post Impact | Web | February 17, 2015

      Rural Studio Builds Hope For The Needy
      The Plainsman | Web | February 15, 2015

      The Promise Of The $20,000 House
      The Atlantic Citylab | Web | February 03, 2015

      Auburn University’s Rural Studio Brings 20K Houses To Hale County
      WBHM 90.3, Alabama Public Radio | Radio & Web | January 20, 2015

      Auburn’s ‘Rural Studio’ Offers Possible Model For Mercer In Blight Fight
      The Telegraph | Web | January 15, 2015

      Bet The House
      GB&D | Magazine & Web | January + February Issue

      Rural Studio
      East Alabama Living | Magazine | Winter Issue

      Alabama Road Trip No. 30 | Marion And Greensboro: Interesting People, Places And Food
      Alabama Travel | Web | January 2015

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