Students & Alumni
Roll Call

Students are the lifeblood of our program. Our goal is to help students design and build an appropriate project within and alongside our community. All of the projects build on the work, culture and spirit of those who came before. Our projects aim to respect the people and the place and to leave Hale County just a little bit better than we found it. Some projects are standalone, some are a continuation of long-term initiatives.

Students can arrive at Rural Studio at a variety of points in their academic careers, but they typically come for a semester during their third year or spend a full nine-months in their fifth year. Most stay on at the end of their fifth year to complete their projects. Students also have the opportunity to apply for our Master of Science in Architecture degree program, with an option in public interest design.

Regardless of when our students spend time with Rural Studio, they often find it a life-changing experience. They learn that everyone deserves good design, how to plan a project and carry it through to completion, how to become part of a community, how to communicate and earn a client’s trust, and how to be responsible for taking risks.

  • 2020
    Alumni 2020
    • 3rd-Years
      Fall 2019
      Adam Davis, Anna Claire Priest, Brenton Smith, Caitlyn Biffle, Davis Benfer, Emily Davis, Gemma Ramon Centelles, Hailey Osborne, Han Li, Ignasi Vendrell I Simon, Laurel Holloway, Oliver Higgins, Yi Xuan Teo
    • 5th-Years
      Ashley Bucher, Cory Subasic, Ingrid Stahl, Jacob Schirmer, Jeff Jeong, Jonathan Schneider, Kyra Stark, Livia Barrett, Maryln Rivera, Nicole Brown, Rowe Price, Zak Channell
    • Master's
      Anna Halepaska, Charlie Firestone, Devin Denman, Fergie Ferguson, Jake Elbrecht, Preston Rains, Steve Long
    • Faculty & Staff
      Andrew Freear, Brenda Wilkerson, Catherine Tabb, Chelsea Elcott, Dick Hudgens, Doris Ward, Emily McGlohn, Eric Ball, Heather Phillips, Johnny Parker, Mackenzie Stagg, Mason Hinton, Meghan Walsh, Melissa Denney, Natalie Butts-Ball, Rusty Smith, Steve Long, Xavier Vendrell
  • 2019
    Rural Studio 2019 class photo
    • 3rd-Years
      Fall 2018
      Addie Harchelroad, Alex Hamady, Ashley Dehne, Becca Wiggs, Jonathan Grace, Judith Seaman, Krista Weiss, Lorenzo Herrera, Nesi Ozako, Reed Klimoski, Tanner Harden, Tom Reutlinger, Victor Bufano, Xiao Boyu, Yoon Dong Kyu
    • 5th-Years
      Anna Halepaska, Ayomi Bolutife Akinlawon, Emily Lopez, Fergie Ferguson, Jake Elbrecht, Jed Grant, Katie Cantine, Lauren Ballard, Madeline Gibbs, Preston Rains, Sarah Page, Yikuan Peng
    • Faculty & Staff
      Alex Therrien, Andrew Freear, Brenda Wilkerson, Catherine Tabb, Dick Hudgens, Doris Ward, Emily McGlohn, Eric Ball, Gayle Etheridge, Heather Phillips, Johnny Parker, Mackenzie Stagg, Mason Hinton, Meghan Walsh, Melissa Denney, Natalie Butts-Ball, Rusty Smith, Steve Long, Xavier Vendrell
  • 2018
    Rural Studio 2019 class photo
    • 3rd-Years
      Fall 2017
      Andrew Frese, Ashley Bucher, Conner Quinn, Cory Subasic, Hayley Hendrick, Henry Savoie, Jonathan Schneider, Kevin Jeon, Kyle Anderson, Kyra Stark, Lauren Wertz, Livia Barrett, Marlyn Rivera, Regan Eiland, Will Hall, Zoey Gerstner

      Spring 2018
      Camron Lynch, Conner Tomasello, Dana McFarland, Elizabeth Clark, Emily Shirah, Ingrid Stahl, Jake Schirmer, Nicole Brown, Owen Railey, Preston Smith, Rowe Price, Ryan Kolowich, Sarah Livings, Xuerui Chen, Ying Dong, Zak Channell
    • 5th-Years
      Caleb R. Munson, Chelsea Elcott, Claire Kubilins, Claudia Paz Melendez, Frank McDaniel, Gavin Fraser, Kenny Fallon, Lauren Barnes, Michael Kelly, Sarah Curry, Sydney Gargiulo, Zack Cundey
    • Faculty & Staff
      Alex Therrien, Andrew Freear, Brenda Wilkerson, Catherine Tabb, Dick Hudgens, Doris Ward, Emily McGlohn, Eric Ball, Gayle Etheridge, Johnny Parker, Mason Hinton, Melissa Denney, Natalie Butts-Ball, Steve Long, Xavier Vendrell
  • 2017
    Rural Studio 2017 class photo
    • 3rd-Years
      Fall 2016
      Cassandra Cody, Hyun Shin, Jacob Elbrecht, Jake Parks, Kate Mazade, Katherine Ferguson, Kathryn Cantine, Lauren Ballard, Madeline Gibbs, Meghan Bernhardt, Preston Rains, Rowland Sauls, Sarah Page

      Spring 2017
      Andrew Spencer, Carter Hadley, Dezzarah Jackson, Elizabeth Mims, Forrest Wood, Jedediah Grant, Julia Ruiz, Kaitlin Farley, Kayla Jackson, Maia-Alicia Meredith, Nadine Hernandez, Robert Nolan, Walker Reeves, Yibo Qiao
    • 5th-Years
      Anna Daley, Ben Malaier, Carley Chastain, Grant Wright, Janine Mwenja, Jenny Lomas, John Sydnor, Olivia Backer
    • Faculty & Staff
      Alex Henderson, Alex Therrien, Andrew Freear, Brenda Wilkerson, Catherine Tabb, Dick Hudgens, Doris Ward, Eric Ball, Gayle Etheridge, Jake LaBarre, Johnny Parker, Mason Hinton, Melissa Denney, Natalie Butts-Ball, Steve Long, Xavier Vendrell
  • 2016
    Rural Studio 2016 class photo
    • 3rd-Years
      Fall 2015
      Andrew Lang, Catherine Denney, Claire Kubilins, Claudia Paz Melendez, James Taunton, Joshua Adams, Kenny Fallon, Lauren Barnes, Margaret Wohltjen, Paul Richardi, Stephen Fleming, Sydney Gargiulo, Walker Waughtal, Zack Cundey, Zoe Gardner

      Spring 2016
      Abby Fields, AEon McNeal, Brandon Richardson, Caleb R. Munson, Chelsea Elcott, Christopher Stone, Frank McDaniel, Gavin Fraser, Keena Miles, Madge Ellis, Mary Katherine Cole, Michael Kelly, Owen McCormick, Sarah Curry, Shelby Stanfield
    • 5th-Years
      Caitlyn Salters, Ellise Gallagher, Forrest Burleson, Josh Banks, JP Alexander, Leslie Kounthapanya, Libby So, Nathaniel Bartlett, Quinton Jones, Robert Gray, Saxon Gibbs, Will Gaskill
    • Faculty & Staff
      Alex Henderson, Andrew Freear, Brenda Wilkerson, Catherine Tabb, Dick Hudgens, Eric Ball , Gayle Etheridge, Johnny Parker, Melissa Denney, Natalie Butts-Ball, Steve Long, Xavier Vendrell
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