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. And don’t miss our faculty when they travel around the globe presenting our building projects and research!


08 Jun
Andrew Freear virtual lecture at FHWS University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt Andrew Freear gives a lecture for International Teaching Week as part of the Building & Teaching around the World Lecture Series at FHWS University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt. More information about joining the virtual event.
29 Jun
FDIC/OCC Webinar Rusty Smith presents at the FDIC Webinar: Affordable Housing Opportunities in the FL Panhandle.
20 Jul
24 Jul
Rusty Smith Lectures at the 27th World Congress of Architects in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
18 Aug
Fall Convocation Welcome students, staff, and faculty! It’s the first day of the fall semester.
25 Aug
AIA Philadelphia Housing Committee Presentation Front Porch Initiative team presents our housing affordability research to the AIA Philadelphia Housing Committee.
21 Sep
23 Sep
Greenbuild Conference & Expo Rural Studio’s Front Porch Initiative team presents at the 2021 Greenbuild Conference & Expo in San Diego, CA.
21 Sep
Rusty Smith joins panel at USDA Rural Development and Health and Human Services Rural Studio Associate Director Rusty Smith shares our work focused in Early Childhood Development Facilities for the USDA-Rural Development and Health and Human Services-Administration of Children and Families Joint Resource Guide Kickoff
28 Sep
Rusty Smith presents at Housing Assistance Council Training Webinar “Build Smart Webinar Series Part 2: ‘Scaling Down’ to address rising costs.” Speakers include Rural Studio Associate Director Rusty Smith, AHR CEO Eddie Latimer, and Executive Director Sherry Trent of Eastern Eight Community Development Corporation. Register here.
11 Nov
13 Nov
Andrew Freear lectures at Loughborough University in the UK Andrew Freear is the keynote speaker at the 18th Annual International Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) Conference at Loughborough University


02 Mar
03 Mar
Rural Studio: What Does Affordable, High-Performance Housing Truly Afford? Rusty Smith is a keynote speaker for the 6th Residential Building Design & Construction Conference hosted by the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center in State College, Pennsylvania.
29 Apr
Alumni Lecture Night Where are they now? Rural Studio alumni are invited back to give mini lectures and share what they’ve been up to since leaving Hale County.
30 Apr
Pig Roast & Valediction Ceremony 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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