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Curator's Note:

Welcome to the Rural Studio, Auburn University's instructional design program that teaches students the importance of community-based architecture.  The brainchild of Samuel 'Sambo' Mockbee, the studio inspires students to consider the impact of their architectural work.  The studio resides in Hale County, Alabama, one of the most impoverished communities in America.


Citizen Architect documents the late Mockbee's vision of inspiring students to use their architectural talents to positively impact the world.  Meet the students, teachers and community members that feel the impact of Mockbee's dream.  


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Meet the Filmmakers of Citizen Architect

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Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio premiered at South by Southwest 2010. In this interview, filmmakers Sam Wainwright Douglas and Jack Sanders reveal what inspired them to make this film about the late Samuel Mockbee. Mockbee was known for his radical educational design/build program called the Rural Studio.

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