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.
This is a video tour of the volunteer fire station completed by the Rural Studio in 2004 in the tiny town of Newbern, Alabama. Until the Rural Studio broke ground on this project, no new building had been constructed on Main St. in Newbern for over a century