Lions Park Scout Hut in Architectural Record 

In July’s issue of Architectural Record, we are happy to see that the recently-completed Boy Scout Hut was featured as part of their ‘Building with Wood’ article. We couldn’t be happier with the article. Congratulations the student team: Tyler Allgood, Sarah Al-Rukhayyes, Jamin Pendergraft and Elizabeth Whitlock!

Re-Enchanting the World Exhibition

Rural Studio is part of an exhibition currently on view in Paris at the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine. The exhibition, ‘Re-Enchanting the World,’ was designed in collaboration with winners of the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture. Our very own Elena Barthel worked on Rural Studio’s contribution to the exhibition, which will run through October 6, 2014. From the museum’s press release:

Re-enchanting the world is an exhibition-manifesto on the future of the inhabited world, designed with the prizewinning architects of the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture. As the years have gone by, these architects have created a research, experimentation, questioning stage, recognized in the worldwide debate on large-scale transitions – ecological, demographic or urban.

Born and Raised in Hale County - Architectural Record 

Our 20th Anniversary Pig Roast celebration made it into this month’s issue of Architectural Record! Click on the link above to view the online article.

Rural Studio, specifically the 20K House project, is featured in an exhibition entitled ‘Design for Social Impact’ at the Museum of Design Atlanta. This Thursday evening (May 29) they will be hosting an exhibition reception from 7:30-9:30pm; tickets are available here. The exhibit runs until August 3. From the Museum of Design Atlanta:

Based on the idea that design is a way of looking at the world with an eye for changing it, Design for Social Impact offers a look at how designers, engineers, students, professors, architects, and social entrepreneurs are using design to solve the problems of the 21st century. The exhibition will feature projects that address a variety of challenges in areas of shelter, community, education, healthcare, energy, and food & water.

Pig Roast Day 2:

20K House

The 20th Anniversary Year at Rural Studio focused largely on the 20K House project. Our 3rd Year, 5th Year and Outreach students all focused on this Rural Studio research project for their year of study. The 3rd Year students, along with instructors Xavier Vendrell, John Marusich and Alex Henderson, selected, modified and built two 20K Houses for Rose Lee and her son Jason. The four 5th Year and Outreach teams each designed and are in the process of building a 2-bedroom 20K House. In addition to the house that they have designed, they also helped the Studio build two 20K ‘model homes’ (replicas of Mac’s House and Joanne’s House) that will be used to show parties interested in the 20K House as it turns from project to product.

Pig Roast Day 2:

Lions Park

On day 2 of our ‘Super Pig’ Pig Roast, we spent much of the morning at Lions Park, where we celebrated the official openings of 3 projects: Lions Park Landscape, Lions Park Fitness and Lions Park Scouts. The Landscape team kicked off the Lions Park festivities with a tour through the park, which showed off the wholistic landscape strategy that they developed for the park (complete with rain gardens and tall grass fields). Next, we ventured over to the just-completed Fitness project, where the team had an unveiling of their shiny red fitness equipment, complete with demonstrations on how to properly use the machines. Lastly, we ventured over to the Scout Hut, which will provide a new home for the local Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops. We couldn’t be more proud of our newly completed Lions Park projects; they are all fantastic!

Rural Studio at Twenty: Preorder Today!


We are excited to announce that Rural Studio at Twenty : Designing and Building in Hale County, Alabama by Andrew Freear, Elena Barthel and Andrea Oppenheimer Dean (w/ photos by Timothy Hursley) is coming out soon and is available for pre-order. Books-A-Million has generously offered to donate a portion of the proceeds of the pre-order sales to Rural Studio. Click here to preorder your copy and help out the Studio today! The book will be released on May 20, 2014.

Pig Roast Day 1:

Newbern Library, Greensboro Boys & Girls Club

We had so many projects to see at Pig Roast this year that we kicked off our 20th Anniversary Pig Roast on Friday with the Newbern Library and the Greensboro Boys & Girls Club. Both teams have a bit of work left before they finish up, but the projects are looking great and we’re excited to see the progress they have made. After the teams presented their work, food from Pie Lab was provided while the kid’s band from Alabama Blues Project played some excellent music. Following the evening’s official events, Tim Hursley hosted a bonfire at in his Alabama Silo, which was quite a site to behold.

Stay tuned for more about Pig Roast Day 2…

20th Anniversary Pig Roast

Thanks to all of the students, staff, families and friends, we had an excellent 20th Anniversary Pig Roast last weekend. We have a ton of photos to share with you from the event, so we’ll have several more posts about the event. During our valediction ceremony, we had some inspiring speakers, so a special thanks to Robert Ivy, the Ruth family, the Mockbee family, Bruce Lanier, Theresa Costanza, Sonny Ryan and Steve Badanes.

4 Days ‘Til Pig Roast

This year, to celebrate all we’ve got going on in our twentieth year, we will be celebrating Pig Roast beginning the evening of Friday April 25 and continuing trough Saturday April 26. You can find the calendar of events on our website. Hope to see you here!