Urban Studio

The School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture

Urban Studio

The Urban Studio (officially known as the Auburn University Center for Architecture and Urban Studies) was founded in 1991 by Associate Professor Franklin Setzer as a teaching and outreach venue for Auburn's School of Architecture. Birmingham is an excellent laboratory of study for future design professionals, and Alabama's largest metropolitan area is home to many of our professional constituents and alumni.


Our home in downtown Birmingham is the Center for Regional Planning and Design (CRPD) in the historic Young & Vann Building. Our partners at CRPD include the Regional Planning Commission of the Birmingham District, The Cultural Alliance CAWACO RC&D, and the Birmingham History Center. Young and Vann is also home to ARTFOLK gallery.


The Urban Studio has an ongoing commitment to teaching, intern partnerships with local architects, and studio work focused in the city of Birmingham. In addition, Our Small Town Design Initiative Program has worked with over sixty-five small towns and communities across the state. We are helping communities identify those positive assets that can be the basis of a sound master plan for physical and economic vitality—creating distinctive opportunities for building higher quality of life, broader prospects in the community and—a better place to live.


To find out more about the Urban Studio, visit the Urban Studio website, or please contact us:

Auburn Urban Studio

Physical address:

221 20th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203


On the South East corner of 3rd Avenue North


Phone: 205.323.3592
Fax: 205.323.8385



Alex Krumdieck

Alex Krumdieck

Interim Director of Urban Studio