Rural Studio at Twenty

Rural Studio at Twenty book cover

Designing and Building in Hale County, Alabama

Rural Studio at Twenty, written by Andrew Freear and Elena Barthel with Andrea Oppenheimer Dean, chronicles the evolution of the legendary program, cofounded by Samuel Mockbee and his colleague D. K. Ruth, and now directed by the book’s co-author, Andrew Freear. The book provides an in-depth look at how Rural Studio has thrived through challenges and triumphs, missteps and lessons learned. The book also looks forward to the program’s future challenges, including Rural Studio Farms and the 20K House program. The volume includes photographs by Timothy Hursley and essays from advisors, consultants, community partners, clients and alumni whose support has been critical  to the studio’s continued success.

Andrew Freear is Director of the Rural Studio and Wiatt Professor at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture. Elena Barthel is adjunct faculty at Rural Studio.

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