As practitioners of design, it is universally important that our firm and other Architects take an active role in helping educate our communities in good design. We had the honor of helping welcome Andrew Freear, director of Auburn University’s Rural Studio, at July’s program for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Indianapolis. Freear presented on the challenges of crafting good design within rigorous fiscal and contextual parameters.
By championing design for their small community of “Citizen Architects” in Hale County, Alabama, Freear and Rural Studio have shaped the ethos of all of their projects to answer the question of “what should be built, rather than what can be built.”
Hosting an informal gathering in our studio at the conclusion of Freear’s talk allowed area Architects and visitors to relax and enjoy drinks and discuss some of Rural Studio’s projects with Freear himself.