Xavier Vendrell & Emily McGlohn, the Rural Studio at Auburn University
Sign-in & Networking : 5:30 p.m.
Discussion & Q+A: 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Free & open to the public
Educating the Citizen Architect
As an immersive, “place-based” program, Rural Studio is engaged in all aspects of community involvement. By imbedding themselves in the community and culture of Alabama’s rural Black Belt, they see solutions to the needs of the community within the community’s own context. Abstract ideas based upon knowledge and study are transformed into workable solutions forged by real human contact, personal realization, and a gained appreciation for the history and culture of the Place.
Xavier Vendrell & Emily McGlohn will discuss the work and culture of the Rural Studio both past and present including their current charge referred to as the “20K Home.”
Xavier Vendrell has practiced Architecture in Chicago and Barcelona since 1983 and has been the recipient of many accolades. He has lectured across Europe, USA, and Latin America. He has taught at the Barcelona School of Architecture, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Washington University in St. Louis, and the Rural Studio at Auburn University, where he currently serves as the acting Director.
Emily McGlohn is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Rural Studio at Auburn University. She has taught at Mississippi State University and has worked with both William McDonough + Partners and BRW Architects. Her research as student, professional, and now professor, focuses on energy efficiency in affordable housing. She has won awards for her work from the ACSA and NCARB.