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Leaving behind New Orleans and its food and music scene (Snug Harbor, Preservation Hall, and a great jazz vocalist at The Spotted Cat), the team then traveled to Auburn University’s Rural Studio, started in 1993 by the late Samuel Mockbee.  Students here design and build homes and community buildings for the poorest parts of the Deep South (and thus the poorest parts of the entire nation). The goal of the Rural Studio is to teach students about their responsibility as a designer with real world application in rural Alabama. According to Mockbee, “if architecture is going to nudge, cajole, and inspire a community to challenge the status quo into making responsible changes, it will take the subversive leadership of academics and practitioners who keep reminding students of the profession’s responsibilities.”

Below, catch glimpses of the Supershed Animal Shelter, the Rural Studio itself and the latest work of Auburn University’s students – a thesis project on $20k Houses. At Rural Studio, students learn by doing. You can view all photos from this trip by clicking here.


Harrington students Kate Ainsworth, Mary Daumer, Rachel Henson, Jessica Johnston, Brachla Messersmith, and Kurombi Wade-Oliver learned some great lessons from these hands-on experiences, and have some great stories to tell. The trip was a state-side offering of Harrington’s International Studies, which encourages alumni to participate. As Crandon Gustafson said at the conclusion of the trip, “I don’t think you could ask for a better experience than to work alongside our students serving others.”

Stay tuned for the program’s 2011 destinations!

Information courtesy Crandon Gustafson. Photos courtesy Peter Klick.

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On Friday night, January 29th, 2010 the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation hosted its Grand Chefs Gala at the Fairmont Chicago. The gala featured a two-hour black-tie cocktail reception with tasting stations from more than 30 local restaurants, a presentation of the Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence, two local chefs—Curtis Duffy of Avenues at the Peninsula and Sarah Levy of Sarah’s Pastries & Candies—and the work of several students from Harrington College of Design who assisted with the gala’s décor.

This year, the Grand Chefs Gala focused around the theme of “Green for Life”, with the event planners making the gala as environmentally friendly as possible. As Amy Patterson, the Foundation’s Associate Executive Director said, “The staff here definitely became more aware of the kinds of materials, and how much paper, we’re using. Going green wasn’t as difficult as we thought it would be, but we definitely incorporated some new twists.”

In going with the theme Harrington students incorporated found objects such as flower pots and doorknobs into the décor, as well as reclaimed shipping crates, chains, moss, and twisted branches. Topping dinner tables were flowers created from recycled paper with berries, vegetables, stones and wood in the centerpieces.

HCD students became involved with the event with the help of Renee Darosky, who has chairmanship of Harrington’s Sustainability Committee. The Harrington students that participated were Kim Asamoa-Tutu, Jaclyn Moser, Tiffany Medlong, Chelsey Jackel, Rachel Henson as well as HCD Alumna Briana Stelle, with HCD instructors Crandon Gustafson, Peter Klick and Constantine Vasilios’ help. With over 650 guests, the gala was a great success!

You can check out features of the event here and here!

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