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Seeking Sanctuary: Rural Studio

Andrew Freear, from Yorkshire, England, is the Wiatt Professor at Auburn University Rural Studio. After the untimely death of Samuel Mockbee, he became the Director of the Studio in 2002.

For seventeen years Freear has lived in the small rural community of Newbern, West Alabama where his main role, aside from directing Rural Studio is project advisor to fifth-year undergraduate students: designing and building charity homes and community projects to improve local conditions.

He lectures about Rural Studio across the United States and Europe. In contrast he is a member of the Newbern Volunteer Fire Department in Newbern.

Freear has designed Rural Studio exhibits across the globe including at the Whitney Biennial, the Sao Paulo Biennal, V&A in London, MOMA NYC and this year at the Milan Triennale and the Venice Biennale.

In 2006 Freear was honored with The Ralph Erskine Award, from Sweden.

In 2008 he was a Laureate in the second edition of the Global Awards for Sustainable Architecture in Paris and most recently he was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture for 2016.

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The lecture is organized in collaboration with Fakultet for arkitektur og billedkunst, NTNU.