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Hello.

This is a personal blog documenting my journey from California to rural Alabama. I am currently studying architecture and learning how to be a decent human at Rural Studio; a design/build architecture program with a strong focus on ethics and social responsibility.

Posts are my own and have no affiliation to the school. Enjoy!

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Rural Studio | Week 5 Workshops Structural Exploration + Detailing Construction

Rural Studio | Week 5 Workshops Structural Exploration + Detailing Construction

Rural Studio | Week 5 |  September 16 -20, 2019                                        Workshop .o5 Structures | Anderson Inge, architect + engineer                                   Workshop .o6 Construction Details | Jake LaBarre, architect 

Boot camp continues.


After finishing the Thermal Mass workshop Sunday we rolled straight into Monday morning with the weekly Red Barn clean up. This is an all-hands-on-deck 30 minute janitorial sweep of our work studio. As fate would have it I was chosen for bathroom duty all semester. Every Monday morning myself and two others start our week by cleaning a toilet.

You’d think my week could only get better after a start like that. Not the case. I hit my information threshold after the scientists left Sunday so I guess I was just going through the motions until Wednesday when I mistakenly left my keys at studio and was locked out of my house at 12:30am. Time to start meditating again.

Luckily the week got exceptionally better and ended with a Grand Opening ceremony of a recently completed 20k house for Ann. Truly a rich moment to be part of.

My favorite workshop was with Jake Labarre discussing and drawing construction details. Coming from a background of no formal architecture schooling (and plenty of “field time”) I found this workshop incredibly practical. It also exposed any shortfalls of understanding how roof, slab and corners intersect when trying to sketch them out. It’s one thing to conceptually get it but drawing a 1:1 Axonometric detail will uncover the slightest areas of confusion(I had a lot of them!). Jake was a great teacher, patiently walking us through each step.

Our workshop with engineer Anderson Igne explored weather patterns, sun and shade structures in relation to comfortable outdoor spaces. All important factors when designing in Alabamas extremities. It’s almost October and still in the mid 90’s. A couple other random things.. the 5th years and grad students had polaroids taken to be added to the Red Barn wall. A Rural Studio tradition. Third year students got to play with indigo which I was super envious of.

Overall another great week with a lot going on. So far Im loving this place, the program and its people. The week ended with a skate session at Lions Park which brought many smiles and another hobby with room for improvement!

- devin

Rural Studio | Week 6 Workshops Design Viability + Landscape

Rural Studio | Week 6 Workshops Design Viability + Landscape

Rural Studio | Week 4 Workshops Enclosures + Thermal Mass, Buoyancy

Rural Studio | Week 4 Workshops Enclosures + Thermal Mass, Buoyancy