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October 2, 2017
Charlene LeBleu, Associate Professor and Interim Head of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, has woven outreach and service learning into her teaching and scholarship throughout her academic career. She has used her expertise in water quality issues and low impact development design to benefit communities throughout Alabama. For her distinguished record of impactful service, LeBleu received the Excellence in Service-Learning Award (Senior Level) at the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Annual Conference in Beijing, China on May 28, 2017.  Read full story here.

APLA welcomes new faculty member Emily McGlohn (BARCH '03) - Emily is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture and will be teaching 3rd Year Design Studio at the Rural Studio. Emily earned her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon where she studied common practice use of vapor retarders and air barrier systems in residential construction. Prior to joining the faculty at Auburn University, Emily was an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Mississippi State University from 2012-2017.  Recently we reported that Emily, with colleagues at MSU, won a 2017 Practice + Leadership award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) for the proposal “Integrated Project Delivery Theater,” and the 2015 National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Award for the proposal “Expanding the Agency of Architects.” Read about it here

Congratulations to Prof. Matt Hall - The September issue of Architecture & Urbanism (A+U) will be devoted to the work of Swedish architect Bernt Nyberg. Last spring Matt was invited to guest edit the issue and after a year of work they are finally going to press. The work that went into this culminates over five years of research and documentation, the majority of which was made possible through APLA support, a CADC seed grant, and the diligent assistance of many of our students.

On September 14, 2017,at the Rural Studio, "Buster's House" 20K House ribbon cutting and opening was celebrated.

Former Executive Editor, then Editor-At-Large. at Southern Progress CorporationPhilip Morris, lost his battle with cancer on September 14, 2017. Prof. J.Scott Fin stated, "Phillip was a tireless advocate for good design in cities, and a friend and supporter of the Urban Studio (AUCAUS - Auburn University Center for Architecture and Urban Studies) since the beginning."  Read more here.

Congratulations to Acting Director of Auburn University Rural Studio and Professor, Xavier Vendrell, who has been awarded the FAD Award in the category of City and Landscape for his professional work in collaboration with partners Claudi Aguilo and Albert Domingo (DataAE) on the project, Rehabilitació del Parc de Joan Oliver a Badia del Vallès, in Barcelona, Spain.

On September 22 and 23, the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture had three simultaneous drawing workshops happening: one at the Rural Studio with Frank Harmon, one on digital modeling organized by Prof. Valerie Friedman, Landscape Architecture, and an exciting Workshop opportunity was hosted for Auburn University's Second-Year Architecture Studios. Coordinated by Prof. Danielle Willkens, supported by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, this workshop introduced the practice of classical architectural design with emphasis on its application in the design of new buildings and places.  This seminar was also provided  with generous support from the alumni at McAlpine.  Read more about the 2nd year ICAA workshop here.

Architectural Digest featured Rural Studio in their latest issue, read here.

Visit the Harold Washington Public Library in Chicago, Illinois and find Rural Studio project Lions Park Playscape project as part of the Design Museum Foundation's national exhibition and education program exploring the latest thinking in playground design. The exhibition, Extraordinary Playscapes, on its final stop in Chicago, is open Sept. 21-Dec.16., 2017.

The APLA 2017 Fall Lecture series is currently underway, and there are three October lectures available:  Wednesday, October 4 features Thomas Robinson, Founding Principal, LEVER Architecture; Monday, October 16 will be Lorcan O’Herlihy, Founding Principal, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA); Monday, October 23, Coleman CokerRuth Carter Stevenson Regents Chair in the Art of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture and Founding Principal, buildingstudio.   To see the complete APLA Lecture Series schedule for 2017-2018, please read here.

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