The acclaimed design/build program Rural Studio has been awarded the 2015 Whitney M. Young Jr. Prize by the AIA. Founded in 1993 by D.K. Ruth and Samuel Mockbee, the Auburn University-based architecture studio has committed to build homes and community buildings for residents in western Alabama for over 20 years. Along with the diverse portfolio of projects, their work has contributed to the rise in impact design. “The commitment to designing for those who need it most—which Rural Studio has inspired in a full generation of architects—is the force-multiplier for this small group that echoes beyond Hale County.”
Established in 1972, the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award has honored architects and organizations that embody the profession’s proactive social mandate through a range of commitments, including affordable housing, inclusiveness, and universal access. The award is named after the civil rights–era head of the Urban League who confronted—head-on—the AIA’s absence of socially progressive advocacy at the 1968 AIA National Convention.
Click here to read the full press release on 2015 Whitney M. Young Jr. award winners Rural Studio, online at AIA.org.