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Rusty Smith, the Rural Studio associate director, will give a public talk titled "Rural Studio: Educating the Citizen Architect" as part of the Honors College "k(no)w poverty?” lecture series Tuesday, March 31, at 6 p.m. in 2370 Haley Center.

The event is part of ongoing talks on issues relevant to poverty in the community, region, state and world and has been developed by the Honors College at Auburn University to support the university's land-grant mission. Participants are asked to bring non-perishable food items for the Campus Food Pantry.

The Rural Studio is an off-campus design-build program of Auburn University. Established in 1993, the Rural Studio’s philosophy suggests that everyone, both rich and poor, deserves the benefit of good design. To fulfill this ethic, the Studio has evolved toward more community-oriented projects, which have become multi-year, multi-phase efforts traveling across three counties in the Black Belt region of west Alabama.

Smith is a nationally recognized teacher and scholar whose honors related to teaching excellence include the receipt of the American Institute of Architects National Teaching Honor Award along with the American Institute of Architecture Students National Teaching Honor Award. Smith was educated at both Auburn University and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.