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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University, or OLLI at Auburn, will host Rusty Smith, associate director of the Alabama Rural Studio, at its Wisdom Wednesdays lecture on Feb. 21, from 2:30-4 p.m. at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art located at 901 South College Street, Auburn.

In addition to his role as associate director of the Rural Studio, he has also taught and lectured as a Distinguished Visiting Artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects. He is a nationally recognized teacher and scholar. Smith’s honors related to teaching excellence include the receipt of the American Institute of Architects National Teaching Honor Award and the American Institute of Architecture Students National Teaching Honor Award. Smith is a regularly invited lecturer speaking about design education at both educational institutions as well as to design professionals. Currently an independent consultant, Smith has practiced professionally since 1991. He has worked as a senior designer for a variety of internationally recognized architectural firms, including Perkins + Will and Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum.

OLLI members, guests and friends are all invited to learn more about OLLI at Auburn course offerings, social engagements and initiatives.  OLLI at Auburn offers academic not for credit programs for adults aged 50 years or older through program sites at Auburn University, AUM in Montgomery, Alabama, and the Chambers County Public Library in Valley, Alabama.

OLLI at Auburn is a program of the Office of the Vice President for University Outreach at Auburn University. OLLI administrative offices and select classes are located at the historic Sunny Slope property, 1031 South College Street, Auburn, Alabama. For more information regarding this event, contact Ileeia A. Cobb, Ph.D., OLLI Director, at 844-3105,, or visit the website at