Xavier Vendrell is the acting director of Rural Studio, an undergraduate architecture program at Auburn University. Rural Studio was founded on the belief that all people, rich and poor, deserve the benefit of good design. Students at Rural Studio learn to be “citizen architects” by living within and working in service of underserved communities in West Alabama’s Black Belt region, building safe and beautiful homes and buildings. A Barcelona native, Vendrell has been practicing architecture since 1983. In 1999 he founded Xavier Vendrell Studio Chicago/Barcelona, which brings together architecture, landscape, and design. His work has won numerous awards and in addition to his work with Rural Studio, he has taught and lectured across Europe, the United States, and Latin America.
Acting Director, Rural Studio, Auburn University
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