Summer Film Night: Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio

  • Date

    Friday, June 25 2021

  • Time

    8:00pm - 9:00pm

  • Location

    Virtual

Hale County, Alabama has long battled notoriety—with a poverty rate over 30 percent and a struggling economy, the region’s ills were enough to turn many away. But Samuel “Sambo” Mockbee, an architect and teacher, saw Hale County as an opportunity to help others and to teach eager students valuable lessons about life and how to use the “social art” of architecture for good.

Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio is a documentary film that celebrates Mockbee’s legacy—the Auburn University design-build Rural Studio he co-founded to provide sustainable shelter for those who cannot afford it; the students who populate the Studio with ambition and inspiration; and the lives that are forever changed by these experiences.

Run Time: 60 min

Year: 2010

Directed by: Sam Wainwright Douglas

Featuring: Samuel Mockbee, Peter Eisenman, Cameron Sinclair


Available on Vimeo and Amazon. You may need to set up an account and/or rent to view this film on the host site. Links to the film provided in the registration confirmation email.


Organized by: Washington Architectural Foundation

This program is part of Summer Film Nights, a weekly film pick showcasing architecture, design, or urbanism all summer long. Grab some popcorn, get comfy, and enjoy the film!