Since it was founded in 1993 by Samuel Mockbee and Dennis K. Ruth, Rural Studio has provided first-rate architecture for disadvantaged populations in and around Hale County, Alabama. Houses, chapels, and community centers are among the structures designed and built by the firm with undergraduate architecture students at Auburn University. After Mockbee's death in 2001, British architect and educator Andrew Freear assumed the helm of the program, which under his watch has taken on a number of food-related projects.

Click through the slideshow above to read more about four projects all built to foster community in a traditionally underserved region.