The ALABAMA ARCHITECTURAL FOUNDATION, a non-profit organization formed in 1983, seeks to heighten the public’s appreciation and understanding of ARCHITECTURE and to promote good design among the public and within Alabama Communities. (from web site)
The Alabama Council AlA is a non-profit professional trade association for architects residing and practicing in Alabama. Membership includes six chapter components: Birmingham, East Alabama, Mobile, Montgomery, North Alabama and Northeast Alabama...The primary goal of the Alabama Council AlA is to promote unity among the architectural profession in the state. From legislation to education, through communication and member services, the Council seeks to provide members representation, information and programs to ensure the progress of architecture in Alabama.
The Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders (GBAHB) is a trade association that represents almost 2,000 companies in the Birmingham area for the building industry. These members include residential builders and other professionals associated with the home building industry, such as subcontractors, suppliers, financial institutions and real estate agents... With a strong committed board of directors and active members and staff, the GBAHB exists to provide quality service to its members and to the Birmingham community. (from web site)
Non-profit Christian housing ministry recognized as one of the top 20 Habitat affiliates (out of 1,700) in the US by Habitat for Humanity International. Builds quality, affordable housing and revitalizes existing houses that encourages family stability and promotes self-sufficiency, educational achievement and responsible citizenship...
Completes 25 to 30 new houses each year; to date more than 267 houses have been built. Houses are sold to low-income families at cost and financed at zero percent interest; houses are not given away.
The IIDA Alabama Chapter is a very active small chapter of IIDA in the Southeast covering the entire state of Alabama. Membership is over 220 members of professional, associate, industry, and student member designations. The organization offers many valuable programs and events throughout the year to the membership and the local design community. (adapted from web site)
In 1993, two Auburn University architecture professors, Dennis K. Ruth and the late Samuel Mockbee, established the Auburn University Rural Studio within the university’s School of Architecture...The students who attend the Rural Studio expand their design knowledge through actually building what they have designed. Utilizing the concept of “context-based learning,” the Rural Studio asks the students to leave the university environment and take up residency in Hale County, Alabama. In doing so, the student joins a poverty-stricken region and “shares the sweat” with a housing client who lives far below the poverty level. The goal of this exercise is to refine the student’s social conscience and to learn first-hand the necessary social, cultural and technological concepts of designing and building. This exercise requires the collaboration of the practicing architect. (from web site)
The Urban Studio (more formally known as the Auburn University Center for Architecture and Urban Studies) was founded as a teaching and outreach venue for Auburn's School of Architecture. Birmingham is an excellent laboratory of study for future design professionals. The Urban Studio has an ongoing commitment to teaching, intern partnerships with local architects, and studio work focused in the city of Birmingham. (adapted from web site)