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HABITATS WITH VISION AUBURN ARCHITECTURE NOVICES DESIGN, BUILD LOW-COST HOMES HABITAT HOUSE HAS STYLE AS WELL AS LOW COST

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by THOMAS SPENCER
News staff writer
Publication Date: June 22, 2002  Page: 01-B  Section: Lifestyle  Edition: Volume 15 Issue 12
OPELIKA It's a match that Auburn University's late, great architecture professor Samuel "Sambo" Mockbee must be smiling about in heaven.
Take the force and determination of Habitat for Humanity, the volunteer army that since 1976 has built more than 110,000 homes for low-income families who might not otherwise be able to own a home.
Combine that with Mockbee's vision: That architectural style and know-how should extend beyond the rich and serve the poor, the vision that sustains the Rural Studio, Auburn's outpost in Hale County, where students design and build shelter for some of the Black Belt's poorest residents.
As Mockbee, who last year died after a long battle with leukemia, put it: "The goal is not only to have a warm, dry house, but to have a warm, dry house with a spirit to it. What we build are shelters for the so…