D. K. Ruth

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Dennis K. "D. K." Ruth (born c. 1944; died August 26, 2009) was an architect and professor at the Auburn University School of Architecture, Design and Construction. He and Sam Mockbee co-founded Auburn's famed Rural Studio in 1992.

Ruth earned his bachelor of architecture at Auburn and completed a master's in architecture at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. He practiced in Mississippi and taught at Mississippi State University and the University of Tennessee before he joined the faculty at Auburn in 1989.

Ruth has served as department head and interim dean for the School of Architecture, Design and Construction. His efforts with the Rural Studio led to his receiving the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for service to humanity.


  • "Veteran Architecture Professor, Co-Founder of Rural Studio Dies" (Fall 2009) Auburn Commons. Vol. 8, No. 4