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DESIGNhabitat 2

In the spring of 2001, professor David Hinson of Auburn University’s School of

Architecture was approached by Design Alabama (a non-profi t working to promote

design in the state) with the prospect of helping Habitat develop new home design

standards. Design Alabama staff introduced Hinson to Karen McCauley, executive

director of the Alabama Association of Habitat Affi liates (AAHA), the coordinating

state support organization for Alabama’s thirty-fi ve Habitat affi liates. According to

Hinson, he and McCauley “hit it off from the start” and began crafting a structure

for a partnership between Auburn and AAHA.