The mission of the Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston (CAC.C) is to bridge academia and practice by teaching in a hybrid environment—a cross between academic and professional modes of work. The faculty is comprised entirely of professionals. As space permits, students may take internships (for credit and pay) with local architects, landscape architects, urban designers, craftsmen, and contractors. Also devoted to service learning, CAC.C studios are offered in two tracks, urban design and fabrication, that work on actual issues and projects in Charleston and the Low Country. Students work collaboratively, often on teams led by professors and graduate students.
Past projects include work for the City of Charleston, the Charleston Civic Design Center, Spoleto Festival USA, the Gibbes Museum of Art, the Orphan Aid Society, the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, the City of Johnsonville, Project Okurase (Ghana), the City of North Charleston, and the Post & Courier. The Center has won three NCARB Prizes from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards NCARB) for the Integration of Practice and Education since 2001, as well as the American Institute of Architect’s Best Mentoring Practices award in 2006. In 2008, the center's previous director, Robert Miller, won an ACSA Creative Achievement Award, one of three in the nation, for the CAC.C's design/build project, "The MINImuseum of Richard McMahan."
The city of Charleston itself is part of the CAC.C learning experience, and studying in Charleston is further enhanced by proximity to the College of Charleston, where CAC.C students may take approved courses for credit.
The CAC.C is located in the Old Marine Hospital, a National Historic Landmark, at 20 Franklin Street, designed by the famed architect Robert Mills and completed in 1834. The middle terrace level contains a review space, library, and offices, and the top floor contains two studios and a print and fabrication room. Students have their own desk throughout the semester.
Since CAC.C students may be permitted to take courses at the College of Charleston, the CAC.C follows the College of Charleston academic calendar. See the CAC.C Master Calendar and discuss scheduling issues with the program directors and faculty.
In Charleston, students find and rent their own apartment. Students are encouraged to live on the peninsula, within walking or biking distance of the CAC.C, so that they can experience the city and its architecture to its fullest. Located close to the College of Charleston, the area has many apartments.
NEVERTHELESS, FINDING HOUSING IN CHARLESTON REQUIRES ADVANCE PLANNING TO NEGOTIATE YOUR CLEMSON APARTMENT LEASE AND TO FIND AN APARTMENT IN CHARLESTON. YOU SHOULD CONSIDER FINDING STUDENTS WHO MAY WANT TO SUBLET IN CLEMSON AND/OR CHARLESTON IN SEMESTER 4 IF YOU WILL BE IN CHARLESTON IN SEMESTER 5, OR VICE VERSA. ALSO SEEK OUT STUDENTS WHO HAVE ALREADY SPENT A SEMESTER IN CHARLESTON FOR HOUSING ADVICE.
Students studying in Charleston pay resident or non-resident tuition + academic fees. There are no program fees for the program in Charleston. Students are responsible for securing their own housing. Find a more detailed listing of off-campus tuition and fees here.
Ray Huff, Director, Associate Professor
Charleston Architectural Center, 20 Franklin Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 723-1747
Fax: (843) 723-1847
Cell: (843) 324-8869