College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities



11/11/14 BAC Lecture Series Continues

Barcelona Lecture Series Fall 2014

10/16/14 Architecture + Health Public Forum Continues

Architecture + Health Public Forum Fall 2014

9/17/14 Fall 2014 CAF Lecture Series Continues

CUSOA Lecture Series Fall 2014

9/17/14 Fall 2014 CAC.C/AIASC Lecture Series Begins

CACC Lecture Series Fall 2014

4/15/14 Clemson students create a unique space for Moogfest in Asheville, NC


Seventeen Clemson University architecture students under the direction of associate professor Doug Hecker have been given the task of creating an engaging community space for Moogfest, the five-day festival that begins April 23 in Asheville, NC. The outdoor space is designed for attendees and the community-at-large to gather, rest, relax and recharge — both themselves and, if needed, their cell phones.

The project was created, produced and is being built by a group of 21- to 25-year-old undergraduate and graduate students, utilizing the state-of-the-art technology in the School of Architecture’s Digital Design Shop.

Read the entire story here. 

4/8/14 The Architecture of Leadership: James F. Barker, President Emeritus


2/13/14 Clemson student team selected to compete in
Solar Decathlon 2015

The U.S. Department of Energy selected a Clemson University team to compete in the Solar Decathlon 2015. Clemson and 19 challengers from colleges and universities across the country and around the world and will now begin the nearly two-year process of building solar-powered houses that are affordable, innovative and highly energy efficient.

“We are honored and excited to participate in the Solar Decathlon 2015,” said Akel Kahera, associate dean for Clemson’s College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities. “This competition offers our students a one-of-a-kind learning and training experience that helps students excel once they enter the clean energy industry.”

Read the entire story here.


1/17/14 Spring 2014 CAF Lecture Series Begins


11/15/13 Andrew Payne, LIFT Architects Lecture


The CAF Centennial Lectures in Architecture will conclude with the Richard O’Cain Lecture, on Friday November 15 with Andrew Payne (LIFT Architects, Cambridge MA)

Andrew is a registered architect who is currently pursuing his Doctoral degree at Harvard's Graduate School of Design (GSD) Andrew received his Masters

of Architecture from Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation in May of 2005. Prior to that, he studied architecture at Clemson University where he earned a Bachelors of Science degree in 2002.  Andrew¹s work explores embedded computation and parametric design, and he has lectured and taught workshops throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at Columbia University, and founder Principal of LIFT Architects, in Cambridge, MA


11/5/13 Graduate architecture program ranked top 20

di-2014Clemson University's graduate architecture programs have been named among the nation's best in two separate rankings released last week.

DesignIntelligence magazine has ranked Clemson 16th overall nationally in the annual publication "America's Best Architecture and Design Schools,” rising from 20th place last year, and seventh among public institutions. Clemson was ranked fourth in the South overall and third in the South among public university programs.

DesignIntelligence also named professor David Allison, director of Clemson’s Graduate Studies in Architecture + Health, one of the nation's 30 Most Admired Design Educators for 2014. In honoring Allison as an exemplary role model in architecture education, the publication stated, “Thanks to his knowledge and connections to the workforce, he knows that his students are in demand, and pushes each one to be the best. Employers praise Allison’s students, saying they are well rounded with excellent verbal, written, technical and design skills.”

Read entire press release here.


11/1/13 Archiculture Documentary Screening

1:30 pm, Lee Hall Auditorium

AIAS and GASP present the new documentary Archiculture that examines the current state of studio-based, design education. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion.


9/20/13 Betsy Beaman and Kimberly Stanley, Stanley Beaman & Sears, Lecture

2 1:30pm, Lee Hall Auditorium

The School of Architecture welcomes Betsy Beaman and Kimberly Stanley of Stanley Beaman & Sears in Atlanta for the second lecture of the Centennnial Lecture Series.


8/22/13 Michael Murphy, MASS Design Group, Lecture

michael-murphy7:00pm, Lee Hall Auditorium

Michael Murphy serves as the Chief Executive Officer of MASS Design Group, a nonprofit architecture firm based in Boston, MA. In 2008 while still in architecture school, Murphy along with Alan Ricks founded MASS to bring exemplary design services to communities otherwise excluded from its benefits, innovating new processes to thwart negative health outcomes. Today in his role as CEO, he provides architectural leadership in designing standout buildings, as well as cultivates partnerships and processes that foster these projects.

8/7/13 David Allison named fellow by American College of Healthcare Architects


David J. Allison, professor of architecture and director of Clemson University’s graduate studies in Architecture + Health, has been elected to the American College of Healthcare Architects Council of Fellows. 

Fellowship is the highest honor bestowed on a certificate holder by the organization and is granted to board-certified architects specializing in health care who have shown distinction in the profession. Continue reading...

5/28/13 Lynn Craig receives AIASC Medal of Distinction


Clemson University professor Lynn Craig has received the 2013 Medal of Distinction Award from AIA South Carolina (AIASC), a chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The award was presented May 4 in Charleston during the organization’s spring conference.

“Lynn Craig is so deserving of this highest honor from the state’s professional organization,” said Kate Schwennsen, professor and chairwoman of the School of Architecture. "He is an architect’s architect: designer, creative problem-solver, visionary pragmatist, collaborator and talented artist.” Continue reading...


1/27/13 Clemson students win awards in 2012 AIAS/Kawneer Design Competition

Laura Boykin won 1st place for her project "Mediascape: An Enlightened Library for Pendelton, SC" and Sam Pruitt won 3rd place for his project "Hyperlocal" in the 2012 AIAS/Kawneer Design Competition. Both graduate students worked under the direction of Professor Ufuk Ersoy.

To view their projects and other award winners, visit the competition awards page.


1/13/13 Clemson’s Lee III wins national architecture award

Lee III, the 55,000-square-foot addition to Clemson University’s Lee Hall, has won a national award for design achievement from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The award, one of only 11 given this year, was announced Friday in AIAArchitect magazine.

Read the entire news release.




11/12/2012 Clemson’s graduate program in architecture named one of America’s best

DesignIntelligence magazine has named Clemson University’s graduate program in architecture one of the nation’s Top 10 programs among all public universities in its annual publication “America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools.” Clemson ranks fourth among public universities in the South.
Read the entire news release.


11/6/2012 Clemson University’s Lee Hall expansion project awarded LEED Gold certification

Clemson University’s Lee Hall III academic building has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Lee III, completed in April of this year, is a 56,000-square-foot expansion of the original Lee Hall, which is the academic home of the School of Design and Building and the Department of Art.

The $31.6 million restoration and new construction project is part of the University’s commitment to create more energy efficient buildings. In alignment with Clemson University’s goal of reducing energy consumption 20 percent by 2020, Lee III is zero-energy-ready, designed to offset its energy expenditure by producing as much energy as it consumes.

“We call Lee Hall the building that teaches,” said Clemson President Jim Barker.  “It is significant that our students will study sustainable design in a building that symbolizes Clemson University’s commitment to sustainability.  It is a welcome and beautiful addition to our campus.”

Lee III was designed to teach sustainability by example, making use of lighting and energy efficiency, ventilation technology and resourceful materials selection. Monitors in the building indicate when outside conditions are favorable to natural ventilation provided through windows. Mechanical windows open and shut automatically when temperature and humidity reach threshold levels. Geothermal wells provide cooling and heating for the building, allowing it to operate separately from the campus energy plant. Skylights and window walls provide natural light during daytime hours, limiting the need for artificial lighting.

Construction materials used in the building have high recycled content; some were manufactured from resources close to campus. The indoor finish materials such as paints and sealants were selected to provide a high level of healthful indoor air quality.  


7/20/2012 Clemson student places in Culinary Arts College Competition

Clemson graduate architecture student Jingjie Zhao scored an honorable mention in Category 1 of the 2012 ACSA Steel Competition: Culinary Arts College, with her project titled "Futurist.Culinary.Matrix," under the guidance of Professor Keith Green.

To view Jingjie's project and other entries, visit the competition awards page.

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7/16/2012 Clemson team wins in Sustainable Lab Competition

Clemson graduate architecture students Caitlin Ranson and Dianah Katzenberger, working under the guidance of professor Ulrike Heine, scored one of two winning entries in the 2012-13 Sustainable Lab Competition, sponsored by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. The competition enabled architecture and engineering students from around the world to provide new and innovative thinking in the creation of energy-efficient and environmentally-sustainable laboratories. The program focused on the proposed Salt River Bay Marine Research and Education Center (MREC), located within Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve (SARI) a unit of the National Park Service (NPS) on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI).

Jury comments for Ranson and Katzenberger's project: "This project demonstrates sensitive site planning and architectural design, including a compact use of the site. It takes advantage of natural resources in its use of solar thermal design, photovoltaic panels, day lighting, and rainwater collection. The project also adapts to extreme weather conditions and incorporates passive design with a clear building performance analysis. There is a logical hybrid system approach to natural and conditioned spaces."

To view the winning Clemson project and other winning entries, visit the competition awards page.

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7/3/2012 Two Clemson Entries are Winners in AIAS Design Competition

Two competition entries from the Clemson 3rd-year undergraduate architecture studio, under professor Annemarie Jacques, have won Merit Awards in the AIAS/AARP Student Design Competition: "Aging In Place- Kitchens!". The program called for entrants to design a comfortable, safe, functional and livable kitchen space for all generations now and in the future with a budget of $50,000.

kitchen 1

"Centre" by Diane Rosch.  View Full Entry (PDF).

kitchen 2

"A Kitchen Alive" by David Fernando Herrero, Edgar Mozo, Joel Pominville, Nicklos Tafel. View Full Entry (PDF).

View full competition results on AARP/AIAS site...


2/20/2012 Clemson University names architects for Charleston center

CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson University officials have selected Allied Works Architecture, in association with e.e. fava architects, etc., for architectural and design work on a permanent home for the university’s architecture and historic preservation programs in Charleston. The plans call for design and construction of an approximately 31,000-square-foot, three-story building at 292 Meeting St., in the city’s historic district.

The new facility will be named after Countess Alicia Spaulding Paolozzi in recognition of a gift from the Spaulding Paolozzi Foundation. It will support highly collaborative teaching, learning and research in Clemson’s Charleston-based programs in architecture, landscape architecture, city and regional planning, real estate development and its graduate program in historic preservation offered in conjunction with the College of Charleston. The programs will enroll about 100 students per semester.

Read the rest of the story in the Clemson University Newsroom...


2/17/2012 Construction Manager at Risk. Design/Build. Competitive Bid.

Event: February 14th, 2012, "Project Delivery Changes, Challenges and Opportunities," panel presentation by joint meeting of Architecture Professional Advisory Board and Construction Industry Advisory Board, 5:00pm, Madren Center

As architecture students, we rarely hear or discuss these words. However, our leadership wants this to change. In a joint meeting held by the School of Architecture and the Department of Construction Science and Management on February 14th, these project delivery methods were discussed by a panel from Clemson’s Architecture and Construction advisory boards. Harry Mashburn [Mashburn Construction], Mary Beth Branham [LS3P], Doug Hunter [Holder Construction], and Hal Davis [Smith Group] candidly answered questions about project delivery changes, challenges, and opportunities. The panel championed integrated project delivery for its ability to engage all project members – owners, engineers, architects, contractors, and often subcontractors – from the very beginning. According to Harry Mashburn, such a delivery method helps contractors understand and therefore uphold architects’ desires when faced with budgetary constraints. Mary Beth Branham added that IPD challenges all team members to push their creative limits, which in turn elevates the project as a whole. Doug Hunter pointed to Lee III as a successful example of this type of collaboration, one that effectively balanced budget and design intent. Hal Davis offered another example of outstanding teamwork, citing a hospital project in California that allowed all 165 members to work in the same room. He noted that daily contact between members drove the project’s success. Throughout the discussion, the panel stressed the important of trust and communication between all project members as the decisive ingredient for a successful project. The hour-long discussion laid groundwork for future curriculum developments that could provide partnership opportunities, thus better preparing both Architecture and CSM students for the highly collaborative world we will face after graduation.

-Laura Boykin, M.Arch. student, Clemson University School of Architecture


2/8/2012 Clemson Architecture Students Win Five of 11 Prizes in International Dow Solar "Design to Zero" Competition!

Two teams of Clemson University’s School of Architecture graduate students have earned first and second place in Dow Chemical Company’s Dow Solar Design to Zero Competition. Three additional Clemson teams received honorable mention and ancillary awards. The international competition challenged undergraduate and graduate students to conceptualize energy-efficient, sustainable residential solutions on a global scale. Clemson’s ambitious teams were selected by a group of their contestant peers as the winners from a pool of 131 design teams from 19 countries.

Winners were announced Wednesday during a ceremony at the National Home Builder’s International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Florida and online through a Facebook Livestream.


Above: 9 of the 10 Clemson Architecture students who recently received honors in the Dow Design to Zero Competition. From left to right: Jason Drews, James Graham, Adrian Mora, Daniel Kim, Caitlin Ranson, John Oxenfeld, Adam Wilson, Suzanne Steelman, Eric Laine [Michael Niezer is in Indiana for a job interview]. Attention Architecture Firms - these students graduate in May!


Clemson's Live/Work team won first place and $20,000 with their sleek, modern design. Eric Laine of Indianapolis, Ind. and Suzanne Steelman of Las Vegas, Nevada embraced the social and economic aspects of life, and created a home that incorporates both commercial and residential functionalities.


Daniel Kim of Vienna, Va. and Caitlin Ranson of Pickens, S.C received second place and $10,000 for their Project Zero design. The structure’s concrete masonry units create a seamless house that reimagines spaces and blurs the boundaries between interior and exterior with “zones” intended to increase ventilation.


Honorable Mention was awarded to John Oxenfeld of Tega Cay, S.C. John Oxenfeld and Adam Wilson of Chester, S.C. for their unique Partial Submersion design.


Mike Niezer of Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Adrian Mora of Miama, Fla., took the Design Integration Award for seamlessly integrating space, materials and technology to craft a serene and environmentally sound BreatheZERO home.


The Built-In Photovoltaic Design Award went to Jason Drews of Houston, Texas, and James Graham of Wilmington, N.C. for their Below Zero design, incorporating optimal solar angles.

Architecture Department Chair Kate Schwennsen is very pleased with the success of these students, as well as their design studio professor, Ulrike Heine, and consulting professors Daniel Harding and Bernhard Sill. “The accomplishments of these students and faculty represent the highest aspirations, values and abilities of the School of Architecture. The work is innovative, technologically integrated and sophisticated, optimistic, engaged with industry, clearly and beautifully communicated, the result of collaborative design processes. It addresses one of the critical issues of our time, and is focused on leaving the world better than they found it. The School of Architecture couldn't ask for better representation of its potential.”

Contestants created designs for three connected residences, including areas for privacy and recreation. In addition to traditional design elements, students were tasked with incorporating environmentally-friendly, recyclable materials with near zero-energy efficiency standards.

Dow sponsored the competition as part of its commitment to the environment, health and safety as demonstrated in its 2015 Sustainability Goals.


Women in Architecture, SC Upstate on 2/8/2012

Assistant Professor Ulrike Heine will speak at the Women in Architecture event at the Lazy Goat in Greenville, SC, on February 8th, 2012.


Upcoming Architecture Career Fair on 2/13/2012

View the flyer below for dates and times. See you there!


1/11/12 Lee III - The wait is over!

The packing boxes are being recycled; Faculty and staff are settled in their offices; And most importantly, graduate architecture students are in their new studios in Lee III. These photos by professor Annemarie Jacques capture our new home beautifully:

Lee 3 Building

From the old grad tower, now the PhD studio.

Lee 3 Building

Interior mezzanine with tree structures, reminescent of FLW's Johnson Wax.

Lee 3 Building

Seen from the Sonoco Packaging Science building.

11/10/2011 Lee 3 Construction Update

Recent construction photographs from the Lee 3 addition:

10/21/2011 Information Session for
Off-Campus Programs/Fluid Campus

The Off-Campus Programs/Fluid Campus information session for potential applicants will be held at 2:30pm in 111 Lee on Monday 24 October. The presentation will be for students interested in off-campus opportunities and faculty interested in knowing about the current programs. The Resident Professor/Directors of the programs, (Barcelona, Charleston, and Genoa) will speak about their programs; the College of AAH Director of Off-Campus Programs will speak about the application process and timing, program fees and other similar items. There will be time for questions.

10/20/2011 Notice: NAAB Accreditation Visit to Clemson's School of Architecture

PURPOSE: Accreditation is a process of external quality review used to scrutinize programs for quality assurance and quality improvement. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) process is intended to verify that each accredited program substantially meets those standards that, as a whole, comprise an appropriate education for an architect.

Events for Students:

  • Mon 10/24, 1:25-2:30, Lee 111 - School-wide entrance meeting with students only
  • Tue 10/25, 12:00-1:30 - Team lunch with invited student representatives
  • Wed 10/26, 10:15-11:15, Lee 111 - School-wide exit meeting with administration, faculty, staff & students.

Events for Faculty:

  • Sun 10/23, 5:30-7:00, Lee Courtyard - Reception with faculty, administrators, alumnae and local practitioners.
  • Mon 10/24, 11:15-12:15, Lee I-250 - Entrance meeting with faculty only.
  • Tue 10/25, 1:30-2:30, Lee I-250 - Meeting with faculty and staff only.
  • Wed 10/26, 10:15-11:15, Lee 111 - School-wide exit meeting with administration, faculty, staff & students.

Visiting Team Members:

  • Dennis Patten, AIA, (Team Chair), representing NCARB; P.C. Architects, Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah; University of Utah and Southern Utah University
  • Michael J. Buono, AIA, LEED AP, representing ACSA; Professor and Director, Hammons School of Architecture, Drury University, Springfield, MO; M.Arch and Urban Design, Washington University; B.Arch, Pratt Institute
  • Jane Frederick, AIA, LEED AP, non-voting member; Frederick + Frederick Architects, Beaufort, SC; B.Arch, Auburn University
  • Brian H. Griggs, AIA, representing AIA; Parkhill, Smoth & Cooper, Inc. (PSC), Lubbock Texas; M.Arch, MBA, BS Arch, Texas Tech University
  • Michelle A. Morehead, AIAS, representing AIAS; M.Arch student, University of Nebraska, Lincoln (May 2012); BSD, Architecture, University of Nebraska

For more information about NAAB, visit our accreditation page.

7/11/2011 Lee 3 Construction Update

Here are some of the latest construction photographs from the Lee 3 addition:

3/28/2011 New Summer Class Offerings

What's more fun than laying by the pool all summer? The faculty have been debating this question rigorously, and have arrived at the following unanimous conclusion. The best options for summertime entertainment and education can be found in our summer class offerings!

Summer Design Build Flyer ARCH 355/855 - Community 1:1, StudioSOUTH design+build

Open to Architecture majors, graduate or undergraduate. First Summer Session: May 18-June 24.

Through sustainable design+build initiatives, this studio (6 credit hours) will engage in full-scale design projects that are community-based in nature and will offer opportunities in field research, studio design problems/documentation and design+build realization. Projects will have a strong focus on the connectivity and accessibility of sinuous public space while exploring how design and planning can improve the interface between the built environment, natural environment, and the human experience.

Structures II models ARCH 871, Structures II

Open to Architecture graduate students. First Summer Session: May 18 - June 24.

Structures II is a required seminar counting for 3 credit hours for graduate students at the Clemson University School of Architecture. This semester long course will be delivered online three times a week for 75 minutes. The course addresses advanced topics in structures, from structural analysis and dimensioning to evaluation of the static behavior, structural design and integration of structural systems into architectural design. Reading assignments accompany lectures and exercises, weekly homework, exams and a project will be assigned and finished during the semester.

NYC Summer Studio flyer ARCH 351/850, NYC Summer Studio

Open to Architecture majors, graduate or undergraduate. June 20 - July 29.

Live in New York City for 6 weeks. This studio (6 credit hours) is focused on an intense exploration of a unique and diverse cultural environment; how it has been and continues to be shaped by its architecture. Projects will explore the culture and micro-cultures of this unique environment, its history of development, emergence of architectural precedent and trend, toward proposals of a new generation of hybrid building typology/information interface.

3/11/2011 Lecture Series: Eric Goldemberg

On Friday, March 11th, Eric Goldemberg of MONAD Studio, will present "Pulsation in Architecture" as the second lecture in the Kirk & Margaret Craig/CAF Lecture Series entitled "Un-built Iterations."

Rendering by Monad Studio, Eric Goldemberg

Eric Goldemberg is an architect, with a professional degree from the University of Buenos Aires and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, New York. He started his academic career teaching at the University of Buenos Aires, proceeding to teach graduate studios at Columbia University and undergraduate studios at Pratt Institute, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and New York Institute of Technology. He has lectured nationally and internationally in several institutions such as the IAAC – Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, in Barcelona. He worked for Peter Eisenman as Senior Designer for the City of Culture of Galicia, Spain as well as heading design teams in several competitions. He was also Project Architect for Asymptote Architecture (Hani Rashid & Lise Anne Couture), on projects in Malaysia, the Netherlands and for the project of the Guggenheim Museum in Guadalajara, Mexico. He has also collaborated with Clorindo Testa in Buenos Aires.

Professor Goldemberg is the author of the forthcoming book "Pulsation in Architecture" (J. Ross Publishing, 2011), a survey of an emerging contemporary design sensibility, focusing on practices that make extensive use of the fundamental animate capacity of digital design to unveil the expressive qualities of space via rhythmic effects and phenomena of periodicity. He is also the recipient of a Wolfsonian Infusion Grant - supported by funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation- to research and organize "Digital Nouveau 1910-2010", an exhibition that will highlight the shifting terrain of craft and ornament, as it has evolved from the 1900s to the present.

Eric Goldemberg is a founding Partner of MONAD Studio, a design research practice that takes advantage of cutting-edge 3D computer technology, digital design and fabrication techniques for a variety of architectural scales, ranging from urban strategies to product design. The architecture of MONAD aims at "pulsation", a fundamental animate capacity of living forms. Pulsation thrives on hyper-charged, syncopated rhythms and sexual drive. It operates via smooth aggregation of discrete, articulated components and de-aggregation of luscious bodies in friction, unzipping seams and foraging into spatial crevices. The partners of MONAD Studio – Eric Goldemberg + Veronica Zalcberg – define a practice that takes advantage of cutting-edge 3D computer technology, design techniques and digital fabrication (CAD/CAM) for a range of scales, from urban strategies and landscape infrastructure to architecture, installations and product design.

The work of MONAD Studio has been published in World Architecture (China), I4Design (Chicago), Future Arquitecturas (Spain), New York Times, Miami Herald, Florida InsideOut, Design Book Magazine, Summa+ (Argentina), La Nacion (Argentina), PP@PD (Penn School of Design), Evolo Magazine, Abstract (Columbia University), In Process (Pratt Institute), among other architecture journals. MONAD Studio has also been nominated by Terence Riley and chosen as one of the 5 finalists of the 2008 edition of YAP (Young Architecture Competition) for PS1-MoMA, being their project exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. MONAD's entry was also exhibited in New York at the PS-1 Contemporary Art Center – YAP 10th Anniversary show. The firm also received a Bronze Medal Award at the 2007 Miami Biennial in the category of non-built projects, for their entry of the Performing Arts Center project in Kristiansand, Norway. Their web site,, is under construction.

2/15/2011 Globalization Lecture Series: Chengzhi Lu

WWCOT event flyer

Chengzhi Lu, president of WWCOT-China and the Shanghai office of The DLR Group, one of the largest US architecture firms, and sponsor of Clemson School of Architecture's Shanghai Fellowship, will present "Economic Development, Chinese Architecture and International Influence" on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 3:30-5:00pm, in Lee Hall, room 100. The lecture is part of Clemson's Globalization Lecture Series and co-hosted by the Center for China Studies and the School of Architecture. For more information, please contact Dr. Xiaobo Hu or Dr. Peter Laurence.

2/14/2011 Invitation to Architecture Career Fair

Architecture Career Fair Flyer

Time/Location: Wednesday, March 30, from 1:00pm-5:00pm, at the Hendrix Student Center, Clemson University, Clemson, SC.


Students: This is a great chance to meet future employers and contacts inside professional architecture firms. Get your portfolio in order now.

Firms/Employers: We welcome all firms and businesses interested in supporting the career development of the students and soon-to-be graduates of one of the nation's top 20 Architecture programs. Support the next generation of architects; give back to your professional roots; and meet the brightest crop of young architects.

Thanks to: Student Co-Chairs of the Clemson Architecture Career Fair: Shannon Calloway, GASP; Stephen Parker, AIAS; Sara Cheikelard, AIAS; Clair Dias, AIAS; Rob Silance, Associate Professor, Career Fair Faculty Advisor; Kate Schwennsen, FAIA, Professor and Chair; Michelle McLane, Student Services Program Coordinator; Deb Herman, Director of Employer Relations and Recruiting; with support from AIA South Carolina

1/28/2011 NYC Summer Studio 2011

NYC Summer Studio flyer

Live in New York City for a summer and get studio credit at the same time!

  • 6 credit design studio (vertical studio: undergraduate and graduate)
  • 6 week program
  • Possibility to graduate early or take a semester off

There will be a general interest meeting on Monday, Jan 31, at 12:30pm in Lee 257.

1/20/2011 Lecture Series: Ronnie Parsons and Gil Akos

On Monday, January 24th, Ronnie Parsons and Gil Akos of Studio Mode will present 'Material Intelligence' as the first lecture in the Kirk & Margaret Craig/CAF Lecture Series entitled 'Un-built Iterations.'

Studio Mode Lecture flyer

Studio Mode/modeLab is a Brooklyn-based design studio and research collective founded by Ronnie Parsons and Gil Akos. As a studio committed to design as a form of applied research, Mode engages in practices that have a requisite and deep connection to material and the processes by which it is formed and informed. While they are interested in intense iterative design processes, they believe the evolution and contextualization of these procedures in a broader social and cultural domain is both our primary objective and the means for embedding interest and significance into design.

Ronnie holds both a Bachelor and a Master of Science in Architecture and has studied abroad at The Architectural Association, London, The Institute for Experimental Architecture, Innsbruck, and The University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Ronnie has taught at Stevens Institute of Technology as well as the Pratt Institute and has assisted in design studios at Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture and Princeton University School of Architecture.

Gil holds both a Master's of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University and a Master's of Architecture from the University of Kansas. Gil has taught at the Product Architecture Lab, Stevens Institute of Technology and Pratt Institute and assisted in design studios at Columbia University and Princeton University. Studio Mode offers a wide range of design and consultation services capable of addressing projects of a diverse complexity and scale. Mode has an array of clients that include internationally recognized design offices as well as leading academic institutions.

The lecture is at 1:30pm in Lee 111 (large auditorium) on 1/24/2011. Visit the Studio Mode web site for a glimpse into the exciting work they are doing.

1/13/2011 Graduate Student wins 2nd place in AIAS/Kawneer "School of Tomorrow" Competition

Nate Boykin, graduate student in architecture from Sumter, SC, has won second place in the international School of Tomorrow Student Design Competition for his entry "FORMative Interaction." The competition included more than 200 submissions from around the US, Canada, and overseas and was sponsored by the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and Kawneer North America.

Nate Boykin archictural rendering

"Submissions were evaluated based on their originality and appropriate use of Kawneer architectural aluminum building products, and implementation of sustainable and universal accessibility design principles for development of both building and site," according to Yuriy Napelenok of the AIAS.

First, second and third place cash prizes were awarded, along with three honorable mentions. All award-winning designs will be displayed at the AIAS Forum 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona in December and featured at the 2011 AIA Convention and Design Exposition in New Orleans in May. Winning entries will also be published in the spring 2011 issue of Crit: Journal of the AIAS.

Boykin developed the project in fall 2010 as part of a second-year architectural design studio, under the direction of Dr. Peter Laurence, graduate director and assistant professor of architecture at Clemson.

"Design competitions are an excellent way for our students to test their skills and talents against their peers around the country and around the world, and our students have made us all proud by winning a number of high profile competitions in recent years." Laurence said.

The AIAS is an independent, student-run organization that serves as the official voice of architecture students in North America. Kawneer North America offers architectural aluminum building products and systems for the commercial construction industry.

1/4/2011 Lee Hall Expansion Project Underway and On Schedule

Lee Hall construction photo

Construction on "Lee III," which will be the new home of Clemson School of Architecture's Graduate Program and administrative and faculty offices, is proceeding on schedule. Much of the site, subterranean, and foundation work has been completed, and erection of the steel frame, with its canonical tree columns, is on-going. In the fall semester, Clemson students had the opportunity to take regular IDP-qualified site visits. Students will return in January, when site tours will resume, to see much of the structure of the 55,000 square foot building completed. Construction is anticipated to be completed at the end of 2011 for occupancy in the Spring 2012 semester. View progress on the live webcam here.

12/13/2010 Clemson's M.Arch. program ranked in Top 20 nationally and President Barker named to top educator list

Design Intelligence cover

Clemson University was named a top 20 graduate architecture program in the country for the fourth year in a row by DesignIntelligence. The rankings were released Nov. 1, 2010. DesignIntelligence publishes the only national college rankings focused exclusively on design. Rankings are based on survey responses from 220 private practice firms and other organizations that hire architects, landscape architects, interior designers, and/or industrial designers.

The graduate architecture program is tied for 20th among all U.S. graduate architecture programs; is 9th among all graduate architecture programs in public universities; and is 3rd among all graduate architecture programs, public or private, in the southeast region of the U.S.

DesignIntelligence annually lists the 25 "most admired" design educators from across the country. James F. Barker, FAIA, Clemson University President, former Dean of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities, professor of architecture and alumnus, is on the list for 2011. Read the full story here.

Architecture has been taught at Clemson University since 1913. This fall, the School of Architecture, with programs in Clemson and Charleston, SC, Barcelona, Spain, and Genoa, Italy is home to 109 graduate students, 266 undergraduate students, and 36 faculty and staff.

11/19/2010 Lecture: Winka Dubbeldam

Winka Dubbeldam

Winka Dubbeldam is the principal of Archi-Tectonics NY, founded in 1994 and Archi-Tectonics NL, founded in 1997. Archi-Tectonics recently opened its offices in Shanghai [2008]. Dubbeldam is a graduate of the Academy of Architecture in Rotterdam [1990], and received a Degree in Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, NYC in 1992. She has lectured extensively and taught at the Masters Programs of Columbia University, NYC and Harvard University, Cambridge and currently holds the position of Director of the PP@PD, the Post-Professional Program at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. She has also served as juror in design competitions among which the AIA and the Architecture League, NY, as well as in a multiplicity of reviews at International Architecture Schools. Winka is also an external examiner at the Architectural Association, London

Archi-Tectonics has been featured in a multiplicity of International professional journals, and in the two monographs "Winka Dubbeldam Architect" by 010 publishers [1996], and "AT-INdex" [2007] by Princeton press, NY.

Winka Dubbeldam architectural rendering

Philosophy and Design Concepts: Archi-Tectonics is a team of highly qualified architects. The studio operates like a laboratory: a philosophy based upon combining the theoretical with the pragmatic, research with construction. The team spirit expresses itself in an aim to re-think, re-investigate and re-interpret all project details. We analyze and research programmatic efficiencies, urban specificities, and material innovations, and are interested in the use of hybrid materials and smart building systems. We emphasize communication and input with our clients to enrich the project, and assemble a team of acknowledged consultants and engineers to provide full expertise. The use of digital project management and parametric software facilitates FTF [file to factory] manufacturing, thus not only increasing efficiency and communication in the construction team, but even more ; construct surprising and innovative structures.

The lecture is on Friday, Nov 19th, at 1:30pm, in Lee 111 (large auditorium).

10/22/2010 Lecture: Craig Dykers of Snøhetta

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Craig Dykers is - together with Kjetil Thorsen - founding Partner of the Norwegian Firm Snøhetta, which jumped into International Stardom with the building of the Alexandria Library in Egypt, project awarded in 1989 and finally completed in 2000. Later on, Snøhetta continued cultivating its interdisciplinary approach and sophisticated design image in projects such as the Peter Dass Museum and the Karmøy Fishing Museum in Norway; being more recently awarded the Mies Van der Rohe European Architecture Prize with their Project for the Oslo Opera, in 2009. With offices in Oslo and New York, Snøhetta is soon to complete in 2011 the September 911 Museum and Memorial in New York, has been recently awarded the Project for the extension of SF MOMA in San Francisco, and the reconstruction of public space in and around Times Square, in New York City.

Photocredit: Armando Montilla

Dykers was special Guest Critic Reviewer Friday Oct. 22, 2010, to the Clemson University School of Architecture Graduate Studio conducted by Professors Ulrike Heine, Bernhard Sill and Dan Harding. ARCH 893 Synthesis Studio is working this Fall under the topic of the expansion of Greenville/Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) An overview of in-progress projects and a group discussion with Craig Dykers took place, following his Lecture in Lee Hall

10/1/2010 Greenville welcomes Jeanne Gang, FAIA

Invitation flyer for Jeanne Gang event

You are invited to the inaugural event for Women in Architecture, SC Upstate. Jeanne Gang, FAIA, president and founder of Studio Gand Architects, and designer of Greenville's future Reedy Square and Blue Wall Center, will speak. Register for the event at

09/21/2010 Upcoming Faculty Workshop: Teaching Sustainability Across the Disciplines


Sustainability deals with the satisfaction of many human needs and preferences across multiple generations, challenging us with the critical questions: What will we leave to our children? What will our children be able to leave to their children? As the answers profoundly affect our future cultural, economic, and physical survival, sustainability is a topic deserving of curricular attention. This multidisciplinary workshop will help you integrate this topic into your teaching. It aims to:

  • Familiarize you with the concept of sustainability--what it is and what it isn't, and why it is so important;
  • Suggest fundamental sustainability principles to incorporate into your teaching;
  • Provide examples of methods and activities for teaching sustainability;
  • Help you develop an individual plan to integrate sustainability into your courses; and
  • Introduce you to possible cross-disciplinary collaboration opportunities.

You will leave this workshop having examined, developed, and shared ways to incorporate appropriate sustainability topics into your teaching.

The workshop will be held Friday, October 8, from 1:30-3:30pm in 112 Brackett Hall, and is facilitated by Clemson Professors Leidy E. Klotz, Civil Engineering; Allen Thompson, Philosophy; John Mittelstaedt, Marketing; and Ulrike Heine, Architecture.

09/15/2010 Lecture: Nobuaki Furuya of NASCA Studio, Tokyo

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Born in Tokyo in 1955, Nobuaki Furuya graduated from the Waseda University, Department of Architecture in 1978 while gaining his Master in Architecture at the Graduate School of Waseda in 1980. Furuya first gained architectural experience at the Swiss studio of Mario Botta in 1986 as part of a Japanese Overseas study program. He established Studio NASCA in 1999 with Sachiko Yagi. A Professor of Architecture at Waseda University, and Vice President of the Japan Institute of Architects, he has won many awards for his architectural work, as well as his published work.

The lecture is at 3:30pm on 9/15 in the large auditorium in Lee Hall.

09/09/2010 Clemson architecture students propose strategies for EPA 'superfund' site

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NEW YORK — For six weeks this summer, seventeen Clemson School of Architecture students studied in New York City with Assistant Professor Dave Lee. The program offered an opportunity for students to gain a unique cultural experience and work on current proposals for an environmentally sensitive area of the city.

The project examined a post-industrial waterfront area of Brooklyn named the Gowanus Canal that has recently been deemed so polluted that it has been listed on the EPA's list of 'Superfund' sites. Students worked with members of the Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation (GCCDC), representatives from the NYC Department of Planning, and other local officials to investigate the area and make a proposal for sustainable economic and environmental development.

On October 02, Prof. Lee and several students from the class will unveil a kiosk designed and built for the GCCDC as part of an event title 'NEW New York' in Brooklyn, NY.

09/08/2010 Professor merges architectural and theatrical communication at Architecture Biennale

architecture theatre production

Visiting Professor Marc Kirschbaum has participated in the 12th Architecture Biennale in Venice / Italy. On August 28, 2010, he performed the play reading "Die Freiheit der Sehnsucht" (The freedom of longing), and picked up the overall theme "longing" of the German pavilion.

By presenting architecture in a theatre-like context, Kirschbaum entered a new and innovative realm of architectural communication. With the play reading, an aspect of humane longing has been described: the wishful thinking of mankind, longing for a harmony of nature, architecture and life that has been articulated since antiquity. The play reading consists of prologue, 5 acts of different historic contexts and an epilogue. In the screenplay, conceived by Kirschbaum and his colleague Andreas Denk, e.g. texts of Marc-Antoine Laugier, Henry David Thoreau, Jane Jacobs, Peter Sloterdijk, Anne Lacaton & Jean-Philippe Vassal and James Corner have been performed.

While Dr. Kirschbaum and Denk framed the play in introducing the respective context, three actors performed the positions of different architects.

Fur further information and photos see:


08/26/2010 Students place 3rd in d3 Natural Systems 2010

Jason Butz boards

A team of Clemson University architecture students - Jason Butz, Frank D'Andrea, and Carla Landa - placed third in the d3 Natural Systems International Architectural Design Competition 2010 for their RECIPROCITY project in Martha Skinner's 4th year undergraduate studio, Ecological Cities.

The competition invited architects, designers, engineers, and students to collectively explore the potential of analyzing, documenting, and deploying nature-based influences in architecture, interiors, and designed objects. The competition called for innovative proposals that advance sustainable thought and performance through the study of intrinsic environmental geometries, behaviors, and flows. By identifying, examining, and applying their structural order on form and function, bottom-up, performance-based solutions for limitless building typologies, functional programs, and material conditions may be realized.

Congratulations to Jason, Frank, and Carla, as this is their second win with the same project! In January, they won first place in the SELF-SUFFICIENT Cities Competition (see news article from 01/21/10).

07/07/2010 Students place first in ACSA/AISC competition

Jason Butz board

Congratulations to 4th year architecture students Will Allport, Nick Barrett, and Jason Butz, and their studio professor, Dan Harding. Their design, "Subconscious Suspension," was awarded First Place in the 2009-2010 ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition – Re-ligare Institute (Category I), Student Design Competition.

The award consists of a cash prize of $2500 for the students and a $1000 prize awarded to their Faculty Sponsor. There were 291 design submissions and the jurors chose First and Second Prizes along with five Honorable Mentions to be awarded; that is a 2% acceptance rate.

The Category I jury consisted of Julio Bermudez, University of Utah; Ana De Brea, Ball State University; & David Eckmann, Magnusson Klemencic Associates.

06/01/2010 Professor receives awards for Delirious New Orleans

Delirious New Orleans book cover

ACSA Distinguished Professor Stephen Verderber's book Delirious New Orleans: Manifesto for an Extraordinary American City, (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2009) received two awards recently. The Vernacular Architecture Forum (VAF) presented Verderber with the Abbott Lowell Cummings Award for 2010, at their annual conferennce in Washington, DC. He also received a 2010 PROSE Award from the American Association of Publishers. His fifth book, Innovations in Hospital Architecture (London: Routledge, 2010) was released in late February.

05/19/2010 Schwennsen chosen as new chair

Katherine L. Schwennsen, FAIA, has been chosen to chair Clemson University's School of Architecture. Schwennsen joins the university from Iowa State University, where she has served as associate dean for academic programs in the College of Design and is a professor in the department of architecture. She will begin her duties at Clemson on Aug. 15.

Kate Schwennsen

"I am delighted that an educator and practitioner of Kate Schwennsen's stature has chosen to align herself with the tremendous tradition and even greater aspirations of Clemson's School of Architecture," said Clifton S.M. Egan, dean of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities. "With the recent groundbreaking for the renovation, restoration and expansion of Lee Hall, professor Schwennsen's arrival couldn't be more opportune."

Schwennsen is an architectural leader of international stature and a fellow in the American Institute of Architects.

"My scholarship, teaching and professional efforts have been directed at changing the 'who, what and how' of 21st century architectural practice — making the 'who' more inclusive and diverse, the 'what' more sustainable and focused on the public good and the 'how' more collaborative and knowledge-based," she said.

"I see this appointment as a terrific opportunity to help what is already a remarkable school become even better. I am honored to have been chosen and look forward to becoming a member of the dynamic and determined academic team of faculty, students, staff, alumni and administrators that so impressed me during the search process."

Schwennsen received her Master of Architecture degree from Iowa State. She has published and lectured widely and has held leadership positions in international, national, regional and state professional, civic and regulatory organizations. In 2006, Schwennsen was the 82nd president of the American Institute of Architects. She was the second woman and second educator to serve as the elected leader of the then-149-year-old, 80,000-member organization. Her voice on diversity, sustainability and design practice in a global climate has been heard globally.


04/23/2010 Lee Hall expansion breaks ground

Clemson University broke ground Friday on a $31 million project to expand and renovate Rudolph E. Lee Hall, home of the university's design, build and visual arts disciplines. The bulk of the project money will go to new construction, with the balance to renovate older parts of Lee Hall, including the original section constructed in 1958.

Lee III rendering

The 55,000-square-foot new building will stand at the south end of the existing structure, where its footprint is intended to be light, even as it speaks loudly of design and innovation.

"We want a building that has some highly sustainable concepts in the design and a building that can teach students how a building comes together, how it exists in an environment and how it can even give back to an environment," said Brad Smith of McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, lead architects for the project.

The university president says that's important for a building that houses Clemson's graduate and undergraduate programs in architecture; art; city and regional planning; construction science and management; landscape architecture; real estate development; and a doctoral program in planning, design and the built environment.

"We are now poised to realize fully the vision of Lee Hall as 'the building that teaches,'" Clemson President James F. Barker said. "In it, students will learn from their teachers, from each other and from the building itself, because the new Lee Hall will be a model of sustainable design for the 21st century. We are fortunate that the renovation and restoration portion of this project qualified for federal stimulus support. This funding allowed us to get under way despite a weak economy and state funding cuts."

The plan to expand, renovate and restore Lee Hall is funded by federal money and private support.

McMillan Pazdan Smith is working in association with Thomas Phifer and Partners of New York with Tom Phifer serving as the design architect. Phifer earned his bachelor's degree from Clemson in 1975 and his master's in 1977.

"We live in an extraordinary time now when we can begin to think about making a building that fosters a progressive approach to learning," Phifer said. "It is my hope that this building will inspire students to work collaboratively in an open and welcoming environment, not only one to another but to the broader Clemson campus. Likewise, the sustainability strategies will not only connect the building to its place but it will put students in touch with nature; the movement of the sun, the feeling of natural ventilation and the sound of the rain. It has been an honor to work on the college that meant so much to my development as an architect."

The design calls for a simple interior that takes advantage of natural light. It employs a geothermal system integrated with radiant heating and cooling in the floors. Not in the budget for now but part of the long-term plan is a green roof on the new addition, complete with live foliage and photovoltaic panels on the existing buildings. If all of these measures can be put in place, the building actually may create energy for the power grid, a zero-net energy building.

"It will be a 'zero-net-ready' building. It will use very little energy and possibly will give energy back to the grid," said Smith, a 1982 graduate of Clemson's architecture program and 1983 graduate of the construction science and management program. "It's an honor to work for the university I graduated from and work on a building that is part of the architecture program and to have clients that are people I knew as professors. I've been involved in a lot of things at Clemson, but this really feels like giving back."

Smith said he believes the new Lee Hall building will be one other universities look to when undertaking future building plans.

"I think it will guide other universities. This is a pioneering building," Smith said.

The Lee Hall project — the only major building project not halted by the recent economic downturn — is slated for completion by fall 2011. Holder Construction Co. of Atlanta is the construction manager. The firm specializes in work on college and university campuses.

Lee Hall is named for Rudolph E. Lee, the first head of architecture at Clemson. The original building was designed by Harlan McClure, Clemson's first dean of architecture and a nationally recognized figure in architectural education. Those who studied under and after McClure credit his Lee Hall design for bringing contemporary architecture to South Carolina and the region, and for cultivating generations of influential architects.

03/31/2010 Studio South design+build unit receives award to build architectural folly at Cameron Art Museum

Studio South design build project

Associate Professor Dan Harding and members of the Studio South design+build unit were presented with an award, through a juired submission process, to build "Haint BLUE", an architectural folly on the grounds of the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC. The project will remain constructed until mid-summer. For more information, visit

03/12/2010 Congratulations to Clemson University School of Architecture's first WWCOT-Shanghai Interns, William Childress and Lindsay Woods


Dear Students and Faculty,

Please join me in congratulating William Childress and Lindsay Woods, who were selected last week as the inaugural WWCOT-Shanghai Clemson University School of Architecture interns. Two weeks ago, WWCOT-Shanghai president Harry Lu, and his colleagues Forrest Lynn, director of architecture, and JingWen Chen, director of planning, interviewed a slate of applicants, and selected Mr. Childress and Ms. Woods. They were impressed with the portfolios and professionalism of all of the applicants, and look forward to an ongoing and long-term relationship with the School of Architecture.

Following its recent merger with DLR Group, WWCOT is now part of one of the largest US architecture firms, with over 500 employees in 19 offices including Shanghai. DLR Group was recently ranked #8 among US architecture firms for a combination of revenue, sustainable design practices, and design awards. The Shanghai office, WWCOT's crown jewel, was an important factor in the merger, expanding DLR Group's presence into China.

For our interns and Clemson University School of Architecture, this is also a tremendous opportunity. It is a first step toward expanding the school's "fluid campus" beyond the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Shanghai, located on the Pacific coast, is not only the largest city in China, but, with a population of nearly 14 million, the largest city in the world. A city of historic architecture and some of the world's tallest skyscrapers, it is also increasingly a global capital for design. Ms. Woods and Mr. Childress, who will be in Shanghai this summer, will be fortunate to experience the Shanghai World Expo, which will feature new works by prominent architects from around the world. We look forward to hearing about their experiences and seeing lots of photographs in the fall!

Lastly, we extend our thanks not only to Mr. Lu and WWCOT, but to Dr. Xiaobo Hu, director of the Clemson University Center for China Studies, who has made this opportunity possible for our students and the School of Architecture.

Dr. Peter Laurence, Assoc. AIA
Graduate Director
Clemson University School of Architecture

02/20/2010 Assistant Professor Peter Laurence awarded Doctor of Philosophy

Jane Jacobs and friends

Assistant Professor Peter Laurence was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania following completion of studies in history and theory in Penn Design School's Ph.D. Program in Architecture. He is now preparing his dissertation, "Jane Jacobs, American Architectural Criticism and Urban Design Theory, 1935-65," for publication. Dr. Laurence was also recently appointed Director of Graduate Studies, where one of his first initiatives is establishing a new off-campus opportunity in Shanghai, expanding Clemson's "fluid campus," which includes study centers in Charleston, Barcelona, and Genoa.


01/22/2010 Student team wins 1st and 2nd prize in Air Force Village Chapel Design Competition

award winning project boards

We are happy to let you know that Clemson University Architecture graduate students Jonathan Keaffaber and Jonathan Edens won the 1st prize, and Amy Leong and Natalie Shovlin of our Comprehensive Studio won the 2nd prize in the recent nation-wide Air Force Village Chapel Design Competition held under the sponsorship of the American Institute of Architects. The competition had a total of 92 professionals and 33 student entries.

This competition challenged entrants to design an inter-faith spiritual center for Air Force Village, a continuing care retirement community dedicated to former military personnel. The site for the competition was located on the outskirts of San Antonio, Texas. The new chapel was supposed to inspire parishioners and create a significant architectural landmark on the campus for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike.

Thanks to the other teams in the studio which contributed to a lively exchange of ideas and thanks to the visiting critics and colleagues that gave valuable support and criticism to the studio project: Vincent Blouin, Jose Caban, Henrique Houayek, Marc Kirschbaum, Lauren Mitchell and Armando Montilla.

List of competition Jury: Major General M. Gary Alkire, USAF Retired | President and CEO, Air Force Village; Deborah Berke, FAIA, LEED AP | Principal, Deborah Berke Architects; Craig W. Hartman, FAIA | Design Partner, SOM San Francisco; Chaplain William H. Jacobs | Head Chaplain, Air Force Village; Carlos Jimenez | Principal, Carolos Jimenez Studio

01/21/2010 SEED is mobilizing to help in Haiti

Seed project rendering

We have all been touched with the situation there in Haiti. Clemson Architecture students in Martha Skinner's studio started a The Haiti Response Initiative, a facebook group, right away to share the efforts, large and small, the diaries, the events and initiatives that evolved so quickly worldwide and to reflect and discuss what our role could be in this situation. The group decided to mobilize the SEED project that Doug Hecker, Pernille Christensen, Martha Skinner and our Architecture and Landscape architecture students started last year.

As each day passes we feel more urgency and also more support to make it happen. After many press inquiries, interviews and many phone calls and emails of people worldwide offering their expertise and help in the last few days we are feeling the support we need to do this.

The students, while saddened by the situation are excited to have a role in helping out and in being part of this significant project. They started a fundraising effort, which includes initially working with the Clemson family. We have started this with a cause called Help SEED help Haiti so that there was an immediate place for people to donate.

The project has been awarded an Environmental Protection Agency P3 grant (People, Prosperity and the Planet) to make the container part of the 2010 National Sustainable Design Expo on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in April. The research team plans to build a prototype in the Caribbean in the next year.

01/21/2010 Student team is finalist in SELF-SUFFICIENT Cities Competition

A team of Clemson University architecture students - Jason Butz, Frank D'Andrea, and Carla Landa - was one of six finalists in the SELF-SUFFICIENT CITY Competition for their RECIPROCITY project in Martha Skinner's 4th year undergraduate studio, Ecological Cities.

Jason Butz boards

Their project was one of six projects selected from a huge pool of entries. The international competition, which was sponsored by The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Barcelona and supported by the Spanish Ministry of Housing, the Generalitat de Catalunya, Barcelona City Council, and the publishing house Actar, invited architects, planners, designers, and artists to participate drawing 708 entries from 116 countries by a distinguished jury of architects, mayors and directors of institutions worldwide. It is impressive that this group of students was selected amongst this group!

The competition asked for the City of the 21st Century to be envisioned with proposals that would address emerging challenges of our environment. The studio framed this call through an ecological approach. The students were encouraged to find deficiencies in our built environment to be addressed and put in balance. Their project RECIPROCITY proposed a solution to the waste problem of our cities by changing it from a linear system to a cyclical system and from something negative to something productive. With an infrastructure of work/move/live pods, urban waste is harvested into materials for urban reuse.

Thanks also to the other project's in the studio which contributed to a lively exchange of visionary ideas which included PorousCITY (Bailey Whisler, Jared Moore, John Oxenfeld), LuminOcity (Chris Newell), and go the {park} way (Elissa Bostain, Matthew Brown, Adam Wilson) and to the visiting critics and colleagues that gave valuable support and criticism to the studio project: Dan Harding, Ulrike Heine, Lauren Mitchell, David Allison and Armando Montilla. Thanks also to recent alumnus Sarah Moore who also participated in the reviews of the work.