Clemson University

About the CAF

"In 1955, Dean McClure, Bill Lyles, and I were discussing how to start a foundation to help the new architecture program. We each wrote a check for $100 and that $300 got the ball rolling!"

-W.E. (Jack) Freeman, Jr., FAIA, Founding Lifetime Member, Clemson Architectural Foundation

Image of 1956 booklet coverThe Clemson Architectural Foundation was founded in 1956 as an eleemosynary corporation to support and enrich the professional programs in the then College of Architecture. That partnership has grown from one program in 1956 to five in 1993, including a college name change to match the programs supported. These are South Carolina's only programs in architecture, landscape architecture, city and regional planning, and construction science and management, and they join the fine arts in forming a uniquely integrated school of professional studies within the College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities.

Photo of the Villa in GenovaOne of the CAF's most significant accomplishments has been the establishment of the Charles E. Daniel Center for Building Research and Urban Study in Genoa, Italy - in a villa owned and operated by the CAF for the benefit of the College and University. Each semester twenty-two students representing all disciplines in the college study and analyze Italian and European building construction, architecture, planning, landscape architecture, art and history. The lessons learned here by the students are brought back home to apply after graduation to the build environment of South Carolina. Over 1,400 students, faculty, and professionals have been in residence at the Daniel Center since its founding in 1973. Since then, the School of Design + Building has established study programs in Barcelona, Spain and Charleston, South Carolina; both of which the CAF also supports.

Membership in the CAF is an investment in the future of building industry and the arts. Belonging to the CAF provides a marketing advantage with access to the South Carolina building industry network. The students who benefit from CAF programs will later enter the building industry and contribute as professionals, clients, and customers.