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Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston


The Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston (CAC.C)

The Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston (CAC.C) is a community service oriented program structured to bridge academia and practice by teaching in a hybrid environment. It is part of the Clemson Design Center in Charleston.

The CAC.C has been providing a unique urban educational experience for Clemson School of Architecture students for more than 28 years.  The CAC.C is dedicated to bridging academia and practice by teaching in a hybrid environment - a cross between academic and professional modes of work - with a faculty comprised of practicing architects.  Students are offered opportunities for internships (professional experience, academic credit, AXP credit, tuition offsets and compensation) with local architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planning agencies, constructors and nonprofits.

Studios are structured in two tracks, Studio V and Studio U.  The former is a design-build studio, and the latter is a building/community/urban architecture studio.  Both service-learning studios engage directly with community, governmental and private clients that require students to manage practical expectations, issues and demands of a professional practice while gaining significant design experience.  Committed to service-learning, students work on community-based issues and projects and are encouraged to work collaboratively.

Unique from other Fluid Campus programs, students are encouraged to live on the Charleston peninsula to allow them to experience the richness of Charleston's urban life, historic architectural fabric and one of the great "foodie" cities in America.

Students may also take advisor-approved elective courses at the College of Charleston.


The CAC.C is located in the Cigar Factory on East Bay Street. The former cigar and textile manufacturing plant, built in 1881, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The programs in the newly renovated facility will be known as the Clemson Design Center. The Clemson Design Center includes studio space, classrooms, seminar rooms, laboratories, library, multipurpose space, shop spaces, faculty and staff offices.


Since CAC.C students may be permitted to take courses at the College of Charleston, the CAC.C generally follows the College of Charleston academic calendar. See the CAC.C Master Calendar link that is updated each semester.


Our Charleston campus now has coordinated housing options! 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. Our newest housing option will accommodate this with the apartments being located downtown. Nevertheless, finding housing in Charleston requires planning to negotiate your Clemson apartment lease with the timing of your housing in Charleston. Please contact Amanda Tucker at to learn more about availability, options and for any questions.

Tuition and Fees

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.

General Information
Fall 2018 Course Syllabi

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Ray Huff, FAIA
Director, Emeritus Associate Professor
Charleston Architectural Center, 701 East Bay St., Suite 202
Charleston, SC 29403 
Phone: (843) 723-1747
Fax: (843) 723-1847
Cell: (843) 324-8869