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The Clemson Design Center in Charleston, the CDC.C, is home to a unique collection of design and preservation programs. 

The CDC.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 recently renovated facility are 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.

Our Charleston campus now has coordinated housing options for all CDC.C Students! Students are encouraged to live on the peninsula, within walking or biking distance of the CDC.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. Please contact Amanda Tucker at to learn more about availability, options and for any questions.

Programs Housed at the CDC.C


The collaborative Clemson University – College of Charleston Master of Science in Historic Preservation offers a two-year course of study that equips students with the knowledge and technical expertise essential for careers in the conservation and management of historic buildings, sites, objects, and landscapes. Utilizing Charleston and the Lowcountry as its principle laboratory, the MSHP program emphasizes community engagement, interdisciplinary collaboration, and research that contributes new knowledge to the development of sustainable preservation strategies, placing students at the intersection of materials science and architectural forensics.



The Master of Resilient Urban Design degree (MRUD) is a 36-credit post-professional degree for graduates and professionals with prior design skills in architecture, landscape architecture, city and regional planning, and other related disciplines. The MRUD prepares individuals to engage complex cultural, market, and government policy forces through sustainable and resilient urban form, as it seeks to envision not only humane and ennobling places now, but to ask “what if” questions about the city and urban system as a whole.


IPAL provides an opportunity to fulfill the requirements for architectural licensure while completing the architectural degree. The Clemson University School of Architecture has been selected by NCARB as one of the accredited programs to participate in this initiative, and has developed a rigorous four and a half year curriculum track that integrates the academic components of architectural study with the internship and examination components requisite to architecture licensure.


For undergraduate and graduate studies in Architecture and Landscape Architecture

The CDC.C also houses the Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston, CAC.C; Architecture + CommunityBUILD studios; and an Architecture + Health studio providing one or two semester options for Clemson’s degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students in Architecture and Landscape Architecture. The programs have a long history of community service, bridging academia and practice by teaching in a hybrid environment. Students are able to participate in an internship/mentorship program with local architects and other organizations.


Prof. Ray Huff, Director of the Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston, is the general information contact for the CAC.C.

Ms. Mimi Rose, CAC.C. administrative coordinator is your other information contact for the CAC.C.

For information about Application, Placement, Housing, Visas and tuition please visit our Fluid Campus program information page