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Architecture + CommunityBUILD

For decades, Clemson Architecture students have been involved in various community-oriented design-build and service-learning projects. Through community engagement and appropriate design solutions, Architecture + CommunityBUILD (A+CB) students learn how architecture can be a catalyst for positive change. 

This program is designed for M.Arch. and M.S. Arch. students who wish to further their understanding and application of a community centric architecture + process, design + building at full scale, sustainable programming + entrepreneurship, and post project documentation + sustained community impact. True to the University’s mission, the program embodies the spirit of service-learning and student engagement while celebrating family and community living, sustainable environments, leadership and entrepreneurism, and general education.

The A+CB program involves required architectural design studios and required courses that address specific projects and research questions associated with community design, sustainable practices, and full-scale design and building. The certificate requires 18 credit hours of design studios and courses at the Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston (CACC) that can be used to partially fulfill the requirements for the M.Arch. and M.S. Arch. The earned certificate will be acknowledged on the recipient's academic transcript.

Admission to the Architecture + CommunityBUILD certificate program will be granted through a competitive application process based on portfolio, GPA, and personal interview. Admission will also require application to and acceptance of placement for off-campus study in Charleston in semesters 4 and 5 (Spring and Fall).

The courses required to fulfill certificate requirements are the following:


  • ARCH 8520 / A+CB Studio with Prof. David Pastre (6 credits) in CHARLESTON at the CAC.C
  • ARCH 8320 Community 1:1 (3 credits) with Prof. with Prof. David Pastre (3 credits) in CHARLESTON at the CAC.C


  • ARCH 8570 / A+CB Studio with Prof. David Pastre (6 credits) in CHARLESTON at the CAC.C
  • ARCH 6770 Introduction to Craft (ITC) with Prof. David Pastre (3 credits) in CHARLESTON at the CAC.C

Note that these courses will be open to those not enrolled in the certificate program, although space may be limited.

The Latest from A+CB

Community Build Project Blog

Follow The Build Process
Follow along with the design and build process and see past projects on the Architecture + Community Build Blog from the Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston.

CommunityBUILD Video

Architecture + CommunityBUILD: construction opportunities in service-learning through a graduate certificate program
Watch A+CB Professor Dan Harding discuss the activities and operations of the certificate program here at Clemson.

A comprehensive representation of work completed by Clemson University's Architecture + CommunityBUILD studio. The work was completed through a vertical studio of Landscape Architecture and Architecture Students. (Spring 2014).