Research and public service are ongoing activities in the Department and the College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities. Recent areas of research include sustainability analysis, energy assessment, water resource planning, land use studies, retail market analysis, housing and community development strategies, downtown market studies, geographic information systems, infrastructure and transportation planning, solid waste, environmental problems and health planning. Students often join these projects as research assistants.
Public service projects are carried out on a regular basis in several classes. The Professional Studio class provides all second-year students with the opportunity to work on one or more local planning projects for clients. Students carry out these projects in the same manner as a planning office. This experience, along with the internship and work-study opportunities, provide Clemson graduates with significant real world work experience preparing them for the job market.
The mission of the Clemson University Restoration Institute is to advance knowledge in integrative approaches to the restoration of historic, ecological, and urban infrastructure resources. The institute will drive economic growth through the creation, development, and production of restoration industries and technology, patented advanced materials, cost-effective and environmentally sensitive land development and restoration practices and policies, and the development and renewal of restoration-related professional disciplines and highly trained workforce. Through its design studios and research laboratories at Clemson University and the Low Country of South Carolina, the Institute will provide hands-on research and educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students through internships and industrial fellowships. Clemson will lead a national and international network of academic institutions conducting restoration-related research. Operations are being established in both Clemson and Charleston.