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Advisory Board

James Spencer

Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies, and Pennell Center Director

James Spencer

James H. Spencer is Professor of City & Regional Planning, and Chair of Clemson’s Department of Planning, Development, and Preservation. His current research focuses on international urbanization and planning issues, with a particular focus on water supplies, infrastructure and inequality. His research has been published in the Journal of the American Planning AssociationEnvironment and Planning AJournal of Urban Health, Economic Development Quarterly, and elsewhere. His (2014) book titled Global Urbanization: The Global Urban Ecosystem is a part of the Rowman & Littlefield series on Globalization. His research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the Social Science Research Council, among others.
Email: jhspenc@clemson.edu 


Roger Liska

Professor and Chair, Construction Science Management

Roger Liska

Roger started his 28th year in the department this fall semester. His teaching responsibilities this year include CSM 450 and PDBE 810 in the fall and CSM 861 and PDBE 820 in the spring. He continues to serve as Director of the Center for the Improvement of Construction Management and Processes and coordinates the master’s degree and certificate graduate programs. He also continues to coordinate the department’s internship portfolio requirement.

During the past year, Dr. Liska has been very active as Chair of the American Institute of Constructors Constructor Certification Commission, making presentations to various construction organizations and associations about the growth and value of constructor certification. He also continues to serve on the Board of Trustees of the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) and is their representative to similar accreditation agencies in Canada, China and the United Kingdom. In addition, he is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Women in Construction Education Foundation and is External Examiner to the University of Limerick’s construction education program in Ireland.
Email: riggor@clemson.edu


Mary Padua

Professor and Chair, Landscape Architecture

Mary Padua

Dr. Mary G. Padua, ASLA, RLA, is Chair and Professor at Clemson University’s Department of Landscape Architecture at the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities. She is a design educator, landscape architect and contemporary theorist whose published research focuses on China’s post-Mao designed environments, adaptive urbanism and the meaning of public space. Dr. Padua has been invited to lecture and conduct workshops at universities on four continents. She has over twenty years of professional experience working as landscape architect and urban designer that involved collaborations with Weijen Wang, AIA, Pamela Burton, FASLA and Company, Cesar Pelli & Associates, the late Lawrence Halprin, and the late Charles W. Moore, among others. She maintains MGP Studio, a critically-minded practice focused on selected projects that interrogate culture-based contemporary issues. Additionally, she is a fine art photographer with work held in public and private collections. She holds degrees from University of California, Berkeley, UCLA and Edinburgh College of Art.
Email: mgpadua@clemson.edu 


Kate Schwennsen

Professor and Chair, Architecture

Kate Schwennsen

Kate Schwennsen, FAIA, Professor, is the Chair of the School of Architecture, Clemson University. She is a recognized leader in bridging architectural education and practice, with expertise on issues of design leadership, diversity, and evolving models of practice and education in architecture. Recent publications/presentations include: “Architectural Practice: A Critical View, Revisited”, "You Can't Just Add Women and Stir", "Sustainable Education Sustainable Profession", and "The Architect at Mid- (21st) Century". Kate has held many leadership positions in professional organizations, and is currently the Co-Chair of the Education Commission of the International Union of Architects (UIA), and Co-Reporter for the UNESCO/UIA Validation Council. Schwennsen was 2006 President of the American Institute of Architects, the second woman to serve as the elected leader of this then-149-year-old, 80,000-member organization. She is licensed to practice architecture in Iowa and South Carolina. Professor Schwennsen was formerly Professor of Architecture and Associate Dean (2001-2010) for Academic Programs of the College of Design, Iowa State University. Her contributions to the profession of architecture have been recognized with a number of honors and awards.
Email: kschwen@clemson.edu