Community Outreach and Design: Service-Learning in the Landscape Architecture Studio

Archived Webcast

Clemson Collaborations in Service-Learning Webcast
Thursday, November 17, 2011, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Mary Beth McCubbin directs the a.LINE.ments Studio, winner of the 2010 South Carolina Commission on Higher Education award for service learning. Housed in the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture, a.LINE.ments is a multi-disciplinary program that offers students the opportunity to work on design projects in cities and towns throughout the state of South Carolina. Students have worked with communities to provide masterplans for parks, concepts for downtown streetscapes, recommendations for neighborhood revitalization, and a Safe Routes to School proposal.  It has been a win, win, win endeavor—real-world experiences for students, research opportunities for faculty, and great ideas for communities.

During our presentation we will share with you both the process and products of our studio including many examples of our projects. Two graduate students will also  be  discussing the impact of service-learning on their learning experience.

Link to the a. LINE.ments  Public Service Studio :

Link to videos of recent projects.

Link to download (pdf) presentation

Link to complete online evaluation after the webcast:  Evaluation

Clemson Collaborations in Service-Learning Webcast

Clemson University Collaborations in Service-Learning is sponsored by the Clemson Service Alliance. The Service Alliance promotes the use of community service and service-learning by Clemson faculty in classes with both undergraduate and graduate students in all major disciplinary areas. The Collaborations radio webcasts are an opportunity to hear from some of our Clemson Service Alliance Faculty Fellows, their students, and their community partners about  service-learning projects around the state of S.C., and to learn about the impact of these service-learning projects on the community and on student learning outcomes.  In 2011- 2012, we will be focusing on service –learning classes in five different disciplinary areas: Planning and Landscape Architecture, English, Languages, Teacher Education, and Nursing. Thank you for participating, and we hope that service-learning practitioners in both K- 12 and higher education will find these workshops very helpful in the course development, implementation, and evaluation process.
This program comes to you as a public service of Clemson University. There is no fee, and no registration is required. You may listen to the program and view the supplementary materials using only your computer. You will need to call in if you wish to speak on the live program.



 Or a direct link to the file for a direct download:

Mary Beth McCubbin, ASLA, LEED-AP,  Director of External Projects and founded the a.LINE.ments studio
Elise Herron, MLA
Susannah Horton, MLA

Mary Beth McCubbin Elise Herron Susannah Horton
Mary Beth McCubbin Elise Herron Susannah Horton


Mary Beth McCubbin, ASLA, LEED-AP Mary Beth McCubbin joined the Clemson landscape architecture faculty in the fall of 2005 and was appointed Director of External Projects and founded the a.LINE.ments studio in 2006. The a.LINE.ments studio has been involved with more than forty public service projects throughout South Carolina involving nearly 300 students from a variety of disciplines. For these efforts she was awarded Clemson University’s Service Learning Award and the 2010 South Carolina Commission on Higher Education Service Learning Award. She has taught principles of design, community design, parks and recreation design, site design, and community engagement at Clemson. She holds the degrees BFA, BLA, and MLA all from Penn State University and joined Clemson University from Design Workshop (Vail and Denver offices) where she concentrated on community and resort planning and design.

Elise Herron, MLA Before returning to graduate school, Elise completed her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at Clemson University and worked at a local architecture office and as an interior designer for a construction company. Currently in her final year of the Landscape Architecture Masters program, Elise has worked in the a.LINE.ments Studio for two years. Her interests are primarily focused on community design projects and residential design.  

Susannah Horton, MLA Susannah is in her final year of the Masters in Landscape Architecture program at Clemson. Before returning to graduate school in her home state of South Carolina, she worked in the laboratory for a cancer diagnostic company in Santa Barbara, California.  Susannah has worked in the a.LINE.ments studio over the last year and has been involved in community revitalization and design projects.