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School of Architecture

Fluid Campus: Genoa

Charles E. Daniel Center for Building Research and Urban Studies

The first group of students took up residence at the Charles E. Daniel Center for Building Research and Urban Studies (the Villa) in Genoa, Italy, in fall 1973. Since that time, the center has served as a model for off-campus architectural education. The program balances the studio experience with the study of Italian architectural history, contemporary design, urban practices, culture and field sketching.

Clemson Architectural Foundation


Genoa is a seaport city rich in art, music, culinary expertise, architecture and history which allowed it to become the 2004 European Capital of Culture.  Students explore firsthand the nuanced layers of history alongside current revitalization projects in and around the urban environment and port.

The semester is a combination of intense study in the Villa and extensive guided travel to a number of historically and architecturally prominent cities throughout Italy.  In addition, travel takes the group to such cities as Venezia, Vincenza, Firenza, Siena and Rome, and there is ample time for independent travel.  A resident Clemson professor directs the program with assistance from Italia professors who are also practicing architects in the Liguria region of Italy.  Visiting critics and lecturers from throughout Europe come to the center regularly to lecture and critique student work.

Students live, eat and work together in the Villa, which was build in 1899 and contains shared bedrooms, living and dining rooms, a library, studio space and related facilities.  A large garden overlooks the city, harbor and the Mediterranean.

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