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About PDBE


The Ph.D Program in Planning, Design and the Built Environment focuses on preparing the next generation of academics and professions for diverse and complex challenges of an interdisciplinary nature. The program's core disciplines are the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, city and regional planning, construction science and real estate development. The program's theoretical and methodological underpinnings explore emerging issues in the built environment, connecting students with real world case study applications. Graduates of this program are well prepared to address increasingly daunting issues relating to human settlement patterns and the built environment in industry, government and the private sector. The program has strong links with the development and conservation communities within the state and region.

Areas of concentration in the doctoral program draw upon faculty expertise within the college and across the Clemson campus. These areas include:

  • Built Environment + Health
  • Restoration, Sustainability + Land Ecology
  • Regional/Community Development + Design
  • Architectural Design, Technology + Construction Processes

Explore the Ph.D. program website to find out more about these concentrations and the overall degree program.