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Clemson Collaborations in Service-Learning Archived Webcast

Student Engagement in Community and Economic Development: Learning through Community Partnerships and the Design + Build Process  

Archived Webcast, March 7, 2014

The objective of the Architecture+CommunityBUILD certificate program in Clemson’s graduate School of Architecture is for architecture and architects to expand their impact in society through design that addresses issues of social justice and community sustainability. Architecture+communityBUILD students gain the perspective that community engagement and appropriate design solutions can become a catalyst for positive change.

The Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston (CAC.C), represented by David Pastre, and Clemson's Community Research and Design Center (CRDC) in Clemson, represented by Dan Harding, both have long traditions of involving  students in community design and development projects and make up the Architecture+CommunityBUILD program. The Centers often partner on projects with other departments within Clemson University as well as with experts within the community to take advantage of specialized skills and reinforce an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving. Harry Crissy will be joining the conversation as a recent collaborator with the Charleston program, and an expert in economic sustainability. Mr. Crissy is a Clemson University Regional Community and Economic Development Agent for Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties. The webcast will discuss the work of the Centers across the state and will also focus on the impact design can have on social justice and community sustainability.

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David Pastre Dan Harding Harry Crissy
David Pastre Dan Harding Harry Crissy


David Pastre: In the dozen years since he finished grad school in architecture at Clemson University and moved to Charleston, David Pastre has found some interesting ways to use his architecture skills. At JMO Woodworks, a local shop for fine millwork and cabinetry, he honed his passion for the art and craft of design. His work got noticed, and in 2005, David was offered a teaching position at the Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston. David now heads up the Charleston branch of Architecture+CommunityBUILD, a Clemson program that uses design to address social justice issues through community involved design. David and his students have designed projects for Charleston’s Department of Parks and the Charleston Parks Conservancy, the Charleston Civic Design Center, the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, and are currently working with Clemson's Institute for Economic and Community Development on a prototype processing kitchen co-op for small Community Supported farms.

Dan Harding is an Associate Professor of Architecture Design+Build and the Director of the Community Research and Design Center. Dan received a Master of Architecture from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Architecture from University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has worked in the office of William P. Bruder in Phoenix, Arizona and other design+build studios in the Rocky Mountain west prior to opening his own studio over 10 years ago. Dan is the founding partner and Principal Design Director of Intrinsik Architecture, a full service architecture, planning and design+build office based in Bozeman, Montana. Intrinsik Architecture has been awarded numerous state and national AIA design awards. Harding has previously taught at Montana State University and lectured at other institutions across the country on his professional work and the nature of a design+build practice.

Harry Crissy is the Clemson University Regional Community and Economic Development Agent for Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties.  His work focuses primarily on economic sustainability.  He is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional.  His academic research concentration (two MS degrees) at Penn State University focused on economic sustainability and the consumer’s willingness to pay in the tourism industry.  He also holds Master Certification from Villa Nova University in Applied Project Management. Harry works with communities, individuals, and government bodies to identify strategies conducive to both economic growth and environmental health.  He has worked with rural communities in South Carolina to identify information technology infrastructure (IT) needs and low cost strategies to address these.  These efforts involve identifying the most effective use of the IT capabilities once they are in place.  Some of his recent projects include free computer lab developments in highly distressed neighborhoods, local capacity building, rural participatory planning, and product development.

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 2013-2014, 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.