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Clemson Collaborations in Service-Learning Archived Webcast

Using Service-Learning Projects to Provide Students with Interdisciplinary Learning and Community Engagement Experiences

Archived Webcast, May 5, 2016

The Community Research and Design Center (CRDC) in Clemson University’s College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities has become an active hub of interdisciplinary service-learning activity at Clemson, often involving students and faculty from a variety of disciplines in community design-build projects in communities across the state of SC.

Paul Russell and his colleague Dustin Albright from the School of Architecture talk about their community engagement projects with CRDC, giving special focus to an ongoing design project with SC State University in Orangeburg, SC.  Landscape Architecture students Brandon Green and Evan Lawson talk about their participation in the development of a new master plan for the university as part of one of their courses.  

Paul Russell Dustin Albright
Paul Russell Dustin Albright


Paul Russell is an assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Clemson University. Russell's studio teaching explores critical issues of sustainability, culture and landscape architecture and encourages students to explore a range of digital and analogue media as a means for initiating site discovery and developing form generation. His studios are often framed through the lens of interdisciplinary service –learning community design projects. In 2013, Russell was selected as Creativity Professor for the College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities. Additionally, professor Russell has been an active participant within the college's Community Research and Design Center where he has contributed and participated in over 10 service-learning design projects since joining the faculty in 2010. In 2013 and 2014 Russell was selected to the University's Service -Learning Alliance and has continued to participate in service -learning and collaborative-based community design initiatives over the last several years.

In addition to his work with Clemson's Department of Landscape Architecture, Russell is the Principle of Russell Design Office, a regional Community Research and Design firm based in Clemson. His projects focus on community scale projects where he has worked with various towns and communities including the town of Pendleton, city of Clemson, Lake Junaluska, the town of Aiken and the Asheville Design Center.

Dustin Albright is an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture at Clemson, where he has taught since 2012.  He has a dual education in Architecture and Structural Engineering.  At Clemson he teaches Structures courses to undergraduates and graduates, as well as graduate-level Studio design courses. Prior to teaching, Dustin worked professionally in Greenville, and now continues to serve the profession throughout the state as Clemson's representative on the South Carolina board of the American Institute of Architects.

Student Presenters:

Brandon Green, Senior, Landscape Architecture
Evan Lawson, Senior, Landscape Architecture

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 2015-2016, 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.