American College of the Building Arts

ACBA educates and trains artisans in the traditional building arts to foster exceptional craftsmanship.

The American College of the Building Arts (ACBA) is dedicated to educating the next generation of building artisans and to preserving the building arts in a manner never before seen in America. Under the direction of our experienced faculty, students have the opportunity to receive a quality liberal arts education while they learn the skills needed to excel in their chosen field. This combination of education, training, and access to highly experienced faculty is available nowhere else in the United States.

Mission: The American College of the Building Arts educates and trains artisans in the traditional building arts to foster exceptional craftsmanship and encourage the preservation, enrichment, and understanding of the world's architectural heritage through a liberal arts education.

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31 Ways to Celebrate Preservation Month | National Trust for Historic Preservation

May is Preservation Month and the National Trust for Historic Preservation has a great list of ways to celebrate!

savingplaces.org This May, celebrate and explore historic places in innovative ways. Complete the 31 items on our action list, and let us know when you do by tagging #ThisPlaceMatters.

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A Camp Shows Girls They Belong in Carpentry and Construction

A Camp Shows Girls They Belong in Carpentry and Construction

citylab.com Male-dominated trades like construction, plumbing, and welding can offer job security and decent pay. A camp aims to show girls these careers are for them, too.

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Meet the conservator working to preserve Charleston's eternal resting places

Meet the conservator working to preserve Charleston's eternal resting places https://ecs.page.link/o3LyA

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QUIZ: Which Architectural Style Are You? Part II | National Trust for Historic Preservation

savingplaces.org Which historic architectural style best describes you? Find out when you take the quiz.

This week April Magill, principal, and architect of Root Down Designs will host Chris Magwood, builder, author, and executive director of the Endeavour Centre in Ontario, for a talk and workshop on “Buildings as Carbon Capture and Storage Devices". The talk will be held on Wednesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. and a workshop on April 25, at 7 pm at the American College of Building Arts in Charleston, S.C. For more information and registration see Design Your Own Sustainable Home Workshop: Charleston, SC with Chris Magwood https://ecs.page.link/nRptp

[04/15/19]   ACBA sends our heartfelt condolences to the people of Paris on the fire of one of the most significant architecture symbols of France.

[04/11/19]   A quick peek into Andy Taylor's Architectural Rendering class! #ACBA #educatingartisans #classicalarchitectureanddesignprogram

The Tool Belt- April 2019 https://ecs.page.link/6UUG3

Please join us on Wednesday April 3 at 6pm for a lecture from Tom Reinhart. He is the Director of Architecture at George Washington's Mount Vernon. #ACBA #educatingartisans #maryscottguestlectureseries #georgewashingtonsmountvernon

Students are back from spring break!🎉 To celebrate here is a look into what our students did on their spring break... #americancollegeofthebuildingarts #springbreak #educatingartisans

Registration is still open for our upcoming public course "Sailor's Toolkit; Forged Marlinspike and Rig Knife". Class starts on March 30th, and meets on Saturday's for 5weeks from 9am-4pm. For more information click on the "Public Courses" tab on ACBA's web site. https://ecs.page.link/FtFq

Join us at ACBA on Thursday for the continuation of our Mary Scott Guest Lecture Series featuring Brandy Culp and a live silversmith demonstration.

Congratulations!

Congratulations American College of the Building Arts class! The last day everyone carved something different of their own design. Didn't they do great? So proud 😁😁

The Student Guild is hosting Craftsmen and Craftbrews on January 25th!! Tickets are for sale online now at https://acba.edu/guild

This fundraising event is a showcase of Lowcountry craftsmen and the craftbrews they love so much!

All-you-can-drink craft beers from 5 local breweries... Palmetto Brewing, Fatty's Beer Works, Low Tide Brewing, Rusty Bull Brewing, and Tradesman Brewing! Wine will also be available at the vent.

We also have some craft soda from Cannonborough Beverage Co and discount tickets for any non-drinkers out there as well. El Pincho Taco will be serving food at the event.

Green Levels is going to be there playing some music!

Tours of the College will also be available for anyone wanting to take a look around campus.

There's still time to sign up for one of our Winter Intensive courses this January!

Follow the link for more information and registration: https://buff.ly/2Ahtkv7

We're thankful for all of YOU!

#happythanksgiving

[11/20/18]   ACBA will be closed Wednesday - Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

We wish everyone a happy holiday!

Cross off "learn something new" on your new year's resolution with us by taking a Winter Intensive course!

Follow the link to learn more and register: https://buff.ly/2Ahtkv7

#acba #educatingartisans

[11/09/18]   CREATE FOLKS WOODS AND MARBLE with us this winter!
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Follow the link to learn more about this and other Winter Intensive offerings: https://buff.ly/2Ahtkv7

We've added a NEW Winter Intensive for 2019: FOLK WOOD GRAINING AND MARBLING!
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Follow the link to learn more about this and other Winter Intensive offerings: https://buff.ly/2Ahtkv7

Purchase a personalized brick that will be placed in the front wall of the school - makes for a great holiday gift!

Follow the link to purchase your brick for the building arts today: https://buff.ly/2SrQ1E4

UPDATED COURSE DESCRIPTION:
DESIGN YOUR WELLNESS GARDEN with us this winter!
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Follow the link to learn more about this and other Winter Intensive offerings: https://buff.ly/2Ahtkv7

Thank you to everyone at National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers for touring our beautiful campus and seeing our talented students at work. It was a pleasure having everyone here!

#acba #educatingartisans

America College of Building Arts President Lt. Gen. Colby M. Broadwater, III and his staff took members of the NCSHPO board and others who were in Charleston for our fall board meeting on a tour of the school. The college is doing impressive work teaching students the skills they need to rehabilitate historic buildings and manage others in the restoration of historic buildings. There is great demand for these skills and we appreciate the efforts of Lt. Gen. Broadwater and his staff. The school is located in Charleston’s historic Trolley Barn, which was built in 1897. Historic Tax Credits were used in the rehabilitation of the Trolley Barn. Thank you Lt. Gen. Broadwater and other members of the college's staff for the tour and for answering our members questions.

RESTORE YOUR ANTIQUE FURNITURE with us this winter!
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Follow the link to learn more about this and other Winter Intensive offerings: https://buff.ly/2Ahtkv7

BUILD YOUR OWN HATCHET with us this winter!
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Follow the link to learn more about this and other Winter Intensive offerings: https://bit.ly/2qsw3wp

CREATE WOOD CARVINGS FOR YOUR HOME with us this winter!
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Follow the link to learn more about this and other Winter Intensive offerings: https://bit.ly/2qsw3wp

The public is invited to hear Bill Brockschmidt and Courtney Coleman discuss “Coleman Interiors: Crafting a Vision" on Monday, November 5 at 6:00pm.
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Formed in 2001, Brockschmidt & Coleman, LLC "focus on traditional detailing, proportion, materials, and craftsmanship in both architectural elements and in furnishings." Their work has been featured in places such as Elle Decor, The Classicist, The New York Observer, and on HGTV. Bill and Courtney are Fellows Emeritus of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art for their service organizing public and travel programs for many years.

The lecture is free and open to the public, though a tax-deductible contribution of any amount to ACBA’s scholarship fund is appreciated and will admit the holder to a reception honoring Brockschmidt & Coleman following the lecture. Seating is limited. To reserve a seat, email [email protected].

2019 WINTER INTENSIVE COURSES

Follow the link for more information & registration: https://bit.ly/2qsw3wp

Our 1st Artisan’s Give Back was a HUGE success!
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ACBA faculty, staff & students collectively donated 5️⃣2️⃣7️⃣7️⃣ pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston! 🏠❤️
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Our top collectors: ACBA students Tico & Calvin and Professor of Plaster Ralph. Our #OfficeofStudentServices rewarded each of them with a cooler filled with delicious drinks😋
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The public is invited to hear Dr. Nicholas Butler, author and historian-in-residence for the Charleston County Public Library, discuss “Re-imagining Colonial Charleston’s Dock Street Theatre."

An active public historian in Charleston since 1999, Dr. Butler launched a weekly podcast in 2017, Charleston Time Machine, to draw attention to a wide variety of under-explored history topics and documentary resources.A native of Greenville, Dr. Butler is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and Indiana University.

The lecture is free and open to the public, though a tax-deductible contribution of any amount to ACBA’s scholarship fund is appreciated and will admit the holder to a reception honoring Dr. Butler following the lecture. Seating is limited. To reserve a seat, email [email protected].

The Stone People Project

Shared by Professor of Architectural Stone and Dean Emeritus Simeon Warren - learn about the journey of one stone mason in Smithsonian Folklife digital magazine.

PS - thank you Joe Alonso for the shout out in the article!

#acba #educatingartisans #masonrymonday

I would like to thank Joe Alonso for the shout out in this Article in the Smithsonian. There is a sad truth to his words about the skills he cannot pass on due to a failure to understand what we will lose if we do not save our intangible culture. Joe. Thank you for your work and for your trade. Joe those that follow you can now get a degree in your trade as of two weeks ago. We know what DEGREE really means. One day we will take back the word MASTER. My Friend Joe I raise a glass and place a bottle above the door.

https://folklife.si.edu/magazine/my-journey-as-a-stone-mason

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The "Mega-Forge"
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Designed by Jack Brubaker, one of ACBA's Professor of Architectural Ironwork, the hearth of the new forge is 10 feet across and will have 3 vices on alternating corners. The hole in the middle makes it possible for longer pieces of iron to be worked on.

Inside the hood is a pear shape which allows for a greater speed of the air being pulled into the exhaust (known as the venturi effect).

The first of its kind, the new forge allows for as many people as possible to to work in a condensed area, doubling the capcity of students who are able to work with traditional fire.

Our Director of Admissions, Synetta Lawson, from her visit to a homeschool career fair!
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#acba #educatingartisans

Join us for the remaining lectures of our Mary Scott Guest Lecture Series focusing on "The American South's Decorative Arts and Material Culture"

Lectures are free & open to the public though donations of any amount to our General Scholarship fund are appreciated & assure you of reserved seating to sold-out events.

For reserved seating, RSVP to [email protected].

Our timber framing juniors putting the finishing touches on the new staircase in the wood shop!

You can read more about the project in this month's issue of our e-newsletter The Tool Belt - out this Friday!

Sign up to receive the Tool Belt today: https://bit.ly/2R16Tks

We have a new website address!

www.acba.edu

#acba #educatingartisans

Our first OPEN HOUSE is THIS SATURDAY!

If you'd like to tour the College and schedule an admissions interview, please contact our Director of Admissions, Synetta Lawson, through this form: https://buff.ly/2MjDTpl

[09/10/18]   We will suspend classes beginning tomorrow, September 11, through the rest of the week in anticipation for Hurricane Florence.

Updates regarding other details will be posted through ACBA’s communications system, Remind 101.

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For the Future | Charleston Magazine

This year we added a new specialization to our academics - the first since our inception as a college!

Read more about Classical Architecture and Design in an interview with Professor William Bates:

charlestonmag.com William Bates teaches classical architecture to today’s craftsmen

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American College of the Building Arts in Charleston gets nationally accredited

ICYMI: This week we received accreditation! 🎉

Read more about what this means for our future:

postandcourier.com The American College of the Building Arts has received national accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, a step that not only reaffirms its current curriculum but

Interested in becoming a part of our community of artisans? Make an appointment at one of our Open Houses this school year!

If you'd like to tour the College and schedule an admissions interview, please contact our Director of Admissions, Synetta Lawson, through this form: https://buff.ly/2MjDTpl

#acba #educatingartisans

ACBA is ACCREDITED!

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Our FALL 2018 PUBLIC COURSES are starting soon!

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Don't miss you chance to take one of our FALL 2018 PUBLIC COURSES!

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