Clemson Design Center. Charleston

A fluid campus of Clemson's School of Architecture. Housing programs in Undergrad and Grad Architect

The Clemson Design Center in Charleston (CDC.C) brings together several allied programs in a single facility- Master of Science in Historic Preservation, Clemson Architecture Center, Master of Resilient Urban Design, Architecture+Health studio, Architecture+CommunityBUILD, and Landscape Architecture, to work in a interconnected and collegial engagement.

Operating as usual

Photos from Clemson Design Center. Charleston's post 12/19/2023

We are the champions ! Lie to me and tell me you didn’t sing that in “Freddie Mercury’s “ voice !

Congratulations to these fierce females,

Ellison Goodwin won the Ray Huff undergraduate excellence award 🥇

Kelsey Piotrowski won the Rob Miller graduate excellence award 🥇


Photos from Clemson Design Center. Charleston's post 11/06/2023

Architecture students visited the Aiken Rhett House Museum last week!
A little synopsis of the feature is below for your read…

The Aiken-Rhett House Museum, c. 1820, is a unique survivor. The house descended in the Aiken-Rhett family for 142 years until it was sold to The Charleston Museum and opened to the public in 1975. Charleston merchant John Robinson built the house in 1820 as a typical Charleston double house.

Photos from Clemson Design Center. Charleston's post 11/04/2023

MSHP students attended Student’s Day hosted by the Classical American Homes trust at Milford Plantation in Pinewood, South Carolina. Students first visited Church of the Holy Cross in Stateburg, a Notable example of a rammed earth construction. Activities at Milford included an in depth tour of the house and grounds, demonstrations from preservation professionals including faux graining and stucco coring for analysis, and finished off with a panel discussion from leaders in the preservation field.

Photos from Clemson Design Center. Charleston's post 10/25/2023

MRUD students visited Lake city and interacted with the mayor to help them make the city planning more successful!
This was done under “The Riley Mayor’s Design Fellowship” Project!
Stay tuned in to see all the other towns being covered this week!

Photos from Clemson Design Center. Charleston's post 10/25/2023

Appreciation post for our Master’s of Architecture student “Nautica Edge” for having a useful and creative hobby.
Stop by to check these hand made leather covered sketchbooks.
You might look a little more artsy if you have one!

Photos from Clemson Design Center. Charleston's post 10/20/2023

Get ready for the Block Party!
4th November | Reynolds avenue

Photos from Clemson Design Center. Charleston's post 10/12/2023

National Hispanic Heritage Month !!!
Meet *Gabriella Rowsam*
A second year student pursuing MSHP studying at CDCC.
We asked her some basic questions and below is what she feels about the Hispanic heritage month !

“I’m half Puerto Rican.
Where I grew up there weren’t many Hispanics other than my family. So I was mostly influenced by Puerto Rican traditions.

Hispanic community is very diverse and there are many different cultures. Ex. Puerto Rican food is different from Mexican food. There isn’t a definitive answer of what a hispanic person looks like. In hispanic countries many people are descendants of Natives from North and South America, Africas and Spanish Europeans.

Hispanic heritage month is a way to celebrate and learn more about the different cultures within the hispanic community”

to see the most beautiful and bright smile 😃


Students went on a walking tour in the upper peninsula for History and Theory class. They essentially selected a topic to research related to a specific area on the peninsula and took a stroll to see and discuss the areas in person. They just happened to stumble upon one of our faculty’s favorite tree in Charleston!
So a fun picture had to be taken!

Can you guess the location?

Photos from Clemson Design Center. Charleston's post 10/10/2023

Second year students in American interiors course went on a field trip to the Nathaniel Russel House to look at their collection of Federal and Neoclassical Style furnishings.
The tour was led by Grahame Long, Director of Museums for Historic Charleston Foundation, who detailed the history of the pieces in their collection.Students also enjoyed behind the scenes access to the amazing views of Charleston from the roof!

Photos from Clemson Design Center. Charleston's post 10/09/2023

MRUD students held a community interaction day with elementary school kids and the Metanoia group. This was a trial run for our Better Block event.
Block party will be held on 4th of November 2023!

Stay tuned!

Photos from Clemson Design Center. Charleston's post 10/09/2023

What’s happening in October at CDC.C ? Block your calendar!

18th October - CAC.C lecture series

24th October - MSHP lecture series

Photos from Clemson Design Center. Charleston's post 09/29/2023

Let’s bridge the gap together!
Grad school architecture students assembled the prefabricated pieces to better understand the structural components of a bridge after learning about levels and topography.
Looking at them standing on it means the job was well done !

Photos from Clemson Design Center. Charleston's post 09/27/2023

Work begins for the “BETTER BLOCK” program scheduled this October.
members visited the center and helped the students understand the goals better. The knowledge gained by this workshop would help MRUD students engage better with the community.

Photos from Clemson Design Center. Charleston's post 09/26/2023

The first year American Architecture students visited Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site today to learn about Colonial town planning and to examine a Revolutionary War-era tabby fortification. Although the houses are no longer standing, in the middle of the eighteenth century the town was the third largest in South Carolina.

Photos from Clemson Design Center. Charleston's post 09/25/2023

Undergraduate students capturing the iconic building elements in the peninsular region to asses how new and old building elements fit with each other.
History theory class is often turned into walking tours as it’s easier to visually absorb the surroundings.

Photos from Clemson Design Center. Charleston's post 09/21/2023

Are you also wondering what are those old looking computers doing in 2023?

Historic Preservation students visited the “Register of Deeds Office” and spent some time viewing and researching microfilmed old deeds to create and understand the chronological timeline of the owners and occupants of the historic buildings.

Day well spent in learning and knowing about the rich Charleston history !

Photos from Clemson Design Center. Charleston's post 09/20/2023

Introduction to Craft (ITC)
The undergrad and grad school students of Architecture learning about various techniques, textures & viscosities in our Charleston centre! Experimenting with resin, clay, sand, concrete and more.
Also learning how to create bent laminated wood. We’ll soon watch them create detailed spiral staircases.

Photos from Clemson Design Center. Charleston's post 09/18/2023

“Walking Tour”

Grad History and Theory students enjoying a good weather day in the field!

Specific locations within the Charleston peninsula were chosen by students to understand the processes of mapping as a combination of both quantitative and qualitative research.

Photos from Clemson University School of Architecture's post 09/14/2023
Photos from Clemson Historic Preservation in Charleston's post 05/04/2023
Photos from Clemson Design Center. Charleston's post 05/02/2023

The CAAC celebrated the end of the semester yesterday with a final reception and awards ceremony on the roof of the Cigar Factory. The CDCC wants to congratulate graduate student Mia Walker for receiving the Robert Miller award for excellence. As well we would like to congratulate Sheldon Johnson and Spencer Dean who both received the Ray Huff award for excellence. And we wish all of the students well as they continue their academic and professional careers.

Photos from Clemson Design Center. Charleston's post 04/28/2023

the CACC is finishing its last few finals this week and preparing for the end of the semester. The undergraduate Students presented their final studio reviews on Wednesday and Friday. Community Build had a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new. the CACC is preparing for their final reception on Monday!

Photos from Clemson Design Center. Charleston's post 04/25/2023

hosted their first Alumni weekend last weekend. The weekend consisted of 70 alumni and guests gathering in celebration with the program, and attending several historic tours around Charleston. It was a very successful weekend for the great preservation network to come out of Clemson!

Photos from Clemson Design Center. Charleston's post 04/21/2023

The Undergraduate History of Place class had their final walking tour this morning. They toured Upper King and Meeting Street in downtown. This is one of Charleston’s most active streets with many businesses, restaurants, and stores students visit on the weekly. The tour described the context of the community.

Photos from Clemson Design Center. Charleston's post 04/20/2023

This week introduced the Community Build Pavillion to students at Meeting Street Academy alongside Green Heart. AR was used to visualize the pavillion on site and gave the students the experience to be inside it. The students also designed their own park plan.

photos provided by Peyton Devy

Photos from Clemson Design Center. Charleston's post 04/19/2023

It’s model season at the CDC.C! As we approach finals next week, the undergraduate students have been creating their models. The models range from section models to full building detail models. Desks are getting full!


This summer the CDC.C is hosting the Clemson University Historic Preservation Summer Institute. This exciting Institute gives students from all backgrounds the opportunity to work first-hand with preservation work in Charleston. The week-long experience is packed with tons of hands-on experience in the field including site visits, historic tours, and networking with Historic Preservation professionals. For more information, visit website!

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