A Word from Dean Richard Goodstein – July 2014

July 8, 2014

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Friends:

It feels like high summer here on campus, but in fact, summer orientation is winding down and in just six VERY short weeks, Linda Dzuris in the Department of Performing Arts (and newly promoted!), will be ringing the bells for Convocation.

I’d like to take this opportunity to extend warm thanks on behalf of all of us in the College of AAH to Lindsey Kovach and her team for their work in ensuring a successful orientation for incoming students. As you can imagine, orientation is an all-out effort to register new students for their very first semester of college, advise them about college life and study, and perhaps more importantly, welcome them to Clemson. With well over 3,000 new students expected on campus this fall, I thank all of you who participate during this very important part of the academic year!

Spaulding Paolozzi Center

Clemson’s Spaulding Paolozzi Center will be located at 292 Meeting Street. (This rendering was presented to the Charleston Board of Architectural Review in June 2014. The design continues to be refined, based on the BAR’s comments and public input.)

On another bright note, I am happy to report that Clemson’s new facility for our Charleston-based programs in architecture and historic preservation received preliminary approval from the Charleston Board of Architectural Review in June. The 30,000-square-foot Spaulding Paolozzi Center will be located on Meeting Street and will accommodate approximately 100 students from Clemson’s School of Architecture and from the graduate program in historic preservation that is collaboratively administered by Clemson and the College of Charleston.

The building is designed by Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture of Portland and New York in conjunction with e.e. fava architects of Charleston. It will feature a studio learning environment with open-span studio spaces, an architectural conservation laboratory, faculty offices, classroom spaces, seminar rooms, critique rooms, fabrication labs, and numerous mixed-use and gallery spaces that serve the larger public of Charleston, as well as the students.

It’s exciting to think of our students studying and working in the very center of Charleston’s Cultural Arts District. From the Halsey Gallery, Cato Arts Center, Emmet Robinson Theater, and Sottile Theater, across to the Spoleto Headquarters and Gaillard Center, this setting is a vector of creative thought and expression — fertile ground for tomorrow’s great planners, architects and landscape designers in one of America’s great cities.

As summer winds on, our design team is busy refining and improving the design, in response to the BAR’s recommendations. As Professor Carter Hudgins, director of our graduate program in historic preservation, says, “This building won’t be finished until we cut the ribbon.”

Stay tuned!


July 2014