Studio Information

Clemson Univerity

Clemson Univerity
Location:

Clemson, SC

Status:

Current

Year Started:

2014

Programs:

Architecture, Engineering

Professors:
Professor
ProfessorTitle
Professor School
Brandon Ross, PhD
Cottingham Associate Professor of Civil Engineering
College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences
Michael Carlos Barrios Kleiss, PhD
Associate Professor
School of Architecture

Professor Carlos Barrios at Clemson University is now in his fifth year of running the PCI Foundation studio. His partners are the Georgia/Carolinas PCI who have helped make this program a popular and meaningful studio at the school. Clemson typically divides its studio into three parts. The first is having the students explore the work of architect Tadao Ando, who works in cast in place concrete. They take apart one of his buildings and redesign it as a precast structure.


“The second project that we typically do is one that has been classical in our studios which is a tessellations, in which I asked the students to take one single element that gets repeated,” says Barrios. “Peter [Finsen of PCI] always talks about the efficiency counts and repetition, and I respond back with, ‘Repetition doesn’t mean it’s boring, it means that there’s opportunities to actually grow.’”


INDUSTRY PARTNERS

• Brazilian Consulate • Georgia/Carolinas PCI

• KCCP Architects • Metromont Corp. • Tindall Corp. • US State Department

• US Formliner


This year, one student was inspired by MC Escher and a tiger eating off a gamecock-- illustrating the rivalry between Clemson and South Carolina Gamecocks.


Next, students take on a “real-time” project. This year, as in the last few years, the students worked with the US State Department and with the Office of KCCP in Washington DC to design an Embassy. The students travel not only to the precast industry partners but also make a trip to Washington DC to see other embassies and work in conjunction with the architecture firm.