Be Prepared!

Over this weekend we spent time to further prepare for our build on site. If everything is cut and drilled correctly, it should all come together relatively quickly. This week has been spent working on our 6x6 columns and our 2x10 elements throughout the build. With drawings in hand, we have been hard at work [...]

It’s all in the Formwork

Today, we completed one of the most challenging parts of our build, the formwork! We have a total of 8 forms that will mold our concrete "feet" for wooden columns to then support the structure. One of the most difficult parts of building the formwork was to have flush edges and strength, and doing so [...]

Everything Everywhere All at Once

To wrap up this week, we’ve been working in the shop most nights on cutting down material for formwork then assembling them. The process of cutting the material down and getting them ready to assemble started off rough but we now have a system in place to make things go more smoothly. For our ITC [...]

Busy day in the Shop

Today was a busy day in the shop. As a recap, half of the students in the ITC class are working on a model staircase project which is meant to be a lesson on bent wood laminations and complex formwork needed to build them. My team was hard at work over the weekend and today, [...]

We Built a Bridge & Got Over It!

As we wrap up this week, I wanted to give a summary of the projects that were completed. We’ve had many things going on in the architecture department at the Clemson Design Center this week. The Ardmore project is wrapping up on our end as the planter boxes have been built and taken to site [...]

So Much to do … So Much to See

Hello again. There is much to share from this last week, weekend, and yesterday. Some of what I am sharing has been discussed in previous posts but I wanted to share some of my personal experiences/achievements with these events. This post will mention several different events so I will try to be concise in my [...]

Laboring Through Labor Day Weekend

As we venture upon the Labor Day holiday weekend we've got a few crews working on our different community build projects. We've been hard at work getting the semester started and are eager to get back on track after our hurricane days. Most of our studio can be seen in the woodshop during class hours [...]

Bakers Gonna Bake!

Our studio is focusing on working in separate groups as we continue the Singleton pavilion project and work on wrapping up the Ardmore Bridge project. We also have been preparing for Hurricane Idalia to come through Charleston. This week the bridge team worked on laying out all the steel pieces and started bolting them together. [...]


We started our semester with a very interesting course, ITC. ITC stands for ‘Introduction To Craft’. For this course, our class is divided into two sections based on two building materials, wood and concrete. It is an excellent opportunity to get in-depth knowledge of materials, their properties, applications and some hands-on experience as well. Our first [...]

The Ribbon is Cut

Today we "unveiled" Frierson's outdoor learning pavilion. Our colleagues from last year who designed the pavilion were able to come down and join us for the ribbon cutting event as well as the majority of the school. It was nice to meet everyone who was part of the process or who have seen the progress [...]