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Clemson, SC

May 16-19, 2022

Learn more about the 2022 workshop



Clemson University’s School of Architecture and Wood Utilization + Design Institute are partnering with the Softwood Lumber Board to host a three-and-a-half-day, hands-on workshop for architecture faculty. Learn about mass timber design and building, and strategies for incorporating this subject matter into your teaching, research and outreach. The workshop will include presentations from guest speakers, tours of Clemson’s mass timber facilities, and active dialogue among participants to equip you with effective strategies for integrating mass timber into your work. This workshop is all-inclusive for participants. Travel expenses, lodging and meals are funded through a generous grant from the Softwood Lumber Board.

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Join us for three days and six sessions at Clemson University with additional tours and hands-on activities included.

Monday, May 16

Location: The Wedge, Lee Hall


1:30 pm - Welcome and Introductions (Boxed Lunches Available)


2:30 pm - Session 1: Designing Studio Courses Around Timber, Part 1


4:30 pm - Tour of Lee Hall

5:30 pm - Tour of the Samuel J. Cadden Chapel

6:00 pm - Dinner at Pat Layton’s House

Tuesday, May 17

Location: Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics


8:00 am - Depart Hotel


8:15 am - Breakfast


9:00 am - Session 2: Designing Studio Courses Around Timber, Part 2


11:30 am - Tour of Andy Quattlebaum Outdoor Education Center


12:30 pm - Lunch


1:30 pm - Session 3: Creative Partnerships: Resources, Collaborators and Studio Funding


4:30 pm - Depart to Hotel


6:00 pm - Dinner and drinks at Hotel

Wednesday, May 18

Location: Built Environmental Laboratory (BEL)


8:00 am - Depart Hotel


8:15 am - Breakfast


9:00 am - Session 4: Cross-Disciplinary Collaborations and Research


11:30 am - Lunch


12:30 pm - Tour of BEL Lab


2:00 pm - Session 5: Institutional and Curricular Frameworks


6:00 pm - Dinner and Drinks at Pendleton Brewery

Thursday, May 19

Location: Clemson Outdoor Laboratory


8:00 am - Depart Hotel


8:20 am - Breakfast and Session 6: Understanding our Natural Resources and Their Availability


9:00 am - Tour of the Clemson Experimental Forest


10:30 am - Depart to Hotel


11:00 am - First Group Departs for Airport

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Presenters include a cross-section of Clemson faculty and invited guests with expertise in building successful timber design programs at their respective universities.


Preview the facilities you will be touring, including several mass timber buildings and timber labs at Clemson University.

Lee Hall

Designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners along with McMillan Pazdan Smith Architects, Lee Hall 3 (completed in 2011) is home to Clemson’s School of Architecture. It is a hub for studio courses in Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Dubbed “the building that teaches,” Lee Hall 3 features innovative mechanical and structural systems, 25 iconic skylights and a green roof that is the only of its kind on campus. This LEED Gold-rated, zero-energy-ready building is recognized widely for its design, receiving an AIA National Honor Award in 2012.

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Samuel J. Cadden Chapel

Samuel J. Cadden Chapel is one of the newest additions to Clemson’s campus. In the words of the design team from Boudreaux architects, “…the Chapel and gardens promote introspection through the creation of an inviting design character, and by taking full advantage of the picturesque landscape on the surrounding site located along the Campus Green. The character of the building is familiar and welcoming, with a strong vertical form and an open, airy interior with views to the surrounding landscape. Natural materials such as exposed brick, slate flooring, and wood structural members all work to achieve a highly crafted, detailed, and elegant design that enhances the surrounding campus.”

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Andy Quattlebaum Outdoor Education Center

This award-winning project, which was completed in 2019, represents Clemson’s first mass timber facility. Designed by Cooper Carry architects, the center provides a hub for outdoor education and recreation, including active-learning classrooms, equipment rental and storage space, and a range of indoor and outdoor meeting spaces. The net-zero-ready facility features Southern Pine cross-laminated timber floors and roof, plus hybrid glulam and steel framing.


Built Environment Lab

Clemson’s Built Environment Lab is a full-scale building, design and research laboratory collaboratively founded by the School of Architecture, Wood Utilization + Design Institute and Glenn Department of Civil Engineering. The focus of the BEL is to develop efficient building and bridge materials and systems. It is a new space on campus utilized to test mass timber and other products.


Clemson Experimental Forest

These 17,500 acres are dedicated to education, research and demonstration in order to better understand and manage forest resources for the benefit of society. The forest is managed strictly for perpetual sustained or improved yield of these products.

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