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Charles E. Daniel Center in Genoa


The Daniel Center in Genoa as a model for off-campus architectural education for over a quarter of a century. While other American schools rent space or have programs run by host universities abroad, Clemson owns its own building and runs its own independent program. The Center has served over 800 alumni whose education was much enriched by the European experience. Graduate and undergraduate students may attend the Genoa program for one semester.

The program balances classroom / studio experience with study of history and contemporary architecture. Students spend about a third of the fifteen-week semester traveling in Italy. Some of the excursions are day-trips to nearby locations around the Genoa region. Others are extended study tours to places like Rome, Florence, Venice Verona, and Pisa. Students are also allowed two weeks for independent travel.

A professor in residence from Clemson acts as Director of the Genoa center and is assisted by Italian professors who are also practicing architects in Genoa. Visiting critics and lecturers from Italy and Europe come to the Villa on a regular basis to lecture and critique student work.

All graduate students attending the Genoa center receive a graduate assistantship, which also carries a substantial reduction in tuition for the semester. In addition, all graduate and undergraduate students receive a grant from the Clemson Advancement Foundation for Design and Building (CAF).

"In 1992, I spent a few hours in Madrid with a group of our Genoa students returning from the World's Exposition in Seville. Two were headed for Paris and three boarded the overnight train to Munich. One joined me at an international conference in Spain. For a moment, Europe felt like an extension of the Clemson Campus. "
-- José Cabán, professor and chair of architecture

"You're dropped down in this culture (Italian) more or less on your own. You have to adapt to the Italian way of doing things instead of being catered to. They are not in a hurry to do things and work and live at an entirely different pace."
-- David Moore, student

"It is possible to study architecture from slides, photographs and short-range field trips. But there's nothing quite like seeing and experiencing architecture and the history surrounding it firsthand. It's not a European vacation; it's an opportunity to absorb the character of the architecture, to visit the offices of practicing architects who work in these environments every day - in both Charleston and Genoa. It is important to see the urban scale, to expand the horizons of what we can do at Clemson... "
-- Rob Silance, former Genoa student and professor-in-residence in both Genoa and Charleston.

"If you looked at a list of the students who have been to Genoa, it would read almost like a Who's Who of young architects in the Southeast. It's a great tool for selling yourself to prospective employers. "
-- John Edwards, Genoa group, spring 1989.


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