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Study Abroad

CPAD student T’Leya Walker has been accepted with FULL funding into the Engelsberg Summer School in Classical Architecture, a four-week intensive program taught by leading practitioners and academics of modern classical architecture. She will travel to Sweden for the month of July and return to Charleston in the fall for her second year of the CPAD program.

Thesis Presentations Complete!

CPAD's first graduating class presented their thesis projects on April 29th. 

CPAD thesis presentation

L to R: Thesis instructors, Christopher Liberatos and Jenny Bevan with students Eliza Bower, Julia Jones and Ken Marolda

CPAD is growing!

In Fall 2018 we welcomed six students into the graduate program.

CPAD First Year

L to R: Josh Drucker, Anne Tyler Howell, Ali Heath, Samantha Martin, T'Leya Walker and Edgar Sada

Edgar Sada is a firefighter from Texas who wants to strudy Community Planning, Policy and Design in order to help cities during their most vulnerable times of tragedy and natural disaster. Anne Tyler Howell relocated from D.C where she worked for the American Institute of Architects and says in her various roles at AIA that she developed relationships with architects and allied professionals, becoming deeply familiar with the challenges they face. "Through these relationships, I am constantly reminded of how designers can envision creative solutions to the greatest challenges of our time, whether it’s rising water, housing shortages, orsustainable building." Josh Drucker is another D.C. transplant who is a Transportation Planner at Bcd Council Of Government and she he is "passionate about serving the community in the best way possible in the present, with our eyes on the future." Alexandra Health moved from Florida and says through CPAD, she "aspires to provide these communities, both foreign and domestic, with a means for perceptible growth through the integration of food sources, renewable energy systems, and pragmatic architecture. Samantha Martin graduated from the College of Charleston in 2017 with a degree in Historic Preservation and Community Planning, and is continuing her studies with the goal of "seeking out the relationships between the built environment and how it corresponds to the wellbeing of its people." T'Leya Walker studied engineering at Virginia State and comes to CPAD with goals that nclude using her "creativity, passion, and imagination to transform and remodel the traditional and modern foundation of structural designs."

In their first semester, CPAD students are studying Drawing Charleston, Introduction to Urban Design and The City as a Work of Art.


"The proposed new program will delve into a complex mix of issues impacting American cities from historic preservation and sustainability to public policy on urban planning and economics. Walker says that students in the College’s urban design program will learn to embody a “progressive traditional” ethos that will help them carry historically sourced design forms, materials and aesthetics into contemporary buildings." Continue reading...

CofC Creating Master’s Program in Urban Design


"Perhaps the most promising aspect of the college’s new graduate program is how it adds something to the bigger picture that’s helping future generations learn from Charleston’s past." Continue reading:

College of Charleston plans novel graduate program in architecture, design