Clemson University Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business

Clemson, SC

As the newest building on campus, the College of Business features an expansive glass façade, high ceilings, and a grand connecting stairway illuminating an entrepreneurial focus. Elevating recognition, recruitment and rankings, the complex prepares students to enter today’s competitive marketplace as leaders. A mix of formal and informal spaces encourages hands-on participation through chance encounters, focused study, team collaboration, and group interactions. Generous amenities, including food service and lounge areas, encourage students to linger in the building, enhancing the sense of community.

A combination of tiered and flat, flexible classrooms is based on a common module to allow for pedagogical change over time; interaction spaces and landscaped outdoor terraces invite ongoing discussion beyond the classroom. Environments simulating real world experiences in sales and financial trading, along with a designated business incubator, strengthen the chance to join forces with the professional community and launch students’ careers.

Honoring the past and looking to the future, the building’s brick façade respects its larger historic context, while modern construction technology allows for maximizing both transparency and energy efficiency – emphasizing daylight, views, and the college’s forward focus.



RECOGNITIONS: 2021 AIA SC Design Citation Award; 2021 AIA Greenville Design Honor Award, Community Choice Award; Three Green Globes