“Spirit of Place”

This award is given in honor of those whose achievements and contributions to the profession of Landscape Architecture have made a positive and unique impact on the welfare of the public and the environment of South Carolina.

2016 Recipient: Clemson University Department of Planning & Design

The Department of Planning & Design has played a key role in the planned development of Clemson University. Through thoughtful planning, design, and engineering, the department has guided the evolution of the campus landscape in a way that enriches student life, meets the needs of the community, and enhances the image, experience, and culture of the university.

University Planning & Design is responsible for many functions on the campus as they relate to the implementation of the Comprehensive Master Plan and Site Design Guidelines advising proper planning and ensuring adherence to the Master Plan including identifying, prioritizing, and recommending site development proposals and construction sites for new additions to the campus. The planning team researches enrollment, parking, and housing trends and surveys the needs of students, faculty and staff. The department is heavily invested in the design of Clemson’s landscape architecture as well as facility planning.

Under the leadership of Director of Planning and Design, Gerald Vander Mey, ASLA, and Campus Landscape Architect, Barrett Anderson, ASLA the campus has been responsible for managing the growth and development of the campus for more than 30 years; championing excellent design across the campus and at other facilities owned and managed by the University throughout the state. A continuing goal is influencing both architectural and landscape architectural design solutions that reinforce former President Barker’s idea that the campus IS a garden.

Noteworthy projects designed in house include Hendrix Plaza, Memorial Park, Cox Plaza, Gateway Signage and Kiosks, Woodland Cemetery, Madren Center/Martin Inn and the 19 Green, Gantt Circle, Presidents Park, and the Class of 1960 North Green.

Other Significant projects bearing their mark of influence include the Scroll of Honor Memorial, Lee Hall III (home to the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture), Watt Innovation Center, CU-ICAR in Greenville, CURI in North Charleston, Military Heritage Plaza, Carillon Garden, and Spirit Plaza.

Previous Recipients

2008 – Mayor Joseph P. Riley

2008 – City of Rock Hill

2007 – Mayor Knox White

2006 – Kevin Bacon, ASLA


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