1. Lee Hall College by Thomas Phifer and Partners


    How do schools send entrepreneurial designers out into the world?

    As cultural intermediaries, designers create a new kind of cultural form. Design principles are applied to all sorts of social, economic and systemic problems…of necessity. What if schools were revamped to educate designers to work in close collaboration as part of multi-disciplinary teams?

    Lee Hall College expansion, a separate addition to the south of the Lee Hall College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities at Clemson University, provides great privileges to students. It is conceived as a “building that teaches” as a way of making intellectual and experimental work come together.

    A highly energy-efficient building, Lee Hall College by Thomas Phifer and Partners, is designed with an implied freedom of free, flowing spaces for cross pollination between academic programs. Transparency is supported by a free façade with large openings and a simple system of small beams.

    Artists choose to be of service, to provoke, to enable and to increase sparkles in the process of making art. Schools can deliver a platform for change to encourage exchanges, generosity and reciprocity in the context of social examples. Art can be an exchange. That’s the beginning of a change.

    Photography is by Scott Frances.


     Lee Hall College by Thomas Phifer and Partners  Thomas Phifer and Partners