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Announcing the 2016-2017 AIA Charleston + Clemson Architecture Center Lecture Series


Cigar Factory Tour

Please Join AIA Charleston for a tour of the new Clemson Design Center located in the Cigar Factory. The new facility includes space for programs in Architecture, Historic Preservation, and a shop for Design + Build Projects in one location. The tour will include all areas and will end with a happy hour at The Mash (bar) downstairs. Parking is available on site in any spot not marked “reserved” for other tenants.

This event will be limited to 30 attendees.
If you RSVP and are unable to attend please cancel your RSVP through Eventbrite so that those on the Waiting List can attend.

August 17th 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Charleston Cigar Factory, 701 E Bay St

Technology in Design

Please Join AIA Charleston for our July 20th Membership meeting where we will hear from three presenters who are on the cutting edge of technology in Architecture and Design.

July 20th 12:00 - 1:00
Charleston Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside st.
Members $5
Non Members $15
Students $5

Dustin Albright, Clemson University  
Dustin's presentation will focus on leveraging existing CNC technologies and fabricator networks in service of high-performing, prefabricated structures. Using Clemson's recent Indigo Pine House as a reference, I will discuss these technologies through the lenses of Social, Economic, and an Environmental sustainability.
Ryan Pastor, BuildingPoint Southeast
Title: Scan Before you Plan: How to Engage in Laser Scanning to document existing conditions
Summary: Designing a building can prove to be difficult at times, but some of the most difficult occur when trying to design around existing conditions. How flat was the floor, how big was that pipe, what kind of clearance was there, etc. These are all questions that can be answered from analyzing a point cloud created from laser scanning. Learn how laser scanning can add value to your next project!
Bryan Ransom, Moondog Animation 
The landscape of architectural visualization is changing rapidly and I’ll be highlighting some of the tools being used on the cutting edge of Virtual and Augmented reality.  Each new method has its pros and cons in giving the client the best experience possible.


Join us for our June Membership Meeting with Mayor John J. Tecklenburg!

We are excited to have Mayor John J. Tecklenburg speak to our Membership on Wednesday, June 22 at Noon.  We look forward to hearing more about the Mayor's Vision and initiatives for Charleston and how we can become key resources and contributors in assisting him in achieving his goals.

Due to seating capacity at the Maritime Center, tickets will be limited and only available to AIA Charleston Members, Associate Members, and Allied Members.  Unfortunately, no guests will be allowed.  A Waiting List will be available for any last-minute cancellations.

If you register and cannot attend, please Cancel your Eventbrite Reservation as soon as possible so that someone on the Waiting List can attend.  Refunds will not be provided to those who do not cancel and do not attend.  RSVPs will be held until 12:10 PM on the day of the event; after that time, unclaimed tickets (no shows) will be available for At Door Sales.  Otherwise, no At Door Tickets will be available.    

When:   Wednesday, June 22 at Noon
Where:  Maritime Center
Cost:     $5.00 


Trolley Barn Tour

Come Join us for a tour of the new American College of Building Arts location, the Trolley Barn!
The Trolley Barn was constructed in 1897 and operated as a maintenance and storage facility for Charleston’s Trolley Cabs until the trolley system was abandoned by the City in the early 1950’s. It was then converted into a maintenance and storage facility for the City’s buss system until the new bus maintenance facility was constructed. It was not used for the last 40 years and  fell into disrepair. The American College of the Building Arts then purchased it from the City two years ago. It is being renovated now so that the College can combine all of the college programs into one location. The College is currently occupying the old City Jail on Magazine Street downtown and shop space on James Island. The shell construction is almost completed which is stabilizing and enclosing the building. The shop space for the Timber Framing, Iron (blacksmith) and Trowel Trades (masonry, stone carving and plaster) will be finished next. Then a three story addition within the building will be constructed for classrooms, offices and their library. The building is a Charleston Landmark building and approvals have been issued by the BAR and SHPO.
Architect: WGM Design, Inc
Contractor: HITT Contracting, Inc.
** This project is mid-construction, please wear closed toe shoes, hard hats, and safety vest.**
Those who are interested, there has been some interest in heading to Taco Boy for an informal “Dutch Treat” Happy Hour for some Post-Tour Networking.  Hope you can join us.
WhenApril 27 at 6:00 PM
Where649 Meeting Street
Cost: Free!
Please RSVP