ERIC Number: EJ788994
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar-7
Reference Count: N/A
The Architect as University President
Barker, James F.
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n26 pB32 Mar 2008
Architecture blends the arts and sciences in a vigorous way--one well suited to a university presidency. In this article, the author shares how his architectural education and background prepared and helped him for his responsibility as president of Clemson University. A big part of his responsibility is to help plan, financially support, build, and maintain campus facilities, as well as to develop campus master plans. As a land-grant institution, Clemson has more than 30,000 acres of campus and research lands statewide, 200 buildings, and at least six million square feet of built space. Those buildings range from cow barns to one of the nation's top academic electron-microscope facilities. Architecture is the ideal background for the author's job for reasons that are both philosophical and very practical. It taught him to think visually as well as verbally, to listen intently to the needs of clients and colleagues, to seek feedback and test his ideas, to dream big dreams but make concrete, "buildable" plans. On a much deeper level, however, the author believes architectural education offers a model of how to meet some of the clearest challenges facing universities today.
Descriptors: Architectural Education, Architecture, Master Plans, College Presidents, Land Grant Universities
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Identifiers - Location: South Carolina