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About Our Local Host

By uniting the humanities with the disciplines of design and building and the arts, Clemson University's College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities (CAAH) offers unique opportunities for exploration and achievement – opportunities that are rigorous and imaginative, classical and innovative.

Our students and faculty see their ideas expressed in many forms – as buildings and landscapes; as the written word; as music and drama; as paintings, pottery, prints and photographs. We work in the very oldest media to the very newest. We work alone, and we work together, seeking not only the visionary answers, but also the enduring questions.

Professors and instructors are directly engaged with students in the classrooms, studios, labs, practice rooms and Creative Inquiry research projects. We value critical and synthetic thinking, creativity, diversity and the life-changing opportunity to achieve one's full potential. Our campus is fluid – encompassing the real and the virtual, off-campus and on, classical and contemporary.

The CAAH Advising Center provides services to help you assess your skills and interests and can assist you in making an informed decision about an academic major.

Find your passion. Find your voice.

Local Host Sessions for 2019

ACSP is immensely grateful to the faculty and students of Clemson University for hosting this conference and helping us create a welcoming and inclusive event. Please click the link below to view all of the local host sessions for 2019.


Local Host Committee


Caitlin Dyckman, Co-chair, Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning, Clemson University

An Associate Professor at Clemson University in the Department of City Planning and Real Estate Development. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she completed a Ph.D. in City & Regional Planning at U.C. Berkeley, a J.D. from the U.C. Davis King Hall School of Law, and an S.V. Ciriacy-Wantrup postdoctoral fellowship in the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department at U.C. Berkeley.

With both a legal and a planning background, Caitlin’s research focuses on national and international management issues where land (and its uses) meets water. More specifically, she pursues funded and unfunded research both collaboratively and independently on larger watershed and water policy issues, including: state water planning and interstate allocation dispute resolution; water rights restructuring in response to climate change and changing demand sectors; coastal and shoreline management innovations; integration of municipal and household-level water conservation opportunities into urban planning; and planners’ roles in federally-funded watershed-based planning. Additionally, she and her research team are examining exurban conservation easements’ spatial, fiscal, and biological fine-scale effects in regionally representative counties around the country.


Eric Morris, Co-chair, Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning, Clemson University

An Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning. He is originally from the Chicago area and holds an A.B. degree in history and literature from Harvard and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in planning from UCLA. His primary focus is transportation, particularly how transportation contributes to our quality of life. His current research focuses on transportation and happiness; transportation, time use, and activity patterns; and transportation and access to employment, shopping, food, and medical care. He has a strong interest in transportation equity and disadvantaged populations. He also conducts research in the field of transportation history, and is currently co-authoring a book on the development and financing of the freeway system. Other interests include transportation and land use, transportation finance and economics, transportation policy, and transportation and the environment. He wrote a column on transportation for the New York Times for several years. He was also the Associate Editor of Access magazine. Before returning to academia he worked as a travel writer, a sports writer, and a television writer and producer.



James Spencer, Associate Dean for Research, College of Arts, Architecture and Humanities, Clemson University

Professor of City & Regional Planning and Associate Dean of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities. He is also Past-Chair of the Department of City Planning and Real Estate Development. He is originally from New York City and holds a B.A. from Amherst College, a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale University, and a Ph.D. from UCLA in Urban Planning. Prior to Clemson, he was an Associate Professor of Urban & Regional Planning and of Political Science at the University of Hawaii. He has also held staff positions at the Ford Foundation and non-profit organizations working on community development. His current research focuses on international urbanization and planning issues, with a particular focus on water supplies, infrastructure and inequality. His (2014) book titled Global Urbanization: The Global Urban Ecosystem is a part of the Rowman & Littlefield series on Globalization.


John Gaber, Chair of the Department of City Planning and Real Estate Development, Clemson University

The Chair for the Department of City Planning and Real Estate Development, where he also serves as Program Director for the City and Regional Planning Masters' Program. A native of Los Angeles, John received his B.A. from UCLA in Urban Studies, his M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from USC, and his Ph.D. in planning from Columbia University. He has worked for a planning nonprofit, founded research centers and chaired the Community Planning program at Auburn University, has taught at the University of Nebraska, and was Chair of Political Science at the University of Arkansas. John is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. His research interests include the study of “hippytowns” and the use of drones for planning research, and he just completed just completed a 15-year life history research project on Sherry Arnstein that was recently published in JAPA.


Mobile Tours

  • Tickets: Want to go mobile in Greenville but haven’t booked a tour? Don't delay, book today! Tours are filling up quickly and the Upstate South Carolina’s Transportation Technology Cluster Tour is already sold out! If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add a Mobile Tour, please email; otherwise tickets are available during the registration process.
  • Details of Tours: For more information on all of the tours, please visit the tours web page.


Greenville Fun Facts

Please click the image below to see Greenville Fun Facts and get excited about the location for #ACSP2019!


The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning promotes education, research, service and outreach in the United States and throughout the world by seeking to:

  • recognize diverse needs and interests in planning;
  • improve and enhance the accreditation process, and;
  • strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences, and community engagement;
  • extend planning beyond the classroom into the world of practice.


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