2012-13 Preservation as Provocation


The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) is pleased to announce an international student preservation competition for the 2012-2013 academic year. PRESERVATION AS PROVOCATION is administered by the ACSA and the American Institute of Architects Historic Resources Committee (AIA/HRC). It is sponsored by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) and Clemson University/College of Charleston Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. The competition challenges students to rethink Castle Pinckney, an abandoned early nineteenth century fort situated on a coastal island within the Charleston, South Carolina harbor.


This competition is intended to challenge students in multi-disciplinary teams in the fields of architecture, preservation, landscape architecture, urban planning, engineering and other cross-disciplines, to rethink the abandoned early nineteenth century fort. Participants are asked to preserve, interpret and re-imagine the extant historic fabric as emblematic of the country’s early attempts to create a federal defense system and the site as an eco-tourist and educational destination. Solutions should explore the issues of access, the relationship between preservation and design (both architectural and landscape), off-grid energy consumption, changing climate patterns, water management, land use, and habitat protection. Participants should investigate how the preservation of this historically significant site can provoke a profound rethinking of our current conventions about preservation, design, community, the environment, and heritage tourism.

Castle Pinckney, the oldest surviving fortification in Charleston, South Carolina, was built in 1809 on a small island in the city's harbor. It remains one of only three surviving examples of an American "castle," a rare type of transitional coastal fort, circular in form and lacking angular bastions. Due to lack of funding, Castle Pinckney has essentially languished in abandonment for over a century. Castle Pinckney is evocatively situated within the view shed of one of the nation’s most historic and well-preserved cities, yet its history and significance is virtually unknown to the citizenry at large. Respecting the natural beauty of the site along with the historic integrity of the fort, the design challenge is to identify a use for this former island fort, Confederate prison and now defunct lighthouse station.

Jean Carroon, FAIA, LEED , Goody Clancy
John Fidler, Intl Assoc. AIA, , John Fidler Preservation Technology, Inc.
Carter Hudgins, Clempson University, Planning, Development and Preservation 

Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) 
The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) is a nonprofit, membership association founded in 1912 to advance the quality of architectural education. The school membership in ACSA has grown from 10 charter members to over 250 schools in several membership categories throughout the world. Through these schools, over 5,000 architecture faculty are represented. ACSA provides a major forum for ideas on the leading edge of architectural thought. Issues that will affect the architectural profession in the future are being examined today in ACSA member schools. 

American Institute of Architects, Historical Resources Committee (AIA, HRC) 
Since 1857, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has represented the professional interests of America’s architects. As AIA members, over 83,000 licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners express their commitment to excellence in design and livability in our nation’s buildings and communities. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct that assures the client, the public, and colleagues of an AIA-member architect’s dedication to the highest standards in professional practice. 

The mission of the Historic Resources Committee (HRC) is to identify, understand, and preserve architectural heritage, both nationally and internationally. HRC is engaged in promoting the role of the historic architect within the profession through the development of information and knowledge among members, allied professional organizations, and the public. The educational goal of the AIA HRC is to integrate an understanding of preservation practice into the preparation of all architects, and to demonstrate that the design values for practice are universal. 

Ashley R. Wilson, AIA, ASID, Graham Gund Architect, National Trust for Historic Preservation 
Mark Schara, AIA, Architect, Historic American Buildings Survey, National Park Service 
David Weirick, Graduate Student at Clemson University / College of Charleston (2010-2012) 
Ryan Pierce, Graduate Student at Clemson University / College of Charleston (2009-2011) 
Lora Cunningham, Graduate Student at Clemson University / College of Charleston (2009-2011) 
Eric Wayne Ellis, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture 


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