The Board of Architectural Review was unable to vote on the latest round of designs for a new Clemson Architecture Center building in Charleston Tuesday night. Three of the board\’s six members present at the meeting recused themselves at the last minute citing various conflicts of interest, so the latest step in the approval process was postponed until an unspecified later date.
Clemson University and its team of designers — Charleston-based EE Fava Architects and Portland, Ore.-based AlliedWorks — came prepared for an intense second round of scrutiny Tuesday night after the board granted initial approval to the building\’s size and height in October 2012*. They had prepared a scale model of the building to present to the board, and world-renowned head architect Brad Cloepfil had flown from Portland to give a defense of his design, which some local critics have described as out of touch with the historic architecture of the Holy City. Cloepfil did not get to defend his controversial modern design Tuesday night.