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June 2011

CGD is 54!

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Kirk Craig and Earle GauldenCraig Gaulden Davis was formally established fifty-four years ago, on July 1, 1957. Clemson University classmates Kirk Craig and Earle Gaulden organized Craig and Gaulden Architects after Kirk had finished graduate school at Harvard and Earle at Georgia Tech.

Bill Davis, who was a student of Kirk’s at Clemson, joined the firm in the 1960’s.

The founding partners were realistic about the challenges of practice. In letters to Earle sent from Harvard in late 1956, Kirk said he was ready to “begin starving”. The upstart firm planned to make a name for themselves  by offering architecture that both served and inspired their clients, and joked that they should locate their office on the outskirts of town, “so they’d have a short haul when they ride us out on a rail.”

Neither concern panned out.  More than a half century later, Craig and Gaulden’s legacy is alive and well, and committed to equipping those who teach, lead, serve, and inspire to transform their communities.

Hansen Honored by USGBC

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John HansenCGD architect John Hansen has been elected to serve as the 2011 Vice Chairman for the US Green Building Council’s Southeast Regional Committee (SERC).  He also received USGBC South Carolina’s Keith Sanders Service Award for his distinguished service in advancing green building in South Carolina.

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit trade organization that promotes sustainability in how buildings are designed, built, and operated.  USGBC is best known for the development of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating systems.  SERC consists of 26 representatives from 13 chapters located in 9 southeast States, and is responsible for facilitating collaboration and strengthening partnerships between USGBC chapters.

Hansen has been the South Carolina representative since 2009 and has served as the Chairman of the 2011 USGBC-SERC Leadership Summit, the 2010 USGBC South Carolina Chapter Board, the USGBC-SC Sustain SC 2009 Conference and Expo.  He was the first Chairman of the USGBC-SC Upstate Branch, which was founded in 2007.