By Kelly Borglum

CLEMSON — David Allison, professor and director of Clemson University’s graduate program in architecture and health, has been named an Alumni Distinguished Professor at Clemson University.

The award, presented by Provost Doris C. Helms at the University’s convocation ceremony in August, was given in recognition of Allison’s outstanding teaching contributions to the University.

Allison was appointed director of Graduate Studies in Architecture + Health in 1990 and spent his first 10 years in the position as the sole faculty member in the program. Under his leadership, the program has grown and flourished and now counts among its successes 26 national awards won by students in the program.  

“He is a tireless teacher, in his studio and office at all hours,” said Kate Schwennsen, professor and director of the School of Architecture. “This dedication creates not only excellence in student learning outcomes, but a true sense of community in the students, faculty, alumni and industry partners associated with the program.”

Allison’s teaching in the field of architecture and health has earned him numerous previous awards, including being named one of Healthcare Design Magazine’s “Twenty Making a Difference” in 2007 and one of “Most Influential People in Healthcare Design” in 2009, 2010 and 2012. Allison has also been awarded a fellowship in the American Institute of Architects and received the Clemson University board of trustees Faculty Award for Excellence. He currently holds the Robert Mills Professorship in Architecture.

Allison, who received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture at Clemson, is a licensed architect in California, South Carolina and North Carolina.


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