The American College of the Building Arts

We are currently visiting high schools, and hosting field trips and I wanted to reach out to your groups and tell you more about our college. The American College of the Building Arts is an accredited, small non-profit college located in Charleston, SC that offers a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in six craft specializations:

Architectural Carpentry
Architectural Stone Carving
Classical Architecture & Design
Timber Framing

ACBA focuses on preservation and educating skilled artisans by offering a program that combines the skilled trades with a Liberal Arts education. Here are some cool recent student highlights:

An Architectural Carpentry senior went on externship this summer at George Washington’s Mount Vernon and he was offered a full-time position upon graduation
Another Architectural Carpentry spent his externship working for the National Park Service in the White House Oval Office
A Plaster student spent this summer’s externship working on the Shubert Theatre on Broadway in Times Square
An Architectural Stone Carving graduate just accepted a full-time position working at the U.S. Capitol
Two of our Blacksmithing students (2nd and 3rd year students) were selected to collaborate with internationally acclaimed artist Fred Wilson to complete a monumental piece of ironwork sculpture featured at the Gibbes Museum of Art
A Timber Framing graduate was offered a full-time position working for Altibois in Goisy, France
We also have several students that complete externships internationally. This summer we had students in Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany and Canada.
Our Open Houses are always on Saturdays, 9:00-12:00 pm that allows prospective students to meet current students and faculty and watch (and sometimes participate in) demos in the shops.

Upcoming Open House: April 22

We’ve been featured on This Old House, PBS News Hour, and most recently on SC ETV. Videos are linked and featured on our website:, and our college instagram (@acba_charleston) documents all of the cool things our students are currently working on!

We would love the opportunity to connect with you. Please let me know if you’d like more information or have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you!


Kami Urban

Kami Urban


American College of the Building Arts


649 Meeting Street

Charleston, SC 29403

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