Nourachi Studios


Governor’s School of the Arts and Humanities

Client: S.C. Department of Education     |     Location: Greenville, South Carolina      |     Use: Educational / Urban Design

Client: S.C. Department of Education
Location: Greenville, South Carolina
Use: Educational / Urban Design

Design Challenge

To design a campus master plan and develop a proposal for a visual arts building on a heavily wooded site on the Reedy River in Greenville, South Carolina that would emphasize security, optimize views and create an academic village setting.

Design Solutions

We proposed a design solution that would address requirements for security, view and creation of an academic village character by utilizing a Medieval Concept of the fortified city wall, beginning at the master plan scale, and continuing to such details as the design of window units.


The project included a seven-building campus on an 8.5 acre site, more than 150,000 square feet of classroom space and arts facilities, and a 55,000 square-foot residence hall.


Building was constructed in 1999. Project awarded to Freeman & Major, Architects. The new architect also used a Medieval Concept approach. The school’s architectural design is based on planning concepts successful in European Village design.