Silvia Carroll Named Honorary Alumna

Administrative director of the Charles E. Daniel Center for Building Research and Urban Studies Named Honorary Clemson Alumna

Clemson, SC – Silvia Siboldi Carroll has been named an honorary alumna of Clemson University.

Silvia Carroll was named an honorary Clemson University alumna by the Clemson Alumni Association. Pictured at the presentation are left to right: Wil Brasington, Executive Director of the Clemson Alumni Association, Silvia Carroll, honoree, and Clemson alumni board member, Brandt Gilbert.

Carroll holds a degree from Universita di Pisa – Facolta di Lingue e Letterature Straniere (Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures). She is the current administrative director of the Charles E. Daniel Center for Building Research and Urban Studies in Genoa, Italy.

The first group of students took up residence at the Charles E. Daniel Center (the Villa) in Genoa, Italy, in fall 1973. Since that time, the center has served as a model for off-campus architectural education. The program balances the studio experience with the study of Italian architectural history, contemporary design, urban practices, culture and field sketching.

In her role as administrative director, Carroll serves as the de facto executive director of academic and residential life within the “Villa.” According to the Dr. Richard Goodstein, Dean of the College of Architecture Arts and Humanities, “Silvia works tirelessly on behalf of (our) students as a counselor, resident assistant, tour guide, surrogate mother, interpreter, and confidant.”

Carroll is also Clemson’s property manager and resident power-of-attorney for the Clemson Architectural Foundation, which owns the facility. She has been a vital member of this program since 1982 and in her current role since 1995.

Carroll positively represents Clemson though her membership in the Association of American College and University Programs in Italy (AACUPI) and is often mentioned by students when they recall their time in the program as being a distinguishing factor in what many call the singular transformational experience in their Clemson career.    

Along with her husband, Mark, Carroll made possible the Clemson Architectural Undergraduate Prize, an award that recognizes and rewards the school’s highest performing graduating seniors in the undergraduate program.

Clemson Alumni Association board member, Brandt Gilbert, and its executive director, Wil Brasington, presented Carroll with the honor during a celebration hosted by the Clemson Architectural Foundation.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. To see past honorary alumni or to view the award guidelines, visit


The Clemson Alumni Association is an open-membership, nonprofit organization. Since its inception in 1896, the program has connected members of the Clemson Family, inspiring pride, celebrating achievement, providing service and strengthening relationships.