Kathy Edwards

Kathy joined Clemson Libraries in 2008 and is based in the Emery A. Gunnin Architecture Library in Lee Hall. She provides research support, collection development, and library instruction for the School of Architecture and the departments of Art, Construction Science & Management, Landscape Architecture, City Planning & Real Estate Development, and Clemson graduate programs in healthcare architecture, historic preservation, and digital production arts. Additionally, she is the collections and reference librarian for the Clemson Design Center in Charleston and liaison librarian for the Planning, Design & the Built Environment PhD program.


Professionally, Kathy is active in the Art Libraries Society of North America and the Association of Architecture School Librarians.

Trained as an architectural historian, Kathy has documented neighborhoods and urban design for the National Park Service’s Historic American Buildings Survey and researched New Towns, Garden Cities, and idealized urban environments in the U.S. and in the U.K. as a research fellow for the University of Texas School of Architecture. She was educated at Indiana University-Bloomington, the University of California at Berkeley (ABD), the University of Hong Kong, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with graduate degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

She has published and presented at national and international conferences on built environment topics, educational technologies, and presented at state and national levels on academic collections management. Currently, she reviews books on landscape architecture, urbanism, architecture, and world textiles, and is collaborating on a book project on Clemson’s building and planning history with University Archivist Dennis Taylor.

An active Master Naturalist and volunteer citizen scientist, Kathy also hikes (a lot), gardens, maintains an old house, collects native textiles from several regions of the world, and regularly pitches in at the SC Botanical Garden.