From the Dean
We are proud of the rich tradition of educational excellence in the design, construction and planning programs offered at the
University of Florida throughout the past century. We are equally invigorated by the opportunity to create the next generation of pro-
fessionals to lead Florida and the nation in achieving better and more sustainable communities.
The mission of the College of Design, Construction and Planning is to offer exceptional professional education programs addressing
design, development, construction and preservation of the built and natural environments. Through basic and applied research, DCP
faculty and students assess the ongoing processes of change in human settlements. Students engage in projects intended to guide these
processes and bring new strategies and approaches to bear on work in the professions of architecture, building construction, historic
preservation, interior design, landscape architecture and urban and regional planning.
Our graduates are leaders in designing, building and planning communities. Their remarkable accomplishments, coupled with the
academic and professional outputs of DCP faculty, have p.- I 1.- .1. our college to achieve a well-deserved national reputation for excel-
lence. Our challenge is to sustain excellence by recruiting and retaining the best faculty; updating and upgrading our educational
facilities; supporting our vast educational offerings that provide students engagement beyond the classroom; enhancing our research
capabilities; and ensuring we continue to attract the best students for both primary and advanced professional preparation.
I am pleased to share with you several of our many exciting educational accomplishments, as viewed through the eyes of those who
have participated. There are so many exciting ways for you to partner with us in support of Florida Tomorrow, ensuring that we continue
our tradition of leadership in educating those who envision and create great places. I invite you to join me in discussing how we can
work together to make a real difference.
Christopher Silver, Ph.D., AICP
Dean, College of Design, Construction and Planning
The Promise of Tomorrow
The University of Florida holds the promise of the future:
Florida Tomorrow a place, a belief, a time. Florida Tomorrow is
filled with possibilities. Florida Tomorrow is for dreamers and
doers, for optimists and pragmatists, for scholars and entrepre-
neurs, all of whom are nurtured at Florida's flagship university:
the University of Florida, The foundation for the Gator Nation.
What is Florida Tomorrow? Here at the College of Design,
Construction and Planning, we believe it's an opportunity, one
filled with promise and hope. It's that belief that feeds the univer-
sity's capital campaign to raise more than $1 billion.
The Florida Tomorrow campaign will shape the university, cer-
tainly. But its ripple i_ rt.-.:r ,il touch also the state of Florida, the
nation and the entire world. Florida Tomorrow is pioneering research
and spirited academic programs. It's a fertile environment for
inquiry, teaching and learning. It's being at the forefront to address
the challenges facing all of us, both today and tomorrow.
College of Design, Construction and Planning
School of Architecture
M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction
Department of Interior Design
Department of Landscape Architecture
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
College of Design, Construction and Planning
Florida Tomorrow Campaign Goals
TOTAL $31 million
Florida Tomorrow is a place ...
where educators and students work to envision, design, create
and preserve renewable and affordable communities.
Glimpse of the Future
In 1900, Florida's population was about 529,000. In 2000, it was
almost 16 million. By 2030, 13 million more people are expected.
Do Flondians want the state to grow the same way it has in the
past? That's the question College of Design, Construction and
Planning researchers Peggy Carr and Paul Zwick pose with Land
Use Conflict Identification Strategy better known as LUCIS.
LUCIS which Carr and Zwick developed over 10 years -
isn't a crystal ball. What it does is offer scenarios. For example,
if a parcel is preserved as conservation land, what are the ripple
effects? Conversely, if the same parcel is developed with 2,000
homes, what happens? How do conservation and urban uses
pressure agricultural land, which dwindles each year?
"What LUCIS can do is paint a very clear picture for the public
of what land use might look like in the future," Carr says.
UF researchers estimate that between now and 2060, the
amount of urban land in Florida will more than double unless
patterns change. That could set the stage for intense conflicts
over land use. Resolving those conflicts will be crucial to main-
taining a clean and plentiful water supply, providing healthy
urban environments and maintaining native biodiversity.
LUCIS has been used in modeling sessions around the state.
One of the most successful occurred in Orlando, where represen-
tatives of several groups studied four scenarios. The one model
"That's clearly not the future people want," Carr says. "Once
they can see their options and say,'This is not what we want,'
then the challenge is to define what they do want. That will
require significant changes in public policies that take us from
where we are now to what we want."
In the past, Florida's development has been disjointed, an
accumulation of decisions about small pieces of land, with-
out regard for the whole. LUCIS shows the cumulative effect
of those decisions and how future land use decisions can make
things better or worse.
It's difficult to arrive at a "common land ethic," Zwick
acknowledges. One reason might be many residents don't con-
sider Florida home. One of his goals is to use LUCIS to encourage
Florida's diverse populations to discuss land use and arrive at a
shared vision for the future.
"LUCIS can help us visualize the future we want," Zwick says.
"Researching that future may require some tough choices; but if
we can identify a common goal, we're halfway there."
Florida Tomorrow is a day
when education of future professionals in design, construction
and planning are linked in global partnerships.
To Preserve the Past
In UF's College of Design, Construction and Planning, a sturdy
suitcase and a passport are as important to success as textbooks
and art supplies.
Mane Vogler discovered that when she embarked on graduate
studies in architecture and historic preservation. Her class work
took her to Nantucket Island, Mexico and Italy. The off-campus
programs allow students to learn in actual "living" laboratories,
while helping the guest communities care for historic buildings.
Preservation Institute: Nantucket has been training students for
35 years. The island has more than 800 structures that predate the
Civil War, providing an unmatched historic backdrop for studies of
planning and design.
During Vogler's studies, students worked on an affordable hous-
ing project. Nantucket's isolation 30 miles off the coast of Cape
Cod, Mass. makes it an expensive place to live and also makes
it difficult for islanders to find laborers for carpentry and painting
jobs. Students explored the idea of converting an apartment com-
plex into low-cost housing for workers prior to tourist season, then
renting it to tourists once the season arrived.
Preservation Institute: Caribbean took Vogler and classmates to
Mexico. In Mexico City, they learned how residents migrated out of
the historic city center and how the city is trying to lure them back.
In Guadalajara, the students faced a challenge transportation of
water they hadn't faced in any projects in the United States.
Vogler's favorite trip was to the Vicenza Institute of Architecture
in Italy. The satellite learning program is run by a rotating staff of
UF professors and combines the latest in architectural design with
Renaissance architecture and history. There Vogler could combine
her studies of architecture and historic preservation.
"In Venice, you could see the old buildings and how they had
fallen apart, and how they were being put back together," she says.
As an undergraduate, Vogler was prepared for her foreign
travels with short-term studies in Charleston, S.C., Savannah,
Ga., and St. Augustine. Since then, she also studied in Tampa's
historic neighborhoods, returned to Mexico to study at a World
Heritage site and took a trip west to hurricane-ravaged New
Orleans, where she and classmates documented architectural
styles and materials in the Ninth Ward.
Those experiences, Vogler says, helped her appreciate historic
preservation and understand her role. She hopes to find a job in
a city with a rich history. And, no doubt, she'll keep her pass-
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Florida Tomorrow is a belief ...
that sustainability is the essence of great design and meaningful
interventions in our built and natural environments.
Knowledge and Training
The worlds of architects and builders often intersect, and at that
intersection you'll find Domenic Scorpio.
Scorpio found training in both architecture and building con-
struction in the University of Florida's College of Design,
Construction and Planning and turned his blend of the two pro-
fessions into a successful partnership with Gainesville's PPI
He started as an undergraduate heading for a career in archi-
tecture. When he changed course upon entering graduate
school, the college accommodated him. As a builder, he says, he
draws on both disciplines.
"Having the architecture background made it much easier to
read, understand and interpret 2-dimensional blueprints into
3-dimensional buildings," says Scorpio, who received his bach-
elor's degree in architecture in 1994 and master's in building
construction in 1998.
"A lot of what we do as builders is in the preconstruction or
planning phase, working with architects, engineers and owners.
With my architectural background, I can offer so much more," he
says. "As a builder, my role is not to critique design but to make
suggestions that can save money without impacting the design.
Having a degree in architecture allows me to better understand the
His studies prepared him well for the world of building con-
struction. In architecture, studio work is the main method for
delivering education. In the first four studios, Scorpio says, the
work is somewhat abstract. Four more studios follow as students
get more deeply into the architecture curriculum. All are intense
"For the first four studios, you are engaged artistically in an
abstract fashion," he explains. "You won't hear the word'door' or
'window,' nothing related to a real building. And once you're in a
design studio, that's basically your home for the semester and the
20 or so students become your family, because a majority of your
time is spent on projects."
Scorpio's father also was a builder, so returning to his roots in
graduate school felt natural. UF students and alumni might recog-
nize several projects in which Scorpio has had a hand, including
the university's baseball and .: :I rl: : II training facilities, the
Genetics & Cancer Research Center and the HUB renovation.
Scorpio often visits to speak to classes, and in 2006 the university
named him an Outstanding Young Alumnus. He's glad, he says, to
have both an architectural and building construction perspective.
"I learned a way of thinking about space and how it's defined
through building," Scorpio says. "The college u'r, L...1: r.-.l1, trains
you to be very creative."
Our Vision of Tomorrow
How will we change tomorrow?
This simple question leads to many possibilities. At the
University of Florida College of Design, Construction and
Planning, we have been working to change tomorrow through
educating future leaders and providing solutions for today's lead-
ers. Our faculty, students and alumni are shaping communities
and influencing the direction of the fields of architecture, build-
ing construction, historic preservation, interior design, landscape
architecture and urban and regional planning.
Our graduates are changing tomorrow by creating and sustain-
ing the built and natural environments in America's communities.
As we are confronted with escalating growth, making the right
decisions about what to build, where to build, as well as how
to balance change with preserving precious assets requires the
expertise our alumni offer.
Our faculty is changing tomorrow by providing the most com-
prehensive and fully-integrated professional education while
conducting research and pushing the boundaries of discovery.
They challenge perceptions of today's society to envision tomor-
Our students are changing tomorrow by absorbing instruction
from the studio and classroom and moving beyond conventional
ideas to create new solutions. Students are developing an under-
standing of, and respect for, tradition in community design, the
skills to tackle the complexities of present day development chal-
lenges and a vision for better communities.
How can you change tomorrow?
This question may not be simple to answer. With so many needs
in today's environment, it's a critical choice when determining how
to impact other people's lives and build upon your legacy. Your
support for DCP provides the opportunity to support students and
faculty as well as impact the future of our communities.
Supporting faculty and students: Faculty is the key to the
sustained educational, research and outreach successes of the col-
lege. Your t"-'-. .', r II help recruit and retain the most talented
faculty drawn from nationally competitive searches, creat-
ing an education environment that in turn attracts the brightest
students. In addition, new programs, such as Practitioners in
Residence, will cut across disciplinary lines and enable faculty
and students to remain fully engaged with the ever-changing art
of creating communities.
An especially important component of DCP's professional edu-
cation is to expose students to design, construction and planning
processes beyond what can be conveyed in classes on campus.
The organized off-campus studios, workshops and study-abroad
courses throughout Florida, and in select locales around the
globe, provide students with an incomparable educational expe-
rience. Funds to enable more students to participate, and to offset
the instructional costs of off-campus opportunities, will ensure
that these same advantages are available to future students.
Environment for learning: The college's facilities and technol-
ogy are critical components to ensuring programs continue to
excel. As a LEED Gold certified building, Rinker Hall serves as a
model for UF's campus and as a teaching tool for the principles of
sustainability. Your support for facilities will allow us to enhance
the environment for studio-based programs and to further incor-
porate new technologies into the studio and classroom.
Research centers: The college research centers and programs
serve as a conduit for faculty to .:I .11 -,1:..i :r.. on research and to
identify strategies to serve communities throughout Florida and
beyond. Your support for graduate students and affiliated fac-
ulty will help the centers undertake research that can make real
change in our communities.
Sustainability: DCP has a history of including sustainability as
part of the curriculum. Your support in this area would help us
enhance current programs and bring offerings in sustainable design
and construction off-campus, through an expanded array of dis-
tance learning opportunities centered around Web-based courses.
For decades, DCP has led the state and nation in providing
quality professional education, community outreach and solu-
tions through research. Your support through the Florida Tomorrow
campaign is essential to sustaining the excellence that is evi-
denced in the work of our faculty, students and alumni. Together,
we can change tomorrow.
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