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College of Design, Construction and Planning 331 Architecture Building
Office of the Dean PO Box 115701
Gainesville, FL 32611-5701
352-392-7266 Fax

March 7, 2007
Program Narrative AY 2007/2008
College of Design, Construction and Planning

Mission and Purpose:

The mission of the College is to offer exceptional professional education programs
addressing design, development, construction, and preservation of the built and natural
environments. Through faculty and doctoral-level basic and applied research, DCP faculty
critically assess ongoing processes of change in human settlements, engage students in projects
intended to guide those 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. DCP is distinctive in the depth and scope of
programs addressing the challenges of designing, developing and sustaining human settlements,
but also in the opportunities it provides to students to gain professional training through
engagement with real world challenges. No other College of its kind has its students and faculty
so fully connected to cutting edge practice within Florida communities, as well as operating from a
national and international platform. Through formal studio projects based at multiple locations in
the United States and beyond, and potentially at the disposal of most DCP students, we offer an
incomparable educational experience. Community and professional engagement, advancing the
principles of sustainability and preservation, training and mentoring to achieve design excellence,
and a globally-connected educational experience are the hallmarks of DCP. By increasing
carefully calculated utilization of eLearning tools, we will create a seamless interface between our
extensive work in the field and our Gainesville base at UF, while at the same time reaching a larger
and more diverse student body without further taxing campus resources. The application of state-
of-the art information and design-focused technology to the teaching and research missions of
DCP programs will enable us to continue to attract top students especially to our professional
masters and doctoral programs where these are essential tools in basic and applied research.
DCP's mission is supported by focused and active research centers that enhance graduate
education and the research and civic engagement missions of the College. Throughout the
research centers as well as through its professional programs, DCP faculty model interdisciplinary
collaboration on a regular basis. Where we are now moving is toward greater inter-College
collaboration, such as with the Colleges of Fine Arts, Health and Human Performance,
Engineering (in transportation and sustainability areas), Law and with departments in the College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Additional opportunities for collaboration are being explored in
conjunction with IFAS.

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Goals and Expected Outcomes:

Teaching: There are several key components to DCP's teaching goals:
* improved and innovative teaching facilities for applications to design professions
(Digital 3-D facility; Smart Boards for Interior Design, adding Mac platform for
* expand off-campus and international studio facilities to provide expanded
opportunities for advanced student community engagement while creating a better
instructional environment within campus facilities (design studio in downtown
Gainesville at Florida Community Design Center, a studio located in a new Citi-lab in
downtown Orlando, a studio based in St. Augustine, and a potential additional studios
in Bandung, Indonesia and Ft. Myers and Sarasota, Fla. these would complement
existing off-campus studios and institutes at Nantucket; New Lebanon, New York;
Yucatan, Mexico; Hong Kong; Paris, Vicenza, Curitiba, Brazil; and Pune and Mumbai,
India which are conducted on an annual basis;
* development of an instructional support program within DCP to serve teaching
assistants and junior faculty, led by the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic
* development of new eLearning courses to expand enrollments (without taxing current
facilities) including non majors and majors, and to support off-campus studios;
* creation of a Master of Science in Historic Preservation to expand graduate
* creation of a non-accredited Bachelor of Environmental Design to support select
students staying at Florida for graduate study in Landscape Architecture and potentially
other DCP students who have interest in urban design, environmental planning, and
issues in the built environment;
* operationalize newly approved Graduate Certificate and Concentration in
Sustainable Design and develop in collaboration with other appropriate colleges a
campus-wide academic program and select new courses in Sustainability;
* in collaboration with other colleges, increase international program offerings
utilizing distance learning as well as on-site instruction;
* stand alone Ph.D. in Construction Management, and possible redefining of the DCP
Ph.D. to focus on environmental design, sustainability, historic preservation, and
planning technologies.

Research: Expand externally funded research through several strategies:
* support of faculty projects through seed grants from College overhead funds;
* greater support from College for faculty conference participation in conjunction with
departments and schools;
* supporting research centers with active research agendas, and transforming the
existing Research and Education Center for Architectural Preservation (RECAP) into
the Center for World Heritage Stewardship, with key connections to faculty and

programs in the Colleges of Fine Arts, Liberal Arts and Science, and Health and
Human Performance;
conduct an annual faculty research colloquium beginning 2007/08 to showcase work
undertaken with seed grant funds as well as other notable research work;
establishing the expectation that new faculty hires in DCP units will contribute to the
research output of their field and to seek external support for that work;
strengthen the capabilities to assist faculty in preparation of grants through additional
staff support.

Service: DCP faculty will continue to play active and significant roles within professional
and academic organizations, with appropriate support from the department, school and College, to
take on positions of leadership. Through a more focused program of civic engagement, led by a
newly created position of Assistant Dean of International Studies and Service Learning, our
extensive engagement of students with professional experiences will be expanded in scope,
potentially engaging more students and also providing greater visibility for the work that has been
ongoing for such an extended period. The Assistant Dean will interface with International Studies,
area studies centers, continuing education and student affairs to ensure that DCP's efforts are
positioned within the core of university activities in service. Collaborative opportunities for
courses and projects in civic engagement are possible with several other colleges, especially
Education and Fine Arts.

Diversity: DCP's professional programs have fundamental commitments to serve clients
who represent the diversity of community life in the United States and abroad, and it seeks to
reflect that through its faculty and students. Strategies to enhance student diversity include more
targeted recruitment for graduate students among current undergraduate students at UF; greater
visibility of masters and Ph.D. programs in urban markets in Florida; continued support to our
College Diversity Specialist to lead the recruitment effort among students and faculty; creating
new innovative opportunities to engage a more diverse faculty through appointments as adjunct
faculty or, when appropriate, as visiting professors of practice (non-tenure).

Fund Raising: By February, DCP exceeded its annual target of $3 million for the
upcoming campaign, giving us $6 million toward our $31 million goal. Expanded fund raising
activities focused on alumni in landscape architecture, architecture, interior design and planning
have yielded notable results in 2006/07. Through Dean's Outreach Receptions in Washington,
DC, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, and Orlando, the development of strong alumni clubs,
not only in Building Construction but also in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior
Design and the Board of Advocates in the Historic Preservation Program, and working with
members of the Florida American Planning Association, our base of potential donors has
expanded. We continue to produce and distribute award winning publications to highlight our
College activities (this year's issue of Perspective is themed around our extensive work in the area
of Sustainability). Increased grant-funded activities (beyond the annually impressive output of the
faculty of urban and regional planning), including greater engagement with foundations, will be
tasked by the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research in collaboration with DCP

Strategic Plan

DCP has been operating without a strategic plan endorsed by its administrators, faculty,
students, and staff, although it has developed a process of shared governance that is now being
utilized to prepare such a plan. Indeed, it is a requirement of DCP's constitution that the Dean
prepare a strategic plan, and present it to the College in the Fall (2007). Currently, we are
developing our strategic plan through a ground-up, participatory process involving a group of
College faculty committees in the areas of sustainability curriculum, technology, space needs, the
doctoral program, the historic preservation program, as well as work being done within individual
departments that will feed into the College effort.
Based upon existing demand and the extremely highly level of placement of graduates in
the design, construction and planning professions, our programs our meeting the statewide
professional workforce needs as specified in the SUS Board of Governors Strategic Plan. DCP is
playing a vital part in implementing the UF President's Work Plan through its leadership in
modeling shared governance; DCP has developed mechanisms within the College that fully engage
students and faculty in our shared vision. We are rebuilding our faculty through highly
competitive searches and with high expectations for supporting UF's research aspirations. DCP
programs are committed to expanding the percentage of graduate students in College enrollments.
We will continue as a campus leader in internationalization activities, advancing the campus
sustainability agenda, strengthening the environmental field and preparing professionals to shape
human settlements.

College Core Achievements

Implementation of Shared Governance System, led by newly created Faculty Council
Construction of Craft Awareness Facility (w/ "green roof") as a learning laboratory
attached to Rinker Hall
2 Endowed Professorships in Building Construction (Charles R. Perry and William
Lassiter); by February 2007 already achieving annual fund raising target for DCP
Three significant external grants by faculty (William O'Dell, URP; Kristin Larsen, URP,
$500,000 from Wachovia Foundation for Affordable Housing Model ;Ruth Steiner, URP,
Co-PI $3 million USDOT (with Engineering and PHHP); overall for AY 2006/07 we have
about $4 million in external funding through March 6
School of Architecture and Department of Interior Design both ranked as best in South
(covering Virginia to Texas), with Interior Design's graduate and undergraduate programs
ranked 6th and 7th nationally, respectively, and Architecture's graduate program ranked 17th
(5th among public universities); Landscape Architecture's undergraduate program ranked
5th in South. Building Construction is among top five programs nationally
5 books by DCP faculty released or in production during 2006-2007
Creation of design studio in Florida Community Design Center (Gainesville)
Recognition during the School of Architecture accreditation site visit, and supported
through subsequent presentations by faculty at national conferences, regarding the unique
studio pedagogy offered, including a pedagogy track in the Master of Science in
Architectural Studies, which requires an MArch and a commitment to teaching.

College Challenges -- Strategies

Improved instructional technology in the design professions -- Strategy: through DCP
Computing and Instructional Technology Committee develop and implement plan for
short-term needs and long-term goals and sustainability; addressing critical needs initially
through Dean's start-up funds
Space for studios, sufficient gallery space; space for improved instructional technology --
Strategy: reassess space utilization within existing campus buildings, add off-campus
opportunities within Gainesville and beyond through engagement programs
Ensure that new faculty recruitment elevates the graduate professional/research profile of
programs Strategy: setting and enforcing high expectations of research contributions
from all new DCP faculty searches, and providing financial support to develop research
Support for recruitment of top graduate students from outside Florida Strategies:
leverage limited campus funds from Alumni and Grinter programs with recurring funds
from Dean's start-up package
Faculty Salary compression Strategy: limited ability to address this for existing faculty
but ensuring that new faculty hires are secured at competitive market rate levels

College Improvement Strategies

Plan and initiate substantial upgrade in technology related to instruction needs of design
fields (arch, ind, larch) assess outcomes from efforts based upon plan developed by DCP
Computing and Instructional Technology Committee
Establish research and conference travel grant funds to seed projects and support
dissemination assess outcomes of mini-grants provided to faculty in terms of scholarly
Develop off-campus studio/workshop opportunities to meet space needs and to strengthen
professional development opportunities monitor and assess the quality of these
experiences for participants as well as the impact on campus offerings
Additional funding to support recruitment of top doctoral students increase in Ph.D.
students as a component of overall and graduate enrollment
Additional administrative support for internationalization, service learning, technology, and
communications assess outcome of new position of Assistant Dean for International
Studies and Service Learning, as well as additional support for communications

Academic Culture of College

The academic culture of the College revolves around the distinctive professional cultures of
its five professional programs, as well as the shared ground around issues such as design,
applications of technology, sustainability, internationalization and cross-cultural issues, and fields
such as historic preservation (which draws its faculty and students from all five units in the
college. One dimension of the research climate of the College centers upon creative works of
faculty and students, evaluated through competitions, exhibitions and commissions, and involving
a continuous interface between leading professionals and DCP faculty and students. There is also
a significant degree of externally funded applied research, especially in the fields of urban and

regional planning and building construction, that is supported and guided through active research
centers (with auxiliary staff and funded graduate students). There is a high level of informal and
formal collaboration with faculty from other Colleges, including Engineering, Law, Health and
Human Performance, CLAS, Public Health and Health Professions, and Fine Arts.

Budget Requests

Chair of Landscape Architecture To address critical leadership needs with several
College units, we launched a national search for a new chair in Urban and Regional
Planning in 2006/07 utilizing Dean start-up funds. It was previously anticipated that these
funds would be used for a chair search in Landscape Architecture, but circumstances
reversed the priorities. Additional funding beyond the Dean's start up needed for 2007/08
national search for Chair of Landscape Architecture. $140,000 (fringe included)
Assistant Director of Information/Publication Services Staff support for
communications (including publications, web communication, public relations) has been
handled to date by one full-time individual and two student assistants. Additional full-time
staff support for current and expanded activities in communication -$50,000 (fringe
Faculty in Historic Preservation New permanent faculty line (with Ph.D.) dedicated to
historic preservation program to provide needed instructional, advising, Ph.D. mentoring. -
$75,000 (fringe included)
Two (2) Faculty in Sustainability New permanent faculty lines (with Ph.D.) to support
campus graduate sustainability program. $140,000 (fringe included)
Additional Studio Space Fund need to support recurring need for space rental within the
campus area to provide critical space for studio offerings. $25,000
Research and Grant Development Additional OPS funding to meet strategic need for
additional part-time staff support to DCP Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and
Research for grant development. $30,000


Instructional Technology Creation of a Building Information Modeling facility within
Rinker Hall for BCN, Architecture and Interior Design programs. $95,000
Classroom Environment Funds to secure improved furniture in the Design 1 and Design
2 studio spaces on campus and for off-campus facilities. $15,000
Instructional Technology Equipment for Design disciplines (4 new plotters). $24,000

College/Unit: College of Design, Construction & Planning
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6 Furniture in Design Studio 1&2 space $15,000.00 yes
6 4 new plotters $24,000.00 yes
6 Building Information Modeling (BIM) Lab $95,000.00 yes

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