Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of the College of Design, Construction & Planning
Message from the Dean
On October 14, the dedication ceremony for M.E.
Rinker, Sr. Hall was held. It was a very successful
event thanks to the hard work of all who were
involved. The dedication was a landmark in the
history ofDCP. Below is an excerpt from Dean Jay
Stein's speech at the ceremony:
It is indeed my privilege to accept this building
on behalf of the University of Florida's College of
Design, Construction and Planning.
I would like to thank the Rinker Family, Karl
Watson and Rinker Materials, Marshall Criser, the
Building Construction Advisory Council Executive
Committee and all the donors and volunteers who
helped to make this building a reality. We wouldn't
be here today without you.
In addition, I would like to take a moment to
recognize Robert Gould, Steve Carpenter and Gould
Evans Associates; Randy Croxton and Croxton
Collaborative Architects; Brad Wilson, Cathy
Underhill and Centex-Rooney Construction Com-
pany; and JT McCaffrey, Carol Wilson and UF
Facilities, Planning and Construction.
As President Young stated, the theme of our
sesquicentennial is "Honoring the Past, Shaping the
Future." A few weeks ago, I attended the National
Trust for Historic Preserva-
tion Conference in Denver.
honor the past. But, what
about shaping the future?
I think all of us in the
professions of the built
environment, as we shape
the future, have a special and
unique responsibility to view every project we are involved in
as a potential candidate for the National Register of Historic
I have no doubt that this innovative, "green" building,
M.E. Rinker, Sr. Hall, will one day be on the National
Register and that the students, faculty and staff who occupy
the building and the preservationists who study the
building will 50 to loo years from now marvel and
appreciate the wisdom of all those associated with it.
Pablo Picasso once spoke of the distinction between an
"Artist" and a "Painter:"
"There are Painters who transform the sun into a
yellow spot, but there are 'Artists' who transform a
yellow spot into the sun."
I think all of those involved with this building are
Profile: Martha Kohen
arrived at UF this
summer to begin her
director of the
came to DCP from
the School of
Universidad de la
where she served as
professor of 5th year
Studio for the past 18
years and as Director
for the past five
with her a wealth of
experience and a unique
perspective into internation-
Playing in the
Kohen believes that
architecture can be practiced
"You have to be able to
understand and produce
proposals in different
cultural contexts," Kohen
said. "You can't just trans-
pose a model and say what
works here works anywhere."
This theory can be
applied worldwide, but also
within the United States by
understanding that there are
multiple communities with
different needs and
"We must recognize
diversity," Kohen said.
hybridation as a cultural
phenomenon that strength-
ens civilization by incorpo-
rating multiple cultural
"There is no unique
culture," Kohen said. "We all
influence each other."
As an immigrant coun-
try, the United States has
multiple cultures at its root,
as do many countries in the
"We must recognize and
accept the many components
of our culture," Kohen said.
At the same time as we
are looking to connect
internationally, we must also
connect on a local level,
"We must be citizens of
our society," Kohen said.
"We can't be negligent of the
Kohen believes strongly
in involvement on all levels:
city, county, state and
"We must promote
charettes and seminars,
involving the public, commu-
nity leaders and the press,"
Kohen said. "We must be
part of the feedback."
* 2004 Witters Competition Request for Proposals from
faculty for the Spring 2004 Witters Competition. The faculty
member whose proposal is selected will receive a $1,500
cash award to organize the competition. The competition,
sponsored by Col. Art and Bev Witters, was created to foster
interdisciplinary communication and better understanding
among all units of DCP.
Faculty members submitting proposals must identify one or
more problem focus areas for the competition, indicate a
strategy to involve the academic units in DCP and provide a
general approach to organizing the competition. Proposals
should be submitted to Associate Dean Anthony J. Dasta by
Monday, November 10, 2003. For information about last
year's competition, visit www.dcp.ufl.edu/news/witters.htm.
* Honoring Former Governor Askew URP honored
former Florida Governor Reubin Askew this month with the
Ernest R. Bartley Distinguished Service Award. This award
honors those outside of planning who have made significant
contributions to the planning industry.
* State of Florida's Housing 200oo3 -The Shimberg Center
for Affordable Housing released State of Florida Housing
2003 this month. The report is an interpretation of housing
trends over time and an inventory of housing and housing
prices in the state.
* Kohen Receives Top Honor Martha Kohen won the
highest Latin American Award: the First Prize on the 5th Sao
Paulo Bienal of Architecture. Her project "the Memorial in
Remembrance of Disappeared Detained Citizens" Built 2002
Montevideo was selected from 320 entries from 15 countries.
* Landscape Students Earn Top Awards Three LAE
students were honored with awards from the American
Society of Landscape Architects. Those honored were first
place winner Sansern Kiatsupaibal and special
commendation honorees Jeff Maxwell and Manuel
Arencibia. In addition, Sigma Lambda Alpha, the honor
society for landscape architecture, awarded scholarships to
Kelly Hughes and Marjorie Hennessy.
* Sukkot The Sukkot project continued this year, once
again sponsored by the Beame Architectural Partnership of
Coral Gables. This year, the sukkahs were designed by third
year architecture students in Donna Cohen's studio and were
on campus from October 10-19.
The Sukkot projects have
earned ongoing recognition for
DCP News is published the School of Architecture.
monthly by the University of Architecture graduate Jason
Florida College of Design, Jensen was awarded an AIA
Construction & Planning. Tampa intern design award for
News and announcements
contained in DCP News were the sukkah he designed and
submitted by DCP faculty and built. Donna Cohen delivered
staff. To make a submission to a paper in Paris at the
DCP News, please call or email: International Word and Image
Conference titled, "The Roofed
Julie Frey Letters: Sukkah, Text as
Asst Director, Information/ Architecture."
392-4836, ext. 221 Rinker Hall on the
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Hall was featured on the
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Calendar of Events
Benefits Open Enrollment Ends
UF Alumni Reunion at ASLA National Conference, 8 p.m.,
New Orleans Marriott Hotel
(Conference runs October 30 through November 3)
Deadline for submitting nominations for DCP Teacher/
Advisor of the Year
ARC Brown Bag Seminar Series: "secrets,"
Donna Cohen, 12:30 p.m.
Conversations for a Sustainable Future: The Politics of
Sustainability, Leslie Thiele, 12 p.m., 238 Rinker Hall
November 7 & 8
Homecoming No classes
Deadline to submit proposals for the 2004 Witters
ARC Lecture Series
Plexus r+d, Erik Lewitt & Jordan Williams, 6 p.m.,
Veterans Day No classes
ARC Brown Bag Seminar Series: Digital Mantras & Zen
Maintenance, John Maze, 12:30 p.m.
Conversations for a Sustainable Future: Sustainable Water
Resources, Richard Hamann, 12 p.m., 238 Rinker Hall
ARC Lecture Series
Lisa Rapoport, PLANT Architect Inc., 6 p.m., Ham Museum
November 27 & 28
Thanksgiving Holiday No classes
November 3 11
Digital Spaces: Virtual Places
Architecture, Graduate Design
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