Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of the College of Design, Construction & Planning
Message from the Dean
In Memory of Walter
We have launched a
number of important
initiatives this year that
include task forces on
strategic planning and the
college constitutional/governance committee. I
intend to discuss these issues in the future, but I
have decided to devote this column to the memory
and contributions of Walter Beinecke.
Walter passed away after a long illness on
Sunday, May 23 at his home at the age of 85 in the
place he dearly loved Nantucket. A memorial
service was held in Nantucket shortly thereafter
that I attended representing our college along with
Rhonda Phillips and Pete and Holly Prugh.
I only knew Walter about five years, a relatively
brief period of time. Yet I felt like I knew him for
much longer as he was the type of person who
immediately touched and engaged you with the
power of his intellect, warmth and humor. Even in
failing health and in his mid-8os, with a voice
barely above a whisper that you had to strain to
hear, Walter could zing you with a comment or
We all know that our Preservation Institute:
Nantucket program (PI:N) exists due to Walter's
generosity in donating land and facilities, and
creating a substantial endowment in support of the
program's operations. Now, PI:N has more than
400 graduates engaged in historic preservation
work around the world and that would not be
possible without Walter. This generosity is all the
more remarkable given that Walter had no official
ties to the UF other than his friendship and
respect for Professor Emeritus Blair Reeves.
Walter's contributions to our college are
certainly immense, but must be viewed as part of a
broad-ranging, nationally recognized commitment
to public service. He served on more than a dozen
boards in his lifetime and was the mastermind
behind the creation of the Nantucket Conservation
Foundation which initiated so many innovative
land use policies to preserve and protect
Nantucket. Increasingly, Walter's work in
Nantucket and with the National Trust for Historic
Preservation received national recognition, and in
1988, President Reagan presented him with the
President's Historic Preservation Award.
He is survived by a loving family and our college is
honored to be associated with them. I would like to close
with these words from the memorial service:
The tide recedes but leaves behind
bright seashells on the sand.
The sun goes down, but gentle warmth
still lingers on the land.
The music stops and yet
it echoes on in sweet refrains.
For every joy that passes...
Something beautiful remains.
Dean and Professor
* College Administration Over the summer, Dean
Stein announced several appointments to college
administration. Bob Stroh has been appointed as
Associate Dean for Research, Abdol Chini has been
appointed Director of the Rinker School of Building
Construction and Margaret Portillo has been appointed
as Chair of the Department of Interior Design.
* Tenure & Promotion Congratulations to Alfonso
Perez-Mendez and Richard Schneider for promotion to
Professor, Michael Kuenstle for promotion to Associate
Professor with tenure and Raymond Issa for selection
for a Salary Step Plan for Full Professors award.
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* New Woodshop Hours Due to an increased need
for access to the Woodshop and safety issues in the
studios, the Woodshop hours have been extended. The
new hours will be: Monday through Thursday to a.m.
to to p.m., Friday to a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Sunday 2
to 10 p.m.
* New Faculty We'd like to welcome new faculty to
DCP. IND: Margaret Portillo, Chair; ARC: Paul
Robinson, Assistant Professor; Charles Hailey,
Assistant Professor; Claude Armstrong, Visiting
Professor; Joseph Walker, Visiting Assistant Professor;
BCN: Svetlana Olbina, Visiting Assistant Professor;
Rick Smailes, Lecturer; Chuck Smeby, Lecturer; URP:
Joseli Macedo, Assistant Professor.
* Lecture Series Speaker World renowned
architect Nathalie de Vries, principal of the design firm
MVRDV, contributed to the ARC Lecture Series on Oct.
4, where she presented some of her firm's latest work
in a discussion titled "New Collectivities, or how public
life transforms in a privatized and individualized
world." She spoke about the intersection of urban
issues with architecture and illuminated her firm's
design approach towards this intersection, focusing on
the design exploration of public and domestic life. De
Vries was educated at the Technical University of Delft,
Department of Architecture, where she graduated in
1990 with honorable mention. Nathalie is one of three
founding principals of the Dutch firm MVRDV.
President Machen's Faculty Challenge
In his quest to make the UF one of the nation's
premier universities, President Machen announced
the UF Faculty Challenge. This initiative aims to raise
$150 million in private support to give faculty the
tools they need to enhance classroom instruction and
conduct world-class research. Reaching that goal is a
critical step in UF's strategic plan to become one of
the nation's premier universities.
These gifts from donors will provide more discre-
tionary funds for faculty research and can be used for
equipment, studies or stipends for student research
assistants. The gifts also will create an endowment to
provide competitive salaries so UF can attract and
retain the best and brightest faculty.
In addition to what the state matches, Machen has
pledged to match each gift of $1 million or more with
$250,000 from a special discretionary fund estab-
lished with private donations specifically for the
Faculty Challenge until the fund is exhausted.
For more information, please contact Marcia
Bourdon at email@example.com or 352-392-4836,
* LAE In Paris LAE students are spending this fall
semester at the UF Paris Research Center. While there,
they will study French language and culture and
participate in design studio and seminar. This year, the
focus of the design studio is redesigning the Place du
Lourve, the starting point of the Paris Grande Axe.
Also, this is the first year of a new lecture series at the
research center. LAE professor and study abroad
coordinator Terry Schnadelbach presented the
inaugural lecture on Sept. 29, titled "Transmigration to
* AIA Florida Award ARC professor Donna Cohen
and ARC affiliate professor Claude Armstrong, both
principals with Armstrong + Cohen Architecture,
received an award of excellence from the Florida
Association of the American Institute of Architects.
The award recognized the Great Hall House in
Gainesville, designed in collaboration with the owners,
ARC professor Nina Hofer and Peter Polshek.
* URP Awarded ASO Contract URP has received a
$1oo,ooo contract from the Alachua County Sheriffs
Office to design and implement a GIS-based crime-
mapping system. The work is funded by the U.S.
Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing
Program and is intended to coordinate with a matching
grant to the Gainesville Police Department. The
principal investigator of the project is Richard
Schneider. Co-principal investigators for the project
are Ilir Bejleri and Paul Zwick.
* LEED Training Participation IND chair
Margaret Portillo was invited by the FIDER board to
participate in an Introduction to LEED training
seminar at the Interface Americas Atlanta Downtown
Showroom and Georgia Tech University last May.
* Hunt House Drawings on Display ARC
professors Nancy Clark and Michael Kuenstle's
architecture firm, Clark + Kuenstle Associates, Inc., is
currently designing and building a series of modern
houses in the coastal community of Steinhatchee, Fla.
Drawings for the first of a series of houses, "The Hunt
House," will be on exhibit at the Thomas Center
Mezzanine Gallery in Gainesville Oct. 2 Nov. 14.
* France-Florida Research Institute IND
professor Susan Tate is developing an interchange on
historic preservation processes in France and Florida
in association with the France-Florida Research
Institute. Designated in 2002 by the French embassy,
FFRI at UF is one of 18 such interdisciplinary centers
in the United States. This past summer, Tate traveled
to France to review restoration work at the Hotel de
Talleyrand Marshall Center and the U.S. Ambassador's
Residence with Vivien Woofter and Dr. Ulrich Leben,
expert of historic Rothschild properties.
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* Spring 2005 Commencement UF has announced
the Spring 2005 Commencement schedule. As we did
last spring, the college will host its own
commencement in April 2005. Our college
commencement will be held at 9 a.m. on Friday, April
29, 2005 in the Phillips Center for Performing Arts.
The faculty are invited and encouraged to participate
in the processional. The college will provide regalia.
For more information, please visit
www.dcp.ufl.edu/grad.php. The Fall 2004
Commencement will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday,
Dec. 18, 2004 at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.
* New Grant Money IND professor Debra Harris
was awarded a grant from the Coalition for Healthy
Environments Research to investigate spatial layout
considerations for neonatal intensive care units. The
study will compare traditional open-bay unit designs
with single family room designs, a new trend in
healthcare design. She is also focusing the senior
interior design studio on healthcare design using an
evidence-based design model to teach design
alternatives for NICUs promoting supportive
environments for the well being of neonates, families
and healthcare staff.
* Bike Safety Program News The Traffic and
Bicycle Safety Education Program, housed in URP, has
been working with FDOT on implementing their
Strategic Highway Safety Plan. They completed
workshops around the state, training teachers, law
enforcement and community volunteers how to teach
bicycle and pedestrian safety to children. URP
professor Ruth Steiner is working with the program on
a new FDOT contract looking at "SafeWays to school"
in conjunction with their multi-modal planning efforts.
Also, Mandi Hall has joined the staff of the Bicycle and
Traffic Safety Education Program. Her background is
in health science education.
* Daytona Beach Research Project This summer,
ARC professor Michael Kuenstle completed a funded
research project for the City of Daytona Beach, Fla. The
research reviewed the city's Ocean Front Development
Standards and provided simulation modeling for an
urban impact study. In addition, Kuenstle currently
serves on the UF Land Use and Planning Committee
and is completing his term as president of AIA
* Hong Kong-China Program The UF Hong Kong-
China program had a successful launch this summer
with 21 students residing in Hong Kong and traveling
to Schenzhen, Shanghai, Suzhou and Beijing. An
exhibition of the work entitled "vernacular
METROPOLIS 1 [Podium-City] Intertwining Scalar
Extremes in a 60-story Village" was held at the la
Space Gallery in Kowloon, Hong Kong and will travel
to Florida and Jakarta, Indonesia. The program is led
Calendar of Events
FIDER Accreditation Visit for IND
ARC Lecture Series, 6 p.m., Ham Museum of Art
Giuseppe Mazzotta, Yale University
IND Exhibit Opening, 4 p.m., Gallery
Historic Preservation Lecture Series, 6 p.m.,
Gerson Hall Auditorium
Pascal Filatre, 2004 Richard Morris Hunt Fellow
ARC Lecture Series, 6 p.m., Ham Museum of Art
Carlo Pozzi (with Rosario Pavia), Universith degli Studi "G.
d'Annunzio" Chieti, Pescara, Italy
IND FIDER Accreditation
ARC Design Seven
ARC Graduate Design One
by ARC professors Nancy Sanders and Robert
MacLeod. ARC professor Diana Bitz was a guest
scholar with the program.
* Bicycle Master Plan In June, the Alachua County
Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization
adopted the Bicycle Master Plan Addendum developed
by ARC professor Martin Gold and students from his
vertical studio, in collaboration with the county. While
researching the addendum, students were able to
travel to Portland, Davis, Copenhagen, Malmo,
Amsterdam, Utrecht, Basil and Freiburg for field
observations of multi-modal transportation
infrastructure, integration with civic space and culture
of use. Gold's work on the "Bicycle Promenade Eco-
History Trail" is published in the July issue of
* LAE at the Ham Museum In Fall 2003, in
conjunction with a class in Ornamental Horticulture,
graduate students, under the direction of LAE
professor Kay Williams, designed an Asian garden for
the Harn Museum. The winning project by Michelle
Hall, second year LAE student, was implemented in
August and September.
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* PI:C The Preservation Institute: Caribbean, under
the direction of ARC professors William Tilson and
Alfonso Perez-Mendez, has just completed its 2004
field work in the town of Estancia de Ayllones located
north of Guadalajara. The studio-based program
focuses on the design of new public space and
architecture for rural communities formally dominated
by haciendas. An exhibit of the work is planned for
* IND Accreditation Oct. 16 19 marks the FIDER
(Foundation for Interior Design Education Research)
accreditation visit for IND. FIDER provides the
foundation for excellence in the interior design
profession by establishing standards for education.
Everyone is invited to the public opening of the FIDER
student work exhibition titled, "the red label
STANDARD," on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. in the
gallery in the Architecture building.
* NEH Summer Institute ARC professor Charles
Hailey recently participated in the National
Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer
Institute at the Newberry Library in Chicago.
* LAE in Germany LAE professor Kay Williams was
the first non-European to serve on an accreditation
team for Zentrale Evaluations-und
Akkreditierungdsgrntur (ZEVA). The February 2004
visit was to the MLA program at Anhalt University in
Bernberg, Germany and was conducted according to
the European Common Market accreditation
standards. ZEVA accredits not only landscape
architecture, but medicine, law, forestry and other
* Brooklyn Charrette ARC professor Mark
McGlothlin led the "pre-charrette" for the AIA Florida
Convention in August. Approximately 50 participants,
including UF students, studied the ongoing master
plan proposals for the Brooklyn neighborhood of
Jacksonville, Fla. and offered insights and
opportunities for the neighborhood's engagement to
the St. Johns River within initial limitations of a
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* ASLA 2004 Student Awards Congratulations to
the UF students who received 2004 student awards
from the American Society of Landscape Architects.
For individual graduate research, Kelly Hughes
received first place for her project, "Redesigning
Renourishment" and graduate student Ginerva
Anuszkiewicz received first place for her project,
"Regional Wetlands Mitigation Framework for the
Protection of Biodiversity: The Northeast Florida
Region as a Case Study." For undergraduate individual
research, Jared Smith received special commendation
for his project, "South Brevard Wildlife Corridor."
* Paper Presentation Ph.D. Director M. Jo Hasell
presented a refereed paper with Maruja Torres-
Antonini titled, "How Much Community in
Community? Negotiating Privacy in the Common
House" at the international IDEC conference.
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I'd like to thank all of you for your continued support of
our communications efforts. Your submissions to the DCP
News have become a record of events and activities at DCP,
which in turn, assists with the development of content for the
DCP alumni magazine, Perspective, due out in December. We
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Wiseman. Paul is a master's student in public relations and
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We appreciate receiving your feedback, so please e-mail
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into the DCP family. Over the past six weeks, I have met many
of you and learned a great deal about what is going on in the
college. For those faculty and staff that I haven't met, I hope
to get to know each of you during this semester. I will strive to
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