COLLEGE OF DESIGN, CONSTRUCTIONn & PLANNING
A s we come to the close of the Spring 2005 semester,
I would like to take this occasion to thank our faculty
and staff for all their contributions to DCP this year and
to review some of our fiscal accomplishments for the year.
I will discuss more fully these items and many others in
my State of the College to be issued just prior to start of
the Fall 2005 semester. But, I truly think DCP has done
its share in support of the UF Strategic Plan's major goal:
"to raise the University of Florida into the ranks of the
nation's truly great universities."
We have been very ambitious this year in attempting to
complete both a DCP Constitution and a DCP Strategic
Plan. Professors James Nicholas (chair), Peggy Carr,
Robert Cox, Susan Tate and Tony White, representing
each of our five academic units, have worked very
diligently and collaboratively to produce a series of draft
documents that have been reviewed with both faculty
and college administrators. As I write this message, we
are preparing for the next step in the process which is
a review of the document relative to UF Rules. If that
review can be completed in an expeditious manner,
we then will have a college meeting at the end of April
to review the document. Whether we meet the April
deadline or not, I am confident we will complete the
process by Fall 2005 and move the college forward in the
interest of shared governance.
We also have made significant progress this year in
developing the first Strategic Plan in DCP's history. We
have received outstanding assistance from an outside
consultant, Maury Cotter of the University of Wisconsin,
and had a very positive college retreat to help fashion the
plan. I now have been on the faculty in this college for
16 years, and this is truly the first time that I am aware
of when all the stakeholders in our community faculty,
students, staff and alumni were engaged in a meeting
at the same table, same time, same topic on any issue of
importance to the college. This is an important precedent
for our college, and I expect such events to be of greater
importance in the future. Similar to the situation with
the Constitution, as I write this message we are moving
toward a meeting at the end of April on the Strategic
Plan. Again, even if it is premature to complete the plan,
it is important to maintain the momentum of our effort.
We have put a great deal of effort some more than
others and opportunity cost into the completion of
these two tasks. There are two important questions
that only a future generation of stakeholders in DCP
will be able to answer: 1. "Did the adoption of a DCP
Strategic Plan make a difference in moving DCP to
the very highest levels of academic achievement and
international recognition?" and 2. "Did the Constitution
and shared governance result in our faculty and staff
being more engaged with higher levels of morale, greater
job satisfaction and increased levels of productivity?"
The challenge for all of us in the next several years will be
to work as a community to realize the potential of these
initiatives so that future generations will answer these
questions in the affirmative.
In closing, I want to congratulate Julie Frey on her
publication of Perspective. I think this is also a major
accomplishment for our college this year and goes a
long way to "telling our story" the incredible story
that it is to the outside world. Congratulations to
professor Robert Cox for his selection to the Academy of
Distinguished Teaching Scholars; Andrew Wehle for his
UF Superior Accomplishment Award; professor Susan
Tate as the second recipient of the Dean's Faculty Service
Award; and professor Ruth Steiner as Research Professor.
Congratulations also to the Department of Interior
Design and Department of Urban and Regional Planning
on their professional reaccreditations this year with
I wish all of you a productive and restful summer.
Dean and Professor
DCP Award Ceremony
d On April 13, DCP celebrated several distinguished
alumni, donors, faculty and students at its annual award
ceremony. This was the 27th holding of this special
event. The ceremony was an excellent opportunity to
visit with DCP's donors and other special guests and to
extend well-deserved congratulations to those who have
achieved distinction through scholastic achievement,
service or leadership. A special thanks to Rebecca Graves
and Barbara Cleveland for their work in organizing the
ceremony and related events.
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Annual Design Competition Draws More Than Onlookers
It was all in a day's work for a six-member team of
students who walked away from an intense design
competition each $580.33 richer.
No gambling here, but the stakes were high for all o1
teams who participated in the annual 24-hour, up-all-night
Witters Competition held last month at the College of Design,
Construction and Planning.
The event, endowed by Col. Arthur G. and Beverley A.
Witters, pits teams of students in the College of Design,
Construction and Planning against each other in an
interdisciplinary design-build competition with a tight
time limit. This year's winning team had three architecture
students, one interior design student and two landscape
architecture students. The combination proved successful
and drew praise from Gainesville City Commissioner Rick
Bryant who was invited to judge the competition.
Members of the winning team were: Chris Emens, Christen
Hutton, Meredith Klein, Loraine Mickelson, Aaron Plewke
and Steve West.
Challenging the students this year was the redesign of
the Andrew R. Mickle Pool complex at the T.B. McPherson
Center in Southeast Gainesville. Architecture assistant
professor Charles Hailey chose the site because of its
historical, cultural and social significance in Gainesville,
particularly to the residents of East Gainesville.
Members of the East Gainesville community were
invited and participated in an opening presentation at the
McPherson Center to tell the competing teams what they
would expect from a new pool complex. A survey of children
in the area, conducted before the competition, revealed a
desire for, among other things, two water slides and a wave
pool. Parents expressed their desire for better lighting and
seating around the pool area.
The competition, which began at the McPherson Center,
quickly moved back to the UF campus where the teams
settled into separate studios for the remainder of their 24-
Visiting architect and invited judge, Jim Adamson of Jersey
Devil Inc., a design/build firm, acknowledged the great
potential the complex has for revitalization.
"The biggest challenge," he said, "is identifying problems
and resolving them in an architectural way. It is a wonderful
facility and may just need a change in programs."
Declining attendance has burdened this facility most
severely in the last few years, although it has never enjoyed
the attendance levels of public aquatic facilities in Gainesville
like the Westside Pool.
Ian Dyar, Gainesville Aquatic Leader for Parks and
Recreation, blames shorter pool seasons, lack of facilities
and unusual pricing practices among the culprits causing
"There will be some days when we only have one or two
people here, other days there will be none," Dyar said. "Other
pools like Westside Pool see as many as 17,000 to 18,000
people per season."
Dyar expressed excitement to see what the teams would
design, but he remained doubtful that anything will change
in the near future. Money which would have made projects
like this feasible did not materialize when the Better Parks,
Better Roads referendum, proposed last November, was
narrowly defeated by Gainesville voters.
Mr. Andrew R. Mickle, Sr., the man whose name is
inscribed on the front of pool complex, and family were at the
evening award ceremony to congratulate the winning team
and peruse the design offerings. Mr. Mickle was a manager
and swimming instructor from 1957 to 1974 at the Lincoln
Pool before it was renamed in 1990 in his honor.
When the winning team and honorable mentions were
announced, each competition participant went home
with a better understanding of the Southeast Gainesville
community's needs and a greater appreciation of the value of
Traveling Exhibit Visits DCP
i "Eladio Dieste: A Principled Builder," an exhibition of
photographs by Yoshihiro Asada, was on display April 4-12,
in the Gallery in the Architecture Building. The Uruguayan
architect, Eladio Dieste, whose work was showcased, used
ceramic reinforced bricks which allowed him to transform
the utilitarian nature of simple structures like water towers
and storage facilities into beautiful structures. The traveling
exhibit journeyed through South America before arriving
in Gainesville. The exhibit was a part of the School of
Architecture's efforts to expand its research and curricular
outreach to address issues from a global perspective and
especially create a pedagogical bridge between Florida and
Interdisciplinary Team Brings Home Award
d DCP has won one of six national awards in the
interdisciplinary student competition for the 2005 National
Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Prize
for the Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the
Academy. The entry, titled "Bridging: The Links Between
Practice and Education in the Academy," was based on a
collaborative, comprehensive project by students from a
graduate architecture seminar in environmental technology
and senior and graduate students in interior design. They
created a design program for the renovation of a university
building. The prize provides an award of $7,500 to the
college to be used for interdisciplinary purposes.
IND professor Susan Tate and ARC visiting professor Joe
Walker were overall coordinators for the project. Student
participants were Melissa Engers, Kathryn Frederick, Shelley
Jones, Eric Peterson, Cori Robertson and Shannon Shirah.
Beinecke-Reeves Distinguished Achievement Award
d Don Slesnick, mayor of the City of Coral Gables, won DCP's
Beinecke-Reeves Distinguished Achievement Award. The
award honors the professional who most embodies the "spirit
of historic preservation" in Florida. Slesnick, a UF College of
Law alumnus, is a managing partner of a South-Florida law
firm and sits on the board of directors of Great Florida Bank.
The Beinecke-Reeves award is named in honor of Walter
Beinecke, Jr. and professor emeritus F. Blair Reeves. Among
other acheivements, both men worked to establish DCP's
Preservation Institute: Nantucket.
PI:N Hosts Preservation Week in Nantucket
i PI:N will be hosting an exhibition of original photographs
by the nationally prominent architectural historian and
preservationist, Clay Lancaster (1917-2000), as part of
the celebration of National Historic Preservation Week on
Nantucket Island. The exhibit titled, "Through the Lens
of Clay Lancaster: Photographs of a Preservation Pioneer
(1930-1970)," was created and partially underwritten by
the Warwick Foundation in Lexington, KY. Nantucket's
Preservation Week activities, coordinated by the Nantucket
Preservation Alliance, begin May 7.
DCP Advisor Wins Superior Accomplishment Award
d DCP Assistant In Student Affairs Andrew Wehle,
was recently awarded one of six UF $1,5oo Superior
Accomplishment Awards in recognition of his work with
the students in the college. University-level winners must
have won their divisional awards which he did in February.
In addition to the cash prize, Andrew will be invited to the
President's Box during an upcoming UF home football game.
ARC Office Manager Wins Division Three Award
d ARC office manager Mary Kramer, was selected for her
extra efforts and dedication to the university to receive a
Division Three 2004-2005 Superior Accomplishment Award.
In addition to this prestigious recognition, Mary received a
$200 award from the university. Superior accomplishment
award winners are nominated by their colleagues for their
efforts above and beyond normal assigned duties.
BCN's Admission/Registrar Advisor, Sallie Schattner,
served as 2004-2005 Division Three Chair for the Superior
LAE Student Wins Design Rights for Gallery Garden
d Third-year LAE student David Heffelfinger recently won
a design competition to create a garden for the University
Gallery at the College of Fine Arts. David's design was among
26 entries judged by the UF Physical Plant Division, FAC
faculty and fellow students in the Planting Design Studio.
The 6oo-square-foot garden outside of the University Gallery
was paid for and will be maintained by UF's Physical Plant
Division. The design charrette came at the request of the
FAC gallery because the existing space was damaged in last
fall's hurricanes. PPD and LAE are hoping to identify more
opportunities for landscape improvements and redesign
around the College of Fine Arts.
HP Director Reappointed to National Board
d Roy Eugene Graham, FAIA, Beineke-Reeves distinguished
professor in historic preservation and director of DCP's
preservation programs, has been appointed by the Secretary
of the Interior to serve another term on the board of the
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training.
At a semi-annual board meeting in Louisiana, he was made
Chairman Emeritus. The NCPTT was created by Congress in
1992 to develop and disseminate preservation technologies
and train practitioners in new technologies. NCPTT promotes
preservation technologies and research in the fields of
archeology, historic architecture and towns, historic landscapes
and materials conservation.
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Statewide Interior Design Student Day Comes to UF
C P will host for the first time the American Society
.L tof Interior Designers/International Interior
Design Association annual Student Day on April 16, in the
Architecture Building atrium. The all-day event brings
interior design students from Florida universities and
community colleges for competition and discussion with
$2,500 in scholarship awards to be won.
More than 175 students and 50 interior design firms from
the Southeast are expected to attend the event at DCP. The
event will include student portfolio judging, vendor displays,
music, information forums and a food design competition.
The UF ASID student chapter was instrumental in bringing
Student Day to Gainesville this year, said IND chair
"The initiative our students took in getting this event to our
campus is just impressive. They continue to demonstrate
a commitment to their professional development and this
program far beyond the classroom," she said.
Food lovers will want to see the edible design competition
at 3 p.m. Teams of students will be given a theme, edible
materials and about 30 minutes to complete their creations.
Florida Community Design Center Receives
d The Florida Community Design Center has been selected
to receive the City of Gainesville Beautification Award. The
award recognizes an organization which contributes to the
beautification of the city. The center provides education and
reference materials about good design to the general public,
provides training opportunities and continuing education
for professional designers and conducts participatory
community design exercises.
A number of DCP faculty have been involved in the center.
Current members of the center's Board of Directors include
Charlie Hailey, Kristin Larsen, Gary Ridgdill and Kim Tanzer
along with Architecture alumnus John Barrow and URP
alumnus Linda Dixon. Tina Gurucharri recently completed
her term on the board. Faculty who have exhibited or made
presentations at the center include Peggy Carr, Nancy Clark,
Linda Crider, Martin Gold, Roy Graham, Apryl Howell,
Charles Kibert, Michael Kuenstle, Richard Pohlman, Chevy
Sidhu, Nancy Sanders, Tom Smith, Susan Tate, Joe Walker
and several other faculty throughout the college, along with
members of the Board of Directors.
Entries from this year's Witters Competition, organized
to redesign the Andrew R. Mickle Pool Complex in East
Gainesville, recently were exhibited at the Design Center as
well. Gainesville and Alachua County-based design projects
by students in DCP, will be on display from April 20 through
June 30. The center is located at 300 E. University Ave. in
Last year's student day edible design competition in
Orlando had an island theme, said ASID member and event
coordinator, Robyn Nook.
"I felt ASID's student day would work very well here at our
college because we have the space for everyone to be set up
within a close proximity," Nook said. "The issue forums,
project displays and vendors will have a great space here at
Dozens of product representatives will display samples of
their goods and give demonstrations. Students browsing the
booths also will have the opportunity to mingle with industry
professionals and seek out job offers.
"The day will be an informal recruiting opportunity for the
design firms. We have many fine graduating students this
year who will be in high demand in the job market," Portillo
The Department of Interior Design was recently listed as
seventh in the nation on DesignIntelligence's Top 40 Editor's
List and loth on the America's Best Interior Design Schools
list. This is the fifth consecutive year the program has ranked
in the top 15 interior design schools in the nation.
Faculty Gallery Display
d Professor Emeritus Maelee Thomson Foster is currently
exhibiting her collagraphs and photographs at the AIA
Gallery, 200 N.Tampa Suite 100 (the AIA office) Tampa, Fla.,
through the end of April.
Humanitarian Trip Photos on Display
d Visiting IND lecturer DeLene Beeland's photographs from
a humanitarian trip to Brazil will be on display
April 11-29, in the Reitz Union. "Amazon Basin Highway" will
have photography from a humanitarian-medical trip to the
Amazon Basin in Brazil she participated in last July.
DCP NEWS is published during the fall and spring
semesters by the University of Florida College of Design,
Construction and Planning. News and announcements
contained in DCP NEWS were submitted by DCP faculty
and staff. To make a submission to DCP NEWS, please
Julie Frey Editor
392-4836, ext. 221
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