COLLEGE OF DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION & PLANNING
Back to College Weekend 2006 Rewarding for Teachers, Students
Morton Parks arrived on his first day back to college
wearing a well-worn T-shirt and a Gators ball cap
coming apart at the seams. He didn't mean any disrespect
to his professors. It was just a way for him to reconnect
to the building construction program he graduated from
in 1951. The 54-year-old T-shirt and hat he wore this day
are the only familiar artifacts at a university which has
blossomed into a sprawling campus with miles of asphalt
and acres of concrete.
Now 81, Parks (BCN 1951) and about 80 other alumni
and spouses spent a weekend touring the university and
attending special lectures arranged by the University
Alumni Association's Back to College weekend 2006. On
this particular day, the "students" were treated to a morning
of classes and demonstrations at the College of Design,
Construction and Planning.
After a welcome orientation in the atrium under
foreboding skies, the group dispersed to one of five
available classes. Sixteen students attended BCN Professor
Paul Oppenheim's morning electrical wiring class in Rinker
Hall. If attendance was taken, it would have revealed a
diversity of backgrounds not typically seen in the MEP Lab
at Rinker. However, the students quickly settled into their
tasks of reading electrical plans, pulling wire and setting
switches and recepticals into a wood framed room.
After Professor Oppenheim's demonstration, the students
left with a new knowledge of residential electrical wiring
and how electricity moves from the city's power station to
their grandchildren's PlayStation.
"This is our sixth year at these things," said UF
pharmacy alumnus and Ocala resident Lloyd Cooper.
The short drive up the road to Gator country makes it
"Being here today made me feel like the
world is full of up-and-coming people."
easy for Cooper and his wife Bernice to stay engaged with
the university. "We keep coming back because we enjoy
learning new things," said Bernice Cooper.
Most students in the GeoPlan class session learned
something new. URP Professor Stanley Latimer
introduced his students to Geographic Information
Systems and its uses in land planning, development and
even law enforcement. Though the technology has been
around for some time, it has only been in the past few
years that the public has been introduced to it through
user-friendly applications like Google Earth.
Technology also lent a hand to LAE Professor Glenn
Acomb's class which offered students the chance to design
UF's historic Yardley Courtyards. Pre-made foam core
models were moved around a table-top sketch of the
courtyards to assist visualization. After a bit of creativity,
humor and innovation, students were shown what their
creations would look like when completed with the help
of SketchUp, a 3-D computer fly-through software model.
The animated birds-eye view wowed onlookers as they saw
their drawing come to life on the computer screen.
Of course, none of this would have been possible
without the help of dozens of students who offered up their
Saturday morning to showcase their programs' offerings.
"Putting the youths with the older people really boosted
the program," said Emelia Welber, wife of College of
Education alumnus Jack Welber.
She was particularly impressed by the one-on-one
nature of the School of Architecture's classes. It was the
highlight of the day-long event for many of the visiting
students who saw their creativity come to life in a scaled
model of their dream home.
ARC Professors Chevy Sidhu, Nancy Sanders and Bob
MacLeod organized the School of Architecture's class
which occupied the gallery and spilled out into the atrium.
It opened with a three-minute history of architecture to
prep the students for their assignments to analyze a house,
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Rinker School Receives $1 Million Gift For Endowment
GAINESVILLE, Fla. The University of Florida College of
Design, Construction and Planning continues to build with
support from some familiar friends.
It was announced recently that the Marshall E. Rinker
Sr. Foundation Inc. has pledged $1 million to the college
to create the Rinker Scholar Endowment. The endowment
will support fellowship awards to Associated Schools of
Construction faculty members pursuing a Ph.D. degree in
construction management at UF.
"Our foundation is pleased to continue its support of
the M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction at
the University of Florida," said David Rinker, Marshall
E. Rinker Sr.'s son and president of the M.E. Rinker Sr.
Foundation. "My father would undoubtedly be proud
of the Rinker School and its graduates and of their
contribution to the building construction industry. We
are happy to be able to fund the new Rinker Scholar
program, which will assist the school in creating a new
level of construction management professionalism in the
Income from the Rinker Endowment will help
construction schools enhance the quality of the education
offered, while increasing construction research efforts.
"We really appreciate the strong relationship the
Rinker School has enjoyed with the Rinker family,"
School Director Abdol Chini said. "Their investments in
our program give us many opportunities which would
otherwise be virtually impossible without this support."
According to Chini, most of the faculty members in the
approximately 60 construction management academic
programs accredited by the American Council for
Construction Education (ACCE) have a master's degree,
but there is a shortage of qualified individuals engaging
in research essential to the field. He said faculty members
should be encouraged to earn a doctorate in construction
management to foster research in such academic
"The goal is to make the Rinker Scholar in construction
education synonymous to the Fulbright Scholar in
international education and the Rhodes Scholar in
education at Oxford," he said.
The Rinker School is one of only four doctoral
programs in the country focusing solely on construction
A division of the College of Design, Construction
and Planning, the School of Building Construction
was renamed the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building
Construction in 1989. In 2003, the school moved to
Rinker Hall, which was awarded Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification by the
U.S. Green Building Council.
The gift is eligible for matching funds from the State
of Florida Major Gift Trust Fund and will count toward
the Faculty Challenge Initiative. The initiative, which was
announced in 2004 by UF President Bernie Machen, aims
to raise $150 million to meet the demands of educating
Florida's growing population and make UF one of the
nation's premier research universities.
--- Christine Anzevino
Tanzer Elected President of National Association
ARC Professor Kim Tanzer recently was elected
as president of the Association of Collegiate Schools
of Architecture. In her role as president, Tanzer will
represent the academic architecture community and
run the day-to-day operations of the ACSA. She will
begin her three-year term by serving as president-
elect starting July 1 and will undertake the position of
president on July 1, 2007.
"The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
represents faculty across North America, and provides
an important opportunity to link current students,
practicing architects, the academy and society through
the development and dissemination of architectural
knowledge," said Tanzer who also served the ACSA from
2000-2003 as Southeast Regional Director, covering the
region from Virginia to Puerto Rico.
Tanzer currently serves as chair of the UF Faculty
Senate, and in this capacity serves as a member of the
UF Board of Trustees. She also serves as a member of
the Board of Directors of the Journal of Architectural
Education and of Gainesville's Florida Community
Design Center. For her community-based teaching,
practice and service, Tanzer has received numerous
local and national awards. She maintains a private
architectural practice in Gainesville.
The ACSA works to advance the quality of
architectural education and represents more than 4,000
architecture faculty through its 250 member schools.
UF Savors a Taste of Italian Architecture
Vicenza Fall Semester Work on Display
Wooden towers with images of Italy appeared on the
front lawn of the Architecture Building April 3. Seven-
foot-tall display pieces with panoramic views of Italian
landscapes drew gawking stares
from passersby who basked in the
Gainesville sun that afternoon.
The homage to northern Italy
was designed by ARC graduate
student Maegan Walton to draw
onlookers into the landscape and
gather them to the gallery where It
a semester's work from the UF
Vicenza Institute of Architecture
was on display.
Walton's installation project,
which is part of her master's
thesis, invites people to cross the
soglia Italiana (Italian threshold)
and immerse themselves in an
activated space to experience .
The intent of Walton's life-
size photos of ancient ruins
and cityscapes is to direct the
viewer toward unexpected social
interaction and cultural displays.
It did just this as groups of
students diverted their paths of habit to inspect the five
A formal opening reception to the week-long display
titled "After Traveling: Postscripts" showcased other
students' work from the Fall 2005 Semester at the
institute, including an artistic film created by architecture
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sketch and then build their own models. The professors
introduced students to thinking architecturally,
considering public and private spaces.
"Being here today made me feel like the world is full of
up-and-coming people there is hope," Emelia Welber
For some students, the day closed with a walking tour of
UF's historic campus guided by IND professor and expert
on UF's historic buildings and sites, Susan Tate. Others
rounded out their day of learning in the DCP woodshop for
an intimate but noisy safety demonstration by woodshop
teaching lab specialist, Whitey Markel.
Accolades for Markle's and Tate's presentations came
from Brad Crews at the UF Alumni Association who called
Saturday's event "magical."
"It was everything our attendees ask for: diverse
students BenLloyd Goldstein and Amir Mikhaeil with
guidance from ARC Professor Paul Robinson. The eight-
minute film, "See You Elsewhere," looks at the experience
a person gains by moving in a non-
sedentary motion en route, says
film creator Amir Mikhaeil.
Student work from the
institute's Fall 2005 Pescara
charrette swung from display
boards behind the video screen.
The work is a week-long
collaboration between UF students
and students from the Universita
di Chieti, Facolta di Architettura,
Pescara, Italy, says ARC Professor
Donna Cohen. She was a faculty
member at the institute for this
Fall 2005 Semester project and
guided the teams.
A course enhancement grant
awarded to Cohen by the UF
Center for European Studies
helped fund the project.
The projects completed in
collaboration with the Italian
institute explore the common
ground of the problems and
potentials of coastal development shared between the
Florida and Italy peninsulas.
The lawn installation and Vicenza projects were on
display in the Architecture Building gallery from
programming, hands-on activities, interaction with key
faculty and student involvement," Crews said in a letter to
Interim Dean Anthony Dasta.
Much has changed at DCP since Morton Parks' absence.
His old building construction program which once
pushed structural engineering classes is now a dynamic
school with its own facilities and an expansive curriculum
available to students around the world. He came back to
college this weekend because of a curiosity building in him
and because he's not getting any younger, he said.
A strong afternoon sun, which had broken through
the dreariness of the early day, reflected brightly off the
polished Purple Heart pinned to his navy blue coat. He
stood very still surrounded by a platoon of buildings that
now hold the five disciplines of the college he attended
a half-century ago and said, "I'll come back, my blood's
2006 Witters Competition Jazzes Up East Gainesville
East Gainesville, for the second year in a row, was the
venue for the 2006 Witters Competition on April 7.
Five teams of students descended upon the Cotton Club,
a historically black music hall and movie theater, with the
charge of developing rehabilitation and development plans
for the site which has been closed for more than to years.
The Cotton Club has been called by many names in its
long life. It was first a PX facility in the 1940s at Camp
Blanding in Starke, Fla., during WWII. After it was moved
from its home to Gainesville, it became the Perryman
Theater, the Blue Note, the Cotton Club and now it sits
nameless to people unfamiliar with its history.
Though unassuming from the outside, the Cotton Club
has an army of supporters working in earnest to see this
now suffering building returned to its original stature. As
of last year, a community-based organization had raised
$11o,ooo for its restoration through fund raisers, in-kind
contributions and donations. More recently, members of
the UF student chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council,
through their faculty advisor BCN Professor Charles Kibert,
have successfully secured a $350,000 grant from the state
for the same purpose a huge victory for those involved.
Another victory came when the Cotton Club was chosen
to be this year's Witters Competition site. Students
participating in the competition toured the site during the
competition opening and spoke with members of the Cotton
Club board of directors, project organizers and local law
enforcement on the first day of the competition. The teams
visually surveyed the landscape which now contains six
historic structures including the main hall, a grocery store
and four small shotgun houses under the cover of beautiful
spreading live oaks.
The students must have heard the sounds of the famous
jazz and blues musicians who played the hall in its heyday
because every design included some musical theme. The
Cotton Club was a major stop on the Chitlin' Circuit, a
series of venues for musicians of those genres. The designs
also offered day care centers, eldercare centers, open public
spaces and tributes to the site's history in museums and
The winning team's design addressed the needs of the
community with primary consideration given to the people
who would use the space, said team member Neal Schafers.
His team also designed the property to include a caf6,
single-unit apartments, day care facilities, public gathering
space, an amphitheater and connection to the nearby
"We just kept telling ourselves this project is about the
people and what they need," Schafers said.
Members of the winning team are: Jennifer Mackey
(ARC), Antonia Mariassy (ARC), Iris Patten (URP), Ken Ray
(LAE), Andrea Ryan (IND) and Neal Schafers (LAE).
The competition was organized by URP Professor Joseli
Macedo and BCN graduate student Donna Isaacs.
The jury who had the difficult task of judging the designs
included Tucker Ryals, grandson of Col. Arthur G. and
Beverley A. Witters who endowed the competition in 1993
for a college-wide interdisciplinary academic competition to
foster better understanding among DCP students.
"Having been around the competition vicariously
through my grandfather, it's interesting to see how it's
grown," Ryals said. "It really has turned into his vision of a
4 Grist Named ASIA Fellow
LAE Professor and Chair Bob Grist recently was named to
the ASLA Council of Fellows by the American Society of
Landscape Architects. The designation of fellow is conferred
on individuals in recognition of exceptional work over a
sustained period of time. Fewer than 1,ooo ASLA members
have ever received this distinction in the society's l07-year
existence. Bob has been a very active member in the Florida
Chapter of ASLA particularly in the areas of continuing
education and strengthening the landscape architecture
licensure legislation within the state in the 199os. The new
fellows will be formally inducted during the ASLA annual
meeting in October in Minneapolis.
a NICU Study Presented at International Conference
IND Professor Debra Harris will present "The Impact of
Single-room Neonatal Intensive Care on Users' Health
and Satisfaction" at the international conference for
the Environmental Design Research Association May 5
in Atlanta. The presentation presents Harris' findings
from her NICU project and will describe the research
activities and recent projects for the Coalition for Health
Environments Research (CHER). Harris' study included
data from 11 hospitals and used multiple research methods
to study neonatal intensive care unit environments, their
effects on users and cost.
4 Donation to PI:C Supports Continued Research
The Scott Partnership Architecture, Inc., of Orlando, Fla.,
has again provided a generous donation to help support
the mission of the Preservation Institute: Caribbean
(PI:C). According to PI:C Director William Tilson, the
gift is being used to underwrite visiting lecturers, support
Ph.D. research and other Institute initiatives.
4 McCarter Publishes New Wright Biography
ARC Professor Robert McCarter recently published a
biography, "Frank Lloyd Wright," part of the Critical Lives
series from Reaktion Books, London. His book, with 224
pages and 30 illustrations, examines both the critical
events and defining works of architecture in Wright's life,
exploring the ideas and beliefs that shaped Wright's work,
the larger intellectual context in which he worked, and the
manner in which these affected-and are reflected in-his
architecture. Written by a practicing architect, and giving
an account of Wright's life as an architect, working, as
he said, "in the cause of architecture," this study may be
defined as an architectural biography.
4 Hailey Presents Publications in New York
ARC Professor Charles Hailey's article on the relation
between time, place, and itinerancy will be published
in the upcoming issue of "Thresholds," the journal of
MIT's Department of Architecture. Also this month, his
article based on research carried out during the National
Endowment for the Humanities' Summer Institute is
included in the Newberry Library's publication "Mapline."
Professor Hailey's conference presentation from last year's
Association of Community Design Annual Meeting in
New York City has been included as one of the core essays
in the online project "Claiming Public Space," started by
Penn State's Hamer Center. In April, he will present a
paper titled "Camping and Thinking: Dialectics of Event
and Structure in the American Campus" at the Society
of Architectural Historians' 59th Annual Meeting in
4 IND Chair Presents Two Papers in Arizona
IND Chair and Professor Margaret Portillo presented
two refereed papers on demographics and directions
in interior design education for the Council for Interior
Design Accreditation at the International Conference for
Interior Design Education held in Scottsdale, Ariz. At
this conference, she additionally co-presented a paper
with Alexandra Miller, M.I.D., on fun in the workplace
analyzing creativity, job satisfaction and work process at
PUSH, an award-winning advertising agency in Orlando.
Miller is an alumnus of the master's program in interior
design and a designer at Interior Architects in Atlanta.
a UF's USGBC to Host Charrette at Madera
The UF Student Chapter of the U.S. Green Building
Council is hosting a design charrette from 9 a.m. to
6 p.m. Saturday, April 15 to design "the greenest and most
beautiful home in Florida." The location for the charrette
is the environmentally conscious Madera neighborhood
on Williston Road in Gainesville. The day will include a
site tour of the community, design discussion and jury
presentation. All disciplines are invited to attend. The cost
for the event is $10 which includes materials and lunch.
Students participate free. Contact Donna Isaacs at
(352) 273-1172 for more information on the event.
a BCN Professor Presents at ASCE Conference
BCN Professor Svetlana Olbina attended the 2006
Architectural Engineering Conference titled "Building
Integration Solutions." Professor Olbina presented the
paper "Transparent Shading Device As Daylighting
System." The conference, organized by Architectural
Engineering Institute of ASCE, was held in Omaha,
Neb., from March 29 to April 1. It featured sessions and
workshops on topics including: building envelope, curtain
walls, codes and standards, structural design of building for
serviceability, building sustainability, noise and vibration
control, building security and facilities management.
a McCarter Delivers Keynote Address on Kahn
ARC Professor Robert McCarter delivered the keynote
lecture at the Pratt Institute's Louis Kahn Symposium
March 9 in the Higgins Hall Auditorium on Pratt's
Brooklyn campus. The symposium included a screening
of the award-winning documentary film "My Architect,"
a lecture and a panel discussion. McCarter, an architect
and Kahn biographer, followed his lecture with a panel to
discuss the life and works of Kahn.
a ARC Professor Invited to Uraguay
Professor Alfonso Perez-Mendez, co-director of the
Preservation Institute: Caribbean, presented a lecture
titled "Studios in Public Space at the University of Florida"
within the Montevideo Urban Seminar at the Montevideo
City Hall. The international seminar, with participants
from Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Germany, Finland, Spain,
Italy and the United States, was dedicated this year to
"Metropolitan Urban Space." Professor Perez-Mendez also
was one of the three international jurors that reviewed
the urban design proposals created by the seminar
a BCN Professor Speaks to Jax Gator Club
BCN Professor Emeritus Brisbane Brown was the first
invited guest speaker to the Jacksonville Regional BCN
Alumni Club's 2006 series. BCN alumni from around the
Jacksonville area gathered at a local restaurant to socialize
and hear Brown's presentation on the current state and
future of the BCN program at UF. The March 9 event was
sponsored by Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC.
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4 2006 DCP Service Award Presented to Williams
Congratulations to LAE professor Kay Williams who
received the 2006 DCP Faculty Service Award. This award
recognizes leadership and sustained commitment to
outstanding service consistent with the academic mission
of the college. Williams is nationally and internationally
known for her work in licensure-related issues and
landscape architecture education. She was named Fellow
of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2000
for outstanding service to her profession. At the university,
Williams is working on the Preservation Master Plan to
develop a holistic preservation master plan, guidelines
and related educational opportunities. She also recently
completed service as chair of the Landscape Architecture
Body of Knowledge Task Force which produced a 180-page
document. It was the first major study on the state of the
profession since 1972.
a Shimberg Center Selects New Associate Director
The nationwide search for an associate director of the
Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing has concluded
with the selection of Anne R. Williamson.
Anne's appointment became effective March o1. Anne is
no stranger to UF where she received a Master of Arts in
Finance in 1987. Following completion of her degree, she
served as associate director of the Real Estate Research
Center in the UF College of Business Administration from
1987 to 1992.
As a result of gaining experience in both the public and
private sectors, Anne will be concentrating on completing
her dissertation for a Ph.D. degree.
Anne's role with the Shimberg Center is to lead the
housing policy and program research activities, to expand
the Shimberg Center's contribution to the growing body
of scholarly knowledge related to housing issues. She will
also work toward building the center's advisory council
and endowment opportunities, as well as contribute to the
expansion of the housing curriculum within the Rinker
a AIA Joint Scholarship Supports SOA Students
The American Institute of Architects has awarded the
AIA Gainesville chapter a matching grant of $2,500
to support emerging leaders in the profession through
a joint AIA scholarship opportunity. The grant will
support AIA Gainesville's "North Florida Chapter AIA
Scholarship" established to provide scholarships to UF
architecture graduate students who demonstrate superior
academic achievement. AIA Gainesville's annual golf
tournament, which raised the matched $2,500, has funded
the scholarship endowment since the charitable golf
tournament's inception in 1984. Now in its 22nd year, the
AIA Gainesville Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held
at noon on Friday, April 28, at Haile Plantation Golf &
Country Club. Proceeds from the tournament will continue
to support scholarships for UF architecture students.
The 2006 student scholarship award recipient is Stuart
Theil. For more information on the event and registration,
contact Joe Garcia, golf chairman, at (352) 372-0425.
a ARC Professor Recipient of UFIC Grant
ARC Professor Nancy Clark is the recipient of a UF
International Center and Transnational and Global Studies
Center grant awarded for her proposal to add international
components to an existing course or to create new courses
with substantial international content. An award of
$3,000 was granted in March 2006 to Clark to develop
an International Materials and Methods of Construction
course to be taught in the 2006-2007 academic year.
Clark also received a Center for European Studies
Course Enhancement Grant in support of her research
on the Contemporary European Practice. This research
will be incorporated into the Materials and Methods of
Construction course to be taught as a part of UF Vicenza
Institute of Architecture curriculum each spring semester.
a IND Showcases Student Work
IND hosted its first Family & Friends reception showcasing
student work from across all levels of the program on April
2. Juliana Catlin, FASID, and chair of the Interior Advisory
Board, shared her experiences in the practice with the
students and their guests while IND Professor Jo Hasell
shared program highlights. More than 70 people were
in attendance at this inaugural event sponsored by the
student design organization under the leadership of Jacky
Mas and Jill Brunson.
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