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    International classroom
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    Distinguished faculty awards
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FALL 2001

College of Design. Construction
and Planning

College of Design.
Construction and Planning

J&S Design Studio

Anthony J. Dasta

Barbara Cleveland
Steve Beeland
Jimmie Hinze
Eric Oskar Kleinsteuber
Amber Ford

PERSPECTIVE is published
at the Univeisity of Florida's
College of Design.
Construction and Planning.
For more information
about the College and
its programs, please contact:

Anthony J Dasta
Associate Dean
(352) 392-4836
aldasta @ ufl edu

PERSPECIIVE is pr:duId within Ihr
College, and we would Iil-r lu Ihanl. all
Ihose involved in nuking II p,:,iblr



College Soars into Age of High Tech
Building Construction to Move from Dream to Reality
Urban and Regional Planning Wins Prestigious Award
What's in a Name? 5-

Performance Counts
Landscape Architecture Says Thanks
Research and Education Center for Architectural Preservation 8-

Giving Back with Commitment
Building Lessons in Tradition
Collaboration Sets Tone for Florida Community Design Center
Depot Avenue to Receive Facelift
Services Rendered to College of Law 10-1

A Future Community Design
Cooperation Spurs Multidisciplinary Design
Celebrating Art in the Landscape
Reaching for Sustainable Excellence
Spirited Sessions and Emily Roebling Highlight Congress
Lecture Series Complements Learning 14-1




The Ever Improving Ph.D. Program
Potential of an Interior Design Masters Program L 19

Protecting Cultural Resources Through PI:N
UF's Preservation Institute: Caribbean
German Exchange Program Benefits Both Sides
Educational Amenities in Vicenza 20-22

Alfred Browning Parker Receives Distinguished Alumnus Award
Ernest "Bart" Bartley Named AICP Fellow
New Administrators Appointed
Director of Architecture School
Jerry Nielson's Successful Years at UF Draw to an End
Faculty Cited as "Teachers of the Year"
Architecture Faculty
Building Construction Faculty
Interior Design Faculty
Landscape Architecture Faculty
Urban and Regional Planning Faculty -23-32

Interiors Research
Gainesville Grocer 33-35

Dear Friends:

I am pleased to have an opportunity to write to you about some of the major changes that have occurred
at the University of Florida and in our College of Design, Construction and Planning.
At the university level, the governor has appointed a new Board ofTrustees in place of the Board of Regents.
Trustees will serve as a general oversight group with broad policy authority Although all the trustees are excel
lent, highly qualified people, I am pleased that one member of the Board, Alberto Alfonso, is also an architect,
graduate and long-time friend of our college.
At the college level, the most obvious changes are the new Design, Construction and Planning name and
the elevation of the Department of Architecture to a School of Architecture. Both changes reflect and recog
nize the higher level of organizational complexity that has evolved over the years. For our college, DCP more
accurately captures the breadth of our offerings: six major academic units -architecture, building construction,
interior design, landscape architecture, urban and regional planning, and the PhD program -and numerous
research centers.
Similarly the Department of Architecture with its external programs (Preservation Institute: Nantucket and
the Vicenza Institute of Architecture), research institutes and sheer size had also reached a point in its devel
opment where it deserved to be a school. Although both changes have required an adjustment, I think they
have worked out well and have been well received in the community
Besides changing in name and organizational structure, we have also made some personnel changes.As you
are aware, after two years of serving as interim dean, I was named dean of the college following a national
search, effective July 2001. Also:
After ten years of distinguished service, Professor Robert McCarter resigned last spring as director of
the School of Architecture and has been replaced by Interim Director Professor Gary Ridgdill.
In the Department of Interior Design, jerry Nielson retired after a long period of service and has been
succeeded by Professor janine King.
Professor Bob Grist has assumed the interim chair position in the Department of Landscape
Architecture, replacing Professor Peggy Carr
Although this is a significant number of changes, I am confident that we have excellent, dedicated and com
petent people in leadership positions in our College.
Well, what about our future? I see three major agenda items for our college over the next several years.
First, we must do a better job of communicating the accomplishments of our faculty students, alumni and the
outside world.We need to tell our story Under the direction of Associate Dean Tony Dasta, we have created
this newsletter It is the first one to be produced in several years and it is our intention to publish in the future
at least once a year We have also added a staff person in the dean's office who has responsibility for media
and preparing announcements of college accomplishments.
Second, our college must become more interdisciplinary As one of the largest and most comprehensive
design colleges in the nation, we have an enormous opportunity to develop more collaborative relationships
among the academic disciplines within our college. I believe that significant "value-added" can be accomplished
in our teaching, research and service missions by cross-disciplinary initiatives in such fields as historic preser-
vation, urban design and green/sustainable communities.
Third, in these very challenging budgetary times for our college and the University of Florida, we must think
creatively about generating additional resources to promote our programs.Thus, in the future we will empha
sis distance, executive and continuing education programs to serve the professions, but also to generate rev
enues. Finally we will need to increase our efforts in fundraising. I am pleased that Marcia Pearce, formerly of
the Smathers Libraries, is our new director of development. Marcia is enthusiastic about joining our college and
I am sure you will have an opportunity to hear from her in the near future.
We face challenges, but with help from friends like yourself I am incredibly optimistic about the future of
DCR As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance.

jay M. Stein, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor

College Soars into Age of High Tech

Major shifts take place with regard to integrating technology into the
classroom within the College of Design, Construction and Planning.

In 1996, the College
required that students
entering the third-year pro
fessional programs own per
sonal computers for use in
classes, studios, and labs. By
integrating computer technol
ogy into the entire curriculum,
the college aims to make our
students proficient in comput
er technology required for the
ever changing future of the
related fields.
On the cutting edge of
computer application simple
mentation, the College of
Design, Construction and
Planning has developed sever
al new programs.
The M.E. Rinker School of
Building Construction imple
mented the Bachelor of Science
degree in Fire and Emergency
Services (FES). This distance
education program utilizes
Internet technology to offer a
variety of courses to remote
locations across the state.
The FES program offered
its first classes in the fall semes
ter of 1999. The goal of this
program is to offer curricula
tailored specifically to prepare
students for leadership roles
beyond frontline managers
and company officers. The
program is designed to lay a
foundation in each of the tech
nologies of fire science, emer
agency management, and medi
cine. Additionally, students
take management courses to
develop an understanding of
administration, communica
tion, and law. Graduates of the
Bachelor degree in Fire and
Emergency Services are pre-

pared to enter the job market
as chief executive officers in
both the public and private
The Department of Urban
and Regional Planning contain
ues to grow its presence
nationally and internationally
through Graphic Information
Systems (GIS) software and
related work.Although housed
in the Department of Urban
and Regional I ...... the fac
ulty of Landscape Architecture
also play a significant role in
the center The GeoPlan
Research Center in Urban and
Regional Planning has the lat
est state-of-the-art computer
facilities in geographic and
information systems. The
research center is open to stu
dents for research, as well as
for classroom instruction.
The College, along with the
University of Florida, supports
a computer lab in our com
plex for use in teaching com
puterrelated courses and for
students to work on their
projects. As a result of our
continued integration of tech
nology into the curricula, the
nature of studio is ever chang
ing as well. Computers are
now beginning to play a larger
role in the creative design
All these developments
require continued evaluation
and adjustment of the infra
structure that supports infor
nation technology. The Col
lege has made a major com-
mitment in the past year in
strengthening its network sup
port staff The College's Net

work Staff now includes net
work support, web administra
tion, and desktop support for
faculty and staff. All faculty and
staff are connected to the net
work and our technology staff
continues to set up class
accounts for faculty
Looking toward continuing
and expanding our efforts to
remain on the technological
edge, the College recently was
awarded $25,000 with match
ing funds from the University
to set up a wireless Internet
within our complex. This
effort is part of a National Sci
ence Foundation grant to
study the use of working
indoors and outdoors with the
Internet and the transfer of
data. We also recently com-
pleted a faculty course on web
page design and the use of
Internet resources for online
education enhancement. In
addition, we are investigating
important issues regarding
web-enhanced, web-based,
and distance education oppor
tunities available through the
Internet. We anticipate that
the majority of faculty will have
class Internet sites within the
coming year
All these changes have
made significant enhance
ments to all our programs. By
continuing to press forward
with integrating technology
into our curriculum, we will
continue to graduate the high
est caliber students who not
only have high educational
skills, but also have practical
computer skills using the latest

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"The goal of this program

is to offer curricula tailored

specifically to prepare

students for leadership roles

beyond frontline managers

and company officers."

FALL 2001 5

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Building Construction to Move

from Dream to Reality

Rinker Hall to become the new home of the School of Building Construction
by the fall of 2002, setting new environmental standards.

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he new building for the M.E. Rinker School of Building
Construction is rapidly moving from a distant dream to
actual reality The site for the building is the area just
southwest of the Architecture Building and parallels Newell
Road. Design is expected to be completed by May 2001 and
construction to be completed for the fall semester 2002.
Present plans are for the School to occupy Rinker Hall in the
spring semester of that year
The newly issued U.S. Green Building Council LEED
Standard, which rates buildings on their overall environmental

performance, will be used to guide the
design of Rinker Hall. Rinker Hall will be
planned and built to have extremely low
energy and water use, to have excellent day
lighting and indoor environmental quality,
and to set a new standard for both design
and building performance for the campus.
Fundraising for the $8.2 million project
was completed in the summer of 1999. The
generous resources donated by the Rinker
Foundations, corporations, and benefactors
of the School were matched by the State
Legislature, and the selection of the design
team and construction manager was con
ducted in January 2000. Centex-Rooney
was chosen as the construction manager,
and the team of Gould-Evans Architects and
Croxton Collaborative Architects were
selected to lead the design team.

"Rinker Hall will be
planned and built to
have extremely low
energy and water
use, to have excellent
daylighting and
indoor environmental
quality, and to set a
new standard for
both design and
building performance
for the campus."

The first workshop to verify the 47,000-square-foot pro
gram and planning of the building was conducted March 13 14,
2000, with participation from a wide range of stakeholders: the
Rinker School faculty and students; the College dean, associate
deans, faculty, and students; Campus I ....... : and a wide range
of other University of Florida groups and agencies. The second
workshop was conducted in mid-April 2000 to articulate all
aspects of the design of the building. Rinker Hall will be the
first truly high performance building in the State University
System and one of the first in the United States.
There are many opportunities to participate in the final
funding of Rinker Hall. Named sponsorships of furnishings,
equipment and engraved brick pavers are available. For more
information, view http://www.bcn.ufl.edu/rinkerhall/index.shtml
or call Marcia 0. Pearce, 352.392.4836.



Urban and Regional Planning

Wins Prestigious Award

he GeoPlan Center's Florida Geographic Data
Library (FGDL) was selected for the "Best Envi-
ronmental Practice Award" presented by the
American Association of State and Highway Traffic
Officials.The award was given to the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation and the Department of Urban
and Regional Planning for their joint effort in devel-
oping the FGDL in support of the Environmental Man-
agement Office activities.
The FGDL is a set of 165 Graphic Information Sys-
tems (GIS) databases and images for use by state,
regional, and local governments, the general public,
and consulting firms.The data cover a wide range of
GIS themes including: cultural historic features; haz-
ardous sites; satellite imagery; governmental bound-
aries; transportation facilities; habitat and conserva-
tion; and physical themes such as hydrology and
topography. The data also include aerial photos pro-
vided by the Florida Department of Transportation
and scanned USGS quadrangle maps.
A free viewer and GIS project are provided with
the data. The FGDL is server-ready and therefore
available to access these data for multiple counties
once the data are installed on a computer server.

"The GeoPlan Center's
Florida Geographic
Data Library was
selected for the
'Best Environmental
Practice Award"'

FALL 2001 7


Performance Counts!

College exceeds original goal of $10.3 million.

Marcia 0. Pearce joins the
College of Design, Construction
and Planning as the chief
fundraiser for individual, founda-
tion and corporate funding
and coordinator for alumni
development. She has worked
with the University of Florida
Foundation, Inc. since 1998 as
the UF Smathers Libraries'
Director of Development. She
received a Bachelor of Science in
Public Relations from UF and a
Master of Arts in Library
and Information Science from
the University of South
Florida. Marcia serves on the
steering committee of the UF
Community Campaign and is a
member of the Florida Trust for
Historical Preservation.

he College has exceeded its original goal
of $17 million for the "It's Performance
That Counts" capital campaign by raising
more than $27.3 million for its students, fac
ulty and programs.
In the fall of 1997, the University of Flori
da publicly announced its second compare
hensive capital campaign to raise $500 mil
lion by December 2000. The College set an
ambitious goal of $17 million to support its
students and faculty and to build a new facil
ity to house the Rinker School of Building
Although we are proud of our successes,
we cannot afford to rest on our laurels.There
are still compelling needs in the College to
support student scholarships and update in
technology and further expand our fiscal
space. Plus the College has a new five year
strategic plan to raise $3 1 million. Although
our fundraising goals aim high, we are confi
dent we will reach them with your support
and take the College to a new, higher level of
As the result of the tireless efforts of the
College's leadership, faculty and volunteers,
the College of Design, Construction and
Planning has reached its goal and has even
exceeded it by an additional 61 percent.
Through December 31, 2000, more than
3,000 gifts for the College have been
received by the "It's Performance That
Counts" campaign.

The new building for the Rinker School
was a substantial part of the goal, consisting
of a required $4.1 million in private gifts to
be matched by $4.1
million from the state
of Florida to build the
stateof the art build
ing for the nation's
oldest and largest I
construction educan-
tion program. M.E.
"Doc" Rinker, Sr, for
whom the school was
named in 1989, had
provided an initial Dr CharlesYoung (center), President of the
donation of $2 million University of Florida, visits the College for
to name the new its annual Homecoming Activities for
building Rinker HallAlumni and Friends. He is pictured with
Dean Jay M. Stein (right) and Dr Charles
Hundreds of alumni, Kibert (left).
corporations, found
tions, and friends contributed the remainder
of the goal, and the state match was received
in 1999. Presently, Rinker Hall is under
design. Construction is expected to begin in
the fall of 2001 and completion is expected
in the summer of 2002.
To our alumni and many other financial
supporters, we say, "Your Performance
Counts" in making the College of Design,
Construction and Planning at the University
of Florida a leading national resource in
developing the future generations of design,
construction and planning professionals and


Marcia 0. Pearce, Director of Development College of Design, Construction and Planning
E-mail: mpearce@dcp.ufl.edu http://ufgiving.uff.ufl.edu/


Landscape Architecture Says Thanks!

friends and alumni have
been very generous to
the Department over
the few last years.
Among the most signifi
cant gifts is a $50,000 dona
tion from David Johnston that
has been added to our
endowed scholarship fund.
EDSA and Associates, pro
vided in-kind design services

for an introductory brochure
on landscape architecture
and our program. It is to be
sent to incoming freshmen
students and can also be used
in general recruiting present
stations at high schools and
community colleges. Printing
costs were partially under
written by EDSA and Associ
ates and David Johnston and

Michael A. Gilkey Inc. has
provided money for support
of undergraduate students
and sponsored an annual bar
becue for faculty and stu
We are very grateful for
these and other gifts we have
received that enhance the
programs and activities of the

Research and Education Center for Architectural

Preservation Generates More Than $100,000 for History

n the last year alone, the Research and Education Center for
Architectural Preservation (RECAP) has generated more
than $100,000 in research funding, providing opportunities
for College faculty and students to participate in funded
research projects that involve historic preservation.
The funding generated by RECAP provides assistantships
and support for graduate students, release time for faculty
research, and a broad array of valuable professional experi
ences for students throughout the College. Studying World
War II prisoner of war internment camp sites, documenting
unique faux log structures at a Depression-era tourist camp, or
uncovering the mysteries of a Victorian mansion with com
pletely conflicting photo images from different eras, RECAP
provides invaluable in-the-field learning experiences from
research that enhances the College's professional education


Professor William L. Tilson, Director of
the Preservation Institute: Caribbean (352) 392-0205

Associate Professor Peter E. Prugh, Director of
the Preservation Institute: Nantucket (352) 392-0205

RECAP was created by retired Professor of Architecture F. Blair Reeves,
FAIA, and established by the Florida Legislature in 1978.

Projects Funded by RECAP

Developing Integrated Cultural Resource Management
Plans (ICRMP) for all the Florida Army National
Guard facilities in Florida

Participating in a
Ribault Clubhouse

task force to restore the historic
on Fort George Island

Working with the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection in the restoration of Camp
Helen Recreation Area at Panama City Beach

Assisting the Jacksonville Historical Society with saving
the historically significant Victorian-era Merrill House

Developing guidelines for historic districts in

FALL 2001 9


Giving Back with Commitment

The College's faculty and students use their knowledge and skills to
contribute to the community.

laire Twomey Executive
Director of Alachua
Habitat for Humanity
(AHFH) dreamed of develop
ing an entire Habitat commu
nity. Today, with the help of
the College of Design, Con
struction and Planning faculty
and students, this dream is
becoming a reality It started
with a phone call from an
urban planning graduate stu
dent offering the sale of
property in southeastern
Alachua County and a phone
call from a graduate student
with a specialization in sus
tainable communities looking
for an internship.
Today, AHFH is planning
one of the first sustainable,
affordable communities in the
nation, a project that has
already gained national atten
tion due to its innovative
approach. The goal for
this community is to engineer
a sense of place as a sanctu

ary through a connection
between people, buildings,
and nature, and at the same
time addressing Habitat's mis
sion to provide decent,
affordable housing and pro
mote the social advancement
of fam ilies. I 1h, ..1 I. a set
of priorities has been estab
lished to ensure standards of
environmental sensitivity and
social connectivity.
After an extensive site
analysis of the property and
eight months of research,
planning, and professional
recruiting, AHFH is about to
enter the conceptual phase of
the planning process. This
year will be spent raising the
money and applying for
grants while going through
the development review
process. Following Habitat
for Humanity's tradition, each
home will be constructed
with volunteers and the resi
dents' own sweat equity.

However, the innovative
AHFH Sustainable Comm
unity project will also be
planned and constructed with
the help of generous volun
teers and the pro bono serv
ices of professionals from the
region and the University of
Florida who are committed
to this concept.
This project offers a hope
and reality for the future. A
manual is being produced to
describe the methods of
planning and site develop
ment applied in this project
to provide a blueprint for
other community developers.
It will be a guide for those
who want to help turn the
development tide toward
neighborhoods that listen to
the land, enhance human
health and well-being, present
local economic opportunities,
conserve natural habitats, and
provide affordable housing.

A multidisciplinary team of
experts from the College are
participating in the AHFH
Sustainable Community Project.

Robin Grunwald, Community
Planner, graduate student,
Department of Urban and
Regional Planning
Walter Dukes, Guy Bradley,
Charles Kibert, Leon
Wetherington and Jim Roach,
professors, School of Building

Peggy Carr, professor,
Department of Landscape
Mary Jo Hasell, professor,
Department of Interior Design
Renee Pfeilsticker, graduate
student, GeoPlan
Maruja Torres, graduate
student, Interior Design

Highlights of the AHFH Sustainable Community Project

Decreases infrastructure costs through clustered

Uses open storm water systems where possible

Provides opportunities for secondary incomes
through the maintenance and sale of vegetable,
herbal, spice, flower and aquaculture gardens

Provides lower maintenance and energy costs in the Encourages residents to share talents and skills to
Provides lower maintenance and energy costs in the
further expand the learning opportunities
end through implementation of various technologies
that have higher up-front costs Allows residents, with the help of professional vol-

Includes a community center inspired in the Danish
co-housing experience with various spaces to
accommodate the needs of residents and visitors

unteers, to run the entire community by developing
their own policies and neighborhood association


Building Lessons in Tradition

Students design Sukkahs for the Jewish festival of Sukkot.

all semester has brought
its fair share of chal
lenges for the Design
Five students. One project
that seems to have brought
forth the largest challenge
also carried the greatest
reward. Students had to
design four Sukkahs for the
celebration of the Jewish hol
iday of Sukkot. This obser
vance, also called the Feast of
the Intergathering and the
Feast of Tabernacles, com
memorates the 40-year peri
od that the Jews traveled
through the desert. During
this time, they constructed
tabernacles or sukkahs. These
simple structures were used
for gatherings in which peo
pie would pray eat, and read
the Torah together
When asked to design a
sukkah, students were pre
sented with a program con
training rigorous guidelines.
Each sukkah must have a
place for sleeping, eating,
hand washing, and the read
ing of theTorah.The roof had
to be transparent and also
allow rain to pass through.
These and other require
ments celebrate the tradi
tionally quick construction by
a few people from scavenged
Six groups of six to seven
students worked to design

sukkahs. Four designs were
chosen by the faculty and
members of Hillel and con
structed on campus. Every
member of Design Five
helped the four groups con
struct their sukkahs. The
sukkahs stood for eight days
and were enjoyed by the Jew
ish community and many oth
ers seeking shade during
midafternoon. After the festi
val, the sukkahs were disas
sembled and the materials

donated to the local Habitat
for Humanity The ability to
design and construct full-scale
structures was an experience
to be remembered.

Sl~l ,'lE

'5 r
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FALL 2001 11


Collaboration Sets Tone for

Florida Community Design Center

collaborative design
partnership between
the City of Gainesville,
Alachua County the Gainesville
Chamber of Commerce, and
the University of Florida is

Florida, in the design of our
community Exhibits, lectures,
charrettes and other design
projects, and a community
wide resource center will be

"The Center will encourage public involvement and the use

of the city's extensive human resources, including the
University of Florida, in the design of our community."

being formed. Called "Florida
Community Design Center"
its mission is to promote the
practice of good community
design in the built and natural
environment in Gainesville,
Alachua County, and the State
of Florida. The Center will
encourage public involvement
and the use of the city's
extensive human resources,
including the University of

The participation of faculty
and students from the College
of Design, Construction and
Planning and from other units
on campus is critical to the
Center's mission. Student proj
ects, ranging from design stu
dios to independent research
at the undergraduate through
doctoral levels, will provide the
majority of the Center's infor
mation and inspiration. At the

same time, students will have
an opportunity to work in
real-life situations and to
engage important constituen
cies and issues during the
course of their education. This
new learning model, called
"engaged scholarship," will
allow the Florida Community
Design Center to serve as a
laboratory for students and
faculty and provide a much
needed service to the com
munity. Many other universe
ties across the country include
ingYale, Minnesota, and Michi
gan, have Design Centers.
The Center's opening
event was held December 12,
2000. It provided members of
the Gainesville community an
opportunity to visit the newly
opened storefront, located at
613 West University Avenue,
to view the Center's inaugural

project, the Depot Area Mas
ter Plan.This helped to attract
to the opening some of
Gainesville's world-class run
ners, including Jearl Miles
Clark and Marty Liquori. The
purpose of this event was, in
part, to focus attention on
one of Gainesville's most
promising clean "industries,"
its health, sports, and fitness
industry The Depot Area
Master Plan includes a pro
posal for a sports and fitness
Members of the College
of Design, Construction and
Planning involved with the
formation of the Florida
Community Design Center
include Tina Gurucharri, Brad
Guy, Kim Tanzer as well as
Dean jay Stein and Steve
Luoni, Jo Hasell, Bob Stroh,
and Dick Schneider

Depot Avenue to Receive Facelift

College helps redevelop Gainesville's Depot Avenue Master Plan.

G ainesville's Depot Avenue is the center of the city's old
industrial area and rail network, and the site of a number
of current redevelopment initiatives. The College of
Design, Construction and I ....... through the Center for
Construction and the Environment, is a key participant in this
process of redevelopment.
Two grants, one from the State of Florida's Bureau of His
toric Preservation and one from the United States Environ
mental Protection Agency, have allowed College faculty and
students to partner with the City of Gainesville and neighbor-
hood residents to plan the redevelopment of the Depot
Avenue area. The first grant provided for the architectural
planning of the 1907 Old Gainesville Depot renovation, and
the second encompasses a large-scale master planning effort

for an 800-acre area surrounding a brownfield site proposed as
a storm water park.
Encouraging neighborhood participation and achieving con
sensus among various groups, many of which have been tradi
tionally underserved by the city, are key goals of the project.
Numerous student projects, neighborhood charrettes and
planning meetings, and public presentations have been central
to the I8-month-long process.
Professor and Director of Building Construction Charles
Kibert, Brad Guy Depot Project Director for the Center for
Construction and Environment, Landscape Architecture Pro
fessor Tina Gurucharri and Architecture Professor Kim Tanzer
are responsible for the Depot Avenue initiative.



Faculty and student expertise are utilized for
the design and renovation of the College of
Law facilities.

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A Future



"More than 120
and students

he Department of Landscape architecture held a conference on Architecture's Biennial
Symposium Series titled "Designing Livable Communities: Techniques for Florida's Future."
The conference, held November 13, 1999, provided an update on trends in community
design with presentations focusing on key topics influencing community design.Topics included
environmental considerations, storm water design, recreation, marketing, and public regulation.
Participants presented information that storm water infrastructure costs are indeed higher in
neo-traditional communities.Yet there is a segment of the public who are willing to pay up to
20 percent more for the amenities associated with these types of communities. Debate was
lively Discussion centered around environmental impacts of hard geometric design solutions and
whether residents of traditionally designed neighborhoods really behave as the amenities pack
age suggests. Do they use their front porches, do they walk more and use their cars less, do they
object to more public open space in exchange for less private open space?

from around
Glatting, Jackson, Kercher,
the state Anglin, Lopez, Rinehart, Inc.
gathered in (Orlando)

Gainesville to
discuss ways to
improve the
communities we
call 'home.'

College of Design,
Construction and Planning
EDSA (Ft. Lauderdale)

Post, Buckley, Schuh &
Jernigan, Inc. (Orlando)
The St. Joe Company
Patrick Hodges & Associates
Herbert Halback, Inc.

Bonita Bay Properties
(Bonita Bay)
Garden Gate Nursery
Winter Park Blueprint &
Color Graphics (Maitland)

Charles Gautier
Florida Department of
Community Affairs
Bob Kramer
Developer of Haile Plantation

Cy Paumier
LDR International

David Tillis
The St. Joe Company

Jim Sellen
Miller, Sellen, Conner, and Walsh

Bill Reese
Greenbriar Nurseries (Ocala)
Greg Reynolds
Florida Chapter ASLA
David Johnston
Chairman, David Johnston &
Associates (Sarasota)
David Armbruster
EDSA & Associates
(Ft. Lauderdale)

Barbara Faga
EDAW, Inc. (Atlanta)
Scott Girard
Entertainment Services
Leroy Irwin
Florida Department of
Transportation (Tallahassee)
Laurence Kolk
Ecosist (Tallahassee)

David Drylie
current President
Florida Chapter ASLA
Christopher Flagg,
RS&H (Jacksonville)
Fred Halback,
Herbert Halback, Inc. (Orlando)
JoAnn Smallwood,
Smallwood Design Group


Cooperation Spurs Multidisciplinary Design

he Witters Competition,
established in 1993, is
the result of a gift from
Art and Bev Witters, who
have provided funds to spon
sor the annual competition. It
is an effort to promote a col
laborative approach among
students and faculty within
the College of Design, Con
struction and Planning's
design and construction pro
fessions.The goal of the com
petition is to provide students
with an opportunity to work
on a multidisciplinary design
project, just as they will in the
The eighth annual Witters
Competition brought togeth
er more than 60 students in
10 teams of student planners,
interior designers, construct
tors, architects, and landscape
architects.They competed for
this year's $3,500 prize.
Students had two weeks
to form their own teams with
the mandatory stipulation
that each team had to include
at least one student from
each of the five academic dis
ciplines in the College. The
competition event was held
March 24-25, 2001.
This year's competition
focused on the new Rinker
Hall. This building is to be
constructed southwest of the
College of Design, Construc
tion and Planning and is
currently in its conceptual
design phase. Construction
will begin in the summer of
2001 and be complete and
ready for occupancy in the
spring of 2002.

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"R.J. Cooper, a building construction student on

the team that dropped out at the last minute,

said,'I learned a lot about the egos that have to

get along to put together a project like this.'"

After a kickoff luncheon
on March 24, students fanned
out to their selected work
areas for the 24-hour event.
Completed designs had to be
pinned up and ready for pres
entation by I p.m. on Satur
day After working into the
night, one team called it quits
in the early morning hours
and a second team dropped
out just as the projects were
being pinned up for judging.
But eight teams made
presentations. Competition
judges included Steve Car
penter from Croxton Collab
orative, Evans Gould, Cathy
Underhill of Centex Rooney,
and J.T McCaffrey of UF
Campus Planning and
Construction from the Rinker
design and construction
team. From the field of judges,
it is evident that the student
ideas will be seriously consid

ered as the actual design of
Rinker Hall evolves. Joining
the judges in individual cri
tiques were Deans jay Stein
and Don McGlothlin and
Director Jack Oliva of the
adjacent colleges and schools.
The seven students on the
winning team agreed that
they now understood that
design and construction is a
multidisciplinary task that
requires a good deal of coop
eration to work effectively
"Design means having a great
deal of respect of everyone's
opinion," said Partha
Ajgaonkar a member of the
winning team. R.j. Cooper a
building construction student
on the team that dropped
out at the last minute, said, "I
learned a lot about the egos
that have to get along to put
together a project like this."

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Celebrating Art in the Landscape

rt in the Landscape"
featured the paintings
of Thomas Shaddick,
the first landscape graduate
(1934). After graduation
from UF, Mr Shaddick worked
as State Director of Farm
Security for the United States
Department of Agriculture
from 1934 until 1942. In
1942, he began three years of
service for the navy, after
which he returned to his
hometown of Lady Lake to
work with the State Depart
ment of Education as area
supervisor in the veteran-on
the-farm training program.

He came back to Gainesville
in 1949 as State Director of
the Farmer's Home Adminis
tration, and held the position
for more than 20 years until
his retirement in 1972.
In 1973, Mr Shaddick
began to focus on his paint
ing. His watercolors depict a
variety of landscapes capture
ing the mood of a Florida
hammock, the rushing rapids
of a river or the serenity of a
North Carolina mountain
view. Mr Shaddick was a
member of the Gainesville
Fine Art Association and an
associate member of the

Florida Watercolor Society.
He won numerous awards in
Florida and North Carolina.
Mr Shaddick's widow, Mary
Shaddick, generously spon
scored the exhibition.
Works of two other alum
ni, Chip Sullivan and Hal
Stowers, were also displayed
along with the works of cur
rent students Brian Goe and
Scott Heynen. Sullivan is a
professor at the University of
California at Berkeley, and
Stowers is a full-time and
well-recognized artist in
Southwest Florida.

"While most landscape
architects focus on techni-

cal drawings as a way to

convey design intent and

to guide project construc-
tion and installation, some

among us are also artists

who, in addition to craft-
ing art in the landscape,

celebrate the landscape

through sculpture."

Reaching for Sustainable Excellence

r Alexander Zehnder a
professor with the Swiss
Federal Institute of
Technology and a principal
architect of the Dow Jones
Sustainability Index (index
es.dowjones.com) was the
keynote speaker on "Sustain
ability and Organizational
Competitiveness" at the
spring conference sponsored
by the M.E. Rinker School
of Building Construction's
Greening UF program.
Dr Zehnder is an expert on
global investment who helped
the Dow Jones Corporation
launch a new index, which
ranks sustainable corporations.

The conference was
attended by a number of not
ed experts who advised UF in
its effort to chart a course
toward sustainable excellence
by integrating sustainability
within educational, research,
operations, and community
outreach practices. Among
those experts is University of
Michigan president Lee M.
Bollinger who was invited by
University of Florida Presi
dent Dr Charles Young to dis
cuss UM's experiences relat
ing to social equity as UM
seeks to ensure cultural diver
sity in the face of opposing
legal pressures. Dr Bollinger's

presentation was particularly
timely as UF grapples with its
own diversity and sustainabili
ty issues. A UF Sustainability

Report. This report is the first
comprehensive sustainability
report from a university to
follow the Global Reporting

"Dr. Bollinger's presentation was particularly

timely as UF grapples with its own diversity

and sustainability issues

Task Force proposed by the
Faculty Senate is charged with
determining how best UF
should move forward on
those fronts.
Another topic presented
at the meeting was a new
UF Sustainability Indicators

Initiative format used by
multinational corporations
that are implementing sus
tainability practices in their
business operations.


Spirited Sessions and Emily Roebling

Highlight Congress

his past February, the
Rinker School sponsored
the sixth Construction
Congress of the American
Society of Civil Engineers
(ASCE) with support from the
International Council for
Research and Innovation in
Building and Construction
(CIB). The Congress was
organized and chaired by Dr
Jimmie Hinze, Professor,
School of Building Construe
tion, and attracted participants
from 15 different countries.
The Congress began with
thought-provoking introduce
tory comments by Daniel
Bennet (President of the
National Center for Con
struction Education and
Research),Wim Bakens (Gen
eral Secretary of CIB), and
Ken Eickmann (Director of
the Construction Industry

Institute). The Congress con
sisted of two days of technical
sessions in which 140 papers
were presented in six concur
rent sessions. The climate of
the Congress was lively and
everyone in attendance
gained tremendously from the
experience. An evening at
Universal Studios Florida was
a welcome change of pace on
the evening prior to the last
day of the Congress.
A special lecture was given
by Dr Man-Chung Tang,
Chairman of the Board ofTY
Lin, International, of San Fran
cisco. Dr Tang is highly
acclaimed and has received
many awards for his excellent
work on the design and con
struction of more than 1,000
major bridges throughout the
world. In his presentation, he
discussed some of the more

interesting bridges he has
worked on.
A very special treat for
Congress attendees was a
stand-up routine by Patricia
C ii . President of the
Nielsen Wurster Group Inc.,
an international engineering
consulting firm. She dressed
up as Emily Roebling, the
woman who played a crucial
role in the construction of the
Brooklyn Bridge. In character
she described the events lead
ing to the completion of the
bridge. Emily Roebling's
father-in-law designed the
bridge and after his death, her
husband, Washington, con-
tracted caisson's disease and
was quite debilitated by the
illness. It was at this point that
Emily Roebling's role in con
structing the bridge became
well defined.

"Dr. Tang is highly
acclaimed and has
received many
awards for his
excellent work on
the design and
construction of
more than 1,000
major bridges
throughout the

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Lecture Series Complements Learning

Among the many important elements in the education of architects, the Evening Lecture Series is one of the most critical.
This lecture series, which has been recognized as one of the best lecture series of its kind in the United States, is sponsored
by architectural firms and provides professional licensure continuing education credits.

We heartily thank the
offices whose sponsor-
ships have helped
make it possible to
bring to campus such
lecturers as:

Carl Abbott
Raimund Abraham
Wiel Arets
Wil Bruder
Henry Ciriani
David Chipperfield
W.G. Clark
James Cutler
Peter Eisenman
John Eisler
Merrill Elam
Kenneth Frampton
Sarah Graham
Steven Holl
Vincent James
Jim Jennings
Carlos Jimenez
Ronald Krueck
Dan Kiley
Gene Leedy
David Miller
Sam Mockbee
Henry Smith-Miller
Glenn Murcutt
John Patkau
James Polshek
Keith Reeves
Stanley Saitowitz
Donald Singer
Michael Sorkin
Bernard Tschumi
Tod Williams
Carlos Zapata



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The Ever Improving College Ph.D. Program

"Today, our vision
is to prepare indi-
viduals who can

creatively acquire
the knowledge and
skills needed to

conduct substan-

tive, innovative,
and original
research with a

specialized research
Dr Mary Jo Hasell
Ph.D. Director

Sore than a decade ago,
the College of Design,
Construction and Plan
ning's Ph.D. program was
approved under the leader
ship of former Dean Anthony
Catanese. Professor Earl
Starnes, Chair of the Urban
and Regional Planning
Department, served as its
first Director Nine students
enrolled in the doctoral pro
gram in 1988, and in subse
quent years an average of six
students were admitted
annually In 1991, the first
four students completed their
course work, wrote disserta
tions, passed the oral defense,
and graduated. To date, 79
students have been admitted
to the doctoral program and
28 have graduated with the
Doctor of Philosophy degree.
Among those who have
obtained their doctorate, 16
are teaching, nine are in pri
vate industry, one is running
an architectural practice, and
two are unknown.
In the beginning, the objec
tives of the doctoral program
were: I) to broaden the

scope of architectural re
search in Florida and enable
the state to better manage its
problems of growth, design
and construction; 2) to offer
the degree to potential and
current faculty of architect
ture, building construction,
and urban planning; and 3) to
serve professionals in archi
tecture and related disciplines
by providing educational
During the past decade,
students from across the
globe increasingly sought out
a growing University of Flori
da. They came from regions
in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin
America, the Middle East and
across the United States.This
talented and diverse student
population challenged the
College to design a better
doctoral program in which
students learn to understand
and solve both local and
world problems through
exploration, research, and
Today, our vision is to pre
pare individuals who can cre
atively acquire the knowledge

and skills needed to conduct
substantive, innovative, and
original research with a spe
cialized research focus. Areas
for concentrated research
within this unique interdisci
plinary program of study
include architecture, building
construction, interior design,
landscape architecture, and
urban and regional planning.
This advanced degree is
appropriate for those seeking
careers in teaching, in indus
try, and in government as
leaders in interdisciplinary
design, planning, and con
struction teams aiming to
make a better future for local
and global communities alike.


Read about our research
centers, off-campus study sites,
the graduate studies faculty,
dissertations completed
to date, and a host of
other interesting facts!

Visit our website at:

Potential of an Interior Design Masters Program

he fall of 1999 witnessed the beginning of the Master of
Interior Design (MID) program in the Department of Inte
rior Design. Three full-time Masters students are initiating
this program with Dr M.Jo Hasell, and eight post-baccalaureate
students are completing prerequisite courses before they can
begin the program. These students come to us with a variety
of educational backgrounds ranging from nursing, sociology
business, and undergraduate Interior Design degrees.
We hope to reach our projected enrollment of I5 students
within the first five years of the new program. We will be mov

ing toward a doctorate component as well. The University is
strengthening graduate education, and we intend to have a very
active part in that direction.
A number of jobs have opened in North America in Interi
or Design education. Some of our graduate students are con
sidering the potential of design education as a career opportu
nity. Research is needed in this discipline, and our faculty and
graduate students hope to increase our capacity for funded
research related to design.

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Protecting Cultural Resources Through PI:N

"The Institute has partnered

with the National Park Service

to develop workshops on her-

itage tourism and preservation

in coastal communities."

nce described by President Emeritus Bob
Bryan as a crown jewel of the University
of Florida, the Preservation Institute:
Nantucket (PI:N) has educated several gener
nations of America's preservation professionals.
With more than 400 buildings pre-dating the
Civil War and one of America's oldest historic
districts, Nantucket is truly a living laboratory
for historic preservation studies.
PI:N was established in 1972 by UF Profes
sor of Architecture F. Blair Reeves and Nan
tucket developer and preservationist Walter
Beinecke. It is one of the first national pro
grams to provide historic preservation educa
tion through field documentation and research
of cultural resources and historic urban fabric.
That PI:N summer program has evolved into a
year-round Nantucket-based center which fos
ters historic preservation through academic
course work and symposia, continuing educa
tion workshops and conferences, public
awareness and education programs, and school
arly research and publication. During the past
three decades, more than 400 students from
over 100 academic institutions in the United
States and abroad have participated in UF's
PI:N Summer Program in Historic Preserva
To insure the ability of UF to continue the
PI:N programs, Walter Beinecke and other
island supporters raised funds in the 1980s for
an endowment.They gave Sherburne Hall, an
1846 Greek Revival structure in the heart of
Nantucket's historic downtown.This donation
added on to the University's PI:N's dormito
ries and faculty cottages.
Originally an Odd Fellows Hall, Sherburne
Hall houses the Institute's offices, classroom,
darkroom facility, research library, and the stu
dio with its stunning pressed metal vaulted
ceiling. These resources also led to the estab

lishment within the School of Architecture of
the Beinecke-Reeves Distinguished Chair in
Historic Preservation, which has brought a
number of nationally recognized preservation
scholars and professionals to teach at UF
Since taking over the program from Profes
sor Emeritus Herschel Shepard in 1997, Direc
tor Peter E. Prugh, Associate Professor in the
School of Architecture, and Associate Director
Cynthia Ruffner have initiated a number of
new programs. In 1997, PI:N hosted the AIA
Committee on Historic Resources Annual
Conference and in 1998 the American Colle
giate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Annual
Executive Board Meeting. PI:N co-sponsored
with the College's Department of Landscape
Architecture the academic symposium and
photographic exhibition titled "Land, Women
and Design," which documented the contribu
tions of women landscape designers in shaping
the American landscape. The Institute has
partnered with the National Park Service to
develop workshops on heritage tourism and
preservation in coastal communities. It regular
ly conducts community awareness and public
education programs fostering historic preser
vation goals and values.
This summer, PI:N will celebrate 30 years of
preservation education, documentation, and
research on Nantucket Island with a reunion
and educational symposium June 21 24, 2001.
The 30th reunion celebration on Nantucket
will recognize the past three decades of PI:N's
nationally recognized research, document
tion, and education efforts, while looking to
the future through a public education sympo
sium. The program will examine specific comr
munity problems related to Nantucket's his
toric context and seeks to propose new
strategies to protect cultural resources and
the island's unique sense of place.

Preservation Institute: Nantucket 30th Reunion Symposium

Nantucket June 21-24, 2001
Anyone interested please contact: Cynthia Ruffner at (508) 228-2429
PI:N's website: www.preservation-nantucket.com


UF's Preservation Institute: Caribbean

he Preservation Institute: Caribbean
(PI:C) is dedicated to conserving the eco
logical and cultural heritage of the
Greater Caribbean Basin through education,
research and service projects. Founded in

four years, the course has been conducted
three times in theYucatan and once in Puerto
Rico.This year's workshop is based in Xalapa,
the capital of the State ofVeracruz located in
the heart of the Mexican coffee region.

This year's

workshop is

based in Xalapa,

the capital of

the State of

Veracruz located

in the heart of

the Mexican

coffee region.

1982 as part of a I year international project
to document, analyze, and protect historic
buildings, sites and settlements of the region,
PI:C has helped forge a broad preservation
alliance among institutions, governments, and
Currently directed by professor William L.
Tilson, Professor in the School of Architecture,
the PI:C program is engaged in a long-term
study of agricultural landscapes that are being
transformed by global, economic, and cultural
forces. Important components of this study
are design workshops that closely examine
rural landscapes that over generations have
been constructed as places of ritual, work, and
conflict. Away from the city, the process of
building new architecture becomes less driven
by existing typologies and dominant social pat
terns. This thereby creates the necessity for
technical and programmatic invention, which is
the subject of the workshops. During the past

Since 1997, faculty member Alfonso Perez
Mendez has been collaborating with Tilson on
development of these workshops, which have
generated historical research and document
tion, numerous exhibitions of design work, and
a full-scale building constructed of bamboo.
Tilson and Perez-Mendez will be delivering
several papers on their research this year,
including a presentation at the upcoming Inter
national Collegiate Schools of Architecture
conference in Istanbul, Turkey In addition to
funding provided by various grants, the Insti
tute has recently received financial support
from the Scott Partnership Architecture of
Orlando to underwrite Perez-Mendez's
research on the rural landscape during the
2001 session.
The summer workshops are open to
advanced students in the design disciplines and
related areas such as archaeology anthropolo
gy, and the fine arts.

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Building Construction's Exchange

Program Benefits Both Sides

wo years ago, the Rinker School of Building Construction entered into an
exchange agreement with Fachhochschule Lippe (FH Lippe), a university locat-
ed in Demold, a small city in Northwest Germany The FH Lippe has prepared
and organized a three-week immersion course for our students in which they learn
about construction techniques in Germany building materials, sustainability, preser
vation, architecture, and a number of other related subjects. In addition, they learn
a great deal about the history of Germany its culture, language, and government. In
May 2000, a group of our students, accompanied by Dr.jimmie Hinze, attended the
course, and both Dr Hinze and Dr Richard Coble accompanied students this year
This past fall semester they hosted eight German students who enrolled in con
struction classes. Another eight German students will be here this fall. This
exchange offers the students a learning experience that they will never forget.

Educational Amenities in Vicenza

She Department of Interior Design has inaugurated a new
summer program at the College's facility in Vicenza, Italy
The curriculum parallels the Architecture and Landscape
SArchitecture programs and offers our students an opportunity
Sto experience the city ofVicenza and its educational amenities.
... The program includes travel to Rome, Venice, Verona, Milan,
-- and Switzerland where the students explore the extraordinary
work of the Italian Architect Carlo Scarpa whose work is seen
in and around northern Italy The trip to Milan also provides a
wonderful opportunity to study the finest of Italian contempo
,- rary furniture. In addition to traveling, students take a required
course in furniture design and free hand drawing/sketching.
The Jubilee Celebration 2000 in Italy added excitement to the
previous Summer A program.
Prior to the start of the summer program, students would
attend a full semester in the spring term. This placed a heavier
burden on students and faculty remaining from the senior class.
The decision to try the summer program was supported by
Professor Robert McCarter, Director of the School of Archi
tecture. Professor Janine M. King took the first group over last
summer, and Professor M. Jo Hasell will direct this summer's
offering. Faculty members are anxious to share this program,
and students are enjoying the opportunity with enthusiasm.



Alfred Browning Parker Receives

Distinguished Alumnus Award

perhaps the most distinguished and
most energetic faculty member in
the college is Alfred Browning Park
er He is a legend in his own time and his
architectural accomplishments are seen
daily through the state. With grace, style
and unwavering commitment, Professor
Parker has served his alma mater his
community, and the world.
Born September 24, 1916 in Boston,
Mr Parker attended the University of
Florida, earning his bachelor of science in
architecture in 1939.
After graduation, he traveled to the
Royal Academy in Stockholm to conduct
post-graduate work. However as the
clouds of war began to gather over
Europe, he returned to the States and
the University of Florida. His tenure as
an instructor in architecture was sand
wiched around his wartime duties with
the U.S. Naval Reserve.
In 1946, Professor Parker left UF to
open his own business in Miami. For 48
years, Alfred Browning Parker Architect,
was a fixture on the short list of agencies
recognized for melding human construe
tion with the natural environment.
His hallmark residence designs include
ed his home, the renowned "Wood
Song" in Coconut Grove, Florida. Built
on land lush with greenery the home is
three separate pods connected by walk
ways. It is constructed over a valley to
ventilate the wooden structure while the
vegetation remains undisturbed. Other
residential designs include estates in
southern Florida and Vermont.
Commercial designs include the Bal
HarbourYacht Club, the Baldwin Office
Building, the General Capital Corpora
tion building, the Bazaar International, the

Fread Sanctuary of Beth El Synagogue
and the St. Louis Church.
Over the years, publications have
lauded Professor Parker's designs. The
magazine, House Beautiful, featured his
work as the "Pace Setter House" for the
years of 1954, 1959, and 1965, and in its
February 1963 issue with "Unity in
Architecture and How It Is Achieved."
Arts and Architecture's Dec. 1963 issue
included the article "Navy Island Devel
opment by Alfred Browning Parker" His
Baldwin Building design in Miami and his
Dora Ewing House in Coconut Grove
received review in publications as well.
He carried his environmental philoso
phy over into other business pursuits.
Solar ReactorTechnologies (SRT) Group
was established by Professor Parker and
his son, advancing a process using solar
energy and producing non-polluting
hydrogen power
His awards include the National Con
ference of Church Architecture Award of
Merit from the American Society of
Church Architecture; the Architects
Award from the Society of American
Foresters; the Outstanding Concrete
Structure in Florida Award from the Flori
da Concrete Association; the Silver Medal
Award from the Florida South Chapter of
the American Institute of Architects; the
Distinguished Architecture Alumnus
Award from the UF College of Architec
ture; national and regional architecture
awards from the American Institute of
Architects, including the National Award
of Merit; the Gold Medal from the U.S.
Association of Housing and Redevelop
ment Officials; the Distinguished Services
Award from the City of Miami and an
Honorary Doctorate from the Interna
tional Fine Arts College of Miami.

His memberships have included Aca
demic and Fellow of the American Insti
tute of Architects, the Building Research
Advisory Board of the National Acade
my of Science, president of the Florida
Zoological Society Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Eta
Sigma, Sigma Delta Psi, Beta Theta Pi,
Gargoyle, Service Chairman of the City
of Miami Building Board of Appeals, and
the Guild of Religious Architecture.
In 199 I, Professor Parker returned to
his alma mater to serve as a Distin
guished Professor in the College of
Architecture, and was tapped to serve as
chairman of the college's capital cam
paign committee. This past fall semester
Professor Parker taught an elective class
in "Advanced Topics in Architectural
Practice." Professor Parker states that he
has relied on his past "to assist students
into their futures."
In recognition of his innovative
designs to passing his knowledge onto
students building for the 21st century
Professor Alfred Browning Parker was
named Distinguished Alumnus at the
Spring 2001 commencement.

FALL 2001 23

Ernest "Bart"

The College is Proud to

Bartley Named Announce the Appointment
AICP Fellow

Dr Ernest Bartley
was named as Fellow
by the AICR He
received this presti
gious award in New
York on April 15,
2000, at the National
APA conference. Dr
Bartley's contributions
to the planning profes
sion are numerous and
have now been formal
ly recognized by the
planning profession
with his selection for
this award.
We are quite sure
many of you have
memories from Dr
Bartley's lectures. His
discussion on Planning
Law, with the right mix
ture of Gator football
commentary are famous.
At conferences over
the years, many alumni
have commented how
much "Bart" has meant
to the Department and
how influential he was in
their professional devel
opment. The Depart
ment has been honored
to have Dr Bartley as a
faculty member and
mentor; and it is with
great pride that we all
acknowledge his signifi
cant contributions to
our profession.

of New Administrators

Dr. Charles Kibert started at the M.E.
Rinker School of Building Construction as an
Associate Professor in February 1990 and was
promoted to full Professor in 1995. In addition
to his many accomplishments, he founded the
Center for Construction and Environment in
199 1 and has been active nationally and inter
nationally in the green building and sustainable
construction movements. He developed and
teaches courses on Sustainable Construction
and Construction Ecology and organized a
concentration in Sustainable Construction for
the M.E. Rinker School of Building Construc
tion's Masters Program.
Dr Kibert was appointed to be Interim
Director of the M. E. Rinker School in July
1999 and permanent Director in October
Dr. Paul D. Zwick started at the University
of Florida as an Assistant Research Scientist
and Assistant Director of the GeoPlan Center
In addition to his many accomplishments, he is
responsible for developing and teaching a
graduate quantitative methods course and
environmental planning studio.
Dr Zwick has degrees in engineering and
urban and regional planning. He is the princi
pal investigator on several research projects
including the Florida Geographic Data Library
and the EPA sponsored Southeastern Frame
work Project.
Dr Zwick was appointed to be interim
Chair of the Department of Urban and
Regional Planning in May 1999 and permanent
chair in October 2000.
Professor Janine King started at the Uni
versity of Florida as an assistant professor in
July 1993 and was promoted to Associate

Professor in 1997. She received her Masters of
Interior Architecture degree from the Univer-
sity of Oregon in 1992. She has also earned
Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Fine Arts
and Art History from the same institution.
Professor King is responsible for the coor
dination and integration of the microcomput
er into the Interior Design curriculum. This
involves organizing the support system for the
required use of student computers in interior
design studios and other course work. Her
interests are in architectural design at the
proximate scale, design processes, and design
education. Her current research focuses on
design education, design studio instruction and
the various effects of teaching methods on
student learning.
Professor King was appointed interim Chair
of the Department of Interior Design in July
Professor Robert Grist started at the Uni
versity of Florida in 1983. He received his
Bachelors and Master's degrees from the Uni
versity of Georgia.
Professor Grist's recent funded work
includes participation in a College of Design,
Construction and Planning faculty team to
survey State University System properties for
compliance with the Americans with Disabili
ties Act Accessibility Guidelines, a master plan
for the American Orchid Society Headquar-
ters, and design and management guidelines
for intersecting Florida greenways and State
D.O.T roads
Professor Grist was appointed interim
Chair of the Department of Landscape Archi
tecture in July 2001.


Professor Ernest
"Bart" Bartley

Ms. Crystal Lee has worked for the
University of Florida for approximately
20 years in the area of fiscal management
for departments in the College of Health
Professions. We are happy to welcome
Crystal to the Dean's Office in the Col
lege of Design, Construction and Plan
ning. Crystal joined the college staff in
July 2001. Her duties include Administra

tive Assistant to the Dean regarding fiscal
matters and coordinating the College's
Office Managers.
Ms. Marcia 0. Pearce joined the Col
lege of Design Construction and Planning
in October 2001. As Director of Devel
opment for the College, she will serve as
the chief fundraiser for individual, found
tion and corporate funding and coordi

nator for alumni development. She
worked previously with the UF Smath
ers Libraries as their Director of Devel
opment. She received a Bachelor of Sci
ence in Public Relations from UF and a
Master of Arts in Library and Informa
tion Science from the University of
South Florida.

Director of the School of Architecture

Retires after 10 Years of Service by RobertMcCarter

n my 10 years as Chair and Director of
Architecture at the University of Florida, I
am most proud of having taught a design
studio every semester At graduation, our Mas
ter of Architecture graduates average three job
offers with topflight firms, and for the last 10
years our Bachelor of Design in Architecture
undergraduates have had the highest per capi
ta admission rate into Ivy League graduate
schools of any architecture program in the
United States.
During my tenure at the University of Flori
da, our faculty won the national AIA/ACSA
Teaching Excellence Award more times than
any other faculty and members of our faculty
received the University's first ACSA Distin
guished Professor Award, the School's first Dis
tinguished Alumnae Award from the Universi
ty, and unprecedented consecutive University
Research Professor Awards in 1999 and 2000.
The School of Architecture has enjoyed one
of the closest and most productive relation
ships with the regional profession of any school
in the United States during the last 10 years.
Today, our nationally recognized lecture
series is fully funded by professional offices, and
we have the deepest scholarship pool for grad

uate students (with respect to overall educa
tion costs) of any school in the United States,
funded almost entirely by regional professional
offices; and the School of Architecture's overall
endowment increased from $1.5 million
(1991) to $7.5 million (2001).
Since 199 I, I have hired more than 20 archi
tecture faculty with an average of eight (and as
much as 20) years of prior professional experi
ence, all of whom have continued their practice
while teaching in the University
Finally, I have led by example through exten
sive scholarly publications, including four books
in nine editions since 199 I: Frank Lloyd Wright;
Unity Temple; Fallingwater; Frank Lloyd Wright: A
Primer on Architectural Principles. I contribute
regularly to scholarly journals and books, I have
given more than 100 lectures to universities
and professional meetings, and I will give the
first lecture in a new series on the modern
masters at the Alvar Aalto Academy and
Finnish National Gallery in May 2001. I am cur
rently under contract for two books, a mono
graph on Florida architect William Morgan and
a monograph on Louis I. Kahn, to be complete
ed during my upcoming sabbatical.

Professor Robert McCarter

FALL 2001 25


Jerry Nielson's Successful Years

at UF Draw to an End

education to the adv~ncement
interior educaPti on

SN erry L. Nielson, Chairman of Interior
Design, will retire in early July 2001. His
many years in design education have cul
minated in the development of a successful
Interior Design program at the University of
I Florida.
Nielson takes pride in the University of
Florida's Interior Design program. He
remarks that the faculty and students of the
professor Jerry Nielson Department should be commended for
building a program that has gained national
Nielson was selected recently along with
seven other leaders from Interior Design
programs in North America to join an Edu
national Advisory Committee with the
DuPont Corporation. These seven programs
were nominated by leading edge design firms
as having the best education programs in
Interior Design or Interior Architecture.
In August 1995, Editor Stanley Abercrom
bie of Interior Design selected the Interior
Design program at the University of Florida
as one of the top 10 programs in North
America. Nielson attributes this ranking to
his faculty who have been extremely dedicat
ed and committed to the program and the
advancement of quality education in interior
Nielson and his wife Bobbie have enjoyed
their 15 years at the University of Florida.
Their many friends on the faculty and in the
professional design community throughout
the country have been wonderful associa
tions. The Nielsons will continue to live in
Gainesville and enjoy visits to their sons' fam-
ilies in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and
Grapevine, Texas.

University of Oregon
Began teaching in 1962
Interior Architecture program
in the School of Architecture
and Allied Arts
Louisiana State University
Developed a curriculum in
Interior Design with Professor
I. Vincent Guaccero in the
Department of Art
Purdue University
Acting Chairman of the
Department of Theater and
later the Department of Music
in the Department of Art
Received tenure while serving
as Assistant Chairman of the
Department of Art, which
included the Interior Design
program at Louisiana State
University of Florida
Served as Professor and Chair
of the Department of Interior
Design in the College of
Design, Construction and
Planning for the past 15

Foundation for Interior Design
Education & Research
Chairman of the Accreditation
Committee, 1973-1980
National Council for Interior
Design Qualifications
Board of Directors member
Chairman of the Board, 1989-90
Interior Design Educators Council
Board of Directors member


Building Construction Professor Cited

as "Teacher of the Year" 2000

obert Cox, Associate Professor and Associate Director of
the M.E. Rinker School of Building Construction, was
acknowledged as the outstanding teacher at the Universi
ty of Florida for Academic Year 1999-2000. While with his
peers from across the University he received word of this
prestigious award during a reception at the President's house
for the outstanding teachers from each College. This is a note
worthy award considering there are more than 4,000 faculty at
the University of Florida.
In addition, Professor Cox was also selected as the
"Teacher of the Year" for the College of Design, Construction
and Planning.

Landscape Architecture

Professor Cited as College

"Teacher of the Year" 2001

ichael Sobczak was acknowledged as
the "Teacher of the Year" for the Col
lege of Design, Construction and Plan
ning.This teaching award is based upon Pro
fessor Sobczak's work with students in a
series of required landscape architecture
construction courses, where he has integrat
ed the use of computer applications and
principles of design into this technical cur-
riculum. While the courses cover topics and

skills that the students need for the profes
sional licensure examination after they grad
uate, the design and technical skills are imme
diately applicable in their other professional
courses. In addition to his on campus teach
ing activities, Professor Sobczak has organ
ized half-semester study tours in the Col
lege's Vicenza, Italy program, and week-long
field trips for students to Boston, San Fran
cisco, and other cities around the country

Professor Michael Sobczak

FALL 2001 27


Faculty and Friends We Will Miss

Professor Emeritus Thomas E. (Tom) Martin
SProfessor EmeritusThomas E. (Tom) Martin passed away on January 5, 2001. He was a retired
chief with the U.S. Navy and had been on the faculty of the M.E. Rinker School of Building Con
struction for many years.Tom taught with distinction both sections of the construction technique
S' courses; he taught four lectures per week and conducted a two-hour field trip for each section.
Tom was also the faculty advisor for the building construction honor society Sigma Lambda
Ki. For years the initiation was held on the grounds of his home with a wonderful dinner held
in his gazebo.
There was a prayer vigil service at Holy Faith Catholic Church where many people spoke of
the contributions that Tom had made to the University his church, and the community
Tom is survived by his wife of 57 years, Doris A. Martin of Gainesville, and his seven children,
as well as I 5 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Professor William Weismantel
William Weismantel, Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional I ...... passed
away on December 4, 2000. Dr Weismantel earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering and a J.D. from
Harvard where he developed an interest in urban law. He began his teaching career at Wash
ington University in St. Louis. He then moved to the University of New Mexico before coming
to the University of Florida.
DrWeismantel worked on many projects in Florida communities and made redevelopment
plans for many small communities, including High Springs and Hawthorne in Alachua County
After retiring from the University of Florida, he traveled in North Florida gathering materials
on libraries, which he intended to publish.

Professor Emeritus Edward E. Crain
Professor Emeritus Edward E. Crain, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Architecture
and former Assistant Dean of the College of Architecture, passed away suddenly on October 5,
1999. Professor Crain served as Chairman of the Department of Architecture at Miami-Dade
Community College for 10 years before joining the Architecture Department at the University
of Florida in 1973. In 1983, he was appointed an assistant dean of the College of Architecture,
a position he held until his retirement from the University After retiring from the University of
Florida, Professor Crain joined the Peace Corps and helped establish the Caribbean School of
Architecture in Jamaica. Travel and research in the Caribbean resulted in a book on historic
Caribbean architecture, which was published by the University Press of Florida.

Professor Edward M. (Ted) Fearney
Edward M. (Ted) Fearney passed away on May I I, 2000. Professor Fearney taught architect
ture and design at the University of Florida for 35 years, retiring in 1980. He continued to active
ly participate in special events at the College until a few months before his death. His affection
for the College of Architecture and his concern that students receive the best architectural edu
cation possible prompted Professor Fearney and his wife Barbara to establish an Endowed Pro
fessorship in the Department of Architecture a few years ago.


Professor Luther Strange
Professor Luther Strange passed away on February 5, 2000. He had been a member of the fac
ulty of the M.E. Rinker Building School of Construction for II years, from 1978 to May 1989.
Dr Strange was a graduate of Auburn University and had many years of experience in the con
struction industry He brought this experience to the school and taught the introductory estimate
ing course for many years. His knowledge of construction contributed significantly to the quality of
this course. He left the faculty of the School of Building Construction to join the faculty of the con
struction program at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and he taught there for seven years
before retiring in June I996.
Luther was the first faculty member to submit a research proposal to the Building Construction
Industry Advisory Committee and get it funded. He conducted research on why roofs leak in
schools in Florida, which contributed significantly to finding out what the problems were and insti
gating steps to remediate the problems. His initial research enabled other faculty members to fol
low his lead in this area of research.The program has grown tremendously over the years, but we
should thank Luther for taking the first step.
A faculty member tells a story of Luther's devotion to the University of Florida. When he was
hired, he was asked, How will you behave on the day that Florida plays Auburn in a football game?"
His reply was, For 364 days, I'll be a Gator; on that day I'm aWar Eagle." One year the school held
a luncheon for the Florida-Auburn, game and everybody was there in orange and blue. His orange
and blue had a big "A.U." on it. Unfortunately Auburn prevailed that day The following day all six
foot, eight inches of Luther Strange was dressed in a black suit with a white shirt and a black tie.
When asked if there had been a death in the family he moaned, "We lost to Auburn yesterday."
He'd become a Gator again.

Professor Emeritus Loys Johnson
Professor Emeritus Loys Johnson, building construction school pioneer passed away in Gainesville
on September 28, 1999. Professor Johnson was instrumental in the development of construction
education programs throughout the nation. He joined the UF building construction program in
1960 and served as chair of the Department of Building Construction from 1963 to 1973. He con
tinued to serve as part-time lower division advisor and worked with junior college programs until
mid 1989. Professor Johnson was inducted into the UF School of Building Construction Hall of
Fame as a Distinguished Educator

Dean Emeritus MarkT. Jaroszewicz
Dean Emeritus MarkT Jaroszewicz, FAIA, founding Dean of the College of Architecture, passed
away on June 16, 1999, while visiting his native homeland of Poland. Mark Jaroszewicz came to the
University of Florida in September 1976 as the first permanent Dean of the newly independent
College of Architecture. He stepped down as Dean in August 1986, but continued to teach in the
Department of Architecture until his retirement from the University in 1992. During his 10-year
tenure as Dean, he watched the College grow to become the third largest college of architecture
in the nation, incorporating all five design/build disciplines. Mark Jaroszewicz was inducted as a Fel
low of the American Institute of Architects, the highest recognition that the AIA national organize
tion awards.

FALL 2001 29


Karl Thorne was named a Fellow in the AIA, the highest hon
or bestowed by the profession.

Gary Siebein was named University Foundation Research Pro
fessor the highest recognition given in the University for
research achievements, in 1999. Caroline Constant received
this same honor in 2000.

Stephen Luoni won an AIA Education Honor Award in 1996
for his third-year studio course on integrating architecture and
landscape, and he received the Architecture and Urbanism First
Award from the SOM Foundation in 1998 for his essay "Build
ing Recombinant Ecologies," the Boston Society for Architects
Un-Built Design Award for his project "The Conservancy: Con
servation Community Steinhatchee, FL" in 2001.

Nancy Clark and Richard Pohlman received an AIA Education
HonorAward for their course, "Materials and Methods of Con
struction 2," in 1998.

Kim Tanzer was elected to be the Regional Director of the
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) in
1999.Tanzer also received two national awards from the ACSA,
the Collaborative Practice Award and the RobertTaylor Award
for her study of the Fifth Avenue/Pleasant Street neighborhood
in Gainesville.

Maelee Foster was awarded the ACSA Distinguished Professor,
one of only three nationwide, in the spring of 2000. This award,
the highest honor given for the teaching of architecture, is an
appropriate recognition for Professor Foster's distinguished
career here at the University of Florida. Foster's course,
"Between Earth and Sky" received the AIA Education Honor
Award in I995, her second such award.

Rocke Hill and Tony White co-authored the book Accessible
Design Review Guide, published by McGraw Hill in 1996.

*Abdol Chini is coordinating an organization on Deconstruction
known as Task Group 39 (TG39) of Conseil International du
Batiment (CIB), an international research group that networks
national research organizations and universities. He recently
organized the TG39 meeting in Auckland, New Zealand
(April 2-6, 2001), and is in the process of organizing the Design
for Deconstruction meeting to be held in Karslruhe, Germany
in May 2002. He was also recently appointed Director of the
Center for Construction and Environment.

Raymond Issa was selected to receive the prestigious Univer
sity of Florida Research Foundation Award, which recognizes
the outstanding research faculty at the University of Florida.The
award is for a period of three years (2001 2004) and is accom
panied by an annual stipend.

* Caroline Constant's book, Eileen Gray: An Architecture for All
Senses, was published by the Deutsches Architektur Museum in

* Robert McCarter's books, Frank Lloyd Wright and Unity Temple:
Frank Lloyd Wright, were published by Phaidon Press in 1997.

* Alfonso Perez-Mendez authored Craig Ellwood: 15 Houses,
published by Gili of Barcelona in 1999.

* Peter Prugh, Robert MacLeod, and Richard Pohlman directed a
research and design project for a corporate office complex for
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida. In 1999, the project was
profiled in an article in Florida Trend, the state's premier business

* The Beinecke-Reeves Distinguished Chair in Architectural
Preservation, established in 1994, has brought Eduard Sekler,
William Murtagh, Kenneth Frampton, Jan Abell, (the late) Colin
Rowe, William Morgan, Maelee Foster, and Herschel Shepard to
teach at the Gainesville campus and at one of the Depart
ment's off-campus programs (Italy Nantucket, and the
Caribbean). In the next year we will have Robert Broward and
Richard Longstreth join us to teach with this appointment, with
Professor Emeritus Herschel Shepard continuing.

* Since 1995, Maelee Foster, Ronald Haase,Wolfgang Schuller and
Herschel Shepard have retired. Alvaro Malo, who directed the
College's Miami Research and Teaching Center accepted an
appointment as Director of the Architecture program at the
University of Arizona in 1998. R.Wayne Drummond resigned as
Dean of the College in 1999, and has accepted an appointment
as Dean at the University of Nebraska.

* Martin Gold won the Boston Society for Architects Un-Built
Design Award for his project "The Conservancy: Conservation
Community Steinhatchee, FL" in 2001.

* Brad Sims was elected Director of the Associated Schools of
Construction (ASC) Southeast Section.The ASC is the profes
sional academic organization for schools of construction in the
United States.

* Raymond Issa, immie Hinze, and Charles Kibert was elected to
serve on the Board of Directors for the Fluor Program in Con
struction Safety at the University of Florida. This unique indus
try-university partnership is being organized to provide the
construction industry with state-of-the-art continuing educa
tion and consulting to greatly improve the state of safety in

* Charles Kibert was invited to be a keynote speaker at the
2000 South African Conference on Sustainable Development


Building Construction Faculty, continued
in the Built Environment; the Sustainable Building 2000 Con
gress in Maastricht,The Netherlands; the Beyond Sustainability
Conference in Eindhoven, The Netherlands; and the Green
prints 2001 Conference in Atlanta. He will be the principal
instructor for a three-week course, "Challenges of Sustainable
Development in Poland," this summer in Krakow, Poland.

*Ajay Shanker recently organized a construction industry review
of the structures sequence taught in the Rinker School. This
unique collaboration between a university and industry provide
ed the faculty with input on how best to prepare students to
become construction professionals.

* Robert Cox serves on the Board of Directors of the National
Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), a
nonprofit construction industry organization affiliated with Asso
ciated Builders and Contractors. The NCCER relocated from
Washington, D.C., to Gainesville several years ago to develop a
partnership with the Rinker School to improve industry-wide

* Marc Smith is on a leave of absence at Kansas State Universi
ty this year He will be returning to the Shimberg Center for
Affordable Housing in the Rinker School for the next academy
ic year

* Mary "Jo" Hasell is serving as the Director of Doctoral Pro
grams in the College. In addition, she is the coordinator of the
Master of Interior Design program. She has been responsible
for recruiting our graduate students and teaching a College of
Design, Construction and Planning Ph.D. seminar this semester
We are working on a poster to advertise our graduate pro
gram. Several alumni have furnished photos of their latest
work to be featured on the poster linking good design and
people issues that will be a special focus of the Master of Inte
rior Design.

* Janine M. King continues to advance our Computer Aided
Design education. She is now coordinating the third-year
design studios and continues with the residential (wood frame)
interior architectural detailing course.

* Helena Moussatche comes to us with a Doctorate in Architec
tural Education from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Helena has practice
experience in Interior Design and Architecture in both Brazil

and the United States. She is teaching third-year design with
Professor Janine M. King, sophomore interior design studio plus
materials and environmental technology courses.

* Susan Tate is completing a study on castles and chateaus of
France. She has traveled extensively in France each summer
for the past three years. Her work will result in a major paper
for the National Preservation Society of America, and she is
moving toward a book on the subject.

* JimWinebrenner is continuing to send his photo essay project
"Design Commons" to important exhibitions at leading univer
sities in North America. During March, the exhibit was seen at
the University of Cincinnati. Professor Winebrenner is devel
oping a book focusing on the exhibition that could be a strong
element in teaching basic design at many institutions. He has
been awarded a grant to continue work on the publication this


* Peggy Carr has continued her work with ecological connective
ity and conservation planning through EPA funding for the
southeastern United States. Peggy served as Interim Chair of
the Department of Landscape Architecture last year

* Bob Grist was on sabbatical last year He used his time to
increase his expertise with Graphic Information Systems in
preparation for teaching a new landscape architecture course.
Starting in the fall of 2001, Bob became as the Interim Chair of
the Department of Landscape Architecture.

*Tina Gurucharri and her previous firm RTKL of Baltimore have
been recognized by the Maryland Chapter of the American
Society of Landscape Architecture for excellence in the design
of Commerce Place, a vest pocket park in Baltimore.

* Les Linscott and family have returned from a one-year sab
batical spent in the mountains of Colorado.

* Ramon Murray has returned to private practice in Orlando.
We are sorry to report of his resignation.

* Mike Sobczak presented two papers at the American Society
of Landscape Architects National Convention. One paper
"Technology and Practice: Learning from Other Disciplines,"
was presented with Albert Salas from the American Associa
tion of Medical Colleges, and the other "Virginia Key:The Pro
posal for a New Central Park," was presented with Daniel
Williams, FAIA, formerly with the College. Professor Sobczak
also completed a design study of State Roads 19 and 44 for the
City of Eustis, Florida, identifying areas for trees, lighting, and
other street furnishings within the public right-of-way using dig
ital video to illustrate a series of before-and-after conditions.

* Terry Schndadelbach was a lecturer this past summer at the
American Academy in Rome, where he was previously a fellow.
In the fall, he taught in the Department's Vicenza Program.
While in ItalyTerry pursued his research on theVilla Gambaria.


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Landscape Architecture Faculty, continued

Kay Williams continues to serve on the Landscape Architec
ture Accreditation Board. Her recent duties have included a
I0-year update to the accreditation standards for undergradu-
ate and graduate programs. She also served as Chair of the
American Society of Landscape Architecture's Registration
Examination (LARE) Preparation Committee. Their publication
on how to survive the LARE is available to ASLA members
through the ASLA Bookstore and at the ASLA home page.

During the past three years the Department of Urban and
Regional Planning has changed Orjan Wetterquist retired and
John Alexander left to become a Distinguished Professor of
Electrical Engineering at the University of North Florida. As a
result, three new faculty members, Rhonda Phillips, Ilir Bejleri,
and Kristin Larsen, have been added to the department.
Rhonda Phillips comes to our Department with a Doctorate
in Urban and Regional Planning from Georgia Institute ofTech
nology and specializes in community and economic develop
ment. Prior to her joining the faculty at the University of Flori
da, Rhonda taught at Southern Mississippi. Dr Phillips is cur
rently working with Hernando County, Florida, to develop
community indicators, which will assist in the creation of a com
munity economic development plan.

Ilir Bejleri comes from the University ofTirana in Albania and
has a Doctorate in Architecture, specializing in Urban and Envi
ronmental Design and Planning Information and Analysis Sys
tems. Dr Bejleri teaches Design I and II, a Design Studio, and
the Advanced Planning Information Systems courses. Dr Bej
leri is working with the Florida Department of Transportation
to develop an Environmental Screening Analysis Tool. The
ESAT uses GIS technologies and planning theory and practice
to identify early in the process, projects which have significant
environmental or socio-economic costs.

Kristin Larsen is our newest faculty member and will join the
department in August 2001. Kristin has a Doctorate in City
and Regional Planning from Cornell University and specializes
in Housing. In the fall, Dr Larsen will teach Housing, Public Pol
icy and Planning and Introduction to Urban and Regional Plan
ning courses. Dr Larsen is presently completing a biography of
Clarence S. Stein, which is funded by the Stein foundation.

Richard Schneider is the Department Graduate Coordinator,
and continues his work specializing in the areas of CPTED and
Conflict Resolution. Dr Schneider is presently working to fin
ish a book he is co-authoring with Dr Kitchen on CPTED, and
has attracted numerous grants with the Florida Department of
Transportation, the Gainesville Police Department, and the
Alachua County School Board.

* Dan Donelin and his wife Latane seem to be adjusting well to
life in Kansas. Dan, as always, remains very busy with extracur
ricular activities, and is serving as President of the Council of
Educators in Landscape Architecture.

* Herrick Smith has been sighted in the Gainesville area, enjoy
ing his retirement with his grandchildren and wife Mary Occa
sionally we see him here at the University but not often
enough to suit us.

* James Nicholas has a joint appointment with the Department
and the Law School, and is the Associate Director of the Envi
ronmental Land Use Law Program at the Law School. Since
1985, Dr Nicholas's research has been in the areas of impact
fees, growth management, and land use producing two books,
one monograph, 14 book chapters, 10 journal articles and a
score of technical reports.

* Ruth Steiner has been with the Department since the fall of
1994, and teaches Planning History and Theory, Transportation
Policy and I 111...1 and Planning Research Design. Dr Steiner's
research activities investigate the relationship between land use
and transportation at three scales: site scale, neighborhood
scale, and regional scale. She has numerous funded research
grants with the Florida Department of Transportation, and is
also a member of the Transportation and Land Development
Committee of the Transportation Research Board.

* Ernest R. Bartley the faculty historian for this Department, was
recently awarded membership as an AICP Fellow, one of the
most prestigious awards given in our profession. Dr Bartley is
now one of our faculty emeritus members but still teaches the
Growth Management Powers I and II courses. Some faculty
believe he actually taught the course that allowed for the prop
er legal wording of the "Ten Commandments," but Dr Bartley
assures us that he was not at the meeting. As many of you
recall, his courses were always extremely informative and are
still well attended.

* Earl Starnes, our second emeritus faculty member and the
founding Chairman, returns once a year to teach a course enti
tied "The History of Florida Planning." Dr Starnes is a vital
member of this faculty and provides sage advice to us all.

* Paul Zwick became the fifth chairman of the Department last
October and is also the Director of the GeoPlan Center
Dr Zwick teaches the Quantitative Data Analysis course and
continues to teach the basic Planning Information and Analysis
course and the Environmental Design and Analysis Studio. This
past year GeoPlan has released version 3 of the Florida Geo
graphic Data Library and version 2 of the Florida Conservation
Atlas, both available at www.geoplan.ufl.edu.



STUDENT Student Projects

HONORS Teach Real-life Lessons


More than 50 School
of Architecture students
will have their drawings
of the works of Frank
Lloyd Wright and Louis. I.
Kahn published in books
authored by Professor
and School Director
Robert McCarter for the
Phaidon Press. Fallingwa
ter: Frank Lloyd Wright
was published in 1994;
Unity Temple: Frank Lloyd
Wright and the full-scale
monograph Frank Lloyd
Wright were published in
1997; all three were
issued in second editions
in 1999. Louis. I Kahn, a
full-scale monograph, is
currently under contract
for publication in 2002.
Professor Alfonso
Perez-Mendez and stu
dents Justin Moore, Beth
Dawson, Nigel Joseph,
Brendan Beacher and
Karlene Morgan were
awarded an honorable
mention in the Interna
tional Student Design
Competition for a "US
Embassy for the 21st
In 1999, Scott Hey
nen, Jeffrey Pifer and Elis
abeth Wiese, all graduate
students, were inducted
into the Sigma Lambda
Alpha, the National
Landscape Architecture
Honor Society

In an effort to give students experience in After the models and drawings were
seeing their designs translated into real life, reviewed and revised during the first half of
Professors Nancy Clark and Richard the semester a week was set aside from
Pohlman assigned students in Materials and design so the students could construct and
Methods II the task of designing and con pre-assemble parts of their pavilions. The day
structing a small pavilion. The program for the before Homecoming 1999 was used to erect
Park Pavilion Prototypes was to shelter four the pavilions and add finishing touches.
people walking or biking along one of The pavilions were well received and Pro
Gainesville's bike trails. fessors Clark and Pohlman are now negotiate
The class of II 8 students was divided into ing with the City of Gainesville in hopes that
teams of five.These teams built models to test some of the prototypes will become perma
their design's stability and strength and then nent installations in the city.
produced a set of drawings that enabled them
to construct their design.

UF Scholars Program

Offers Interactive Education

Interior Design Research

n the summer of 1999, 1 participated in the
University of Florida's Scholars Program.
This is a program to introduce undergrad
uate students to research. I was in my sopho
more year and had just been accepted into
the upper division of the Interior Design pro
During that summer, I worked with two
other undergraduate students, Sheila Scheck
er and Sari Mass, under Dr Moussatche's
supervision.We developed a project commis
sioned by the State of Florida's Department
of Education to access the life expectancy of
the most widely used materials in Florida's
school buildings. My duties included gathering
of data and information on qualitative issues
concerning materials used as substrate and
finishes for interior partitions. I searched for
information on operations and maintenance
procedures, deterioration causes, and health
and safety issues related to school environ
ments. I had the opportunity to learn how to

by Grace Daley, Interior Design Senior

analyze and interpret research findings, as
they were incorporated into a report. I also
drew schematic illustrations of the wall sys
teams being studied. I've learned that partitions
cannot be evaluated independently from inte
rior finishes as cost may increase with the
required substrate for application.
The research indicates that interior mate
rials ranked as the most economical are not
necessarily the ones with the lowest capital
cost. Some low cost materials have high main
tenance costs that increase significantly their
service life cycle costing. In addition, the inher
ent properties of materials, such as moisture
absorbency have a direct correlation with the
activity performed indicating that they cannot
substitute each other randomly This experi
ence has been invaluable, and I believe the
University Scholars Program affords an inter
active education not usually possible in a nor
mal semester setting.

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Light Box Grocer

In Historic Gainesville by Amos Meirs

he program was simple:
to design a one-story gro-
cery and lunch counter
on a 240' x 90' site in a
unique section of downtown
Gainesville. The site is a key
component to a civic system
of circulation surrounding the
historic Hippodrome State
Theater The theater itself,
originally the Gainesville Post
Office, is a Neo-classical build
ing, set to a grand scale. A
street, set on axis with the
theater, terminates at the
front of the theater and
allows pedestrian traffic to
flow completely around it.
Restaurants and shops are
h I' into the pedestrian
plaza. On one corner oppo
site the theater is a rather
large building whose scale is
unclear and throws off the
balance of the site that was
once brought by the theater
On the opposite corner is the
site for the grocery.
This grocery is intended to
play an important role to clear
ify and evoke possibly even
provoke changing the sur-
rounding environment. The

human scale of the grocery
reinforces the civic propor-
tion of the theater referring
to its role as a public building.
Light is tied into the project in
the form of a light box, which
penetrates a perpendicular
mass plane and extends to
hover over a plane of water
The box itself is made of
translucent panels that allow
the interior space to be illumi
nated in the daytime. At dark,
however, the box radiates, let
ting shelves and items lead to
the pedestrians outside, giving
understanding to what lies
within, as well as creating
ambient night light to the sur
rounding nightlife.
A plaza penetrates the
orthogonal system off axis
creating a transition space.
This contains the lunch count
er support spaces, and
entrance. Once inside the
light box, one moves through
the space down one of two
aisles moving in a one-way
fashion.This allows fast circula
tion and mimicking the circu
nation surrounding the theater

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Below: Elevation
Below Middle: Longitudinal Section
Below Left: Transverse Sections
All Artwork Courtesy of Author

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