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It is an honor, and a great thrill, to join the College of
Design, Construction and Planning as Dean and as
Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, and to let
you know that I am now here on the job. I arrived in
Gainesville on Friday, September 29, just in time to
enjoy the Florida victory over Alabama. On my first
visit to "The Swamp," I had a chance not only to watch
a great game but also to meet several of the College's
distinguished alums and friends who were there for
the festivities. What a great way to begin a new job.

As my first public act, please join me in extending
a sincere thanks to Interim Dean Tony Dasta
for his masterful leadership of DCP during the
administrative transition. It is obvious that Tony did
not approach the task merely as a caretaker, however.
He helped to usher in the College's new system of
shared governance, provided support for expanded
international initiatives, handled numerous staff
changes, maintained close relations with alums by
representing the College at numerous events, and
continued to do what he has done so well for so long,
which is to ensure that our facilities, as crowded as
they are, are in the best possible shape to carry out
our business. With sustained support from a great
staff and dedicated faculty, Tony's leadership during
the transition in DCP has helped us to move forward.
Tony, thanks!!

Yet many strategic decisions about the future of
DCP's program remain to be made. Through the
involvement and careful deliberation of all of
us faculty, staff, students and alums we can
make the right decisions and continue progress
toward the goal of becoming the premier college of
our kind in the nation. It is my view that we can, and
will, succeed in this challenge by keeping all of our
professional programs strong and vital. This includes
sustaining strategic synergies that we've already
established between our units. All of the professional
accreditation organizations to which we report value
the sort of collaboration we already have launched

in the areas of sustainable design and construction,
internationalism, historic preservation and community

Also, DCP's rich tradition of high powered professional
preparation must be complemented by vigorous
research programs. We will do this through several
strategies, including support for individual faculty
research, targeted resources to recruit master's and
doctoral students to work with faculty on cutting
edge research, and support to ensure strong research
centers. Increased involvement of DCP students and
faculty in international initiatives also will contribute
to the goal of making our College the model to

There is a lot to do, but it will be fun and a source of
great satisfaction for all of us when we have a chance
to reflect on our accomplishments. But for now,
let's get going. I look forward with anticipation, and
enthusiasm, to working with all of you as we pursue
the mission of our terrific College.


Christopher Silver, Ph.D., AICP
Dean and Professor


"Vertical Studio" is UF's First Venture to India

ARC students embarked last month on UF's first
-1international program ever offered in India. ARC
professor Shivjit Sidhu and eight students voyaged to
Pune, India, to take part in "The Vertical Studio, India," a
semester-long studio focusing on architecture and urban
Incorporating the historical, cultural, physical and
conceptual context of the Indian Subcontinent, the
studio will prepare undergraduate and graduate students
to study and practice contemporary architecture with a
global perspective.
Students will help design master plans and charettes
for both Pune and Mumbai, India. Both cities are expe-
riencing the pressures of extreme growth due to large
economic expansion and have a need for sustainable
urban design guidelines. Without proper urban planning
and design, the cities will evolve rapidly with short-term
considerations that may lead to catastrophic effects on
human, social and economic development.
"Hopefully, the work of our students and professional

partners can raise awareness of the issue," Sidhu said.
Upon the group's arrival in Delhi, graduate student
Matt Demers said, "The urban environment here is inde-
scribable. Across the group, we share experiences living
in places like Hong Kong and Mexico City and New York,
but the reaction is still unanimous we've never experi-
enced or imagined a place this intense."
"The Vertical Studio, India" is a collaboration of UF
students and architects, engineers and other consultants
across the globe.
"We are very happy the School of Architecture has
taken the initiative to include India, and UF hopes to add
more programs in the future," said Suzanne Hill, coor-
dinator of study abroad services for UF's International
The trip is partially funded by Muttha Associates, one
of the leading development companies in Pune, India.
The company will pay for the students' airfare, accommo-
dations and studio space, among other items.


d Professors Honored at AIA Florida Convention

2006 AIA Florida Honor and Design Awards recipients
were recognized in July at the 2006 AIA Florida Annual
Convention in Boca Raton, Fla. In the Unbuilt Awards
category, ARC professors Michael Kuenstle and Nancy
M. Clark were recognized with an Award of Merit for
Beach House 5. In the Award of Excellence category, ARC
professors Robert MacLeod and Nancy Sanders were
recognized with an Honor Award for Hand-Made House.
ARC professor Karl Thorne also was recognized with
the prestigious Gold Medal. This award recognizes an
individual architect in Florida who has distinguished
himself or herself in a manner resulting in a profound
impact on the profession over an extended period of
time. This is the highest award that AIA Florida can
bestow on one of its members and only one may be given
in a year. Any individual who has been a member of
AIA Florida for a minimum of 10 years is eligible. The
individual's long-term, noteworthy accomplishments
in the AIA, as well as community organizations or
governmental bodies, must demonstrate distinguishable
results characterizing one's career in a manner over and
above what is normally expected.

STanzer Receives University Awards

ARC professor Kim Tanzer recently was recognized for
two awards at the university level. The University of
Florida Association for Academic Women recognized
Tanzer with "Woman of Distinction, 2006," which
is given to a UF faculty member or administrative/
professional woman who has made significant
contributions to the quality of life of women. Defined
broadly, these contributions include those directed to
women at the University, in the local community, the
state, nation or society in general. Tanzer also received
the "Morton Wolfson Faculty Award for Outstanding
Service to University of Florida Students, 2006,"
presented by the Division of Student Affairs.

iGurucharri Presents Paper in Italy

LAE professor Tina Gurucharri presented a paper at the
international 2006 Sustainable Tourism Conference in
Bologna, Italy. The paper "Costanera Sur: Gateway to
the Osa, a scenic conservation and development corridor
in Costa Rica" described a conceptual framework
developed by an interdisciplinary team of practitioners,
faculty and students from the University of Florida, the
University of Costa Rica and the Universidad de Disefio.
The goal of the study was to develop a replicable model
for neotropical conservation and development using an
existing road corridor as the organizing principle for
the protection of ecological, cultural, recreational and
scenic resources in a developing country where tourism
represents the largest source of foreign exchange.

m IIm

October 2006

i Larsen Appointed to Affordable Housing Study

Gov. Jeb Bush recently appointed URP professor Kristin
Larsen to the Affordable Housing Study Commission.
Each year, the commission makes public policy recom-
mendations to the Governor and Legislature to stimulate
community development and revitalization to promote the
production, preservation and maintenance of safe, decent
affordable housing for all Floridians. This year, the com-
mission will be assessing Florida's State Housing Trust
Fund, which provides funding to local governments to
address housing needs in their communities for very-low,
low and moderate income households, and recommending
changes to make the program function more effectively.

dLAE Students Sweep Awards

LAE students swept the Annual Design Awards Gala for
the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape
Architects this summer. Students were recognized in
five categories, where they competed against not only
students, but professionals in the field. UF student
projects were recognized in the following categories:
open space, planning and analysis, preservation and
conservation, resort and entertainment and philanthropy.

iARC Students Participate in International
Architecture Exhibition

Students participating in the Vicenza Institute of
Architecture helped install the Architectural Record's
exhibit "After the Flood: Building on Higher Ground"
in the U.S. Pavilion at the loth International Venice
Architecture Biennale. The exhibit discussed and dealt
with rebuilding New Orleans and Gulf Coast after
Hurricane Katrina. The exhibition, held by the Fondazione
La Biennale di Venezia, was dedicated to cities,
architecture and society.

SWitters Competition Call for Proposals

Proposals for the Spring 2007 Witters Competition are
due in the Dean's Office by Monday, October 23. The
Witters Competition is a juried competition, held annually
in the Spring Semester to promote a collaborative
approach among students and faculty within the design
and construction professions. It is sponsored by an
endowment created through the generosity of Col. Art and
Beverley Witters who wished to foster interdisciplinary
communication and provide a financial award to the
multidisciplinary student team that generates the winning
solution to a project problem.

Tenure and Promotion

We are very pleased to announce that LAE faculty
member Margaret Carr has been promoted to pro-
fessor and ARC faculty member Donna Cohen has
received tenure and has been promoted to associate

Welcome to our New and/or
Visiting Faculty!

Bahar Armaghani, Visiting Assistant Professor
Ruth Ron, Visiting Assistant Professor
Leland Shaw, Professor Emeritus
Tom Smith, Visiting Assistant Professor
Albertus Wang, Visiting Assistant Professor

Interior Design:
Jason Meneely, Assistant Professor
Maruja Torres-Antonini, Associate Professor

Hong Kong Studio Displayed in

mages and designs from the 2006 Hong Kong-China
Summer Program were on exhibit last week at the
Architecture Gallery. "The program was amazing," said
ARC student Thomas Sharp, who participated in the
program. "It's great to see everyone's work on display."
ARC professor and program director Nancy Sanders,
and ARC professor and program co-director Robert
MacLeod, have taken students to Hong Kong and China
since the program successfully launched in 2004.


Senior design
student Thomas
Sharp looks over
his work on display
in theArchitectrure


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Students Design for Film Festival During Summer Stuidio

Lights, camera, action!" is not a phrase usually
associated with Nantucket Island, Mass. However,
DCP students had movies on their minds this summer
while exploring alternative venues for the Nantucket
Film Festival. Undergraduate and graduate students
participating in a new design studio at UF's Preservation
Institute: Nantucket developed venue designs and
concepts for the festival, which were exhibited in June
at the Nantucket Film Festival, and in September in the
Architecture Gallery.
For years, the Nantucket Film Festival has been held at
a historic Nantucket cinema called Dreamland. Recently,
Dreamland was halted as a movie venue, thus leaving the
festival in a crisis. Limited available property and venue
space on the highly exclusive Nantucket Island called for a
creative solution.
Instead of designing for total re-development, the
students were asked to explore contemporary additions
for the historic properties. Extremely creative design
aspects, such as using huge cylindrical water tanks on
an industrial site and showing movies on house shingles
that could move like shutters as film screens, were

Dean's Office Staff Lends a
Helping Hand
Sally Morris (top left), Marcia Bourdon (bottom left)
and Crystal Lee (right) lent a helping hand to PI:
N this summer. The group, along with Bourdon's son,
Blaine, and Lee's husband, Johnie, spent three days
renovating two faculty cottages in Nantucket, Mass. They
replaced and glazed the windows, painted the interior and
completely renovated the bathrooms of the cottages.

conceptualized by the students.
"Film festivals are a contemporary event," Cohen said.
"The challenge for our studio is to design contemporary
architecture within this important historic context."
The students mainly explored two sites, university-
owned property called Coffin Street and a relatively
abandoned industrial space they titled "The Generator,"
where they conceptualized how the spaces could hold the
film festival.
"The studio was so dynamic. It generated some
powerful architecture that still situates itself with the
historical Nantucket style," graduate student Will Zajac
The design studio, open to students in all design
disciplines, will be offered to students again this summer,
and will be headed by Cohen and visiting professor Claude
Armstrong. The six-week course includes four weeks on
Nantucket Island and a study tour of Boston. For more
information, please contact Cohen at dcohen@ufl.edu.
"We really interacted with the community," Zajac said.
"It's [the studio] building a relationship between UF,
Nantucket and the film festival."

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October 2006

dOppenheim Appointed Director of BCN
Undergraduate Programs

BCN professor Paul Oppenheim has been appointed as the
Director of Undergraduate Programs for the Rinker School.
As director, Oppenheim's main role is to improve the quality
of the undergraduate programs including course content
and continuity, student relations, continuous assessment of
industry needs and student outcomes. Oppenheim received
both his bachelor's and master's degree from the University of

SBCN Hall of Fame Inductees Recognized at
Homecoming Barbecue

BCN held its homecoming barbecue on Saturday,
October 7. During the barbecue, Bob L. Moss, president of
Moss & Associates, and Charles P. Reid, chief executive officer
of Current Builders of Florida, Inc., were inducted into the
school's hall of fame. The Construction Hall of Fame was
established in Fall 1980 to recognize the accomplishments of
those builders who have distinguished themselves throughout
their careers in construction. Recipients of this prestigious
honor receive a plaque declaring their induction, in addition
to having their name displayed on the Hall of Fame wall at the

SPhillips Recognized with Fulbright Scholar

URP professor Rhonda Phillips recently returned from
her Spring 2006 Fulbright fellowship at the University
of Ulster located in Belfast, Northern Ireland. As a
traditional Fulbright Scholar award recipient, Phillips
conducted research and lectured at the University of
Ulster's School of Policy Studies. Phillips' research
was collaborative work with non-profit and public
organizations to develop evaluation frameworks for
Northern Ireland community and economic development
programs as well as research visits to Scotland and
England. Phillips also worked with the U.K.'s Townscape
Heritage program, evaluating historic preservation
approaches for community regeneration and economic
revitalization of towns and cities throughout the country.
The traditional Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800
U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees
lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of
academic and professional fields. The Fulbright Program
is sponsored by the United States Department of State,
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Under a
cooperative agreement with the Bureau, the Council for
International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) assists in
the administration of the Fulbright Scholar Program for
faculty and professionals.

International Conference Addresses Future of
Sustainable Construction

B CN hosted the 12th Rinker International Conference, "Re-
thinking Sustainable Construction 2006" from Sept. 19-22
in Sarasota, Fla.
While the development of green building has come a long
way, the future of the practice is relatively unknown. "Re-
thinking Sustainable Construction 2006," unlike any other
conference on green building, focused almost solely on the
evolution of high-performance green building in the next 10
to 50 years. The conference brought together an international
collaboration of people and organizations committed to the
advancement of high performance and next-generation green
Conference speakers included Andy Serwer, contributor to
CNN's "American Morning" and "Fortune" magazine editor-
at-large, and Richard Lorch, editor of the European-based
international journal, "Building Research and Information."
Conference attendees included designers, product manufac-
turers, builders and policymakers from across the globe.

"Many congratulations to you, Charles Kibert and the
many other people involved in creating RSCo6," Lorch
said. "It was an excellent conference and the quality of
discussion was very high. It really was an outstanding
event and well worth the trip. The thematic and practical
organization of the event was superb. I've been to many
sustainability conferences, but none have matched the
combination of breadth and depth achieved at RSCo6.
The conference certainly moved the sustainability
agenda forward."
BCN professor Charles Kibert said the conference
committee chose Sarasota as the conference site because
Sarasota County serves as a model for others.
"Sarasota is committed to sustainability. The county
offers builders and developers incentives for incorpo-
rating sustainable practices and encourages citizens to
actively participate in sustainable lifestyle practices, such
as energy conservation," Kibert said.


October 2006


School ofArchitecture
Fall 2006 Lecture Series

October 23 Alex Wall
Professor, Urban Design and Planning
Faculty of Architecture
University of Karlsruhe
Karlsruhe, Germany
6 p.m. Harn Museum

October 30 Ken Yeang
Principal, T.R. Hamzah & Yeang International
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
6 p.m. Harn Museum
*sponsored by C.T. HSUAssociates, BCN, URP

November 13 Philippe Ruault
Nantes, France
France-Florida Research Institute Visiting Professor

Lecture Series Sponsors:
Alfonso Architects
Guy Peterson/OFA, Inc.
Holmes, Hepner and Assoc. Architects
Gresham, Smith and Partners
Canderday, Belfsky + Arroyo Architects
HHCP Architects

d Siebein Delivers Keynote Lecture

ARC professor Gary W. Siebein presented the
keynote lecture titled "Recent Research and Design
in Architectural Acoustics" at the fall meeting of the
Florida Chapter of the Acoustical Society of America.
The talk focused on research for a new acoustical testing
technique for the performing arts halls, called the
Orchestral Impulse Response, Siebein has developed
with Ph.D. student Youngmin Kwon; recent research
in the acoustical texture of music conducted with Ph.D.
student Pattra Smitthakorn; innovative methods to
measure occupational hearing loss for law enforcement
and military firearms training; and an urban planning
soundscape study conducted with ARC professor Martin
Gold and the Florida Community Design Center for the
SW 20th Avenue Project in Gainesville. Siebein and
professor Rahul Shrivastav of the UF Department of
Communication Sciences and Disorders organized the
meeting, which included participants from universities
throughout Florida. Papers were presented on various
topics related to acoustics and the way in which people
perceive sound.

SAcomb Serves on AIA/SDAT team in Washington
and Guest Editor of UF JUR

LAE professor Glenn Acomb served on the American
Institute of Architect's Sustainability Design Assistance
Team (AIA/SDAT) in Guemes Island, Washington this
summer. Acomb and a team of five others evaluated the
issues of sustainability for a small island in the San Juan
Island archilepago that has 800 permanent residents and
2200 additional seasonal residents in the summer. The
area has issues with potable water, transportation, energy
supply, ecosystem protection, rural cultural landscape
character, among many others. All of these issues are
threatened by the amount of growth on the limited-
resource island. Through the charrette process, Acomb
and the SDAT team helped community residents and their
planning committee create a blueprint the island can use
for its sub-area plan recommendations to the county's
Also, Acomb served as the guest editor of the University
of Florida Journal of Undergraduate Research's Septem-
ber/October 2006 edition. The journal focused on the
environment and featured eight scholarly works from UF
undergraduate students. The JUR strives to publish out-
standing scholarship of UF undergraduates and showcases
the work of the University Scholars.

d Hailey to Present Paper in Canada

ARC professor Charlie Hailey will present a paper at the
ACSA Northeast Conference in Quebec City. Hailey also
has been invited to speak on October 13 at University of
Central Florida's College of Arts and Humanities, where he
will give a talk titled "More Notes on Camp: A Field Guide to
Florida's Unfinished City." Last month, Hailey completed his
registration as a licensed architect in Florida.

DCP NEWS is published during the fall and spring
semesters by the University of Florida College of
Design, Construction and Planning. News and an-
nouncements contained in DCP NEWS were submit-
ted by DCP faculty and staff. To make a submission
to DCP NEWS, please call or email:

Julie Frey
Managing Editor
392-4836, ext. 221

Melissa Filipkowski
392-4836, ext. 324

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SConstruction & Planning


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