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Hard to believe! Already one month on the job.
Even more remarkable to me is the depth and range of
accomplishments of DCP faculty, staff and students I
have witnessed over this 3o-day span. Here are a few
highlights: Ruth Steiner (URP) is Co-PI on a recently
announced $3 million grant from U.S. DOT; a major
new grant will involve the Florida Community Design
Center in the Waldo Road Corridor Study; years of
effort by Ira Winarsky and colleagues from within
DCP resulted in the newly approved Interdisciplinary
Concentration and Certificate in Sustainable Design.
In addition, numerous international initiatives
have crossed my desk involving all parts of the
College. Amazing! And that is a partial snapshot
of DCP activities. You'll find many more highlights
throughout the newsletter.
It is also important to recognize the effort of
College staff and students. DCP staff continue to
show their dedication to strengthening the College by
engaging in team building efforts, which culminated
in a day-long workshop to focus on strategies.
For their part, DCP students have been extremely
productive, based upon the continuous exhibits in
the gallery, the constant completion of thesis and
dissertation requirements, and the many activities of
our student organizations. It is clear that everyone is
hard at work.
For my part, I have tried to participate in as
many College activities as possible in order to better
understand the passions and talents of students and
faculty, so that the College can provide the right kind
of support. This preliminary reconnaissance on my
part has served as a prelude to the development of a
strategic plan for DCP that can guide us in our efforts
to make us the best college of its kind. We need a plan
and that is the great task before us.
DCP's strategic plan must be broad enough
to embrace the diversity of our interests and our
expertise, but yet focused enough to provide a
means for others to understand clearly what we
are about, both as a college and as distinctive
professional programs within it. The initial work on

our strategic plan will require each of the units in
our College, that is our schools and departments,
our research centers, our various interdisciplinary
programs (like the historic preservation program,
the sustainability group, the Ph.D. program) and our
service centers (such as IT, Information/Publications,
and Development/Alumni Relations) to develop
some clear sense of where we want to go. We also
must think about the spaces within which we work,
and how to ensure the best possible environment for
learning and creativity.
It is obvious that moving us forward will require
resources, and these will need to come from various
places: from campus, additional support from alumni
and friends, external research grants and better
utilization of existing resources within the College.
But it also will require the most precious resource,
the time and talents of all of us. The process of
developing our strategic vision will involve all of the
stakeholders faculty, students, staff and alumni.
And what we come up with must be acceptable and
hopefully embraced by all. Through regular meetings
with the advisory group of College administrators,
with involvement of the DCP Faculty Council and the
various student organizations within our college, and
with appropriate input from our external advisory
groups, we will build this plan slowly and carefully
over the rest of this academic year. So when it is time
next Fall to present a State of the College report, we
will have in place a clear vision to guide us.
I look forward with enthusiasm to working with all
of you in this effort. And thanks for making my first
month here such an inspiring experience.


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


News i .

a Parker Celebrates goth Birthday with Art

An art exhibit and concert was held on Oct. 19 in honor
of ARC professor Al Parker's 90g birthday. Friends,
former students and colleagues
gathered at the gallery in
the Architecture Building to
celebrate Parker's life and w ork
while viewing his artwork on
display. Parker's artwork of
vibrantly colored paper, which
depicted characters from
famous stories such as "Jack
in the Beanstalk" and "Aesop's
Fables," lined the walls while
he graciously led family and
friends around the gallery.
Parker (pictured right) spoke
to the crowd about his life and
the time he spent at UF as an undergraduate student in
the 194o's. During his speech, he tearfully recounted his
parents struggle to send him to college, reminiscing about
how they sent him $50 per month to get by. Parker's
address was followed with a concert by the bluegrass
band Peyton and Day. We congratulate Al Parker on his
life's work and for reaching this meaningful milestone.

dTate to Research Buildings in Paris

IND professor Susan Tate received permission from the
U.S. State Department to research the Hotel de Tall-
eyrand (constructed in 1767) and George Marshall Center
in Paris. The Hotel de Talleyrand is best known as the
site where the post-WWII European Recovery Program,
commonly known as the Marshall Plan, was crafted. Tate
is documenting and interpreting the historic interiors,
restoration process and symbolic meaning of this urban
mansion with the assistance of doctoral student, Linda
Roberts. On Sept. 20, Tate organized a public lecture
and historic preservation seminar with Vivien Woofter,
IIDA, interior designer of the U.S. State Department, and
Fabrice Ouziel, French interior architect and Talleyrand
restoration consultant for historic architecture.

SPortillo Serves as Workshop Discussion Leader

IND Chair Margaret Portillo was invited to serve as one
of seven discussion leaders at the statewide Department
Chairpersons Workshop offered through the Institute for
Academic Leadership on Oct. 8-11.

IND Professor Leads Session on Retail Security

IND professor Candy Carmel-Gilfilen coordinated and
led the design session of a Retail Design Security and
Loss Prevention workshop with criminologist and IND
courtesy faculty Read Hayes on Oct. 24-25. The work-
shop focused on store layout and design with exercises
involving scale models of department stores. Partici-
pants included loss prevention executives, buyers and
retail designers from national retailers including Home
Depot, Publix, Sam's Club, Sears, Steinmart, TJX Com-
panies, Wal-Mart, HEB and Disney. The workshop also
involved analyses of videotaped shoplifting behavior and
the presentation of empirical and applied research on
retail design. The workshop, registered with the State of
Florida Department of Business and Professional Regula-
tion, was available for Continuing Education Units.

ARC Professors Contribute to Book

ARC professors John Maze, Mark McGlothlin and
Kim Tanzer contributed to the recently published
book "Digital Architecture and Construction." Maze,
McGlothlin and Tanzer co-authored a chapter titled,
"Fluid informm and the encoding of space." In
addition, Maze authored the chapter titled, "Narrative
and the space of digital architecture: implementing
interdisciplinary storytelling in the design of interactive
digital space" and McGlothlin authored the chapter titled,
"Ready, aim, fire: legitimizing the gaming environment."
The book is available by visiting www.witpress.com.

Graham Participates in Preserve America

DCP professor Roy Graham was one of the invited
participants in a national "Preserve America" Summit
chaired by Mrs. Laura Bush, First Lady of the United
States, in New Orleans on Oct. 19-20. The summit
marked the 40th anniversary of the passage of the
National Historic Preservation Act. Champions in the
field of historic preservation, who were identified as
experts in the summit's subtopics, reviewed the major
components of the national historic preservation
program and presented their considerations designed
to advance programs and policy. Graham's panels
were "Participating in the Global Community" and
"Fostering Innovation." The Advisory Council on Historic
Preservation hosted the summit and a number of private
organizations and federal agency partners including
the Departments of the Interior, Commerce and Defense;
the National Conference of State Historic Preservation
Officers; the National Trust for Historic Preservation;
and the Council on Environmental Quality assisted in
planning the summit.


November 2006

DCP Faculty Participate in UF Sustainability Conference

The University of Florida hosted the inaugural
conference "Campus and Community Sustainability:
Sharing Best Practices and Visions for Florida's Future"
on Oct. 25 and 26. The conference provided a venue
for the exchange of best sustainability practices and
visions among Florida's universities, colleges and
communities. Speakers and panel discussions focused on
fostering strong relationships between institutions and
their communities and emphasized the role of higher
education in creating a more sustainable future. LAE
professor Glenn Acomb and URP associate scientist
Linda Crider both served on the conference's
Program/Speakers Committee.

Various DCP faculty and students also served as
moderators, speakers and panelists during the

Crider moderated a session titled
"Transportation Issues in Florida" which looked
at a number of initiatives being taken by state
and local jurisdictions to support transportation
choices that lead to a more sustainable
transportation system.

ARC professor Charles Hailey served as a
panelist on "Pedagogical Approcahes to
Integrating Sustainability" which addressed
the different avenues of teaching sustainability
through various methods in curriculum

MSBC student Nick Taylor was a panelist for
"Interdisciplinary Collaboration and 'Living
Labratories': The Role of Universities in Florida's
Natural and Built Environments" which provided
an overview of a research project examining
the links between low income housing and

energy intensity and facilitated discussion to
examine the opportunities and constraints
for interdisciplinary collaboration within and
between universities.

BCN professor Charles Kibert served as a
moderator and BCN graduate research assistant
Donna Issacs served as a panelist for the
session titled "Campus Partners in Community
Transformation Case Studies: Historic
Rehabilitation of The Cotton Club, The Old
Florida Heritage Highway and Civic Lights,"
which illustrated the collaborative educational
and sustainable development opportunities
within communities.

URP professor Joseli Macedo served as
a moderator for "From Policy to Action:
Sustainable Campus Land Use and
Transportation" which showcased how UF
successfully applies sustainability in the "big
picture" and "on the ground."

ARC professor Bahar Armaghani served as a
moderator and panelist and ARC professor
Sustan Tate served as a panelist for "University
of Florida Green Buildings: Success Stories in
LEEDership" which presented the basics of the
LEED-NC and the basics of the energy modeling
and commissioning processes being utilized on
LEED green building projects on UF's campus.

The conference took every precaution necessary to ensure
that it was indeed a sustainable conference. Participants
were urged to bring badge holders and conference bags
from previous conferences, and their own water bottles
and coffee mugs. Paper usage during the conference also
was kept to a minimum.

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School of Architecture's
International Programs Showcase

Exhibiting faculty research and
student work relating to
international programs and projects

Nov. 13-17

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November 2006

iBCN Team Places in Regional Competition
The DCP Design-Build Team and BCN Commercial
and Heavy/Civil Teams participated in the Southeast
Regional Competition in Charlotte, NC. The Commercial
Team was awarded second place. BCN students Keith
Carr of the Design-Build Team and Jason Lovelace of
the Commercial Team were recognized with the Best
Speaker/Presenter awards. Also, this was the first
year UF sent a Heavy/Civil Team to the competition.
The competition is hosted by the Associated General
Contractors of America and the Associated Schools of
Construction. Congratulations to all team members!

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Design-Build Team
(pictured above):
Kevin Grosskopf coach
Justin Bray
Keith Carr
John Finch
Chris McCarthy
Bobby Patel
Haskell Corporation
Heavy/Civil Team:
Ajay Shanker coach
Frank Guido
Andrew Katzman
Chris Kieffer
Mike Parrish
Alberto Ribas
Scott Usher
Nelson Construction

Commercial Team:
Mike Cook coach
Cristina Aquirre
Jonathan Hill
Chandra Hodoval
Jordan Keen
Jason Lovelace
Devon Mathews
Christian Mercado
David Smith
Matt Szporka
Kimberly Weeks
Eric Weiss
Centex Construction

4 IND Professor Presents Paper at Symposium

IND professor Maruja Torres-Antonini presented a refer-
eed paper, "Cohousing: Design for Environmental Con-
servation, Personal Empowerment and Social Justice," at
the Art & Design for Social Justice Symposium on Sept.
18. Torres discussed her participatory action research in
a cohousing environment. Over a two-year period, Torres
examined relationships between community design fea-
tures and community connectedness and support. MID
student Nalo McGibbon also presented a paper at the
symposium titled "Shipping Containers, Shipping Homes:
Permanent Housing for the Temporarily Homeless."

d Graham Joins Task Force for St. Augustine

DCP professor Roy Graham currently is participating
in a Special Task Force on St. Augustine Preservation.
In recent years, it has become clear that to ensure the
future of the historic properties in St. Augustine, the
State of Florida needs to take responsibility as an owner;
the properties are currently leased to the City of St.
Augustine. In response, the task force assembled during
the last week of September to tour all of the 35 historic
city-owned properties and then drafted a proposal for
their future management. The Special Task Force, called
to assemble by State Representative William Proctor,
will hold a Town Hall meeting in St. Augustine on
Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. to receive public input on
the report.

d Dr. Kenneth Yeang Speaks for Architecture
Lecture Series

Dr. Kenneth Yeang, a principal at T.R. Hamzah and
Yeang International in Malaysia, presented work and
his philosophical ideas on sustainable architecture as
part of the Architecture Fall Lecture Series. From single
buildings to broader urban plans, Yeang discussed how
one can reconsider various types of structures and city

d Kohen and Thorne to be AIA Jurors

ARC director Martha Kohen and ARC professor Karl
Thorne have been invited to be jurors of the 2007 AIA
Design Awards for AIA Orlando.

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-
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to DCP NEWS please call or email:

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392-4836, ext. 221

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