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LAE Students Collaborate in Law School Charette

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On Oct. 19, eight teams of LAE students met in the
cafeteria at the UF Levin College of Law to help
provide a vision for the restoration of the DASH Course
Woods, a 3.3-acre wooded UF Conservation Area across
from the college on Village Drive. The 32 students, under
the direction of LAE professors Tina Gurucharri and Kevin
Thompson, developed eight design proposals during the
four-hour charrette.

dARC Students Place 2nd in National Competition

Last Month, 22 students from the UF Chapter of
the National Organization of Minority Architecture
Students traveled to Orlando for the annual national
competition and placed second out of 11 other schools
that participated.
For the competition, the students were asked to
present a design of a neighborhood-sensitive urban
school in Paramore in the Orlando area, which they had
been working on for about three weeks.
Among the schools also competing were Georgia
Institute of Technology, Cornell University, University
of Nevada-Las Vegas, Howard University and Kansas
State University. The UF design team has been one of the
strongest competitors every year, and is the only team to
place in the top three every year in the past three years.
The team was a very diverse group, both academically
and racially, representing five different races and every
level of design from design 1 students to grad 3 students.

The students based their designs on input received
from the project stakeholders, including members of
the adjacent Golfview neighborhood, the UF Physical
Plant Division and the UF Environmental and Land
Use Society, a student organization. The society, led by
project manager Ashley Henry, received grants from
UF Student Government and PPD to restore the woods
and already has organized work parties to remove
exotic plants and spread mulch.
While developing their designs, the teams needed
to consider the desires of all the key stakeholders. The
members of the Golfview Neighborhood Association
wanted a family friendly setting to enjoy nature, learn
about native plant communities and enjoy walking
or jogging. The students wanted covered areas for
eating and studying. PPD wanted existing footpaths
enhanced and the forest canopy increased. In addition,
the designs needed to follow the Conservation Area
Land Management Plan.
At the end of the charrette, the teams presented
their designs to the key stakeholders. After receiving
feedback, the UF student chapter of the American
Society of Landscape Architects created the final
design, which is scheduled to be installed during the
spring semester.

The following students participated in the competition:
John Taylor Bachman, Justin Bienvenu, Kyla Booher, Will
Choi, Matt DeLoatche, Shelby Downs, Tahir Edwards,
Danny Fisher, Justin Fong, Daniel Greenspan, Daniel
Harper, Jessica Kuo, Jourdona LaFate, Victor Lorenzo,
Naomi Maki, Marek Mroz, Angel Nieves, Eduardo Ponce,
Tim Ruscello, Phat Tran, Ryan Wicks, Alexander Yoon.

4 Silver Awarded Biennial Prize

DCP dean Christopher Silver was awarded the Laurence
C. Gerckens Prize in October at the biennial Society for
American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH)
conference in Portland, Maine. The prize is awarded
once every two years to a scholar-teacher who has
demonstrated sustained excellence in the teaching of
planning history. SACRPH is an interdisciplinary society
of scholars and planning practitioners who are engaged
in the advancement of teaching and research in the field
of planning history.


dDocomomo Florida Introduced in Miami

The Docomomo Florida (Documentation and
Conservation of Modern Movement Architecture)
chapter was introduced at the Miami Art Museum on
Oct. 27. It was founded in 2007 as a response to the
need to promote and preserve the Modern heritage in
Florida. It is a non-profit regional association (part of the
national Docomomo-U.S. and Docomomo-International)
that promotes research, scholarship education, as
well as the conservation of buildings, urban districts
and natural landscapes of the Modern movements in
Northern, Central and Southern Florida.
Docomomo Florida provides a forum for the
interchange of ideas among architectural historians,
architects, designers, preservationists, real estate
companies, academics, students and others interested in
the Modern environment and its preservation for future
Enrique Madia, Jean Francois Lejeune of the
University of Miami, Tony Abate of the Florida
Atlantic University and ARC director Martha Kohen
worked for a year to establish Docomomo Florida's
legal and institutional framework. ARC professor
Martin Gundersen and DCP research associate Claude
Armstrong and DCP professor Roy Eugene Graham,
FAIA, also joined in founding the group. Gundersen,
Graham and Kohen currently serve on the Docomomo/
U.S. Florida Officers and Board of Directors.
dCohen, Armstrong Awarded Commission in

ARC professor Donna L. Cohen and DCP research
associate Claude Armstrong recently were awarded
an architectural commission in Tanzania. Their firm,
Armstrong + Cohen Architecture, is collaborating with
a Finnish architectural firm, Hollmen Reuter Sandman
Architects, on the design for the TunaHAKI children's
center in Moshi. The project includes a children's home,
school and a community theatre. Project sponsors
include the TunaHAKI Foundation, Architecture for
Humanity and Cirque du Soleil. Cohen received research
funding from DCP to make the initial site visit in
Hollmen Reuter Sandman Architects visited UF
and presented a lecture as part of the ARC Lecture
Series entitled "Beyond Design" at the Harn Museum
of Art, which focused on their work in Senegal and
the collaboration in Tanzania. In conjunction with the
lecture, photographs of their work were on exhibit in
the gallery in the Architecture Building. UF architecture
alumnus Brook Denison also had pencil/digital drawings
of carved churches in Lalibela, Ethiopia on display at the
exhibit. Denison's perspectives and sections record his
measurements of the site. His work was sponsored by a
travel grant from Yale University.

dARC/BCN Students Place in Regional Competition

The Rinker School student competition teams who
participated in the Associated Schools of Construction
and Associated General Contractors Region 2 Competition
in Jacksonville were very successful. The Design-Build
Team ranked 1st, the Management Team ranked 2nd, and
the Heavy/Civil Team ranked 3rd. Congratulations to the
faculty coaches, BCN professor Doug Lucas of the Design-
Build Team, BCN professor Mike Cook of the Management
Team and BCN professor Ed Minchin of the Heavy/Civil
Team, and team members for their excellent performance.
The Design-Build Team, comprised of four BCN and two
ARC students, will represent the Southeast region in the
national competition that will take place in March 2008 in
Las Vegas, Nev.
The Rinker School would like to thank Balfour
Beatty Construction, Nelson Construction and Haskell
Construction for providing financial support and helping
the teams prepare for the competition.
Design-Build Team: BCNStudents: Jesse Belknap,
Adrian Barrios, Jason Roberts, Thomas Manos, Lesly
Jerome, Vijay Baldeo, ARC Students: William Choi,
Alexander Yoon

Management Team: Eric Weiss, Kevin Chupp, Scott
Dennis, Adam Panzaella, Samuel Keen, Cassidy Resnick

Heavy/Civil Team: Chris Carswell, Ryan Fisher, James
Swick III, Ryan DeHahn, Cory Donaghue, Allen Smith

SDerrer Inducted into Construction Hall of

The M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction
at the University of Florida inducted William R. "Rick"
Derrer, president of James A. Cummings, Inc., into the
school's Construction Hall of Fame at 10:30 a.m. on
Nov. 3 as part of the school's homecoming activities.
Derrer has been in the construction industry for
33 years, and has earned a reputation of dealing with
everyone with integrity and facing challenges on
jobsites with a no-nonsense approach. Rick also serves
as a member of the Rinker School's Advisory Council
Executive Committee and attends meetings semi-
annually to assist with fundraising and curriculum
development. He was the chairman of the organizing
committee for the South Florida Gator BCN Club's 70th
Anniversary Banquet, which raised $1oo,ooo for the
school's 70th Anniversary Endowed Professorship.


November 2007

DCP Students Present Sustainability-Focused Designs for UF's Diamond Village

IND students present their proposals

U nder the leadership of IND professor Maruja Torres-
Antonini in collaboration with IND professors M.
Jo Hasell and Nam-Kyu Park and LAE professor Kay
Williams, FASLA, third-year and graduate IND students
and graduate LAE students developed design proposals
for a sustainability-focused residential learning
community at UF's Diamond Village.
Research conducted by Torres-Antonini over the
summer of 2007 identified the residence and academic
benchmarks for sustainability-oriented Residential
Living Communities (RLC). The purpose of the project
was to propose enhancements that will allow Diamond
Village to become a sustainability-oriented RLC in
the short-term and to develop a vision of an ideal

sustainability-oriented RLC to be created in the future
on the Diamond Village site.
Information gathering and site analysis for the
project involved student and faculty travel to Atlanta
and Decatur, Ga., to experience a co-housing community
and talk with residents and conservation community
Williams involved her graduate seminar with this
project. The IND students, in cooperation with the LAE
students, developed proposals that responded to the
aims of the project and the UF Department of Housing
and Residence Education.
The students presented extremely innovative ideas
such as countertops and flooring made of metal shavings
and sunflowers and sculptural gates and fences made
of old bikes and metal signs. Many of the projects
addressed specific and immediate issues at Diamond
Village, but they also explored solutions and ideas
that could be implemented at any housing site-and
elsewhere on campus too.
Project presentations of ideas for the design and
landscape architecture ideas were well received by the
clients, including Norb Dunkel, UF director of Housing
and Residence Education, and his colleagues, as well as
representatives from UF student families currently living
in Diamond Village and DeDee DeLongpre, director of
the UF Office for Sustainability.

d Flood Appointed Coordinator of BCN Ph.D.

BCN professor Ian Flood was appointed coordinator
of the Ph.D. program for the Rinker School. He will be
responsible for developing a request to offer a doctoral
degree in Construction Management, submitting the
request to University officials and following its approval
process, establishing the policy and procedures for the
Ph.D. in Construction Management and developing
a marketing strategy for recruiting high caliber Ph.D.

d Smeby Appointed Coordinator of FES Program

BCN professor Chuck Smeby was appointed coordinator
of the Fire and Emergency Services program. His
role is to improve the quality of the program and
increase its enrollment. This includes, course content,
continuity among courses, marketing of the program and
recruitment and retention of students, identification and
nomination of qualified instructors and overall program
updates and revisions through continuous assessment of
an industry advisory council and student surveys.

a Carmel-Gilfilen Awarded Grant for Loss
Prevention Research

IND professor Candy Carmel-Gilfilen was awarded a
$12,000 grant from the Loss Prevention Research Council
to study the effectiveness of visible security within
store spaces. This investigation will provide empirical data
on store environments at the urban, store and fixture scale
to understand visible security intentions.
The study also examines visible strategies employed
as well as their effectiveness measured by quantitative
sales and loss data coupled with qualitative perspectives
of the consumer, employee and offender. Strategies such
as product keepers or safers are hypothesized to provide
superior open-display protection for very high-loss items
since they simultaneously provide product security by
limiting quantity thefts, inhibiting item concealment and
making item theft more obvious.


d First Ever AGC/SLX Golf Tournament Held

On Nov. 2, the first ever Associated General Contractors/
Sigma Lambda Chi (AGC/SLX) golf tournament was
held at Ironwood Golf Course. The joint efforts of the
two student clubs and the generous sponsorships from
the contracting community resulted in a successful event
that was enjoyed by all.
More than 70 golfers committed to playing and the
event raised about $2,000, which will be used to fund
various club events during the course of the academic
year. The venue for next year's event is scheduled for the
UF golf course.
A special thanks to the following hole sponsors: ANF
Group, Akerman Senterfitt, Danis Construction, Florida
Building Materials Association and Florida Wood
Council, Gryphon Construction, Hensel Phelps, Horton/
Jones Electrical Contractor, J Raymond, Jeld-Wen,
Lane Construction, PPI, Perry Roofing, Power Design,
Professional Construction Estimators Association
(Orlando Chapter), RCC Associates, The Red Group,
Right Way Plumbing and Walbridge Aldinger.

d Grosskopf, Hinze Receive Grant from OSHA

BCN professors Jimmie Hinze and Kevin Grosskopf
received a grant from the U.S. Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (OSHA) in September to develop
and provide safety training to non-English speaking, low
literacy workers performing clean-up and reconstruction
in hurricane-prone Gulf states.
The proposed 12-month education and training
program includes low-literacy curricula development
and delivery in both English and Spanish and at-risk
employee and employer recruitment in partnership
with the Associated General Contractors of America and
the Florida Roofing, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning
Contractors Association.

d Ries Presents Paper at NSF Conference

BCN professor Robert Ries and BCN Ph.D. student
Lanka Thabrew attended the 2007 National Science
Foundation (NSF) Grantee Conference on International
Research and Education in Engineering (IREE). Ries
and Thabrew presented a paper and poster at the
conference titled, "Life Cycle Assessment for Sustainable
The conference was intended as a forum and
workshop for faculty, students and post-doc grantees to
report on the first experiences from research conducted
under NSF's IREE program. Ries and Thabrew
researched participatory decision making for sustainable
development. Their field component is based in Sri
Lanka and concerns post-tsunami reconstruction.

d Hylton Speaker at Florida AIA Conference

IND professor Marty Hylton gave a talk titled,
"Modernism at Risk: Design Advocacy," at the AIA
Florida Third Annual Emerging Professionals Conference
on Oct. 26-27, in which he discussed his work to address
the issues that impact the preservation of modern
movement architecture and design, including the
creation of the "Modernism at Risk" program at the
World Monuments Fund.
Hylton's talk highlighted some of the challenges in
preserving modern sites and existing organizations and
programs that professionals can join and/or volunteer
with including: Docomomo, the Recent Past Preservation
Network, National Trust for Historic Preservation and
the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. His talk
concluded with a summary of the Riverview High School
documentation and rehabilitation project by upper
division IND undergraduate and graduate students.

a Perez-Mendez and Macedo Receive College
International Educator Award

ARC professor Alfonso P6rez-M6ndez and URP
professor Joseli Macedo have been selected to receive
the International Educator of the Year Award for DCP.
P6rez-M6ndez and Macedo represented the college in
a campus-wide competition to select the International
Educator of the Year Award for the University. The
International Educator of the Year Award was created
in 2004 by UF's International Center to recognize
outstanding international endeavors by UF senior and
junior faculty members.

d Kibert, Grosskopf Awarded Grant For
Hurricane Damage Study

BCN professors Charles Kibert and Kevin Grosskopf
were awarded a grant from the Florida Center for Solid
and Hazardous Waste (FCSHW) to study hurricane
damage and debris generation in the state of Florida.
Kibert and Grosskopf along with URP researcher
Eric Kramer, will compare and contrast damage and
debris for coastal, inland, rural and urban communities
associated with various hurricane events, including a
worst-case "Katrina" scenario.
Results of the research will be presented at a Spring
2008 UF workshop for all Florida county emergency
managers and solid waste directors in an effort to help
state and local officials prepare, respond and recover
from hurricanes and other disasters. Matching funds
for this project were provided by the Powell and Rinker


November 2007

a Grosskopf, Oppenheim, Sullivan Publish and
Present Papers

BCN professors Kevin Grosskopf and Paul Oppenheim
published a paper titled, "Ultra High Pressure Water
Stream Characterization and Optimization," in the
Journal of Applied Fire Science (Vol. 14, No. 4).
Grosskopf also presented a paper with BCN visiting
professor Jim Sullivan titled, "Safety and Sustainability
of Monolithic Dome Structures in Hurricane Prone
Regions," at the 4th International Structural Engineering
and Construction Conference (ISEC-4) in Melbourne,
Australia in September.

d Schneider Publishes Articles

URP professor Richard Schneider has published two
recent articles including a section of the United
Nations' Global Report on Human Settlements 2007
on "Urban Crime and Violence" (Earthscan
Publication). Schneider was a recent panelist and
presenter at the UN-sponsored conference in
Monterrey, Mexico on Safe Cities where the 2007 report
was released to the general public.
He also authored an article for UN-HABITAT
which focuses on the roles of planners, designers and
community development officials relative to crime
prevention in developing nations. The article titled,
"Crime Prevention Is Not Only a Police Matter," is
published in UN-HABITAT Debate (Vol. 13, No. 4,
i Williamson Presents Paper on Florida's Truth-
in-Millage Act

BCN professor Anne Williamson presented a paper
entitled, "Informed Citizens and the Local Government
Budget Process: Florida's Truth-in-Millage Act," at the
annual conference of the Association of Budgeting and
Financial Management in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 25.
The paper included the results of telephone survey and
focus group research regarding citizen knowledge about
Florida's property taxation process and how it relates
to local budget decisions. This research arose from a
$500,000 grant to the Shimberg Center for Affordable
Housing by the Florida Legislature for the study of
property taxation issues.

dGundersen, Thorne Attend Installation
Ceremony in Jamaica

Honoring the School of Architecture's recently signed
cooperative agreement with the University of Technology
(UTech) in Kingston, Jamaica, ARC professors Martin
Gundersen and Karl Thorne attended the Installation
Ceremony for the third UTech President, the Honorable
Dr. Errol Morrisson on Nov. 1. They also visited the
School of Architecture and numerous alumni on the

d Kohen Attends ACSA Directors Meeting

ARC director Martha Kohen attended the Association of
Collegiate Schools of Architecture Directors meeting Oct.
30 Nov. 3 in Minneapolis, Minn. She is collaborating
with the preparation of the General ACSA Convention
in Houston, Texas held from March 17-20, 2008 where
a joint meeting will be held between the heads of the
Latin American schools and their North American

dAIA Gainesville Awards Student Scholarship

ARC professor Michael Kuenstle and Joseph A. Garcia,
AIA, of Brame Architects in Gainesville presented this
year's AIA Gainesville annual student scholarship award
to Garrett Garner at the AIA Gainesville annual dinner
held on Sept. 18.
The award is unique this year because it was part
of "AIA 150," a worldwide celebration of the American
Institute of Architect's 150th anniversary. The
scholarship is funded through the proceeds of the annual
AIA Gainesville Student Scholarship Golf Tournament
and a matching grant program initiated by AIA National
as an effort to show support for the profession's future
leaders. The joint program will help ensure that the
scholarship endowment continues to grow and provide
valuable assistance to UF ARC students. The event
is organized by the AIA local component under the
leadership of Joseph Garcia, AIA.

SKuenstle Publishes Book on Educational
Facilities Design

"Education Facility Security Handbook," coauthored by
ARC professor Michael Kuenstle, AIA, and Don Philpott
of Reuters and the Homeland Defense Journal, has
been published this month by Government Institutes,
Scarecrow Press, Inc. The book provides design guidance
for architects, engineers, facilities planners and school
administrators with a twofold approach to creating
a safe environment for schools. The first part of the
book addresses how to design and build a safe school
and includes a section on safe school building design
research with contributions by ARC professor Nancy
Clark and URP professor Richard Schneider, Ph.D.,
AICP. The second part of the book shifts from physical
infrastructure to inhabitants with a discussion of various
policies and practices implemented to reduce crime and
violence in schools.
This project builds on Kuenstle's funded research
accomplished with the publication of the "Florida
Building Code Handbook for New Educational Facilities
Construction (2004)" in collaboration with Clark and the
publication of the "Florida Safe School Design Guidelines
(2002)" in collaboration with Clark and Schneider.

November 2007

SIND Students Present Designs for Historical
Sarasota School

Senior and graduate IND students presented final design
solutions to the "Save Riverview Committee" of the
Sarasota Architectural Foundation and local community
on Oct. 29 in Sarasota. The design studio was
coordinated by IND professor Candy Carmel-Gilfilen and
historic documentation and funding was coordinated by
IND professor Marty Hylton.
The students were engaged in an adaptive reuse
design of Riverview High School in Sarasota,
designed by internationally recognized architect,
Paul Rudolph. These buildings are threatened with
demolition following the School Board's decision for a
new complex. In March 2007, following an outcry from
the architecture and design community, the Sarasota
County School Board granted a one-year period for the
purpose of allowing the public an opportunity to develop
preservation alternatives for the original 1958 Riverview
High School buildings.
The studio project involved a two-part process
that included documentation of the building to the
standards of the Historic American Building Survey
(HABS) and a design project detailing possible reuse
solutions. Preliminary work included extensive research
surrounding the design and reuse of the building and a
three-day site visit where students documented 90,000ooo
square feet of the original Rudolph buildings. Student
drawings and work have also supported the International
Design Competition to "Save Riverview High
School." The World Monuments Fund provided funding
for this initiative.

dARC Students Participate in Orlando Charette

ARC graduate students Katie Galea and Ryan Wicks
participated in a three-day design charrette in Orlando
to develop ideas for a new health care facility for the
homeless and underinsured being developed by the
Orange Blossom Family Health Center.
They were joined by grad students from the University
of South Florida and young interns from Orlando offices
with technical advice provided by Orlando AIA health
care specialists. DCP assistant dean William Tilson was
on hand as the faculty advisor. The event, now entering
its third year, is sponsored by the Orlando Chapter of the
AIA. Christopher O'Brien, AIA, (ARC 1984, MArch 1990)
director of production for the Architectural Group, Inc.,
was one of the program's principle organizers.

SSanders, Wang and MacLeod Participate in
Invited Competition

ARC professors Nancy Sanders, Robert MacLeod and
ARC visiting professor Albertus Wang, through their
professional office SWiMcau (Sanders Wang MacLeod
international consortium for architecture & urbanism)
participated in "counterMEASURES," an invited
competition, exhibition and symposium sponsored by
the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture
on Nov. 1-3.
In response to the catastrophic damage wrought by
Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the competition organizers
asked invitees to examine New Orleans as a case study
for what strategies and tactics landscape, urbanism and
architecture adopt as a means of achieving resilience in
the face of extreme circumstances.
The firm's entry, entitled "Six Ways from Sunday,"
explores links between institutions and infrastructure
and proposes six strategies for repairing and redefining
urban territory throughout the city of New Orleans.
Aside from Sanders, Wang and MacLeod, the design
team included ARC graduate students Kelly Ard, Everald
Colas, Jennifer Daniels, JJ Eckler and Bihn Nguyens.
The work will be exhibited in the Mebane Gallery at the
University of Texas at Austin through Nov. 30.

iAPX Supports Alzheimer's Association With
Halloween Event

Each year the Alpha Rho Chi (APX) Professional
Architecture Fraternity holds an annual Halloween
Festival in lieu of raising funds for a choice charity.
This year, the fraternity raised more than $300 for
the Alzheimer's Association. Held on Halloween in
the atrium, the event lasted more than three hours. In
cooperation with Magnumwood, a local model material
supplier, the fraternity showcased an event which
included Halloween themed games, activities and a
yearly tradition the APX Costume Contest.

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