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Research is one of the three
cardinal components of the
university faculty role. Given the
range of disciplines from which the
College's faculty has been drawn,
the approaches and the contents of
our research activities vary considerably. That is our
strength, but it is often the case that we know too little
about what our colleagues are undertaking, and how
that might relate to what others are doing.
Over the past two years, the Dean's Office has
made available modest funding to support faculty
research initiatives, in some cases to finish up
work already underway, and in others to launch
new projects that would benefit from assistance in
the purchase of needed software or equipment, to
finance a graduate assistant to help collect data, or
perhaps to travel to places to obtain data or to observe
Last year (2006/07), we financed some or all
of 12 faculty projects, and this year, another dozen
faculty proposals were supported. We have already
seen some of the fruits of these grants, such as
Susan Tate's lavish book, "Concorde: The Hotel de
Talleyrand and George C. Marshall Center" and
Donna Cohen's recent exhibition at the Reitz Union.
In the forthcoming edition of Perspective, there will
be a substantial illustrated summary of the many
books and monographs published by DCP faculty over
the past year (or forthcoming later this year). It is a
truly impressive display.
To share our faculty research interests and
outcomes with the entire College community
(including students, faculty and alumni), we are
organizing the first ever "DCP Research Showcase," to
be held on April 4. This day-long event will be focused
on the current research work by DCP faculty through
exhibits, displays, presentations by faculty, poster
sessions and any other media appropriate to their
work. This is not just for those faculty who received

research grants but is an open invitation to all DCP
faculty to showcase their work.
We are hoping to schedule visits during the
April 4 event by prospective graduate students in
our disciplines so they might get a taste of what we
can offer them. Obviously, those students would
be ones we had already admitted and who we want
to have signed on (does this sound like Urban
Meyer's recruiting strategy!!). Most important, I
think we will come away from this day's event with
a fuller appreciation of the tremendous research
accomplishments of the DCP faculty, and the possible
synergies that can be derived from reaching out
beyond one's individual world of enquiry to better
understand what others are doing.
More details, including a request for both
research grant recipients and other DCP faculty to
indicate a presentation topic and format for that
day, will be coming in a separate email message.
We are pleased that Dr. Eugenie Birch, Lawrence C.
Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research and Education,
College of Design, University of Pennsylvania, will
be our featured "inspirational" speaker. The College
of Design at Penn has spearheaded the university's
nationally acclaimed efforts to address the challenges
of Philadelphia and its region through a combination
of applied policy research and direct action.
DCP's research showcase will enable us to
celebrate our own accomplishments as scholars and
practitioners trying to create and sustain livable
communities. I encourage all of you to participate in
some way, to share your work, and to encourage our
students and friends to join in the celebration of what
we are so passionate about.

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


Recently _
Published & Presented

a Roy Eugene Graham, FAIA, director of Historic
Preservation Programs, was a featured speaker at the
annual meeting of the St. Augustine Historical Society
on Jan. 15. Graham described the work that UF students
were doing in the various historic sites around the
city and the potential for other classes to participate
in the initiatives. He also spoke at the University of
Miami School of Architecture Conference, "Preserving
the Modern: Building and Landscape Preservation in
Miami A Contemporary Agenda," on Jan. 26. He was
a respondent for the session "Historic Preservation and
Cultural Memory." The conference was co-sponsored by
the Bass Museum of Miami Beach and the Florida Chapter

4 Edward Minchin, BCN professor, presented
two papers based on his recent research at the 87th
Transportation Research Board Meeting in Washington,
D.C. on Jan. 14 and 15. The papers were entitled
"Identification and Demonstration of a Technology
Adaptable to Locating Water in Post-tensioned Bridge
Tendons" and "A Highway Construction Quality Index
for Florida." Minchin also presented the first paper
to the Virginia Transportation Research Council in
Charlottesville on Jan. to.

i Mary G. Padua, LAE professor, presented a paper
on her research that investigates post-Mao parks in late
20th Century Chinese cities at the 6th Annual Hawaii
International Conference on Arts and Humanities held
Jan. 11 to 14. Her peer-reviewed paper was published in
the conference proceedings.

4 Robert Ries, BCN professor, had his journal
paper, "Life Cycle Assessment of Industrial and
Institutional Water-based Acrylic Floor Finish
Maintenance Programs" published in the first 2008 issue
of International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment.

4 Gary W. Siebein, ARC professor, authored two
papers for the 154th Meeting of the Acoustical Society
of America in New Orleans last November. "Acoustical
Renovation of Music Rooms in Schools to Improve
Teaching and Listening Conditions" focused on case
studies that showed how the strategic placement of
sound absorbing and diffusing elements can significantly
improve acoustical conditions in the room. The second
paper, "Development of soundscape assessment and
design methods for large institutional projects," focused
on innovative methods to conduct analysis and design
of soundscape elements to reduce noise impacts and
preserve high quality urban environments. Siebein also
co-authored the paper "Case Studies Illustrating the
Importance of De-coupling the Mass Layers of Demising
Walls in Multi-Family Luxury Condominiums and
Townhomes" for the Institute of Noise Control Engineer's
Annual Meeting in Reno last October. The paper focused
on the use of an innovative wall isolation mounting to
significantly reduce noise transmitted through demising
walls in housing projects.

d Dean Christopher Silver has two books,
"Planning the Megacity: Jakarta in the Twentieth
Century" and "Planning and Decentralization: Contested
Spaces for Public Action in the Global South" in
publication. His chapter, "Tourism, Cultural Heritage,
and Human Rights in Indonesia: The Challenges of
an Emerging Democratic Society," was published in
"Cultural Heritage and Human Rights" by Helaine
Silverman and D. Fairfield Ruggles (Eds.).

Research Funding Services

The UF Office of Research and the UF Foundation work in
close collaboration to assist deans and faculty in obtaining
external funding for priority university initiatives,
including those programs that may or may not have been
successful in obtaining state or federal appropriations.
The Division of Sponsored Research provides a search
service to help UF faculty members identify external
support for their specific research projects. If you wish
to use this service, please contact Gail Francisco, senior
information specialist, at frisco@ufl.edu. Faculty are
also encouraged to visit http://rgp.ufl.edu/research/
programinformation.html to access several user-friendly
searchable grants databases. Faculty also can subscribe

to "FYI Digest" a biweekly online newsletter with
funding opportunities, information on Office of Research
activities, and UF research news by going to http://
The UF Foundation's Office of Corporate and
Foundation Relations is another valuable resource for
faculty seeking guidance and information about specific
foundations and corporations that support university
research and outreach programs. Deans and faculty with
questions regarding a specific company or foundation's
funding interests are encouraged to contact Chris
Needles, Assistant Vice President for Development, at


February 2008

UF Among Top Interior Design, Landscape Architecture Programs

UF's undergraduate program in interior design was
ranked 5th in DesignIntelligence's 9th annual America's
Best Architecture & Design Schools 2008 survey. The
interior design graduate program was ranked 7th, and the
undergraduate program in landscape architecture was
ranked 13th.
The professional publication's survey ranks accredited
undergraduate and graduate design programs from the
perspective of practitioners in the field. Respondents
are required to be highly involved in the hiring and
performance of graduates and are asked to indicate which
schools produce the most prepared graduates.
"Both the interior design and landscape architecture

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programs provide a consistently superior quality of
professional training that justifies such a high ranking by
leading practitioners," said Dean Christopher Silver.
In addition, the Department of Interior Design also
tied for 1st in presentation skills and tied for 3rd in cross-
discipline experience in DI's national Skills Assessment
"It is exciting to see how highly valued our interior
design graduates are in the profession. Our department
is recognized for research-based innovation in areas such
as corporate and institutional design, the adaptive use
of historic properties as well as in sustainability, lighting
and design security," said Margaret Portillo, IND chair.

LAE Student Wins 2007 ASLA Award
Representing the top student honors in the profession,
the American Society of Landscape Architects presented
the 2007 Student Awards to 25 projects from 22 colleges
and universities at the ASLA Annual Meeting in San
LAE student Kimberly S. Heiss won an Honor
Award in the Research Category for her project, "Visual
Preference for Stormwater Pond Edge Treatments."
Her faculty advisors on the project were LAE professors
Lester L. Linscott and Gary Purdum.

ARC Student Receives Internship
with Innovative Dutch Firm
Architecture student Froukje Akkerman was awarded an
internship with the Dutch firm MVRDV, a world leader
in innovative architectural design, for the Fall 2008
semester. Principles in the firm include Winy Maas,
Jacob van Rijs, and Natalie de Vries, a former guest
lecturer at UF. The firm works to conceptualize spaces
in new ways.

Interior Design Student Wins Gensler Brinkman Scholarship, Internship

UF interior design student Anne Baumstarck was
chosen as the recipient of the 2007 Gensler Brinkman
Scholarship. Her work was selected from over 1oo project
submissions from 50 top interior design programs across
the country invited to participate in the commercial
design competition.
Baumstarck, a DCP master's student, received the
award for her design of a retail store and caf6 using
a footprint from a historic building in downtown
Gainesville. Her project emphasized environmental
stability and branding and client identity.
During the competition's final round, Baumstarck
presented her project at the New York City office of the
leading international design firm Gensler to a jury of 12

design principals from across the country. In addition
to the $7,500 scholarship, Baumstarck also received an
internship in one of Gensler's 25 offices worldwide. She
chose the midtown Manhattan office.
"Anne embodies excellence in critical thinking
and innovation," said Margaret Portillo, chair of the
department of interior design. "During her program at
UF, Anne has assisted with faculty research on retail
security and is developing a specialization in retail
lighting. These experiences helped fuel her problem
The Gensler Brinkmann Scholarship Fund,
established in 1999, also is sponsored by Contract
magazine, a design industry publication.


February 2008

Crider to Move to Alaska,
Offer Internships

Upcoming DCP Events

Architecture Spring 2008
Lecture Series

Feb. 25 6 p.m. at the Ham Museum
Max Underwood, master teacher at Arizona State

Feb. 27 3 p.m. at TBA
Agostino Bossi, Preside del Corso di Laurea
Facolta di Architettura at the Universita di Napoli

Building Construction Career Fair

Feb. 12 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building
Construction will host its Spring 2008 Career Fair
in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.

Historic Preservation Spring 2008
Lecture Series

Feb. 21 6:30 p.m. at the Ham Museum
Jon Fowler, chair of US/ICOMOS and executive
director of the Advisory Council on Historic

Linda Crider, associate scientist in the Department
of Urban and Regional Planning, will be leaving the
department at the end of this summer for a new life in
Cordova, Alaska.
Fortunately, she will stay connected to the college
and offer summer internships for three to four students
interested in working two months in Alaska on various
local projects. Students will stay in the loft of Crider's
newly completed "cabin" she has been building over the
past four summers. And visiting professors will always be
Before she leaves, Crider will direct the annual Bike
Florida cycling event to be held March 30 to April 4.
This year's ride, "Trail link 2008," will combine five
state trails: the Pinellas, the Suncoast Parkway, the
Withlacoochee State, the Withlacoochee Bay, and the
Nature Coast. For more information and to register, visit

Bartley: URP Dept. Pioneer, Friend

Ernest R. Bartley, URP Professor Emeritus, passed away
January 22.
"Bart was the state's foremost authority on zoning and
growth management issues," said Richard H. Schneider,
URP professor. "We were fortunate to have him as a
constructive colleague, outstanding teacher and loyal
friend at the University of Florida for six decades and at
the Department of Urban and Regional Planning for more
than 30 of those years."
Bartley, 88, helped form the URP department in 1975.
In 2007, an annual life-time achievement award was
established in his name by the department.
"We will miss him very much and honor his memory,"
Schneider said.

Pr6stamo: UM Prof. Emeritus, Author, Architect

Felipe J. Pr6stamo, Professor Emeritus of the University
of Miami's School of Architecture, passed away Dec. 6
after a long illness. Pr6stamo, 79, authored many works
on architecture and urban planning in Cuba, where he was
born. He was the country's first director of the Department
of Physical Planning and, after leaving Cuba in 1961, he
received his Ph.D. in education from UF.
A friend to the UF community, he will be missed.

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

Julie Frey
Managing Editor
352-392-4836, ext. 221

Kaitlin O'Farrill
352-392-4836, ext. 324

UF College of Design,
Construction & Planning


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