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As we progress toward the Spring
2008 graduation, and generate our last
newsletter of the academic year, it is
worth taking a moment to reflect upon
the past year. In certain respects, it was
a triumph.
Students from each of our academic units won awards.
For instance, Anne Baumstarck, a IND master's student,
enabled our college to claim what is best regarded as the
Heissman trophy of the interior design world, namely the
prestigious 2007 Gensler Brinkmann Scholarship. The UF
Construction Management Team won first place overall
in the ABC's 2008 Student Construction Management
Competition (see story on page 3). And Roy Graham's
students produced an award-winning preservation
education media piece in conjunction with their work in
St. Augustine's Abbott Tract.
Our faculty also have received recognition (see list
on page 4). Kevin Grosskopf nailed down the 2008
Outstanding Educator Award from the Associated General
Contractors of America. Later this month, Gene Boles,
director of the Center for Building Better Communities,
and I will be inducted as Fellows in the American Institute
of Certified Planners at the Las Vegas American Planning
Association Conference.
Faculty secured course development grants, including
Mary Padua to add a European component to a landscape
architecture course. Joseli Macedo and I have been
working over the past five months to turn the Cities of the
World course into a "gold standard" web-based offering.
Indeed, the curriculum committee chaired by Ruth Steiner
has been a ball of fire this year, as we get into proper shape
the many new courses we've added over the past few years.
We worked hard to strengthen and focus our curricular
strengths through the development of a Master of Historic
Preservation and the Bachelor of Science in Sustainability
and the Built Environment. While there are still hurdles
to surmount before these get enacted, we are certainly
counting on adding them to our superior professional
programs in the near future.
Ten faculty joined DCP this year, and their energy
and dedication has made us all better. We wished farewell
to distinguished architecture faculty Tony White and
Karl Thorne and are looking to replace their large shoes
through the recruitment of new faculty. Even with such
tight finances, the generosity of friends of BCN made
possible the recruitment of a new faculty (funded by an
endowment) to support the Charles Perry Construction

Yard and to strengthen our research on the construction
work force issue. Among our faculty as a whole, it was a
banner year in the area of published and funded research.
Wait until you see this year's Perspective (it will be out
shortly, we promise) with overwhelming evidence of the
substantial accomplishments of the faculty, research
staff and support for graduate students through center
initiatives as well as individual accomplishments. It is
proof that our reinvestment of research overhead into the
ongoing work of the faculty pays tremendous dividends.
The recently completed Research Showcase demonstrated
this brilliantly, and it will undoubtedly become a tradition
for DCP. The Department of Urban and Regional Planning
held its first Planning Day celebration on April 18, with
an innovative public forum on the debate over Hometown
We continue to lead the campus in all facets of
internationalization. Our Vicenza program remains
strongly subscribed and the Paris program is looking to
have a record 22 students next Fall. Bill Tilson helped to
organize two interest groups to generate faculty dialogue
concerning initiatives in Latin America/Africa among one
subset and Southeast/East Asia among another. We have
a group of six students heading to Indonesia this May to
work on a heritage project and a full house participating in
both the Hong Kong and Mexico programs. In addition to
the annual Preservation Institute: Nantucket, the Historic
Preservation Program will support new offerings in New
Orleans and in conjunction with our growing attachments
to St. Augustine. It is exhausting just to tick off these
many initiatives, but then DCP faculty and students don't
let grass grow under their feet.
One cannot deny the challenges we've all endured this
year as we worked to sustain our excellence with one hand
tied behind our backs. We did gain additional financial
support from our generous alumni and friends, and that
helped to offset the state mandated cuts in the Fall, and
our anticipated additional cuts effective July 1, 2008.
Yet it is evident from this partial list of highlights from
2007-08 how we can succeed under even the most adverse
conditions. I applaud the spirit of the faculty, staff and
students in keeping us moving progressively forward this
year. Enjoy the summer! You deserve the break!

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


Published & Presented
4 Marjua Torres-Antonini, IND professor,
has been selected as an international peer reviewer by
Costa Rica's national higher education accreditation
body, Sistema Nacional de Acreditaci6n de la Educaci6n
Superior. In this role, she will be participating in
the accreditation process for the Interior Design
undergraduate program at Universidad Veritas, in San
Jos6, Costa Rica from April 13 to 19. The interior design
program at this university has been offered since 1997
and is the first such program in Costa Rica to come up for
a Candy Carmel-Gilfilen, IND professor, presented
two papers at the Interior Design Educators Council
International Conference from March 5 to 8 in Montreal,
Canada. The first, "Towards a Retail Pattern Language:
Bridging Security and Good Design," highlighted a study
of expert and novice shoplifters perceptions in a retail
store. The second, "Creating Mature Thinkers: Inquiry on
the Intellectual Development of Design Students," was co-
presented with Margaret Portillo, chair of the Department
of Interior Design, and highlighted the use of the Perry
Scheme of intellectual development for beginning interior
design students.

2008 Witters Competition Winners


This year's Witters Competition challenged five student
teams to create a flexible, rapidly deployable post-
disaster shelter that is environmentally self-sustaining
and has the ability to become the basis for a permanent
community. The competition was organized by Robert
J. Ries, BCN professor, and Dereck Winning, BCN and
ARC graduate student.
Members of the winning team were ARC student
Franco D'Ascanio, BCN students Scott Nelson and Sean
Snowden, IND student Catherine Slemon and LAE
student Nicholas D'Ascanio.

4 Mary G. Padua, LAE professor, was invited to
lecture on contemporary designed landscapes in Asian
cities at the Barn Studio Lecture series in Santa Monica,
Calif., on March 11. The series is sponsored by the Garden
Conservancy and hosted by Nancy Goslee Power &
Associates, landscape architect for Frank Gehry Partners,
i Margaret Portillo, chair of the Department of
Interior Design, was an invited plenary speaker at "From
Here to There: Design Research Symposium" at Arizona
State University's College of Design April 11 to 13. This
symposium focused on research processes of systematic
inquiry with leading design researchers in the context of
academic and professional practice. Portillo presented
a paper on narrative inquiry with case examples from
her research and participated in a workshop on related
research strategies and methods.
a Robert J. Ries, BCN professor, published his
paper, "Life Cycle Assessment of Residential Heating and
Cooling Systems in Four Regions in the United States," in
Energy and Buildings.
a Anne Williamson, associate director of the
Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing, presented a
paper at the 69th annual conference of the American
Society for Public Administration in Dallas on
March to. Williamson's paper was titled "Citizen
Participation and Urban Governance" and addressed
issues of citizen participation in the local government
resource allocation process.
a Hui Zou, ARC professor, published his article,
"Jing: A Phenomenological Reflection on Chinese
Landscape and Qing," in The Journal of Chinese
Philosophy. This is his second publication in a
professional philosophical journal in the U.S.

Kohen, Graham Speak at Popular
ARC Symposium
Audience capacity maxed out with more than 200 people
attending the symposium "Mid-Century Architecture in
Florida" hosted by DOCOMOMO US/Florida and the
American Institute of Architects March 1 at the Cummer
Museum of Art and Gardens in Jacksonville.
The program included a bus tour of some
of Jacksonville's most intriguing structures and
presentations by some of Florida's finest architects of
the 1950s and 1960s, including Alfred Browning Parker,
Gene Leedy, Robert Broward, Taylor Hardwick and
William Morgan. Martha Kohen, director of the School
of Architecture, and Roy Eugene Graham, FAIA, director
of Historic Preservation Programs, were also among the
UF Ph.D. student Richard Shieldhouse, a board
member of DOCOMOMO US/Florida, teamed with the
Jacksonville chapter of AIA to organize the event.


April 2008

UF Team Wins ABC Student Construction Mgmt. Competition

The Flonda Gators are national champs again! The U F
Construction Management Team won first place overall
out of 23 student teams from universities across the
country in the 2008 Student Construction Management
Competition during the Associated Builders and
Contractors National Convention March 3 to 8 in San
Juan, Puerto Rico. Funding for the trip was provided by
the ABC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter and ANF Group, Inc.
of Cooper City, Fla.
Team members included Kevin Chupp, Lindsey Ore,
Eric Weiss, Christian Mercado, Adam Milner and Carlos
Lorenzo. The team was led by Dr. Raymond Issa, director

of Graduate and Distance Education Programs for BCN.
Hosted by the ABC Education Committee,
represented by John Strock of ABC and Nick Harper
of Brasfield and Gorrie, the competition was a bid
simulation for a retail building in Huntsville, Ala. Prior
to arriving in Puerto Rico, each student team developed
a preliminary estimate, project schedule, safety plan
and project management plan. During the first round
of the all-day competition, the teams were faced with
incorporating subcontractor bids that came in at random
intervals. Five finalists were then selected to advance to
the second round where they presented their proposals to
the judges.
The winner was selected based on the work completed
in the first round, quality of performance during the
presentation and response to the judge's questions.
In addition, teams were judged in the categories of
estimating, project management and safety. The UF team
also won first place in the estimating category.
In addition to the student management competition,
the ABC National Convention featured the National
Craft Competition, Construction Showcase Exhibition
and Trimmer Education Foundation Auction. The
convention gave attendants the opportunity to meet
other members of the construction industry, share ideas
on how to improve management skills and gain career

Rivas-Camp Receives Historic Preservation Award
Rolando Rivas-Camp, FAIA, director for the Center also has helped GSA win many preservation awards from
for Historic Buildings at the U.S. General Services industry organizations for its showcase rehabilitations and
Administration, or GSA, was awarded the DCP's 2008 imaginative public-private partnerships.
Beinecke-Reeves Distinguished Achievement Award. Prior to directing the center, Rivas-Camp served as
The annual award recognizes an individual who a project director for GSA's Courthouse Management
exemplifies the spirit of historic preservation in Florida. It Group, coordinating projects for the Nationwide Federal
is given to an individual having a connection to the state Courthouse Building Program. He also was the U.S.
and demonstrated dedication to historic preservation. representative at the United Nations Educational, Scientific
Rivas-Camp, a preservation architect and UF alumnus, and Cultural Organization International Center for the
received this year's award in recognition of his innovation Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural
in identifying methods, policies and programs to preserve Property in Rome, Italy. He holds a Master of Architecture
and reuse prominent U.S. Government buildings from the from UF. Rivas-Camp also studied at the University of
1950s to the 1970s. London's Bedford and Birkbeck Colleges' architectural
"For Rolando's efforts to expand the vision of GSA to studies program. In 2005, he was elected to the College of
include this vast inventory of historic buildings, he has Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.
been internationally recognized as one of the leaders in "As GSA's director of historic buildings and the
historic preservation," said Roy Eugene Graham, FAIA, agency's preservation officer, Rolando works tirelessly to
director of DCP Historic Preservation Programs. ensure that GSA's historic properties remain the jeweled
Rivas-Camp oversees preservation activities within treasures of our inventory," said GSA's Commissioner of
GSA's national office and 11 regional preservation Public Buildings David L. Winstead. "Under his leadership,
programs. With his guidance, a December 2000 industry the agency has risen to the forefront of the preservation
conference identified nine important GSA buildings in profession, gaining recognition for policies and model
Florida, including the 1961 and 1964 federal buildings practices, making preservation integral to our business."
in Ocala and Gainesville respectively. This effort led The award is named in honor of the late Walter
Rivas-Camp to spearhead the landmark publication Beinecke, Jr. and UF professor emeritus F. Blair Reeves,
"Growth, Efficiency and Modernism: GSA buildings of both of whom were recipients of the National Trust for
the 1950s, 6os and 70s," which provides guidance in Historic Preservation Crowninshield Award for their
assessing government buildings from the recent past. He accomplishments in historic preservation.

April 2008

Siebein and graduate students present papers at ASA meeting

Professor Gary W. Siebein of the School of Architecture
and graduate students Adam Boettcher, Joshua Fisher,
Selena Paterson, Reece Skelton and Threcia Robinson
presented papers for the 5th meeting of the Florida
Chapter Acoustical Society of America in Tallahassee on
Feb. 29. The papers focused on work done in Graduate
Studies and Acoustics elective courses this past year.
Siebein's paper, "Measurement and Mapping of
Environmental Noise," focused on measurement and
simulation methods that allow environmental noise to
be analyzed more closely to the ways that people actually
hear sounds. Siebein is also president of the Society and
presided over the business meeting held prior to the paper
Boettcher, Paterson and Robinson presented
"Mapping the Aural Environment," which focused on

Faculty Awards

Ilir Bejleri, URP professor, received the UF Research
Foundation Professorship.

Michael Kuenstle, ARC professor, received the DCP
Faculty Service Award.

Maria C. "Tina" Gurucharri, LAE professor,
received the DCP Teacher/Advisor Award.

Alfonso Perez-Mendez, ARC professor, and Joseli
Macedo, URP professor, received the International
Educator Award for senior faculty and junior faculty,

Student Preservation Project
Wins State Award
Students, pursing the Master of Science in Architectural
Studies: Historic Preservation, in the Fall 2007 ARC
6911 Field Work Preservation class received the Florida
Trust for Historic Preservation's Education/Media
Award for 2007-08 for their project proposing a
conservation strategy for the Abbott Tract Historic
Neighborhood in St. Augustine.
Three of the students, Ann Baird, Josh Bodenweiser
and Jeannette Ransom, will be attending the Florida
Trust Conference May 15 to 16 in Pensacola with Roy
Eugene Graham, FAIA, director of Historic Preservation
Programs, and Dean Christopher Silver to present
the project in a student workshop. The Uptown
Neighborhood Association, which includes the Abbott
Tract, already has used the student's work to discuss
adopting a conservation district.

methods to evaluate acoustical characteristics of
outdoor environments so that the salient characteristics
of the soundscape or acoustical landscape of the
environment could be more completely described.
Fisher presented "Possibilities for Designing the
Soundscape," which focused on methods to augment
typical environmental noise analysis techniques to
include ways to analyze and design for sounds rather
than noise.
Skelton presented "Soundscape Analysis Methods
to Allow Perceptual Distinction between Sounds of
Relatively Similar Levels," which focused on developing
a multi-media method to document the distinctions
between qualities of sound with relatively similar sound
levels in a natural, outdoor environment.

Steiner Receives Research Grant
Ruth L. Steiner, URP professor, has received a
research grant of $147,000 for her work,"Proposed
Vehicle-Miles-of-Travel-Based Methodology for
Impact Assessment," with S. Srinivasan, co-principal
investigator. The grant is funded by the Center for
Multimodal Solutions for Congestion Mitigation.

AIAS NAAB accreditation
representative from UF
Senior architecture student Froukje Akkerman was
part of the NAAB team accrediting the University of
Louisiana at LaFayette from March 1 to 5. As a fourth-
year student, she was eligible to represent the student
perspective. The other participants of the team were
C. William Bevins, team chair, representing NCARB;
Geraldine Forbres Isais and Curtis J. Sartor, Ph.D.,
both representing ACSA; and Nicholas P. Koutsomitis,
representing AIA. Froukje also contributed to writing
the "Visiting Team Report."

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