DCP recognizes faculty, student achievements
May 08, 2012
Several outstanding DCP students and faculty were recognized at the Spring 2012 Commencement held May 5 at the Phillips Center for Performing Arts.
The college first honored five faculty members who have exemplary records of teaching, research and service.
International Educator of the Year Award
Donna Cohen, associate professor of architecture, was selected as the college’s International Educator of the Year among senior faculty, and Hui Zou, was selected as the college’s International Educator of the Year among junior faculty. This award recognizes the outstanding international endeavors of both Cohen and Zou.
Cohen works with DCP’s Vicenza Institute of Architecture in Vicenza, Italy. In its 27th year, the program allows architecture students to spend a semester in Vicenza, studying the abundant architectural heritage, from the works of local Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio to the 20th-century creations of modern master Carlo Scarpa.
Zou leads the East Asia Summer Program, which not only provides students with the opportunity to explore cross-cultural architectural design, but also provides the opportunity to collaborate with East Asian universities.
UF Research Foundation Professorship
Raymond Issa, professor of building construction, was selected to receive a University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship. These highly competitive professorships are awarded to tenured faculty members who have a distinguished current record of research.
Issa is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) who received the 2012 ASCE Computing in Civil Engineering Award. Issa’s involvement in international activities and with international organizations has led to his recent election to the Pan American Academy of Engineering, and his appointment to the Board of the International Society for Computing in Civil and Building Engineering.
Issa has chaired the completion of 225 Masters and 26 Ph.D. degrees and has attracted in excess of $4 million in research over the last 5 years. In addition, he established the Center for Advanced Construction Information Modeling and developed the Rinker School’s Building Information Modeling Laboratory.
Teacher/Adviser of the Year Award
Tina Gurucharri, associate professor and chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture, was selected as a recipient of the college’s Teacher/Adviser of the Year for the 2011/12 Academic Year. This award, which was created to encourage and reward excellence, innovation and effectiveness in teaching and academic advising, recognizes Gurucharri’s dedication to the art and craft of teaching.
Dean’s Faculty Service Award
Jason Meneely, assistant professor in the Department of Interior Design, was selected as this year’s recipient of the Dean’s Faculty Service Award. This award was established to honor a DCP faculty member for outstanding service on behalf of the college to the university, the profession and the community. Meneely put countless hours into the development of the new co-Lab a facility in DCP that encourages collaborative teamwork through real-time integration of digital tools, freehand drawing and interactive media.
In addition, Meneely won first place in the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) 2011 Innovative Interior Design Education Award in part due to his creation and effective use of the co-Lab.
Three DCP students who have excelled in academics, leadership and service were also recognized at graduation.
Student Leadership and Service Award
Architecture graduate Jose Luis Cruz (ARC 2012) received the Student Leadership and Service Award, which recognizes leadership and service to the college.
Cruz served in various leadership roles in student organizations. As editor-in-chief of the student–produced journal, Architrave, he led the creation of an electronic submission process through the Architrave’s newly developed website. As president of the Studio Culture Committee, he worked with others to renovate the Fine Arts C Building, including painting the hallway to rejuvenate the space.
Graduate Student Academic Achievement Award
Building construction graduate Jake Landreneau (MBC 2012, BCN 2011) received the Graduate Student Academic Achievement Award, which was created to recognize a graduate student who not only has an outstanding grade point average, but also, has exceptional performance in other areas of academics.
Described as someone who has great dedication, focus, intelligence and self-motivation, Jake reached beyond the classroom to learn through several hands-on projects. Through his experience at the college’s off-campus program Preservation Institute: Nantucket, he had the opportunity to create a structural building information model as a conceptual proposal of the evolution of a home.
Jake served as assistant coach of the Rinker School’s Design-Build Team after serving as a member when he was an undergraduate student. The team made UF history by winning both first place overall and best presentation, a first-time accomplishment in a single competition.
Undergraduate Student Achievement Award
Landscape architecture graduate Caeli Tolar (LAE 2012) received the Undergraduate Student Academic Achievement Award, which was created to recognize an undergraduate student who not only has an outstanding grade point average, but also, has exceptional performance in other areas of academics.
Tolar has earned several scholarships, including the Department of Landscape Architecture’s Paul Verlander Award and Gilkey Third-Year Student Professional Award.
Described as someone who sets high standards for herself and whose work ethic, timely submittals and class participation are exemplary, Tolar excels in both traditional academic courses and in studios. In addition, Tolar was tasked with giving the student address during commencement.
UF Outstanding Four-Year Scholar Award
Architecture graduate Roland Faust (ARC 2012)received an honorable mention for the University of Florida’s Outstanding Four-Year Scholar award, which considers the quality and scope of leadership activities, universitywide leadership, experience, special awards, recognition and recommendations of faculty, staff and students.