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The School of Architecture recognizes design as a synthesis of thinking, analyzing, and making — an iterative process that engages issues of space, historical precedent, sustainability, ecology, urbanity, landscape, built-form, and construction toward innovation.

School of Architecture

Design studio is the core pedagogical modality of the UF School of Architecture program. Studio is a positive collaborative context enabling the process of architectural design in all its aspects, and fosters speculation, critique, analysis, and most importantly, self-directed modes of inquiry and synthetic responses. The School of Architecture emphasizes a strong focus on studio culture through scholarly rigor, expectation for excellence, coordinated support courses, engagement of national and international experts, and appropriate facilities and supplies.

Career Paths

Architectural Practice

The School of Architecture recognizes design as a synthesis of thinking, analyzing, and making — an iterative process that engages issues of space, historical precedent, sustainability, ecology, urbanity, landscape, built-form, and construction toward innovation.

Affiliated Design Practices

Construction management is the planning, coordination, and supervision of a project from beginning to completion. The core curriculum focuses on understanding the construction management process through a foundation of technical, managerial, and business courses.

Building Technologies

Interior designers design interior spaces within a wide-variety of market sectors including: hotel, restaurant, and themed design; corporate office design; retail design; healthcare design from hospitals to specialized clinics; educational design from K-12 leaning environments to college campuses; and residential design from high-end single family to multi-family dwellings.

Construction

The School of Architecture recognizes design as a synthesis of thinking, analyzing, and making — an iterative process that engages issues of space, historical precedent, sustainability, ecology, urbanity, landscape, built-form, and construction toward innovation.

Public Sector

Construction management is the planning, coordination, and supervision of a project from beginning to completion. The core curriculum focuses on understanding the construction management process through a foundation of technical, managerial, and business courses.

Real Estate and Development

Interior designers design interior spaces within a wide-variety of market sectors including: hotel, restaurant, and themed design; corporate office design; retail design; healthcare design from hospitals to specialized clinics; educational design from K-12 leaning environments to college campuses; and residential design from high-end single family to multi-family dwellings.

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Student and Alumni Profiles

Glenda Puente, AIA

Glenda Puente is a two-time University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning School of Architecture graduate (BDES ’09, MARCH ’11) who is currently the principal architect at her own firm, Glenda Puente Architect. She also teaches at the University of Miami School of Architecture.

As an entrepreneur, Puente does a lot of different daily tasks, ranging from design and the production of drawings and renderings to client communication and business development. She is also constantly engaged in other activities that keeps her schedule dynamic like: teaching, writing, research, serving on non-profit boards and participating in community-led initiatives.

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Christopher Karlson

Christopher Karlson

Christopher Karlson is a 2004 University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning graduate who is currently a senior associate and senior designer at Perkins&Will, one of the largest and most respected global design practices. There, he provides interdisciplinary services in architecture, interior design, brand environments, urban design, landscape architecture and more.

His journey in architecture started at a relatively young age when he participated in a series of construction drafting classes in high school, followed by attending UF’s summer design exploration program. The program introduced him to both the technical and design foundations of the architecture industry. This led to receiving a Bachelor of Design from DCP with a focus on Architecture and minor in Landscape Architecture. After working briefly in New York City, Karlson moved to Boston to attend Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design to receive a Master of Architecture professional degree.  

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Eric Haas, FAIA

Eric Haas, FAIA, is a University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning graduate who earned a Bachelor of Design in Architecture in 1990. Haas is currently the principal architect at DSH // architecture in Los Angeles. The Gator grad is also an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California.

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Kenady Beil

Kenady Beil wakes up at 4 a.m. and designs her day much like she does her buildings: meticulously. It is a requirement for someone who stars in the butterfly event for the University of Florida swim team while also majoring in architecture inside the UF College of Design, Construction and Planning.

“The hardest part of balancing the student-athlete life is making sure you have time to take care of yourself,” Beil said. “Everyone is different in what they need to thrive mentally and physically. Personally, the hardest part to balance is making time to sleep or letting my body and brain rest.”

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Susa Hones Craft

Majoring in architecture and scheduled to graduate next spring, Ellery Susa is spending her summer as an intern assistant architect at Jason Canning Architects, Inc., in Jacksonville, Fla. Canning himself earned his master’s degree in architecture from the University of Florida in 2006.

On a daily basis, Susa takes on smaller projects or works with Canning to produce plans, sections and construction documents for clients. A member of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMAS), she collaborates with the firm’s owner by listening to what their customer’s vision and then designing multiple versions of it to meet the client’s needs.

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