The University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning is one of the few institutions in the country that houses a complete range of design, construction and planning disciplines within the same academic unit. Architecture, construction management, interior design, landscape architecture, urban and regional planning, historic preservation and sustainability and the built environment teach students real-world problem solving skills and encourage active participation in communities in order to be responsible citizens.

Intelligent solutions to the problems of planning, designing and building sustainable communities emerge, as John Dewey asserts, “as a result of reflective action and experience” gained through community-based projects. These community building activities extend to our state, other states in the U.S. and even countries around the globe.

Recent Community Design, Planning and Construction projects

Wei Zhai and his team received a $10,000 year-long Microsoft AI for Earth grant, offering him access to imperative computational resources such as Azure Machine Learning, Virtual Machine and App Service and Storage. Zhai, his adviser Dr. Zhong-Ren Peng, professor and director of the International Center for Adaptation Planning and Design (iAdapt), and Ph.D. students Hongming Li and Mengdi Zhu from UF’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, plan to create real-time models of human mobility in extreme weather events (EWEs) across America’s large cities. Learn More.

The University of Florida’s Donald R. Dizney Stadium’s locker room facility on UF’s campus is the first building in Florida to be LEED certified by students and just the 11th globally. Led by DCP Sustainability and the Built Environment Program Director and UF Green Building Learning Collaborative Director Bahar Armaghani, LEED Lab students successfully certified the lacrosse locker room facility under the LEED v4.1 certification. Learn More.

The Florida Resilient Cities Program, a collaborative group made up of members from DCP’s Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience (FIBER), Shimberg Center for Housing Studies and the Center for Landscape Conservation Planning, the program’s mission is to help communities across Florida develop the capacity to be more prepared for and more resilient to increased risk from weather disasters. Learn More.

The Historic Preservation Program is collaborating with the City of Gainesville and Gainesville Modern to inventory and assess Gainesville’s architectural, cultural and historic resources from the mid-20th century – including city hall. Learn More.

Landscape architecture seniors Xiaoyu (Nikki) Zheng and Kate Noel were named winners of the American Society of Landscape Architects Award of Excellence in the inaugural Urban Design category for their project entitled “Rethinking A Fundamental Human Act: Landscape as a Solution for Open Defecation.” They submitted a project introducing sanitation facility designs and phasing in Raipur, India, proposing design solutions based on a theoretical framework highlighting casues, conditions and effects of open defecation. Learn More.

This summer, as part of our college’s Preservation Institute Nantucket (PIN), Historic Preservation Program Director Morris (Marty) Hylton III and a team of students and researchers began to work to help save the South Washington Street area of Nantucket, Mass., from being lost to sea level rise. With 180 buildings valued at more than $315 million, much of the area is expected to be submerged in water as early as 2060. Learn More.

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