Sam Palmer

Sam Palmer

Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Assistant Scholar, GeoPlan Center
ARCH 131

It is with great pleasure that we introduce Sam Palmer, an Assistant Scholar and full time faculty since 2017, at the University of Florida – GeoPlan Center. Sam joined the Center as a research assistant in 2000, then became a full time employee in 2003. He earned a BS in Environmental Science in 1999 then MA in Urban and Regional Planning in 2003, both degrees from the University of Florida. 

Sam is an experienced geospatial professional that supports research, teaching, and service at the Center. He assists the Center’s Principal Investigators in management of funded research projects using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He works closely with faculty, researchers, project sponsors, and external organizations to identify and assess geospatial problems, develop solutions, and present recommendations for resolution. 

Sam’s work at the Center spans a variety of topics, such as:

  • Geospatial data development, quality assurance/quality control of geospatial data, schema development, optimization of database performance, import and backup of data, and creation of database code to facilitate work flows within the database.
  • Administration and maintenance of enterprise geospatial databases to support funded research projects.
  • Collection, organization, and analysis of demographic data from the United States Census Bureau.
  • Assisting with administration of the ESRI Campus Site License for the University GIS community, including communication with campus GIS users (faculty, staff, and students).
  • Develop curriculum and teach courses for the Online Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems
  • Coordinate with public health researchers across campus to add demographic and geospatial expertise to their research projects.
  • Serve on the board for Florida Urban and Regional Information Systems (FLURISA) to coordinate and promote GIS activities around the State.

Adam Smith

Adam Smith

M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management
Fire and Emergency Services Instructional Assistant Professor

Lecturer Adam A. Smith holds a BS and MS in Fire and Emergency Service Management from the University of Florida.  He began his educational journey obtaining a Fire Science Diploma at TiftArea Technical College before moving on to obtain his AAS in Fire Science Technology from Chattahoochee Technical College.  Adam holds national certifications as a Firefighter, Fire Officer, Paramedic, Hazardous Materials Technician, Public Safety Diver, and Instructor.  He holds State of Florida certification as a Paramedic, State of Georgia First Class Firefighter certification, State of Georgia certification as a Paramedic, and is a State of Georgia Smoke Diver.  Adam’s goal is to start working on his PhD in 2021.

Adam has worked in Fire and Emergency Service since 1986 until retiring in July of 2020 as a Lieutenant with Lumpkin County (GA) Emergency Services.  He began his career at the University of Florida as a Fire and Emergency Service (FES) Management Adjunct Lecturer, January of 2020.  He accepted a FES Management Lecturer position with UF, August of 2020.  Adam’s experience as a firefighter, paramedic, and Fire Officer allows him to pair his extensive real-life experience with the desire to instruct and inspire others in the FES career field as well as FES students at the University of Florida.

Lecturer Smith teaches the following FES Management courses at the Rinker School of Construction Management: Principles of FES Management, Community Risk Reduction, FES Administration, Personnel Management for Emergency Services, Public Information and Community Relations, Current Issues in FES, and Analytical Approaches to Fire Protection.  Adam guides the Emergency Management Internship program.  Adam is also tasked with helping guide students with submitting FES Undergraduate Honors Papers.

Linda Stevenson

Linda Stevenson

Historic Preservation
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Linda Stevenson, Ph.D., AIA, has served as an adjunct assistant professor with the University of Florida’s Historic Preservation Program, since 2012. She is a Florida-licensed architect, with extensive experience in the field of historic preservation.

Linda has taught a variety of graduate-level historic preservation courses, including the History and Theory of Historic Preservation, History of the Built Environment (for historic preservation), Preservation Building Technology, Built Heritage History and Materials Conservation I and II, and Practicum in Historic Preservation (renamed Cultural Resource Survey).

Working with students in the Practicum class and with graduate research assistants, recent projects in the City of Gainesville and the City of Port St. Joe have focused on the research area of inclusive heritage, and include documenting and assessing historic resources in under-represented communities. Other research interests include the role of heritage in well-being, and innovative interpretation of historic sites through participatory multi-media experience.

Linda received her Ph.D. in December 2011 from the UF College of Design, Construction and Planning with a concentration in Historic Preservation. She has a Master of Architecture from the University of South Florida, a Bachelor of Architecture (five-year), and a Bachelor of Arts (Art History), both from the University of Maryland.

Judi Shade Monk

Judi Shade Monk

School of Architecture
Instructional Assistant Professor
ARCH 234

Areas of Focus:
Sustainability (Building Energy, Building Materials, Built Environment Resilience, Smart Buildings/Cities, Sustainable Architecture and Design, Sustainable Construction)
I have been a LEED accredited professional since 2006. The continuing education I seek in order to maintain my credentials includes sustainability and resilience. I work to maintain a broad understanding of the implementation and evolution of resilient technologies and practices so that it can be incorporated into my teaching at all levels.

JUDI SHADE MONK is registered architect in Florida, New Jersey, and New York. She is NCARB certified and has been a LEED accredited professional since 2006. Prior to rejoining the School of Architecture faculty as a Lecturer in 2019, she played key design roles in internationally renowned, award-winning offices in New York City and Washington DC, including five years at Richard Meier & Partners Architects. She has taught design studios at Tulane University and Yale University.

She has worked in multiple capacities on numerous building typologies including single-family and high-rise residential, boutique hospitality, educational, retail, agricultural, and government projects. She has lead competition teams to award, worked as a project manager and design assist for a general contractor, and run her own small practice. Her volunteer work includes four years of service on the municipal planning board in Highland Park, NJ, where she lived prior to moving back to Gainesville.

Professor Monk teaches design studios, the #OneDCP class – Creating the Built Environment, and is a member of the graduate faculty. Her research interests include practice-informed studio instruction and pedagogy, color theory in the Josef Albers tradition, detailing, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and the education of non-architects on the role and value of the profession. She is dedicated to equality, equity, and diversity and is committed to the lifetime of learning, unlearning, listening, and advocacy that those goals demand.

Professor Monk has been quoted in the New York Times, The Real Deal NYC, and Gainesville Magazine and interviewed by Bloomberg News; her writing has been published in the Journal of Architectural Education where her advocacy has also been noted, along with many other cultural and industry-related outlets.

She is a proud University of Florida Alumna and a Legacy Gator; her parents met at UF in a symbolic logic class in 1970! She earned her Bachelor of Design in 1999 and Master of Architecture in 2001. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi medal and enjoyed teaching lower division studios for two years prior to moving to NYC. She grew up in Jupiter, FL and has also lived in Hoboken, NJ, Washington DC and New Orleans. Her husband, Don Monk, is on faculty at UF at the Fisher School of Accounting; they have two daughters that keep them on their toes!

Michael Montoya

Michael Montoya

School of Architecture
Instructional Assistant Professor
ARCH 248

Michael Montoya is a lecturer at the University of Florida School of Architecture where he primarily teaches design as well as lecture courses. He also taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at UF in 2000 and returned in 2015 – 2018 as an Adjunct Assistant Professor, teaching in the Undergraduate and graduate programs. During his tenure since beginning as a lecturer in August 2019 he has taught design in all four levels of the undergraduate program as well as Architecture History 1 and Materials and Methods 2.

He has initiated the beginnings of research in the areas of pedagogy, suburban popular culture, picturesque and the highway. His professional work spans a career of over 30 years in the profession working for various firms in Florida. Some projects he served as lead designer for are the Winston YMCA in Jacksonville, Florida, The Industry West Showroom in Jacksonville, Florida and The Florida Blue Stores throughout the state. Michael Montoya received his Bachelor of Design from The University of Florida and his Master of architecture from The University of Florida awarded with the Alpha Rho Chi Medal.

Sujin Kim

Sujin Kim

Historic Preservation
Research Assistant Professor + Director, Envision Heritage
ARCH 146

Postdoc, Historic Preservation, University of Florida
Ph.D., Historic Preservation, University of Florida
M.S., Historic Preservation, University of Texas at Austin
Master of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Architecture, Dankook University

Areas of Focus
Digital Technology for Built Heritage, Historic Coastal Community Resilience, Preservation and Design Pedagogy, and Ethnic Enclave Urbanscape

Dr. Sujin Kim is a Research Assistant Professor with the Historic Preservation Program and School of Architecture who joined the UF faculty in 2021. He also serves as the Director of Envision Heritage. Envision Heritage harnesses digital technology to help document, analyze, and manage built heritage ranging from urban environments to building details. Technology specialty includes 3D terrestrial laser scanning (lidar), close-range and aerial (drone) photogrammetry, and GIS database development.

Dr. Kim, with his team, has recorded and inventoried historic buildings and sites in different states and countries through grant-funded and sponsored projects. He has developed and tested methodologies of using digital technology to meet various professional needs in historic preservation and engage historic coastal communities in addressing new challenges like sea level rise. His research examines how preservation pedagogy and practice are adapting to new tools and needs. He is also interested in urban heritage study and design with historic built environments.

Dr. Kim teaches Built Heritage Documentation I and II. In Documentation I, students study and interact with a historic building through the integrated virtual (3D data) and field experience. This project-based, research-oriented course concentrates on graphical representation, morphological and temporal understanding (building evolution history), and material condition assessment. Documentation II helps students gain various documentation skills, including 3D terrestrial laser scanning, photogrammetry, and visual communication. He also provides Envision Heritage graduate assistants with training in professional workflows, engaging them in funded projects.

R. Raymond Issa

R. Raymond Issa

M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management
Distinguished Professor

Areas of Focus:
Sustainability (Building Energy, Smart Buildings/Cities, Sustainable Technology, )
Developing dynamic sustainability information modeling (dSIM) platform; more info is available here:

R. Raymond Issa, Ph.D., J.D., P.E., F.ASCE, API is an engineer, lawyer and computer scientist and UF Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Advanced Construction Information Modeling (CACIM), Rinker School of Construction Management, University of Florida. Raymond specializes and teaches in the areas of BIM/VDC, AI/ML, industrialized construction, construction management, construction law, information technology, ontologies and semantics and structures and foundations and is an advocate for technology integration in the AECO industry.

Raymond is in demand as a keynote speaker on BIM, AR/VR, technology integration, manufactured construction, resiliency and creativity and innovation. Raymond has completed over $8 million in grants; his authorship includes over 350 publications and he has chaired over 350 Masters and over 50 Ph.D. committees. Raymond was elected an ASCE Fellow in 2009; received the ASCE Computing in Civil Engineering Award in 2012; was elected to Pan American Academy of Engineering (API) in 2014 and received the 2015 Best Paper Award from the ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (JCEM).

Raymond currently serves as the Chief Editor of the ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering; on the Editorial Board of Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management (ECAM); as VP for the North American Region of the Pan American Federation of Engineering Societies (UPADI); as Chair of the International Society of Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (ISCCBE) Board of Directors, as Chair of the Academic interoperability Coalition (AiC) and as Member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).

Robert F. Cox

Robert F. Cox

M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management
Director and Professor

As director, Robert leads the day-to-day operations of the Rinker School.  He spends much of his time engaged with industry partners while supporting faculty, staff, and students in keeping the School as one of the most reputable construction management programs in the country while maintaining its global recognition.

Prior to his return to UF in July 2020, he served as a Senior Associate Dean for Globalization and Global Fellow at Purdue University.  As senior associate dean, he was responsible for the overall strategic planning and execution of all international activities on behalf of the Purdue Polytechnic.  He provided leadership for more than a dozen global collaborative partnerships across four continents. Robert was recognized with the Purdue’s 2019 Global Vision Award for his accomplishments in globalization.

He led the development of the European Alliance Strategic Partnership bringing together six university partners from Europe and the United States (four European and two US institutions) to foster increased collaboration in faculty mobility, student exchange, and research.

Prior to this role, he served as the Department Head of Building Construction Management from 2006 – 2012. From 1993-2006 Robert was the Associate Director / Director of Undergraduate Programs for the Rinker School of Building Construction at the University of Florida. He completed his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering – Construction Engineering and Management at Virginia Tech in 1994.  His research interests include the application of technology, trust models, performance measurement, continuous improvement strategies, development of global strategic collaborative partnerships, and the development of increased intercultural capacity and global awareness among faculty and students.

Robert currently serves the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR) in the United Arab Emirates as an accrediting visitor for construction management and civil engineering programs.

He has been active in designing, implementing, and monitoring employee development, strategic quality management and continuous improvement programs within construction firms. He has given lectures on numerous construction management topics, such as;  internet-based collaborative project management systems, continuous improvement, high performance management techniques, trust building, and globalization strategies throughout the world.

His current areas of research interest include the international construction project management, technology applications to construction management, internet based collaborative project management systems, employee training and development, Key Behavioral Indicators, Key Performance Indicators, and modeling the Return on Investment of Employee Training.

A three-time national award-winning teacher, Robert was selected the University of Florida’s Teacher of the Year for 1999-2000. He also received the College of Architecture Teacher of the Year Award in 1999-2000.  In 2004, Robert was selected as one of five inaugural members of the University of Florida’s Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars.

Robert has taught construction management courses in planning and scheduling, estimating, and productivity improvement, cost analyses, construction project simulation, and global construction.  Prior to academics and consulting, Robert served in many management roles within the construction industry.  Robert continues to serve the construction industry as an active consultant, global strategic advisor, construction expert witness, as well as a provider of professional / executive coaching.  Most recently his corporate training programs have focused on developing high performance teams through a learning cultural environment. He has worked with more than 160 master students and 25 doctoral candidates.  Robert has authored more than 60 publications and reports.


Roberto Rengel

Roberto Rengel

Department of Interior Design
Chair and Professor
ARCH 342

Professor Rengel holds a Master in Interior Architecture degree from the University of Oregon and a Master of Architecture from Tulane University. He has worked for some of the most influential Interior Architecture firms in the United States including Gensler in California, and ASD in Florida. He transitioned to academia and spent 23 years at the University of Wisconsin – Madison before joining the University of Florida as professor and chair of the Department of Interior Design.

Professor Rengel’s research has focused on architectural interior space as well as the interaction between interior and exterior spaces and the application of biophilic principles to the design of interior environments. He has published two books, Shaping Interior Space and The Interior Plan.

Most of Rengel’s studio teaching has been in upper level studios focused on the workplace, hospitality, and educational environments. At the graduate level, he has taught the course Placemaking, focused on the principles and processes of creating environments with a strong sense of place.


Sherry Ahrentzen

Sherry Ahrentzen

M.E. Rinker, Sr, School of Construction Management, Shimberg Center for Housing Studies
Professor Emeritus

B.A., Psychology, University of California, San Diego, 1977
M.A., PhD, Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine, 1982, 1980

Special Fields: Housing/Residential: Building Performance for Occupant Health, Post-Occupancy Evaluation, Community/Neighborhood Development, Sustainability, Special Populations (elderly, disability) Employers: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Arizona State University, University of Florida Publications: Over 60 published articles, chapters and reports, including publication in Journal of Housing for the Elderly, Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, Harvard Design Magazine, Journal of Social Issues, Planning, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, and Progressive Architecture, among others. Co-edited book, New Households, New Housing, with Karen Franck. Member: AIA Housing and Design Research Consortium American Institute of Architects American Association of University Women Environmental Design Research Association Planners Network Awards: ACSA Distinguished Professor Award EDRA Career Award ARCC James Haecker Distinguished Leadership in Architectural Research Award

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