By: Kyle Niblett
Despite the challenges related to COVID-19, the Fourth Annual University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning Leadership Summit took place Thursday, Oct. 1. The event was held virtually on Zoom and was attended by the following unit advisory boards:
- Dean’s Advancement Task Force (ATF)
- School of Architecture Advisory Council
- Rinker School Industry Advisory Board (RSIAB)
- Department of Interior Design Advocacy Board
- Department of Landscape Architecture Advisory Council
- Department of Urban and Regional Planning Advisory Council
- Green Building Learning Collaborative (GBLC)
Dean Chimay Anumba spent his “State of the College” informing the groups on how DCP is overcoming the challenges caused by the coronavirus, the fiscal health the college is in and new faculty recruitment. In addition, Anumba announced there has been a 40 percent increase in the value of research awards over the last four years, jumping from $3.77 million in 2016 to $5.3 million this year.
“We are most grateful to advisory board members for their tremendous, continued support throughout this global pandemic,” Anumba said.
Following the dean’s address, Associate Dean Dr. Abdol Chini updated the boards on the facility improvements throughout the college, including the repair of the Architecture Building Envelope. Chini also reviewed the facility enhancements from this past fiscal year.
Fellow Associate Dean Dr. Margaret Portillo spoke after her colleague, notifying the attendees UF hit a record $900 million in research awards this past fiscal year. She closed by inviting everyone to the 2020 DCP Virtual Research Symposium, to be held Nov. 9-10.
Senior Director of Advancement Seth Watts wrapped up the summit by reviewing the historic year for support that was 2019-20, as well as how the college is continuing to focus on enhancing alumni experiences throughout the country.