Students Provide Vision for DCP’s Future

University of Florida students from the College of Design, Construction and Planning and the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering formed teams and competed for the chance to win $3,500 in the 2018-2019 Witters Competition, which kicked off Friday, March 22 in the Architecture Building Atrium.

Established in 1993, the Witters Competition is endowed by Arthur G. and Beverley A. Witters for a college-wide interdisciplinary academic competition to foster better understanding among design, construction and planning students.

For nearly 48 hours, the student teams worked on a project based on providing a student perspective to a new DCP building that would support the college’s values and vision for a collaborative and multi-functional building.

On the evening of Sunday, March 24, the jury, made up of faculty from across our college, heard the students present their ideas for the project and were very impressed by the work. The jury had a very tough decision to make in choosing the winner because all the teams did a great job and were very worthy.

The team of Nicole Arrieta, Christine Chan, Evan Claessens, Kristen Curington, Mouloud Messaoud, Scarlet Seymour and Cesar Tinjaca were ultimately chosen as the winners of this prestigious competition and will share the $3,500 prize amongst themselves.

“The jury had a difficult job of selecting the winner and we deliberated a long time because there were so many great ideas from each team,” Landscape Architecture Chair Tina Gurucharri said. “In the end, we selected the winning team because of the strong integration of the new building to our existing facilities.”

Congratulations to all the students who participated and thank you to the jury for taking the time out of their busy schedules to judge the contest. To learn more about the Witters Competition, visit

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