Three DCP Design Students Named to 2024 Metropolis Future 100

Wednesday, April 24, 2024
By: Kyle Niblett

Three University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning students were recognized as part of the 2024 Metropolis Future 100, the organization announced April 24. The Future 100 list honors the top graduating architecture and interior design students in the United States and Canada, with part of the competition process including the submission of their design portfolios. As a popular architecture and design trade publication, recognition from Metropolis puts these design students in the sightline of a lot of top architecture and design firms.

Graduate student Marla Stephens and undergraduate student Olivia Huffer represented DCP’s School of Architecture, while McKensie Long was recognized from DCP’s Department of Interior Design.

“We are delighted with the achievements of these three exceptional students,” said Nancy Clark, DCP Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Facilities. “Their remarkable talents have earned them well-deserved national recognition, and we eagerly await the promising trajectories they will pursue.”

For more than four decades, Metropolis has been the architecture and design industry’s most compelling storyteller. Each issue contains stories that link design to evolving cultural trends, from big data to the maker movement. In their print and digital editorial coverage, virtual and in-person events, awards programs, and advocacy initiatives, they speak to the future of architecture and design. These ‘Future 100’ are going to be the change-makers of tomorrow.


Olivia Huffer

“Not only does Olivia exhibit an exceptional intuitive design intellect, she is willing to take risks. She works iteratively and beyond what is requested of her as she is constantly striving to better herself and her work.” – Judi Shade Monk, Instructional Assistant Professor, UF School of Architecture

McKensie Long

“McKensie’s designs are insightful and user-centric with sophisticated architectural forms, strategic use of lighting, careful attention to movement and sequence, and a creative use of architectural materials such as steel and concrete, juxtaposed with softer and textured interior finishes.” – Roberto Rengel, Chair and Professor, UF Department of Interior Design

Marla Stephens

“Marla possesses a strong intuitive design intellect; she is willing to take risks, work iteratively, she capably identifies next steps when navigating unfamiliar processes, and is constantly striving to better herself. As a result, she is a pacesetter among her peers.” – Judi Shade Monk, Instructional Assistant Professor, UF School of Architecture

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