Winning the Witters

University of Florida students rose to the occasion for the chance to win a $3,500 prize in the 2017 Witters Competition. The event kicked off on Friday, Oct. 20 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 48 hours, the student teams, comprised of DCP and engineering students, worked on a project based on the UF Strategic Development Plan. The student project focused on the area of campus where DCP is located.

The student teams made proposals considering urban design and planning, landscape architecture, interior design, historic preservation, engineering and construction management for the section of campus bounded by and inclusive of Newell Drive on the west, 13th Street on the east, Stadium Road to the north and Inner Road to the south.

On the evening of Sunday, Oct. 22, the jury, made up of professionals from each of the academic disciplines, heard the students present their ideas for the project and were very impressed by the work. The jury provided excellent feedback for the teams and had a very tough decision to make in choosing the winner. The deliberations lasted awhile.

The team of Jacob Anderson, Marco Badoino, Daniel Cornwall, Alec Kostecki, Baalaganapathy Manohar, Daniel Rodriguez and Vishal Singh were chosen as the winners of this prestigious competition and will share the $3,500 prize amongst themselves.

The winning team’s analysis started from a larger planning perspective/context and worked inward to the specifics of the project. Their design response addressed the site context and focused on proposed key indoor/outdoor structures near the Architecture Building. In addition, the team responded to the Rinker expansion by producing detailed building energy simulation studies to estimate and refine energy use.

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

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