Established in 1993, the Witters Competition is endowed by Arthur G. and Beverley A. Witters for an interdisciplinary academic competition to foster better understanding among design, construction, planning and engineering students.
Each team will have students from disciplines in the College of Design, Construction and Planning and the Wertheim College of Engineering as well as other programs at UF. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to compete. As each student on the team provides input regarding his or her part of the project, the team learns more about the other professions and the issues affecting their work.
Spring 2022 Competition
The Spring 2022 Witters Competition contemplated a reconceptualization of Live-Work-Play in Alachua County. Competition teams proposed innovative, sustainability-focused, healthy, climate change responsive, community-centric planning, landscape, development, architecture, engineering, interior design, and construction solutions.
The goal of this year’s competition was to radically rethink the trajectory of future regional development: Planning, design, and construction of reimagined Live-Work-Play infrastructure interwoven in a diverse, thriving natural environment that improves regional-scale biodiversity, health, quality of life, equity, and economic opportunity.
Drawing on the strengths of multidisciplinary teams, students were challenged to conceptualize Live-Work-Play from the present to 2050 in Alachua County. Teams used Alachua County 2040 Comprehensive Plan and local City of Gainesville Master Plan and Downtown Strategic Vision and Plan, the Community Redevelopment Plan for the Downtown CRA, and the UF Strategic Development Plan.
This year’s competition took place January 21-February 6, 2022. Each team had the opportunity to win prizes, including the grand prize of $4,000.
The competition jury awarded one grand prize of $4,000 to the winning team. Other teams in the competition had the opportunity to win one of seven $1,000 category prizes in Architecture, Construction Management, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Sustainability and the Built Environment, Urban and Regional Planning, and Engineering.
Last Year’s Competition
To learn more about the competition, click here to read our 2022 Witters competition recap.
You can also view each team’s work from last year on Miro
January 10 to January 21 at midnight
Whether you have a team or are looking for a team, complete this form to register by January 21 at midnight. For those who register individually, the Witters Organization Team will help connect you with others to form teams.
January 18 at 5:30 p.m.
Team forming kick-off and social event
January 18-21, 2022
January 21-28, 2022
Site selection and preliminary analysis
Teams will be provided with partial Competition programming.
January 28 at 5:30 p.m.
Witters Competition Kick-off
Teams will be provided with full Competition programming.
February 6 at 5:30 p.m.
Competition Ends and Team Pin-up
February 7 at 12:00 p.m.
Jury Members Meet to Select 8 Finalist Teams. All Teams Will Be Notified After Judging is Complete.
February 8 at 5:30 p.m.
Finalist Team Presentations and Winners Announced
Each multidisciplinary team of students must include, at a minimum, one student from the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering and a minimum of three students that represent different disciplines in the College of Design, Construction and Planning, specifically: architecture, construction management, historic preservation, interior design, landscape architecture, sustainability and the built environment and urban and regional planning. Engineering students that register for the competition can be matched with DCP students to complete teams.
Witters Competition Organization Committee
- Eric Du, ESSIE
- Mike Montoya, ARC
- Hal Knowles, SBE & URP
- Huiqing Kuang, LA
- Genesis Okken, IND
- Robert Ries, CM
- Hakan Arslan, Fulbright Scholar, CM
- Abdol Chini, Dean’s Office (Ex-Officio)
- Joey Mazzaferro, Dean’s Office
- Liz Hauck, Dean’s Office
Please review our frequently asked questions below. If you have additional questions about the competition, please contact the Witters Competition Organization Committee via email: email@example.com.