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 contemplates a reconceptualization of Live-Work-Play in Alachua County. Competition teams will propose 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 is 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 will be challenged to conceptualize Live-Work-Play from the present to 2050 in Alachua County. Teams will use 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 will take place January 21-February 6, 2022. Each team will have the opportunity to win prizes, including the grand prize of $4,000.

The competition jury will award one grand prize of $4,000 to the winning team. Other teams in the competition have 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 2021 Witters competition recap.

You can also view each team’s work from last year on Miro
Miro Board
https://miro.com/app/board/o9J_lWx-jnw=/

Key Dates

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
DCP Gallery

January 18-21, 2022
Team forming

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
DCP Gallery

Teams will be provided with full Competition programming.

February 6 at 5:30 p.m.
Competition Ends and Team Pin-up
DCP Gallery

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
DCP Gallery

Teams

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

Questions

Please review our frequently asked questions below. If you have additional questions about the competition, please contact the Witters Competition Organization Committee via email: witters@dcp.ufl.edu.

Each Witters competition team will comprise of a minimum of four students. Each team must include, at a minimum, one student from the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering and a minimum of three students that represent the 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. Six is the maximum number of students allowed on a team.

Yes, with a maximum of two per discipline and a total of six overall. The Witters Competition Organization Committee will help form Witters Competition teams. The goals are to have multiple disciplines and teams with similar numbers of members.

Teams or individuals looking to join a team: register using this form.

Registration will be open from January 10 to January 21 at midnight. You have to complete this form: https://bit.ly/Witters2022.

Please contact the Witters Competition Organization Team via email: witters@dcp.ufl.edu.

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