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.

Each team consists of students from disciplines throughout the college, as well as engineering students. 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 2020 Competition

The Spring 2020 Witters Competition will explore innovative design solutions for an addition and renovation to the Architecture Building. Interior and exterior spaces, as well as connections to broader campus design and planning, will be integral to the prescribed program. Drawing on the strengths of their multidisciplinary teams, students will be challenged to produce initial concepts for material selections, fenestration design, budget, construction methods, and more.

This year’s competition will take place January 24-27. Each team will have the opportunity to win prizes, including the grand prize of $3,500.

Key Dates

January 13 to January 22
Registration is open
Whether you have a team or are looking for a team, complete this form to register. For those who register individually, the Witters Organization Team will help connect you with others to form teams.

January 24 at 5:15 p.m.
Witters Competition Kick-off
Venue: DCP Gallery
Teams will be provided with Competition programming.

January 26 at 5:30 p.m.
Competition Ends & Team Pin-up
Venue: DCP Gallery

January 27 at 5:15 p.m.
Team Presentations & Winners Announced
Venue: 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 in 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 Team

Ravi Srinivasan, CM (sravi@ufl.edu)
Sarah Gamble, ARCH (sarah.gamble@ufl.edu)
Erin Cunningham, IND (ekc@ufl.edu)
Iris Patten, SBE & URP (ipatten@ufl.edu)
Huiqing Kuang, LA (hkuang@ufl.edu)
Eric Du, ESSIE (eric.du@essie.ufl.edu)

Questions

Please review our frequently asked questions below. If you have additional questions about the competition, please contact the Witters Competition Organization Committee or 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 in the built environment and urban and regional planning. Six is the maximum number of students allowed on a team.

Yes. However, it is advised to increase your student count of your team by inviting students from all DCP disciplines (ARCH, CM, IND, HP, LAA, SBE, URP). The Witters Competition Organization Team of faculty will help form Witters competition teams so that the teams have similar strengths.

Teams or individuals looking to join a team can register using this form: http://bit.ly/witters2020.

Registration is now open by completing this form: http://bit.ly/witters2020.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, January 22 at 11:59 p.m.

Yes, definitely!

Yes, we will provide some snacks and soft drinks. We will share more details on where/when to pick up snacks and soft drinks later. We will kick-off the competition with dinner on Friday, January 24 at 5.15 p.m.!

Yes. We will provide you official letters that you can show to UFPD. The letters will list the names of the competition team. Only those listed in the letter will be permitted to stay overnight and work on the project.

Please contact the Witters Competition Organization Team (names and email addresses above) or email witters@dcp.ufl.edu.

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