DCP Research Seminar Series

Please join us each Wednesday for the DCP Research Seminar Series, a weekly presentation showcasing the college’s innovative research. 

Next Presentation:

Exploring Aspects of Designing High Rise Buildings using BIM

Presented by:
Jitayu N  Purani, Graduate Student
Advisors: N. Nawari and Jason Alread
School of Architecture

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Rinker Hall, Room 140
Lunch will be provided
If interested in presenting, please contact Nawari Nawari at nnawari@ufl.edu

DCP Helpdesk system changes Tuesday Sept. 8 2015

On Tuesday (Sept. 8), DCP IT will be retiring the current Helpdesk system, and transitioning over to UF’s Information Technology Service Management (ITSM), also known as myIT.

Why is this happening?
DCP’s current IT Helpdesk system no longer meets the needs of the college and will cost too much to replace. The myIT system is newer and more robust, which will allow DCP IT to provide better service to our users.

Can I still email IT requests?
Yes, but we will have a new email address. Beginning Tuesday (Sept. 8), please send your requests to help@dcp.ufl.edu. The current email address will only work for tickets that are active before Sept. 8. No new tickets will be accepted to the current system after that.

Will I get an automatic response?
Yes, you will still receive an automatic reply from the system letting you know that your request has been received.

Is there a way I can check my ticket status?
Yes, you will be able to check the status of your request by logging into the following website https://my.it.ufl.edu. For the myIT Service Portal User Guide, please go to http://www.it.ufl.edu/itsm/resources/myit-user-guide/.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at techhelp@dcp.ufl.edu before Sept. 8.

DCP Holiday Drive

Through a success college-wide holiday drive, DCP was able to collect $225 in the way of gifts for children, non-perishable food items and hygiene products, which were then donated to Peaceful Paths. Another $200 in items for animals were also collected and donated to the Alachua County Humane Society. Thank you to everyone who contributed in making this a successful experience.

The holiday drive was an initiative brought together by the DCP Staff Advisory Council.



2016 International Education Week

Congratulations to the following recipients who were recognized during the 2016 International Education Week Reception and International Awards Ceremony:

From left to right: Abhinav Alakshendra, URP Assistant Professor; Margaret Portillo, DCP Interim Associate Dean; Zhong-Ren Peng, URP Professor; Kristin Larsen, SLA&P Director; and Chimay Anumba, DCP Dean











During this year’s International Education Week, a workshop was held titled “Expectations for a Successful Student/Advisor Relationship Workshop.” The workshop was designed for students, faculty, and staff who have questions or concerns about the complexities of developing a healthy, professional relationship between an advisee and advisor, with an international perspective.

The workshop was divided into two parts. The first part was a student perspective, where graduate students from various disciplines across campus shared their thoughts.


The student panel included:

Michael Kung, Moderator, Director of Global Education
Jude Massanat, Ph.D. student in Biomedical Sciences
Lan Hoang-Minh, postdoc in Nueroscience
Kyon Park, Ph.D. student in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology
Andresa Freits, Ph.D. student Soil and Water Sciences
Sergio Marconi, Ph.D. student Interdisciplinary Ecology
Yong Shen, Ph.D. student in Genetics and Genomics

The second part was a faculty panel, comprised of faculty who have worked successfully with international students over the years.


The faculty panel included:

Michael Kung, Moderator, Director of Global Education
Wesley Bolch, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics at the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
Willie Harris, Professor in Soil and Water Sciences
Thomas Rowe, Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Associate Professor in Pharmacology & Therapeutics in the College of Medicine
Thomas Clanton, Professor and Chair of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology


At the 22nd Annual Outstanding International Student Awards Ceremony, five students from the College of Design, Construction and Planning were recognized. Pictured from left to right: Ayse Tezel, Min-Kyoung Kim, Chao Liu, Pei Fen Yeh and Yuanxin Zhang.


Yiyang Xu, URP student, Ruiyuan Yang, Arch-MSD student, and Kezhen Chen, Arch-MSD student, stand with Michael Kung, Director of Global Education and UF President Kent Fuchs during the President’s Incoming International Students Welcome Reception.

Peng Receives International Educator of the Year Award

The University of Florida International Center (UFIC) has awarded Zhong-Ren Peng, Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, with the International Educator of the Year Award in the Senior Faculty category. This award recognizes outstanding contributions of UF faculty and staff to the internationalization of the University of Florida, and the impact of those contributions on students, international partners, university stakeholders and/or their discipline.

  1. How does it feel to receive the award for the University of Florida 2016 Senior Faculty International Educator of the Year?

2016-11-14-peng_award-cropped1I feel honored to be recognized for many years of international work in research, education and services. This award shows that the University of Florida values the importance of the international work that all UF faculty has been working on. I want to thank the UF administrations, from department, school, college to the University, for their support and understanding for me to conduct international work, as these work takes a lot of travel, which takes some time away from the campus. I also want to thank my family as well.

  1. What is the extent of your international engagement and support of internationalization of UF?

Every time I show up in international meetings, conferences and organizations, it increases the visibility of UF. The research I do (e.g., the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to understand the spatiotemporal distribution of air pollutions,  transportation and land use planning in China) and the short courses or workshops that I teach had real impacts on transportation and environment policies and planning practice in China. Moreover, my international research work and teaching short courses and workshops have allowed recruitment of students to the Masters and Ph.D. program at the College of Design, Construction and Planning at UF. Graduate students from UF have developed valuable research experience from the international collaborative research work.

  1. Why is international engagement important for UF? How do you see it expanding in the future?

First, international engagement increases UF’s visibility and its international profile.

Second, International collaborative research allows UF students to expand their horizon and better understand the global environments that we are living, and offers students opportunities and valuable research experience to conduct collaborative research with foreign counterparts.

Third, international engagement and visibility helps to attract and recruit international students to the Masters and Ph.D. programs at UF.

In the future, I would like to expand from collaborative research to collaborative education. I would like to develop joint degree (undergraduate and graduate) programs between UF and top international universities. Further, we can even learn from education administration and program management experiences in the international settings.

From left to right: Leonardo Villalon, UFIC Dean; Zhong-Ren Peng, URP Professor; Sandra Russo, Director for Global Research Engagement; and Margaret Portillo, DCP Interim Associate Dean



Four SoA Faculty Members Receive Service Member Patriot Awards

The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) awarded Lee-Su Huang, Mark McGlothlinKristin Nelson and Lisa Huang (not pictured), from the UF School of Architecture, with the honorable Service Member Patriot Award.

The four faculty members were nominated by Ken Cobb, an architecture student that was deployed last spring. Faculty members worked with Ken to see that he finished his spring term courses and would be ready to return to campus once his deployment was completed.

The ESGR is a Department of Defense program that promotes cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers. Patriot Awards are awarded to individuals who reflect the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide-range of  measures, including flexible schedules, time-off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.

Energy Modeling Project Co-Led by Srinivasan was Selected as Finalist for the 2016 Energy Modeling Project of the Year Award

As part of the U.S. Department of Energy EERE International’s South Africa Clean Energy Project, Construction Management Assistant Professor Ravi Srinivasan co-led the energy modeling project titled, “Energy Modeling Project for the Development of Energy Performance Levels in Buildings in the Republic of South Africa.” The methodology for this project was developed by the Working Group consisting of South African National Energy Development Institute, US Department of Energy, University of Florida (led by Srinivasan) and WinBuild. On June 22, 2016, Srinivasan presented to the South African Board of Standard (SABS) Technical Committee 59, Committee for Codes Development, in SABS headquarters, Pretoria, South Africa.

This project was then selected as the finalist by the South African Association of Energy Efficiency on November 8-9, 2016 in Gauteng, South Africa. The results of this project will be used to plan reductions in energy usage, which will occur in the built environment sector as result of the implementation of forthcoming versions of South African National Standards (SANS) 10400-XA Energy usage in buildings and SANS 204 Energy efficiency in buildings.


Tour the UF Architecture Archives on Nov. 6


Join us November 6 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at UF’s Library East. Gainesville Modern and Docomomo-Florida invite you to tour the University of Florida Architecture Archives that now houses a Gainesville Modern collection. Participants will have the opportunity to view drawings and other materials on local residences and buildings by Alfred Browning Parker, William Morgan, and Harry Merritt, among others. The model and drawings of a Frank Loyd Wright designed fraternity house will also be presented.