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DCP hosts New Student Showcase
March 04, 2011 – On March 26 from 1:45 to 5 p.m., DCP will host our College Showcase for potential new undergraduate students. The event will be held in the Architecture Building Atrium.

Lecture at UF to focus on private area within China’s Forbidden City
February 07, 2011 – One of the most significant and rarely seen cultural sites in China’s Forbidden City will be the subject of a lecture on Thursday by Bonnie Burnham, president of the World Monuments Fund and a University of Florida alumna. The free lecture starts at 6:30 p.m. in Holland Hall, Chesterfield Smith Classroom, Room 180.

IND students gain professional experience during ProDay 2010
December 16, 2010 – For interior design students, ProDay 2010 offered a unique opportunity for them to mingle with industry professionals.

IND ranked nationally by DesignIntelligence
December 13, 2010 – The University of Florida’s undergraduate program in interior design was ranked 10th in DesignIntelligence’s 12th annual America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools 2011 survey.

The DesignIntelligence survey ranks accredited undergraduate and graduate design programs from the perspective of practitioners working at leading firms in each field. Respondents are required to be highly involved in the hiring and performance of graduates and are asked to indicate which schools produce the most prepared graduates.

DCP has historically been ranked among the top interior design programs in the country, the undergraduate program ranking in the Top 10 in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2008, and the graduate program in both 2007 and 2008.

Portillo receives 2010 William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award
October 28, 2010 – Meg Portillo, interior design chair, was unanimously selected to receive the 2010 William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award from the Florida Education Fund.

IND hosts Spaces to Learn Seminar with Terry Hajduk
October 04, 2010 – On Oct. 1, DCP’s interior design program hosted a seminar with nationally known designer Terry Hajduk, called Spaces to Learn. The by-invitation-only seminar focused on learning environments.

Hajduk shared cases of innovative learning spaces he has helped create on campuses across the country, and touched on topics such as the principles of learning (how we respond to physical space where learning occurs), paradigm shift, or constrasting the instructional paradigm with the learning paradigm, the power of space and the dynamics of change. A discussion period followed the presentation.

The event drew nearly 75 students, faculty from across the UF campus, and interiors designers and architects from the community. The seminar was sponsored by Herman Miller, Inc.

DCP new faculty for AY 2010-2011
September 23, 2010 – The College of Design, Construction and Planning is pleased to welcome new faculty members for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Robert Blakeslee: The true measure of success
August 31, 2010 – Robert Blakeslee is curious.

He believes this curiosity has helped him to get where he is today – and today he is in a great place.

A 1973 interior design graduate, Blakeslee actually came to UF with the intention of pursing a degree in architecture, but when he transferred to interior design he soon found that it suited him.

He has always been grateful to UF, and since graduating he has been involved with the college in numerous ways.

Jo Hasell: Shaping the IND program
August 24, 2010 – Without Jo Hasell, UF’s interior design program quite literally wouldn’t be what it is today.

Senior class creates designs for former Ford building in Jacksonville
April 14, 2010 – Interior design assistant professor Marty Hylton led the senior class in a unique capstone project—coming up with design ideas to adaptively use an old Ford assembly plant in Jacksonville, Florida. The students’ projects show that the plant, which sits at the base of the Mathews Bridge, could contain a cruise ship terminal and many other uses.

Koger Gallery and Gardens Museum gets rehabilitated with the help of interior design junior studio
December 03, 2009 – The interior design junior studio is collaborating with a soon-to-be-formed non-profit group to rehabilitate and adaptively use the former Koger Gallery and Gardens Museum in Jacksonville as a Community Arts Center and Living Arts Alternative School. Constructed in the 1960s, the original building and later addition were designed by Robert Broward, a well-known modernist architect who studied with Frank Lloyd Wright. The building was initially an art museum for the city of Jacksonville and was then converted to a private gallery featuring the Asian art collection of the Koger family.

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