Collge of Design, Construction & Planning
Archived Header

Dean Christopher Silver

Welcome to the College of Design, Construction and Planning (DCP) at the University of Florida!

As you navigate our College website, you will discover an incomparable ensemble of nationally acclaimed programs that collectively address all of the challenges of building and sustaining communities within a globalizing world.

We began in 1925 as a School of Architecture but quickly expanded to include building construction (now the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction), landscape architecture and urban and regional planning (in the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning), interior design and historic preservation. In 2008, DCP launched the nation’s first Bachelor of Science in Sustainability and the Built Environment. In addition, we offer concentrations at the graduate level in sustainable architecture, sustainable construction and sustainable design. Since 1988, our Ph.D. program has been producing the next generation of scholar-educators representing all of DCP disciplines.

DCP’s educational mission is grounded in a commitment to provide students exposure to local, national and global perspectives in practice. An incomparable diversity of off-campus domestic and international programs enable students to gain professional experience in strategic locations throughout the world. The Florida Community Design Center based in downtown Gainesville provides students a chance to engage in regional development issues. Citylab-Orlando connects DCP students to the challenges of designing, constructing and planning in one of Florida’s most dynamic metropolitan centers. We developed a similar ongoing partnership with nearby St. Augustine, Florida, the nation’s oldest continuously settled city. By extending the classroom and the studio experiences into the community, DCP students receive invaluable real-world training.

The sustained excellence of DCP’s programs is built upon its productive and engaged faculty. With more than 90 permanent and adjunct faculty, DCP effectively supports the vast array of quality programs to meet the needs of its nearly 1,600 students. Moreover, our faculty contribute significantly to the basic and applied research missions of UF both as independent investigators and through the College’s organized research centers. DCP’s research centers include the Shimberg Center for Housing Studies, the GeoPlan Center, the Powell Center for Sustainable Construction, the Center for Building Better Communities and the Center for Health and the Built Environment. Under each of the program headings on the DCP website, you’ll find faculty profiles that identify the most recent research accomplishments of our faculty.

Hosting visiting scholars, supporting active student organizations and sponsoring lecture series that bring to campus distinguished practitioners and academics, all contribute to the dynamic life of the College. Our facilities include state-of-the-art equipment (such as the recently created Digital Fabrication Laboratory). Rinker Hall, which houses the Rinker School of Building Construction, was UF’s first LEED-Gold building, and boasts the campus’s first experimental green roof over the Charles Perry Construction Yard. The Architecture Building, which houses the rest of DCP’s programs, serves as an ongoing project demonstrating the process of converting an energy inefficient facility into a more sustainable structure.

Explore the website and contact us if you need further information about any of our nationally recognized programs.

Christopher Silver, Ph.D., FAICP
Dean and Professor