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					Masters PrograM
  in sustainable Design




 Offered through
 Center for American Education
AbOut thE univErSity OF FlOriDA (uF)                                 AbOut thE COllEgE OF DESign,
                                                                     COnStruCtiOn AnD PlAnning (DCP)
The	University	of	Florida	(UF)	–	the	state’s	largest	university	
and	the	nation’s	fourth-largest	–	enrolls	approximately	50,000	      The	College	of	Design,	Construction	and	Planning	(DCP)	
students annually. UF has 16 colleges and more than 100              is the academic unit offering the Masters Program in
research,	service	and	education	centers,	bureaus	and	institutes.	    Sustainable Design. The College was established in 1925
The Graduate School coordinates almost 200 graduate programs.        and	has	become	one	of	the	largest	design,	planning	and	
                                                                     construction	institutions	in	the	country	with	more	than	1,500	
Since	1985,	UF	has	been	a	member	of	the	Association	of	
                                                                     students.	DCP	is	composed	of	five	independent	professional	
American	Universities,	the	prestigious	higher-education	
                                                                     disciplines	-	two	schools:	the	M.	E.	Rinker,	Sr.	School	of	
organization	comprised	of	the	top	62	public	and	private	
                                                                     Building	Construction,	the	School	of	Architecture;	and	three	
institutions	in	North	America.	
                                                                     departments:	the	Department	of	Interior	Design,	Department	
As	one	of	the	largest	research	universities	in	the	nation,	the	      of Landscape Architecture and the Department of Urban and
University	of	Florida	contributes	nearly	US$6	billion	annually	to	   Regional Planning.
Florida’s	economy	and	is	responsible	for	nearly	75,000	jobs.
                                                                     The college also offers an interdisciplinary program in
University	of	Florida	is	accredited	by	the	Commission	on	Colleges	   historic	preservation,	one	of	the	oldest	and	most	prestigious	
of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).          programs	in	the	US,	which	allows	graduate	students	to	gain	
                                                                     expertise	in	research	and	application	of	historic	preservation	
                                                                     in	the	United	States	and	abroad.		Since	1988,	DCP	has	
                                                                     offered	a	Ph.D,	with	more	than	120	graduates	to-date.	In	
                                                                     2008,	DCP	established	the	nation’s	first	Bachelor	of	Science	
                                                                     in	Sustainability	and	the	Built	Environment,	drawing	upon	
                                                                     faculty throughout the college.
PrOgrAM DElivEry FOrMAt
The	program	delivery	mechanism	will	be	a	“hybrid”	of	web-based	
instruction,	intensive	live	sessions	with	DCP	faculty	in	Singapore	
(10 days on six separate occasions during the 12-month program
period),	video	conferencing	and	regularly	scheduled	computer-
assisted	interactions,	local	professional	staff	mentoring,	and	
a wrap-up session for all participants in the U.S. The wrap-up
session	includes	site	visits	to	leading	firms,	organizations	and	
project sites that represent the best in sustainability. A number     PrOgrAM AnD COurSE StruCturE
of	the	needed	courses	will	be	in	web-delivery	mode	by	the	start	      Semester 1                                               12 Cr
of	the	program,	with	additional	courses	being	brought	online	         International	Sustainable	Development                    4 CR
over	the	subsequent	months.		The	concentration	will	require	
                                                                      Sustainable	Design	Problem	Solving                       4 CR
students	to	complete	36	credit	hours	of	graduate	coursework	
                                                                      Ecological Issues in Sustainability                      4 CR
and	are	expected	to	take	12-16	months	to	complete.
                                                                      Semester 2                                               12 Cr
                                                                      Design Studio in Sustainability                          6 CR
                                                                      Comparative	Law	and	Policy	for	Sustainability            3 CR
ADMiSSiOn CritEriA
                                                                      Greening Existing Buildings                              2 CR
In	line	with	the	general	MSD	degree	requirements,	applicants	         Capstone	Project	Proposal	Development                    1 CR
must	have	an	acceptable	four-year	U.S.	bachelor’s	degree	from	        Semester 3                                               12 Cr
an	accredited	college	or	university,	or	a	four-year	international	
                                                                      Sustainability Capstone Project                          6 CR
equivalent.	Applicants	for	admission	will	be	expected	to	have	
                                                                      Electives	in	Sustainable	Design                          4 CR
some	professional	work	experience/education	that	can	serve	
                                                                      Cases of Sustainability in Practice (study tour in US)   2 CR
as	a	foundation	for	the	field	of	sustainability.	Some	design	
                                                                      tOtAl                                                    36 Cr
experience/training	is	desirable	but	not	required.	Applicants	
whose	native	language	is	not	English	are	required	to	submit	test	
scores	for	the	Test	of	English	as	a	Foreign	Language	(TOEFL).	A	
statement	of	purpose	for	enrolling	in	the	program	is	required.	
Applicants	for	admission	must	submit	recent	official	scores	
for	the	GRE	test	as	well	as	official	transcripts	for	all	previous	
academic	work.	The	GRE	scores	are	required	but	are	not	
considered the primary criteria for acceptance.




Photos courtesy of Pugh-Scarpa Architects,
Santa Monica California (UF Alumni).
PArtiCiPAting FACulty
The	participating	faculty	from	UF	encompasses	all	disciplines	within	the	college.	They	have	been	selected	because	of	
the	relevance	of	their	expertise	and	recognized	quality	of	teaching,	research	and	service.	The	guest	faculty	members	
would	provide	specific	lectures	or	seminars	that	complement	the	basic	course	work.


uF FACulty            SPECiAliZAtiOn                                         ACADEMiC unit/OrgAniZAtiOn
Glenn Acomb           Site and community sustainability                      Landscape Architecture
Andres	Blanco	        Economic	development	                                  Urban	and	Regional	Planning
Vandana Baweja        History of green building                              Architecture
Margaret Carr         Land use and resource planning                         Landscape Architecture
Martin	Gold	          Urban	Design	and	Environmental	Processes	              Architecture
Roy	Graham	           Urban	conservation	                                    Historic	Preservation
Dawn Jourdan          Sustainable legal and policy issues                    Urban and Regional Planning
Charles	Kibert	       Environmental	impacts	of	construction	                 Building	Construction
Martha	Kohen	         Sustainable	urban	design,	public	infrastructure	       Architecture
Michael	Kuenstle	     Urban	design	and	environmental	processes	              Architecture
Joseli Macedo         Urban design and planning processes                    Urban and Regional Planning
Svetlana	Olbina	      Sustainable	design	and	construction	                   Building	Construction
Robert	Ries	          Green	Building,	sustainable	development	               Building	Construction
Thomas Smith          Green building practice                                Architecture
Christopher	Silver	   Sustainable	urban	planning	history	                    Urban	and	Regional	Planning
Ruth Steiner          Sustainable Transportation and Growth Management       Urban and Regional Planning
Kevin	Thompson	       Community	design	education	                            Landscape	Architecture
William Tilson        Contextual design                                      Architecture
Maruja Torres         Sustainability education                               Interior Design
Albertus Wang         Sustainable design studio                              Architecture
Bradley Walters       Sustainable design studio                              Architecture
Kay Williams          Cultural Landscapes                                    Landscape Architecture
Paul	Zwick	           Planning,	GIS	and	Land	Use	                            Urban	and	Regional	Planning


guESt FACulty         SPECiAliZAtiOn                                         ACADEMiC unit/OrgAniZAtiOn
Randall	Crane					    Sustainable	economic	development	                      UCLA,	California
Tom	Daniels	          Environmental	planning	and	growth	management	          University	of	Pennsylvania
Robert		Freestone	    Heritage	conservation,	and	planning	education	         University	of	New	South	Wales
Michael	C.	Neuman	 Sustainable	urbanism,	infrastructure	planning	            Texas	A&M	University
Lawrence	Scarpa	      Sustainable	design	practice	                           Pugh+Scarpa,	Santa	Monica	CA
Kim	Tanzer	           Sustainable	design	practice	                           University	of	Virginia
Dan	Williams	         Sustainable	design	practice	                           DWA	Design,	Seattle,	Washington	           Eco FriEndly Printing




Center for American Education
12 Prince Edward Road #01-03 Podium A Bestway Building S(079212)
Tel: +65 62234566 | Fax: +65 62234533 | www.cae.edu.sg
Masters PrograM
  in sustainable Design




Offered through
Center for American Education
    Dean’s Message
                              Sustainability in the design, construction and planning of the built
                              environment is the connecting thread between all of the professional
                              programs in our College, as well as a centerpiece of the mission of the
                              University of Florida. We are recognized nationally and internationally as
                              one of the leading public institutions teaching, researching and providing
                              consulting/training in sustainability. At the University of Florida, we live
                              daily the sustainable practices that we teach. UF’s masters level program
                              in Sustainable Design harnesses the rich and diverse faculty expertise of
                              our College around a common objective.

    We guarantee to students in this program an intensive exposure to the best in sustainable
    design from an international vantagepoint, the opportunity to explore in depth their own areas

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    of interest, and the chance to become a graduate of one of the world’s great public research
    universities, the University of Florida. This can be done without needing to uproot, since through
    advanced instructional technology, and traveling faculty/professional teams, we are bringing the
    sustainable design program directly to Asia. We look forward to your participation in this unique,
    challenging and extremely exciting endeavor.


    Christopher Silver, FAICP
    Dean and Professor
    College of Design, Construction and Planning
    University of Florida
about the Center for
aMeriCan eDuCation
The Center For American Education (CAE) was established in 1997 with
the mission of providing a unique opportunity to obtain a quality American
education in Singapore.

CAE offers a two-year university level Associate of Arts (AA) degree in
partnership with Broward College, Florida, USA. This is complemented by
our undergraduate program, Bachelor of Business Administration, with
concentrations in Marketing and International Business from University of
South Florida.

At the graduate level, CAE offers a Master of Business Administration from
Western Michigan University and Master of Education in School Counseling
from University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

CAE regularly collaborates with other American universities such as the
University of Minnesota and University of Florida to expand on its repertoire
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of degree programs.

The Center also provides preparatory courses for American tertiary entrance
examinations, such as GMAT, GRE, TOEFL and other continuing education
training and enrichment courses.

In 1998, the U.S. State department appointed CAE to run the United States
Education Information Center (USEIC). USEIC is recognized by the U.S.
government as the official source of information on American education.

The Center For American Education is a member of the ISS Education Group
(incorporated in 1981) with subsidiaries in Singapore and Beijing.
    AbouT ThE unIvErSITy oF FlorIdA (uF)
    university of Florida is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of
    Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award bachelor, master, specialist and engineer, as well as doctoral and
    professional degrees. Every degree program in the University is fully accredited by the appropriate,
    national and international entities.

    Sustainability leadership
    In 1994, UF joined 310 universities world-wide in signing the Talloires Declaration, pledging
    support to reduce environmental degradation and natural resource depletion. In 2001, UF adopted
    Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria for design and construction for
    all major new construction and renovation projects to deliver high performance and sustainable
    building design to the University of Florida.


    AbouT ThE CollEgE oF dESIgn, ConSTruCTIon And
    PlAnnIng (dCP)
    The College of design Construction and Planning (dCP) is the academic unit offering the
    Masters Program in Sustainable Design. The College was established in 1925 and has become
    one of the largest design, planning and construction institutions in the country with more than
    1,500 students. DCP is composed of five independent professional disciplines - two schools: the M.
    E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction, the School of Architecture; and three departments:
4   the Department of Interior Design, Department of Landscape Architecture and the Department of
    Urban and Regional Planning.

    The college also offers an interdisciplinary program in historic preservation, one of the oldest and
    most prestigious programs in the US, which allows graduate students to gain expertise in research
    and application of historic preservation in the United States and abroad.

    Since 1988, DCP has offered a Ph.D, with more than 120 graduates to-date. In 2008, DCP established
    the nation’s first Bachelor of Science in Sustainability and the Built Environment, drawing upon
    faculty throughout the college. Currently, this Masters Program in Sustainable Design in partnership
    with the Center for American Education (CAE) in Singapore is another milestone for DCP and CAE.

    Academic and Professional Accreditation
    The academic programs in the college are fully accredited through an accreditation process from
    the professional organizations of each discipline: Architecture – National Architectural Accrediting
    Board (NAAB), building Construction – American Council for Construction Education (ACCE), Interior
    design – The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), landscape Architecture – Landscape
    Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB), urban and regional Planning – Planning Accreditation
    Board of the American Institute of Certified Planners (PAB)
AbouT ThE ProgrAm And CourSE dESCrIPTIon
The three-semester University of Florida Masters Program in Sustainable Design leads to a post-graduate
professional degree in the specialized field of sustainable design. Open to applicants with a bachelor’s
degree in any field, it is an excellent opportunity for enhancing a student’s educational background,
professional qualifications or teaching credentials through individualized, in-depth and interdisciplinary
research in specific areas under the guidance of faculty specialists. This is the first of its kind in Asia.

 SEmESTEr 1                                                                                        12 Cr
International Sustainable development                                                                4 Cr
This course presents an in-depth study of local construction techniques, construction marketing,
international construction, sustainability, global economics, and influence on construction of local
culture, traditions, architecture, history, and political climate.

Sustainable design Issues and methods                                                                4 Cr
This course will explore strategies involving site planning and design of site components such as grading,
stormwater drainage, and select features of buildings (exterior elements such as green roofs and green
walls). The primary objective of this course is to provide students with an understanding of site systems
and its integral role in holistic sustainable development.

Ecological Issues in Sustainability                                                                  4 Cr
This course explores the ecological dimensions of sustainability, with particular attention to cities
as sustainable ecosystems. It employs a systems model of sustainability that takes into account                5
characteristics such as health, watershed and waste management, biodiversity, energy conservation,
ethical considerations (such as respect for land) and various governance issues related to sustaining
ecological vitality. Case studies will be employed to demonstrate various approaches.


 SEmESTEr 2                                                                                        12 Cr
design Studio in Sustainability Issues                                                               6 Cr
A hands on experience with actual sustainable design problems that emphasizes working in
interdisciplinary teams. The course presents design methods for synthesizing special aspects of
sustainable design practice for all skill levels and backgrounds. The projects involve urban and regional
planning, site analysis, programming and brief development, environmental control and energy use,
construction materials and structures, project management, preserving and reusing historic structures.

Comparative law and Policy for Sustainability                                                        3 Cr
Efforts to foster sustainable development will likely require some level of regulation in order to change
behaviour relating to the use of natural resources. This course seeks to employ a case study approach
in order to help students understand the various legal frameworks at international, national, and local
levels necessary to accomplish sustainability in the law.
    greening Existing buildings                                                                        2 Cr
    High-performance green buildings; emerging delivery systems, evaluating their sustainability, and
    comparative analysis of worldwide green building programs and criteria such as Agenda 21, FIDIC’s
    Project Sustainability Management Guidelines, China’s GBAS, Greenstar, LEED, and Greenmark rating
    systems. Also covers application of international standards of Historic Preservation to achieve effective
    adaptive use of cultural resources.

    Capstone Project Proposal development                                                              1 Cr
    During this course, students research and develop a proposal for their capstone project in consultation
    with a selected faculty.


    SEmESTEr 3                                                                                        12 Cr
    Sustainability Capstone Project                                                                    6 Cr
    Students individually pursue their Capstone Proposal under the guidance of a faculty committee. The
    Capstone project is intended to support the student’s professional development and advancement.

    Electives in Sustainable design                                                                    4 Cr
    Students choose from an approved list of courses that support their particular interests and capstone
    research project.

    Cases of Sustainability in Practice (study tour in uS)                                             2 Cr
6   This travel based course, gives students the opportunity to visit leading firms, organizations and project
    sites that represent some of the best sustainable practices in the United States. Students are able to
    interview project leaders and develop a logbook comparing selected projects in the US with those of
    their home country.
aluMni of DistinCtion
lawrence Scarpa
Lawrence Scarpa, of architect firm Pugh + Scarpa Architects received both his Bachelors and
Masters degrees from the University of Florida. His work has been well celebrated with his receipt of
numerous Local, State and National American Institute of Architects Design Awards. His accolades
include being one of 10 people worldwide to be selected as a finalist for the World Habitat Award
and a recipient of the AIA COTE “Top Ten Green Building” Award in 2003.

Scarpa is a renowned leader in the area of Sustainable Design. He has pioneered much of the
current thinking about the integration of sustainable building ideas and quality design. His notable
work includes the ground breaking project Colorado Court in Santa Monica and the Solar Umbrella
House in Venice, California. Both projects created a paradigm shift in Sustainable Building Design.

Alfred browning Parker
Alfred Browning Parker is currently a professor in the UF College of Design, Construction and
Planning and completed his B.S. in Architecture at UF in 1939. Parker is a forward-thinking, innovative
designer who pioneered the concept “Green” homes since the 1950s. Parker has designed residential,
commercial, religious and institutional buildings during his long career. Parker believed in the
philosophy of a partnership between climate and landscape to create buildings that sit simply and
comfortably on the land and project timeless beauty.
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He is a three-time winner of the “House Beautiful” Pace Setter award, drawing public praise by Frank
Lloyd Wright and the city of Hollywood awarded Parker the Historic Preservation Award: Architect
of the Year. He was 60 years ahead of the current trend for Green Architecture buildings and his
projects include the Don Gayer house in Coconut Grove, “The Miami Times” and his own former
home “Woodsong”    .

William “bill” Coan
William “Bill” Coan is the Department of Landscape Architecture’s 2006 distinguished alumnus. He
graduated from UF’s College of Architecture with a BLA degree in 1978. His first decade of practice
was with Walt Disney Imagineering where he was the project landscape architect for EPCOT Center,
Fantasy Land, Walt Disney World and Euro Disneyland, Paris. He is currently president and design
principal of ITEC entertainment Corp. ITEC Entertainment Corp. specializes in the master planning,
creative design, development and delivery of projects for themed entertainment, recreation, leisure
and cultural attraction industries. His latest high profile project is the newest version of Revenge
of the Mummy in Universal, Singapore, an adventure ride that is part of the integrated resorts
development in Singapore.
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