Carlos J. Alfonso, is a founding principal and CEO of Alfonso Architects as well as Alliant Partners, a real estate investment company.
Carlos was born in Cuba and came with his family to Tampa, Florida in 1960. He is a graduate of Jesuit High School in Tampa and received his bachelor and master’s degree in architecture from the University of Florida, and is a distinguished Alumni of the UF School of Architecture. He has been involved in the aesthetics and practicality of the Architectural Profession his entire life, and is a painter and photographer.
Mr. Alfonso was a founding, 11 year member of the University Of Florida Board Of Trustees, and concluded his service as Chairman of that Board in 2011 and 2012. He was a member of the University of Florida Foundation Board and its Executive Committee.
He currently serves as the Chairman of Board of Advisors for The State of Florida’s “UF Online”, which is the first fully baccalaureate, fully online public university in the United States.
In addition, Mr. Alfonso served on the State of Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission in 1998. During that service, he was Chairman of the Committee on Article 4, which modified the Executive Branch of the State Constitution, resulting in historic changes to the Florida Constitution which were subsequently approved by the voters of Florida. That committee restructured the Florida Cabinet, cabinet created the FWC and created Florida Forever.
He currently serves as a Trustee of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer & Research Institute, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Council of 100 and serves as Vice Chairman of the Wildlife Foundation of Florida.
Carlos is a registered architect in 14 states and has been a Florida registered class A General Contractor.
He is a commercial multi-engine, instrument rated pilot. He and his wife, Dorothy, have three children, which have attended or are currently attending the University of Florida.
Jason Alread, AIA, LEED AP is a Professor and the Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Florida. He was educated at the University of Florida and Yale University, and has been in professional practice for over 25 years. He was a founding partner in Substance Architecture and an Associate at HLKB Architecture, the 2001 AIA National Firm of the Year.
He is the author of Design-Tech: An Integrated Approach to Building Science and Technology with Thomas Leslie and Rob Whitehead and A Century of Iowa Architecture. Professor Alread has been recognized with over 40 design awards, including two National AIA Design Honor Awards, an AIA National Education Honor Award and an IIDA International Design Award. The ACSA has honored him with New Faculty Teaching, Faculty Design and Creative Achievement Awards. In 2014 Design Intelligence named him as one of the 30 Most Admired Design Educators in North American Schools. His teaching and research focus on the integration of craft and technology, building performance, design methodologies and critical practice.
Mr. Brame joined the firm now known as Brame Heck Architects Inc. in 1973. The firm celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2011. He has designed and followed through construction a significant number of projects for both public and private clients, covering a wide spectrum of size, cost and purpose. These efforts have included renovations, remodeling and new buildings, as well as master planning for educational, religious and recreational complexes.
Mr. Brame is experienced and knowledgeable in working with a wide range of regulatory authorities, governing bodies, and institutional regulations. He has served as President twice for the AIA Gainesville chapter. In addition to his professional activities, he has participated in civic involvement as a volunteer on numerous governmental boards, task force efforts and committees.
He received a Bachelor of Design in Architecture degree and a Master of Architecture degree from UF.
Susan Tate is a Registered Architect specializing in historic preservation and building technologies. As Professor Emeritus of the University of Florida, she engages in research and professional practice with concentration on building analysis; historic district development; compatibility with codes, standards, and sustainability.
Since her fellowship to the International Centre for Conservation in Rome early in her career, Professor Tate has continued to build on international preservation interests. Her focus on French historic buildings and listed interiors resulted in a refereed paper presented at the National Building Museum, as well as invited publications and lectures. For the U. S. Department of State, she directed the commemorative book CONCORDE to document the restoration of the 18th century Talleyrand Building in Paris, where the European Recovery Program/Marshall Plan was administered and the U. S. Embassy now manages the George C. Marshall Center.
A member of the faculty of the University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning since 1972, she was promoted to full Professor in 1995, the second woman in the history of the College to achieve that rank. She has been recognized as Teacher of the Year, Teaching Incentive Program award recipient, and received the Dean’s Faculty Service Award. She collaborated with practitioners. UF staff, interior design and architecture students in a submission to the National Council of Architectural Boards which won their National Award for the 1950 Student Services Hub. Tate served terms as Chair of the UF Preservation of Historic Buildings and Sites Committee and spearheaded successful initiatives toward compatible new construction and preservation. She served five years as Director of the UF Preservation Institute: Nantucket.
Professor Tate secured and directed a Getty Campus Heritage Grant to develop a Preservation Plan and Guidelines for the University of Florida and to recognize significant sites of the post-World War II era. With a grant from the Florida Department of State Historical Resources, she directed a Campus Survey and Historic Campus Brochure. The projects concluded in listing on the National Register of Historic Places of eight campus sites, a Multiple Resource Listing, and Update of the 1988 UF Campus Historic District. Her research on the historic campus extended to refereed presentations for the Society of Architectural Historians National Conference and for the International Council on Monuments and Sites XIII General Assembly in Madrid.
Qualified as Historic Architect according to the Code of Federal Regulations, she has worked extensively with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation, the National Register of Historic Places, Historic Structure Reports, and the Historic American Buildings Survey. Examples of her consulting work include: St. Augustine, Historic Structure Report for Government House, 16th century site to 1935 Post Office, with Walker Architects and UF; Sebring, Highlands Hammock State Park Preservation Plan for CCC Structures with Stevenson Architects; the 1933 Federal Courthouse and Post Office for the City of Jacksonville; Hyde Park Design Guidelines for Rehabilitation and New Construction, Tampa.
Charlie Hailey is a Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Florida, where he received his doctorate and teaches design, history-theory, and design/build. A licensed architect, he also studied at Princeton University and UT-Austin and has worked with the designer/builders Jersey Devil. He has lectured nationally and internationally, most recently at the Venice Biennale, the Huntington Library, MIT, Harvard University, UCLA, NYU, and SUT in Macedonia, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. His research focuses on how emergent built environments are constructed and experienced. His work contributes to scholarship investigating material culture and cultural landscapes to discover links between phenomenology, human agency, settlement patterns, and ecology. In spring 2016, he received a research development grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts; and at the University of Florida, he has been named a UF Research Foundation Professor, and he was recently inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars. His books examine camping as place-making (Campsite, LSU Press), camps as contemporary spaces (Camps, MIT Press), and islands as manufactured cultural landscapes (Spoil Island, Rowman & Littlefield). His new book Design/Build with Jersey Devil, about the pedagogy and process of design/build, is forthcoming from Princeton Architectural Press in summer 2016.
David Conner, ASLA is the president of David Conner + Associates, Inc., a planning, landscape architecture, and urban design firm located in Tampa, FL. Since establishing the firm in 1997, Mr. Conner has received numerous design awards. His experience covers a vast array of planning and design issues, including transportation and walkability, sustainability design, community redevelopment work, memorials and places of meaning, open-space planning and design, and campus planning and design.
David has been active on the University of Florida campus for the past ten years, providing planning and landscape architectural design services for a number of major efforts for the campus. He understands the Florida climate and environmental issues influencing the development for quality areas of design.
Through his work, David hopes to reflect a deep respect for our natural environment and a belief that our lives are improved through our interaction with beautiful and creative outdoor spaces. David is knowledgeable of the University of Florida Master Plan and design and planning procedures, critical to the implementation of improvements on campus. David Conner is a 1984 graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture. He is a licensed landscape architect in the State of Florida and he is CLARB certified.
Cydney received her Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University and is a licensed architect in both Colorado and Florida. She worked as an architectural intern in Denver for five years and as an architect in Boston for three years. During her time working in architecture firms she worked on a variety of projects ranging from the Denver Bronco’s Stadium, airports, museums, convention centers and university buildings.
Architecture has always been a part of Cydney’s life. Her family had an architecture firm where her father is a licensed architect and engineer and her brother is also a licensed architect. She grew up going to jobsites and talking about buildings around the dinner table. After college she traveled Europe with her husband studying architecture and the structural aesthetic. They moved to Gainesville in 2002 when he accepted a position as an architecture faculty member.
In 2003 Cydney joined the University of Florida and became a project manager. She began by managing minor projects and after a few years started managing major projects. Many of her projects are focused on student life and the arts. Among her projects are the Steinbrenner Band Building, Harn Museum Asian Art Wing, Fackler Foyers at the Phillips Center for Performing Arts, the Reitz Union Expansion and Renovation and the new Engineering NEXUS Building.
Morris (Marty) Hylton III is Director of the Historic Preservation Program and Preservation Institute Nantucket at the University of Florida’s College of Design, Construction and Planning. In his role as Director, Marty works with faculty and advisors to define core focus areas for teaching, research, and service and oversees the ongoing enhancement of curriculum for PhD, Master of Historic Preservation, and Certificate students. His research addresses multifaceted strategies for documenting and advocating the preservation of endangered heritage sites, particularly cultural resources associated with modernism and the Recent Past and historic places and communities threatened by sea level rise.
As part of this research and teaching, Marty created the Envision Heritage initiative to explore how new and emerging technologies like laser scanning can be used to document historic sites and cultural resources. Prior to his appointment at University of Florida, Marty held the position of Initiatives Manager for the World Monuments Fund—a New York City-based, non-profit dedicated to conserving endangered heritage sites globally. At the World Monuments Fund, Marty directed the Robert W. Wilson Challenge to Conserve our Heritage, one of largest, international funding programs for endangered historic sites. He also helped develop and implement institutional initiatives for the World Monuments Fund that confronted the challenges of saving specific types of heritage, including Modernism at Risk, which addressed the distinct obstacles to advocating and technically preserving modern architecture. Marty currently serves as President of the Bowne House Historical Society of New York City, is a founding member and President of Gainesville Modern, and is on the Board of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.
Harold B. Barrand received his Bachelor of Design from The University of Florida and his Bachelor of Architecture from The University of Miami. He worked as an architect in various firms over his 12-year tenure in Miami. In 1990 he moved to Tallahassee to work for the State Department of Management Services, Division of Building Construction as a Project Manager, eventually becoming a Director. While there he served as the Fixed Capital Outlays Projects Manager, managing a multi-million dollar statewide program.
Barrand joined the University of Florida in 2001, quickly moving into the Assistant and ultimately the Associate Director role with the Physical Plant Division where he managed the Architecture and Engineering Department. He is currently the Director of Minor projects/University Architect with the Planning, Design, and Construction team. He provides leadership to a talented team of Project Managers, Architects, and Interior Designers managing a diverse array of Minor projects, which encompass the Campus and Health Science Center. His motto is "We manage small projects that have huge impacts to the quality of life for students, faculty, and staff."
Barrand is a registered architect in the State of Florida and is passionate about Historic Preservation. He has received honors and awards from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation based on the Outstanding Preservation Project in the Adaptive Use of a Historic Structure. He served on the Board of Architects, the Dade Heritage Trust board, as well as the Historical Association of South Florida, to name a few. Currently he serves on several Campus review committees.