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Dr. Ivonne Audirac

 

Ivonne Audirac is Associate Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida State University, Tallahassee, where she teaches courses in sustainable development, growth management, urban theory, and statistics. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Florida and a master's in Urban and Regional Planning. She also holds a master's degree in International Development from Colorado State University. She is book editor of Rural Sustainable Development in America (Wiley 1997). Her research has appeared in top planning journals such as the Journal of the American Planning Association and the Journal of Planning Education and Research. As an offshoot of her FAVACA volunteer work in Belize with colleague Harrison Higgins, Dr. Audirac recently chaired a national round table on Ecological Campus Planning.

 

Projects:

FSU PLANNERS PRESENT BELIZE CAMPUS PLAN.  The University of Belize engaged the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida State University (FSU) to produce a "campus ecology plan" for its flagship campus in Belmopan. FSU professors Ivonne Audirac and Harrison Higgins, presented the final plan to a group of 22 officials of the University of Belize, along with the Mayor of Belmopan, and other dignitaries November 8, 2002, in Belmopan. University of Belize Vice President Geraldo Flowers chaired the presentation which was the culmination of a year-long FSU Studios Project involving ten graduate planning students.  Also attending the presentation and collaborating in the process were faculty from Quintana Roo, Mexico, and Guatemala City.

FLORIDA UNIVERSITY PLANNERS COLLABORATE WITH BELIZEAN COUNTERPARTS.  The University of Belize has engaged the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida State University to produce a "campus ecology plan" for its flagship campus in Belmopan. FSU professors Ivonne Audirac and Harrison Higgins, with FSU advanced planning students Jessica Wilkerson, Stephanie McCauley, Matthew Armstrong, Aaron Bourgeois, Rebecca Karnas, Penelope Karas, Dawn Jourdan and John Harris,  traveled to Belize at the invitation of University of Belize Vice President Geraldo Flowers June 6-16, 2002.

FLORIDA UNIVERSITY PLANNERS COLLABORATE WITH BELIZEAN COUNTERPARTS. FSU professors Ivonne Audirac and Harrison Higgins, with FSU advanced planning students Nathaniel Malavenda, Rebecca Karnas, Penelope Karas, Stewart Cruz, Dawn Jourdan and John Harris,  traveled to Belize at the invitation of University of Belize Vice President Geraldo Flowers March 10-15, 2002.  The team is preparing an ecologically sound development plan for the new site of the University of Belize in Belmopan.  Among structural and architectural issue are green architectural design, inventory and conservation of flora and fauna, soils, etc.

FLORIDA UNIVERSITY PLANNERS LAY GROUND WORK FOR COLLABORATION WITH BELIZEAN COUNTERPARTS. FSU professors Ivonne Audirac and Harrison Higgins traveled to Belize at the invitation of University of Belize Vice President Geraldo Flowers February 13-17, 2002, to discuss best ways to approach ecologically sound development of the new site of the University of Belize, Belmopan.  Among structural and architectural issue will be green architectural design, inventory and conservation of flora and fauna, soils, etc.  The professors discussed options with university administrators and will return to Belize in March with five students to get the project underway.

 

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