courtesy University of Florida

The University of Florida College of Design, Construction & Planning will open a second CityLab campus, named JaxLab CityLab-Jacksonville, for its School of Architecture in Downtown Jacksonville, Fla. In 2012, the school launched CityLab, a self-funded graduate program in Orlando, Fla., that offers professional Master of Architecture and post-professional degrees.

UF says JaxLab will be a new “teaching and research facility focused on the social, ecological, and environmental issues related to resilience and the built environment,” according to a description on the university’s website. “The program prepares graduates to engage contemporary challenges at the intersection of the natural and constructed environments, using Jacksonville’s unique context as a living, learning laboratory,” said Nancy Clark, UF DCP associate dean for undergraduate education and facilities, and JaxLab director, in press release.

The university will house the new JaxLab location in a 2,557-square-foot space in the Cathedral House, a historical education building in the city, that will cost about $350,000 to renovate. The Cathedral House sits near the St. Johns River and the Atlantic Ocean, a location the school hopes will allow students to learn to develop innovative solutions to problems of resilience in coastal cities.

The program currently occupies a temporary home in the historic Groover-Stewart Building in Jacksonville, Fla. JaxLab offers courses in a unique low-residency hybrid model, including the professionally-accredited Advanced Master of Architecture program and the post-professional Master of Science in Architectural Studies in Sustainable Architecture.

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