Professor Tina Gurucharri became a faculty member at the University of Florida’s Department of Landscape Architecture in 1991 after 12 years of public and private professional practice engaged in domestic and international planning and design projects. Since entering academia, Professor Gurucharri has taught nearly 2,000 students in lecture classes and design studios at the graduate and undergraduate level, and has served on over 50 thesis and dissertation committees.
Professor Gurucharri has conducted research in culture and nature-based tourism as a means to promote conservation and sustainable economic development in Central America and in Florida. She has championed the “scholarship of engagement” through the integration of teaching and research through service. She has disseminated this research through refereed national and international publications and presentations.
As Department Chair, Professor Gurucharri oversees an accredited Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program, an accredited Master of Landscape Architecture and a PhD concentration in landscape architecture. She has facilitated award winning faculty, students and alumni. She launched a 4+1 program and spearheaded the development of core curriculum on-line learning. She secured research faculty positions to bolster the over $1.5 million in research funding faculty have been engaged in during the last six years.
Through teaching, research, service and administration, Professor Gurucharri has shaped both the institutions and students that she has been associated with at the University of Florida.