Imagineer Leading University of Florida’s Themed Environments Course

Steven Grant, a 28-year veteran of Walt Disney Imagineering, is joining the University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning as director of the college’s new graduate program in themed environments integration.

A registered architect and past president of the American Institute of Architects Orlando Chapter, Grant holds bachelor’s degrees in architecture and environmental design from Ball State University, and a master’s degree in liberal studies from Rollins College. With his experience as a project architect and design manager, Grant plans to bridge industry and academics to facilitate access to people, perspectives and activities in the themed environments industry.

“My objective is to integrate my extensive professional practice and industry connections with the University of Florida’s academic and research resources to provide students with an engaging collaborative interdisciplinary learning environment”

-Steven Grant

The Master of Science in Architectural Studies with a Concentration in Themed Environments Integration will launch this fall at the college’s CityLab-Orlando location. A graduate certificate option is also available. This new concentration is a unique industry-driven program. Developed with the active participation of industry experts from leading players in the themed environments industry, the program leverages the college’s core strengths in architecture, landscape architecture, construction management and interior design. As the program grows, other UF colleges will be able to contribute.

Applications for the program are being accepted from students with undergraduate degrees in architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, engineering, construction and technical theater arts. For questions about the application process, please visit the program website.

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