The Florida Center is an interdisciplinary research center within the School of Architecture and Community Design, part of the College of The Arts at the University of South Florida. It was founded in 1986 as a statewide research center to address urban and regional problems related to both natural and built environments and to provide design expertise, technical assistance, and applied research to assist Florida's growing communities.
The mission of the Florida Center is to assist the citizens of Florida in the creation of more livable and sustainable communities.
The Center employs faculty and graduate students from 11 different academic disciplines and receives the bulk of its funding from contracts and grants. As such, the Center serves as a primary vehicle for interdisciplinary community engagement at the University of South Florida. The Center employs full-time research faculty, full-time professional and support staff, undergraduate and graduate students from multiple departments, and affiliated faculty from throughout USF. Research areas of interest to the Florida Center include, but are not limited to: