Panquat Kyesmu

Mentor: Dr. Bradley Walters
College of Design, Construction, and Planning
 
"My reason for getting involved with research originates from a fragile link between Architecture and Conservation Horticulture. Does architectural design have a place in the conservation of plant species and if so, how? What design methods, forms, theories, or ideologies can help aid with the conservation of plants? These are the questions I wish to answer through research, interviews, design, and exploration."

Major

Architecture

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Architectural Design
  • Sustainability
  • Microbiology and Conservation Horticulture

Academic Awards

  • Florida Bright Futures
  • University Scholars Program 2015-2016

Organizations

  • Architrave
  • UF Solar Decathlon Team 2015
  • College of Design, Construction and Planning Ambassadors (DCPA)

Volunteer

  • N/A

Hobbies and Interests

  • Photography
  • Sketching
  • Music
  • Digital Painting

Research Description

The Preservation of Memory: Germplasm Repository in the Tropics
A large number of tropical plant species either use vegetative propagation, a form of asexual reproduction where new organism arise without the making of seeds or spores; or produce recalcitrant seeds, seeds that are not able to survive drying and freezing, as forms of reproductions. Due to these factors, the conservation of these species aren’t easy to achieve. Does architectural design have a place in the conservation of plant species and if so, how? The objective of this research is to find and establish a set of design parameters, create a design proposal that would aid with the conservation efforts of Seedbanks and Germplasm Repositories in the tropic and explore environmental and ecological strategies that pushes for sustainable practice.