University of South Florida

School of Architecture & Community Design

USF College of The Arts

Nancy Sanders

Associate Professor of Architecture
Phone: (813) 974-6005

Nancy Sanders received her first degree in architecture from the University of Florida in 1990, where she graduated with high honors. She received her Master's Degree from Harvard University in 1994 and was nominated by the faculty for the prestigious Kelly Thesis Prize.

She has worked at firms in three countries – the United States, Hong Kong, and Canada – including the Office for Metropolitan Architecture Asia, Taoho Design, and Andrea Clark Brown Associates. Currently an associate professor at USF (she became an assistant professor in 1997), Professor Sanders has also taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 2000-2003, and at the Vicenza Institute of Architecture (University of Florida overseas program).

In addition to teaching cross-culturally and designing in China, Hong Kong, and the United States, Professor Sanders is currently pursuing funded research on high-density urbanism, podium cities, and the architecture of borders and memory. She is the Founding Director of the University of Florida's Hong Kong/China Summer Studio Program and has received numerous grants including the Ted Fearny Research Professorship.

Research Activity


  • USF Geoscience Field School, Idaho.
    • Lead designer with Robert MacLeod for Geosciences field school compound in a remote region of Idaho. The program includes meeting hall with classroom and kitchen; student dormitories; faculty cabins; and outdoor pavilion. $14,000
  • Linwood Park Community Gardens, Temple Terrace, Florida.
    • Lead designer for a new park and community garden sponsored by the City of Temple Terrace and the Temple Terrace Community Garden Association. The program includes bike path, wetland ecosystem, gathering space, community garden plots, and ancillary structures. The design was presented to Temple Terrace City Council and approved for implementation beginning immediately. Groundbreaking is anticipated for May 2016.
  • Girl Scouts Petting Zoo Consultation and Supervisor of SACD student volunteers. Spring 2015.
    • Design consultant and supervisor of construction for gardens and multiple animal pens meeting safety codes for preschools. The project was built during summer and fall of 2015. I supervised the work of girl scouts and SACD student volunteers in building the petting zoo.
  • Sacred Shrines and Rituals in Hong Kong.
    • During 2014, I continued my research on the Hong Kong street shrine and book manuscript on the subject: Street Shrines of Hong Kong: Mapping the Urban Pantheon. On-going.
  • Mapping and Making the Florida Landscape.
    • During 2013, I developed research as the foundation of a new seminar course. I am developing a book and exhibition materials titled Atlas Aquiferous: Mapping and Making the Florida Landscape, co-authored with University of Florida Professor Martin Gundersen. On-going
  • USF Health Morsani College of Medicine Building. Spring/Summer/Fall 2011.
    • The scope of the work includes programming and conceptual design; building plans and sections to the design development stage; promotional models and renderings. The resultant design was used to help secure the largest-ever donation to USF. With the receipt of a $20 million donation, the University of South Florida plans to build the new Morsani College of Medicine Building on a prominent site at the western edge of the campus. $20,000 contract
  • Commencement of construction of CAMLS (Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation).
    • My design work for this building was completed in 2010 and the building began construction in early 2011 in downtown Tampa. At the $30 million complex, health professionals from across the country will learn advanced surgical techniques using robotics and other medical devices. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said of this building, "CAMLS is probably the most important development in downtown Tampa in at least 20 years." ("A Center of Innovation." Tampa Bay Times. Feb. 9, 2012). $24,000 contract
  • Completion of construction of Byrd Alzheimer's Center and Research Institute, USF Health.
    • My design work for this center was completed in early 2011 and the construction was completed in late 2011. The scope of the work included development of schematic designs for state of the art "CRISP" facility at the Byrd Alzheimer's Institute. Program includes lobby, library, classrooms, examinations rooms, PET/CT scan room, and home safety demonstration and research facility; Preparation of renderings and animation for fundraising activities; Programming and research in collaboration with Alzheimer's professionals. $11,000 contract
  • Suncoast Waldorf School Adventure Playground. 2010-2011.
    • Community Service project to assist the Suncoast Waldorf School (pre-school through 8th grade) in the planning and design of their kinder-yard play space (3-5 year olds) and their Meadow play space (6-13 year olds) incorporating principles of the Rudolf Steiner's Waldorf School philosophies and principles of the "adventure playground" which advocates for hands-on interaction with the environment where children alter their play spaces daily as opposed to the more typical types of play structure that prescribe a particular set usage and limit the role of interpretation and imagination.