Orlando, Florida, December 27, 2017 –The inaugural recipient of the The ICSC Foundation Lonnie G. Peterson Scholarship in Architecture was University of Florida student Adriana Lovera. Ms. Lovera is in her final semester at the University of Florida’s CityLab Orlando campus to complete her Masters in Architecture. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Florida and is a member of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). Applicants for the scholarship were asked to submit an essay about their interest in retail architecture. An excerpt from her winning essay said,

Retail architecture focuses not only in creating a place to sell a product, its priority is to sell an experience, or a feeling that helps the customer associate the emotions with the place and the brand. This mindset comes from both the interior of the building as well as the exterior no matter how big or small the construction is. The facades of the building need to evoke a sensation that will encourage and welcome the customer to walk in the store. Once inside, it is important that the customer does not feel overwhelmed or confused, and that the design of the space allows for the store to engage the customer and sell itself without the immediate need of the staff.”

Lonnie Peterson, Co-Founder of Cuhaci & Peterson, Jed Downs, President Emeritus of Cuhaci & Peterson, Lauri Novick, President of the ICSC Foundation and Frank Bosworth, Program Director of CityLab-Orlando all reviewed the essays submitted by students who met the credit and GPA requirements. All identifying information was redacted and they rated each essay individually. After the results were tallied, the announcement was made by Jed Downs at the UF CityLab-Orlando holiday reception on December 21, 2017. Lonnie Peterson and C&P CEO Greg Simpson were also in attendance for the announcement.

Peterson commented, “When I was a student, I was very fortunate to receive a couple of small scholarships.  That combined with a lot of hard work enabled me to graduate essentially debt free.  I didn’t realize until later just what a big boost it was to have a clean financial start on my professional life.  Now, it is such a great honor that Jed, C&P and ICSC have put us all in a position to give back in a similar way.  This is not a huge scholarship, but hopefully it helps someone get off to a great start on a rewarding career.”

A $5,000 scholarship was awarded to Ms. Lovera to go toward the costs of her degree. The scholarship will be given annually to a student in their final semester at UF’s CityLab for the next 11 years.

Read full winning essay HERE.

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Altamonte Glass & Mirror, Inc. 

AVID Group

Bailey Construction

Bakkar Property Management

Benning Construction Company

Berkshire Realty, LLC

Birchmier Construction, Inc. 

Bowman Consulting

Brandon Partners

Casto Southeast Realty Services

CEI Engineering Associates, Inc. 

Charles Wayne Properties


Columbia Engineering

Courtelis Company

Crossman & Company

EMJ Corporation

Equinox Development Properties, Inc. 

Equity Inc. 

Evans Properties

Fimiani Development Corporation

Hawkins Construction

Herschman Architects


J. Raymond Construction


KBE Building Corporation

Konover South

L A Fitness/Fitness International

Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores

Michael Collard Properties, Inc. 

Murphy Land and Retail Services, Inc. 

NAI Realvest

North American Development Group

Pine Tree Commercial Realty

Ramco Gershenson 


Schindler Elevators & Escalators

Southeast Centers

Stewart Perry Construction

Summit Realty

T&G Constructors

The Ferber Company

The Greeby Companies

The Shopping Center Group

White Development Company

Williams Company

WLS Lighting Systems


About Cuhaci & Peterson
Cuhaci & Peterson is a national A/E/P firm specializing in commercial design. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida since 1978, the firm also has offices in Philadelphia, Boston and South Florida and is licensed in 49 states. Cuhaci & Peterson offers Architectural, SMEP Engineering, Fire Alarm/Protection, Lighting Design, Construction Administration, Landscape and Planning services as well as, In-House Government Relations and Interior Design on a variety of project types.