ARCHITECTURE + PLANNING
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
The College of Architecture + Planning is a community of award-winning and highly recognized set of faculty, entrepreneurial students, and supportive staff which together create a creative community unlike any other.
Our efforts spark positive transformation in our designed world to promote the health and well-being of our society and environment through research, community engagement and educational experiences shaped to nurture the agile, inventive minds necessary to address global challenges.
Design Foundations (DF) provides freshmen with a platform for success in any of the college’s degrees (architecture, multi-disciplinary design, or urban ecology), and a pathway to earn general education credits so that students are making progress toward their degree, regardless of their eventual choice of major. In addition to setting the foundation for the design, architecture, and urban design majors, DF courses also provide the basis for minors in those three areas that students can combine with any other major at the university.
U OF U AND YELLOWSTONE ARE FOSTERING THE NEXT GENERATION OF DESIGN LEADERS
Inspiration isn’t hard to find in Salt Lake City, Utah; one look out the windows of the University of Utah’s campus, and you’re treated to sheer visual splendor. Tall mountains, a clean cityscape, and a whole world of colorful nature within easy reach. While Salt Lake City may seem far from the world’s ‘digital design hotspots’ in the Bay Area and beyond, its location has led to something truly exciting at its university. The University of Utah’s Multi-Disciplinary Design Program is teaching the next generation of product designers to not only take inspiration from the extraordinary nature around them and turn that into beautiful digital products, but to use those digital product design skills to protect that beautiful nature itself.
DesignBuildBluff is a program focused on immersing College of Architecture + Planning students in hands-on cross-cultural experiences while designing and building housing and community infrastructure in partnership with the rural and native communities in the Four Corners region of Utah.
The Volterra program is a semester-long experience for students in the College of Architecture + Planning to earn a full semester of credits toward their undergraduate degree while living and working in a villa in Volterra, Italy.
CENTER FOR ECOLOGICAL PLANNING AND DESIGN
The Center for Ecological Planning and Design’s mission is to draw on multiple disciplines to understand and shape our environment by interweaving research and practice in human, biophysical, and built systems – people, place and design. By integrating planning and design processes with research, we seek to build in parallel both places and knowledge. In so doing, we strive to create communities that are adaptive to place, socially and ecologically just, and have high quality of life.
DESIGN+BUILD SALT LAKE PROGRAM
The Design+Build Salt Lake program is invested in supporting and serving the communities of Salt Lake City and along the Wasatch Front. School of Architecture students develop, design and construct affordable, energy efficient and resilient residential buildings from the first sketch to the final construction.
DARK SKIES STUDIES
The College of Architecture + Planning is the home of the Consortium for Dark Sky Studies, the first academic center in the world dedicated to discovering, developing, communicating and applying knowledge pertaining to the quality of the night skies. The consortium of over 25 university, industry, community, and governmental partners research the global issue of light pollution, and the public health, economic, and environmental impacts of the “disappearing dark.” Part of the consortium’s work is to offer university students the opportunity to minor in Dark Skies Studies.
PUERTO RICO RESILIENCY LAB
The Puerto Rico Resiliency Lab is an intensive summer planning program that (in non-pandemic years) sends students to Puerto Rico to engage with planners, city officials, emergency managers, community groups on issues related to resiliency and recovery. The program provides students with conceptual knowledge and hands-on experience with community-based disaster planning.
As a School of Architecture, we value curiosity, adventure, risk-taking, and discovery. We understand the vital role that thoughtful, well-designed built environments have in the physical and emotional well-being of individuals and communities, and we promote empathetic responses to foster community and environmental health.
We support creativity and innovation in architecture and design through critical theoretical understanding and collaborative research. We understand the power of context and the potency of the local, and we are dedicated to confronting the imperative issues of our time, including air quality, water accessibility, public health, and social equity, and to do the greatest good for our society and our world.
Student Experiences at the U
If you want learning and networking experiences outside of the classroom, the U has a number of opportunities for you:
- Design+Build Salt Lake
- Study abroad in Italy
- Center for Ecological Planning and Design
This undergraduate program is a pre-professional degree in architecture, meaning that most students pursue additional education or certification to complete their training. Upon leaving graduate school, you can pursue a number of career paths such as:
- Architectural drafter, engineer, historian, journalist, theoretician
- Construction manager
- Historic preservation specialist
- Industrial designer
- Interior architect, designer
- Landscape architect
- Material scientist
- Product designer
- Specification writer
- Urban designer, ecologist, planner
- User experience designer, interface designer
- Video game designer
Architectural Studies BS
Minor in Architectural Studies