2017-2018 General Catalog 
    May 23, 2018  
2017-2018 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Architecture + Planning

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Architecture accreditation:, National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), planning accreditation: Planning Accreditation Board; member: Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), The Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC).

Office: 235 Architecture Building Mailing
Address: 375 S. 1530 E., Rm. 235, Salt Lake City, UT 84112- 0370
Phone: 801-581-8254
Fax: 801-581-8217

Dean: Keith Diaz Moore, AIA, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs: Keith Bartholomew
Associate Dean of Research and Community Engagement: Ryan E. Smith

“Designing to make a difference”

 We believe that the global dynamics of population growth and aging, environmental degradation and resource inequality challenge 21st century architects, designers and planners to think, work and make in new ways.

 We also believe that the particularity of this place - ecologically and culturally-provides both meaningful challenges and lessons to catalyze such innovation.

 We thereby challenge ourselves (students, faculty, alumni, clients) to seize upon these intrinsic resources to inform the creation of purposeful, aesthetically-elegant interventions that foster ecological, social and economic resilience, and further health and well-being for all, especially those for whom design makes the greatest difference.

We do so guided by four commitments in our teaching, scholarship, creative work and service:

  1. Responsibility: A responsibility to past, present and future generations for the sustainability of our creative expressions that reallocate natural resources
  2. Resilience: A systemic understanding that polycultures and diversity nurture greater ecological and community resilience
  3. Respect: A respect for the health and culture of all places
  4. Response: The demand to respond to the grand challenges of our time through innovative and collaborative modes of practice that demonstrate our commitment to excellence and quality

We thereby challenge the CA+P family to be proactive stewards of the built environment and take leadership in promoting the resilience of all segments of our communities and the environments in which they reside.

We believe that innovative processes predicated on human-centered, evidence-inspired, integrated, collaborative inquiry and harnessing emergent technologies to enhance these processes are essential to preparing the design mind of the future. These processes must be tested in real-world applications-such as problem-based community engaged learning, applied research and reflective practice-so as to both respond to the needs of our local, regional and global communities and to provide immersive educational experiences that create a strong foundation for life-long learning.

In so doing, we will be the spark for transforming our designed world to promote the health and well-being of our society and environment through collaborative innovation. We understand that our students will create tomorrow; and through all we do, we seek to nurture the agile, inventive minds necessary to address challenges that are yet unknown.

We will become a nationally recognized incubator of innovative processes of discovery, engagement, teaching and application in the fields of architecture, design and planning, rooted in our four commitments which will become known as the “Utah School”: An approach to design and planning rooted in an ethic of care, community and commitment.


City and Metropolitan Planning 
School of Architecture  


Integrate Technology in Architecture Center
Metropolitan Research Center


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Master of Science (M.S.)
Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)
Master of City and Metropolitan Planning (M.C.M.P.)
Doctor of Metropolitan Planning, Policy and Design (Ph.D.)


The College of Architecture + Planning offers undergraduate degrees in both architectural studies, multi-disciplinary design, and urban ecology. Each degree represents strong preparation for advanced work in an accredited graduate program in their respective disciplines. They also provide a sound foundation for career opportunities in the many fields engaged in shaping and managing the built environment.

Design Foundations

Students entering the College of Architecture + Planning as freshmen are admitted into the college’s Design Foundations program.  Design Foundations is aimed at fostering an “ethic of care” in designers, planners, architects, and others interested in the built environment.  The program includes coursework and co-curricular support systems including peer mentoring, a student success team providing advising and allied student support services, and a dedicated librarian.   

Two intrinsic dimensions of an ethic of care are to think systemically and engage empathetically.  To develop these dimensions, the Design Foundations program begins with three courses, which students are encouraged to complete in their first year: 

DES 2630: Design Contexts 3 Credit(s)
CMP 2010: Design Ecologies 3 Credit(s)
ARCH 2630: Design Foundations Workshop 3 Credit(s)

Together, these courses offer a mix of lecture/discussion (thinking), engagement experiences (doing), and visual communication and literacy.  These courses are co-taught collaboratively by planning, architecture, and design faculty and provide a solid foundation for entry into the architectural studies, multi-disciplinary design, and urban ecology majors.  All students in the college are required to complete the three classes prior to entry into one of the major programs.  

Design Foundation students interested in pursuing a major in Architectural Studies or Design also will need to complete additional pre-requisite courses before entering their major. 

Peer Mentoring
The peer mentoring component of the Design Foundations program is designed to provide academic support to students just entering the college.  The peer mentors, who are current students in one of our majors, work with Design Foundations students to provide guidance and social context ensuring that all students have a sense of belonging in the college community.  In addition to regular one-on-one mentoring activities, the mentors organize group orientation sessions for degree programs and individual courses, regular visits to firms and agencies in our region, social events, and portfolio workshops.

Student Success Team
The college’s student success team includes the college Recruitment/Admissions Officer, the Academic Advisor, a Research Librarian from the Marriott Library, and the college’s liaisons to the university Career Services Office, the Student Wellness Center, the Financial Aid Office, the Office of Student Housing, the Center for Childcare and Family Services, and many other university services 

Graduate Program

The College of Architecture + Planning offers four degree programs at the graduate level. The Master of City and Metropolitan Planning (M.C.M.P.) is a course of study directed toward the professional development of planning practitioners. The curriculum is designed to fulfill accreditation standards set by the national Planning Accreditation Board. The Master of Architecture (M.Arch) is offered as a professional degree in architecture for those seeking licensing in architecture. It is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. The Master of Science in Architectural Studies (M.S.) is offered as a post-professional program providing advanced study and research beyond the professional degree. The Doctor of Metropolitan Planning, Policy and design (Ph.D.) provides research-based training for those seeking careers as researchers, scholars, teachers, and advanced professionals in planning and related fields.

The Integrated Technology in Architecture Center (I_TAC) promotes integration in architecture that works to flatten the process as well as product technology that leads to sustainable and lean design in construction practice. Research focuses on analyzing the sustainable integration process, players and forms of collaboration, including the utilization of BIM, energy and lifecycle simulation software. The Metropolitan Research Center conducts basic and applied research on local, regional, national, and international metropolitan development patterns. Not only does it faculty conduct extensive research, but they also teach and mentor students, develop community-based professional projects, and reach out to the community through public programs and initiatives.