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Trent Smith, AIA, NCARB, NCIDQ (he/his)

Adjunct Assistant Professor



ARCH 2030 Basic Communications III


Trent Smith, AIA, NCARB, NCIDQ s an architect, interior designer, and instructor living in Salt Lake City, UT. He has spoken and published domestically and abroad in architecture, human ritual through space, art, and its impact on human experience over time. He founded Modern Out West in 2019 to bring craft and beauty back into the architectural design of third places, community spaces where people live, work, and play.

Trained and educated first as an interior designer, then as an architect, Trent is uniquely qualified to bring a holistic approach to new builds, remodels and projects of all scales. He is one of the few in the country licensed as both Interior Designer and Architect, and brings a common-sense approach and contextual sensitivity to all spaces he designs.

He has worked in the architecture and design industries for over fifteen years, and has taught architecture at the University of Utah since 2013. He is quick to listen, eager to teach, and really bad at being genuinely funny, though he tries.

Growing up, Trent was a farmer and landscape nurseryman on a small farm in Tennessee. This experience creates a unique, holistic perspective to sustainable practices and the value of creating ecological environments, both indoors and out.