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Chair’s Welcome

Welcome to the School of Architecture at the University of Utah! I hope that you will find these pages interesting, insightful, and reflective of the great learning and research environment that our school has to offer.

Our goal is to educate future architects, designers, and creators of the built environment how to be innovative and imaginative, but respectful of the history, cultures, places, and people as they embark into their design explorations and professional careers. Our goal is also to provide foundations that will enable designers of tomorrow to understand intricate complexities of architectural design, building technologies, construction methods, and contemporary professional practice. We focus on environmentally-conscious design, and ways to positively impact our society. We strive to enable students to explore their personal interests in design and architecture, to learn how to work collaboratively, and to embrace innovation.

Our school is quite unique. We have a rich history, yet we are always looking towards the future. We are located in a vibrant urban setting, surrounded by beautiful nature. We are a tight-knit community, yet we have regional, national, and global reach. Our faculty, staff and students are diverse, and we are working towards making architectural education and profession inclusive and equitable. We engage in community-based projects. Our faculty conduct cutting-edge research in various architectural areas, practice professionally, and design award-winning work. We employ an integrated curriculum model, which fosters the students’ ability to think holistically, design and build with intention. Our extensive alumni network is an essential component of our school, and we are dedicated to having an active role in professional organizations. We value interdisciplinary collaborations.

This is only a fraction of what our school has to offer. I invite you to visit us and learn more.


Warm regards,
Ajla Akšamija, PhD