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Chair’s Welcome

I welcome everyone to the School of Architecture at the University of Utah.

Since our inception in the late 1940s, renamed the Graduate School of Architecture in the 1970s, we've watched thousands of students achieve remarkable success. Dedicated to upholding this legacy of excellence, a significant strength of ours is the deep connection we hold with the professional community. These ties set us apart from other institutions, in Utah and beyond. Our curriculum, both comprehensive and dynamic, covers design, technology, sustainability, and more. It emphasizes foundational knowledge while embracing emerging interdisciplinary areas. As we reflect on our achievements, we're also looking forward. We aim to bolster our resources and explore how architecture can tackle pressing issues, such as climate change and community transformation.

At the University of Utah School of Architecture, our integrated curriculum stands as a testament to our innovative approach. Among the nation's architecture schools, we're unique in maintaining this cohesive approach throughout both our undergraduate and graduate programs. The landscape of education, particularly in architecture, is rapidly evolving due to advancements in artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and other breakthrough technologies. We are committed to staying abreast of these changes, ensuring our curriculum remains both current and comprehensive. As the leading NAAB-accredited architecture program in Utah, our influence resonates not just statewide but also regionally, nationally, and internationally.

We take immense pride in our exceptional faculty, who are renowned for their robust research portfolios. Their expertise and contributions significantly shape our curriculum. What sets us apart from other architecture schools is our ability to attract faculty who excel both in research and professional practice. Thanks to our outstanding faculty and exceptional students, we aim to elevate the standing of the school even further. While we lead out as a top-ranked public institution in the field of architecture, we aim to elevate our standing even further. We are confident in achieving this feat.

In the coming years, our goal at the University of Utah School of Architecture is twofold: to offer an education of global caliber, helping our students excel in the job market, and to position them as leaders in architecture, the built environment, and related disciplines. While we cannot foresee every twist and turn the future holds—as shown by the profound impact of COVID-19—we remain confident in our resilience, consistency, and creativity. Our passion drives us to continually refine our curriculum, ensuring we deliver top-tier architectural education to future generations.

To all who resonate with our mission and aspirations, we invite you to journey with us. Together, we can navigate our shared challenges and forge a brighter, more innovative future in the realm of architecture and beyond.

Timothy O. Adekunle

Interim Chair, School of Architecture