The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning

Letter From the Director

I am excited to introduce you to the Multi-Disciplinary Design Program at the University of Utah housed in the College of Architecture + Planning.  We offer both a Design Minor for individuals that are pursing other degrees and an intensive Design Major for those that seek to find a career in design.

This Bachelor of Science degree program brings the best from a multitude of areas such as Design, Engineering, Business, Psychology and Communications around the common framework of product design. It hopes to bring all the relevant perspectives together and instruct students on what is necessary and sufficient to create products that are desirable for people, feasible in their implementation and viable in the market place.

We have assembled an amazing group of participants, instructors and advisors to help shape this program into something that grows and bridges gaps locally, nationally and internationally.

We will continue to build upon our strong connections in medicine, the broader campus, the community and the outdoor industry to create opportunities to be immersed in an environment, do real design research and develop creative solutions that have true impact.

Students who graduate from this program will be well suited to flex their creative muscle by being able to see across barriers and engage in a variety of different design disciplines. In addition, we believe that a student graduating from our program will be very well situated to move into a variety of different graduate programs.

I want to welcome you to our program and invite you to share in our desire to break the mold, put the pieces back together and make an impact.


Jim Agutter

Assistant Professor

Director, Design Program

Director, Spark Design Initiative

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Advisory Board

John Langell M.D. M.P.H, UofU Hospital Surgery

Carol Sogard M.F.A, UofU Graphic Design

Robert Hitchcock Ph.D., UofU Bio-Engineering

Abbie Griffin Ph.D., UofU Business

Mark Minor Ph.D., UofU Mechanical Engineering

Frank Drews Ph.D., UofU Psychology

Ann Darling Ph.D., UofU UGS, Communication

Miriah Meyer Ph.D., UofU School of Computing

Theodore Espiritu Espiritu Design

Molly Mazzolini Infinite Scale Design

Randall Smith Modern8 Design

Brian Rivette Focal Concept, Inc.

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The University of Utah is a Research I university and new member of the PAC 12. It is ideally located within walking distance of downtown Salt Lake City along the foothills of the greater Rocky Mountains, offering world-class skiing and hiking.

Salt Lake City is consistently ranked among the nation’s most livable cities and best college towns. It was just recently ranked 2nd for mass transit by US News & World Report (behind Portland) and awarded Silver Level Status by the League of American Bicyclists. Salt Lake City is home to an impressively cosmopolitan and diverse population and was ranked seventh most “bohemian” metro area in the United States and Canada in 2010 by the Creative Class Group, based on U.S. Census and Labor Statistics data showing it has 40 percent more artists and entertainers than cities of comparable size. Along with its magnificent landscape and multiple recreational opportunities, Salt Lake City enjoys a vibrant city center, distinctive neighborhoods, and reasonable cost of living. The University of Utah ranks among the world’s top 100 universities and among the top 25 public universities in the US.

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