The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning


Design education is changing > The world of identified design disciplines and analog workflows has broken apart and shifted. A new digital language defines how we see while user experience has evolved from static behavior to the complete immersion of physical space, haptic interaction, and time. Boundaries have blurred.

There is a gap in the education of designers as process managers, leaders, and collaborators across design disciplines.  New leaders acting as boundary spanners are needed.

DESIGN/ at the University of Utah is a unified front of academics, professionals and students redefining the design language as it evolves beneath and beyond us. Students in the program move through a series of experiences exposing them to high craft, grounded research, ethics, leadership/collaboration skills and new technologies in the digital and physical realm. The challenges are significant and the bar is high for outcomes with impact. Connecting our students to the needs of global culture beyond academics is paramount.

UTAH is our laboratory and it’s landscape defines us.  Omnipresent pristine wilderness reminds us that no product can leave this place or our planet undisturbed.  We begin with questions, careful interventions and the option to solve problems with “No”.

We are creatives designing products and the relationships around them.

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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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About SLC and UofU

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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