The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning

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We welcome you back, and hope that not only you keep the faith, but I hope these pages will inspire and encourage you to spread the faith. We would love to hear from you and share with others how your work exemplifies these lofty commitments of what we shorthand as “the Utah School.”

The story of the College of Architecture and Planning began 70 years ago with the 1949 opening of a program in architecture, headed up by Roger Bailey.  Through these seven decades, the pursuit of both excellence as well as impact has certainly evolved with underlying ethical postures, but in regard to both, our alumni should possess a shared sense of pride.  Today, our College is at the leading edge of transforming architectural, design, and planning education with an insistence for engaging in our critical work within an ethic of care.  This frames excellence in terms of high standards of professional responsibility, fostering ecological and community resilience, engaging work with a deep-seated dedication to respect (including expressing respect for all people through a championing of aesthetic quality), and taking action and responding to the local manifestations of global challenges.  We are greatly inspired by our place: a thriving metropolis within a highly fragile ecosystem.  The essential role our professions play in the resilience of this fantastic place could not be more profound and the passion for educating leading architects, planners, and designers for what the remainder of the 21st century brings could not be higher.

We welcome you back, and hope that not only you keep the faith, but I hope these pages will inspire and encourage you to spread the faith.  We would love to hear from you and share with others how your work exemplifies these lofty commitments of what we shorthand as “the Utah School.”

Best,
Keith Diaz Moore
Dean, College of Architecture + Planning
diazmoore@utah.edu

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