The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning

Announcing our Distinguished and Young Alumni Award Winners

Will Louie
Bachelor of Architecture 1952

William Louie was born in 1923 in Ogden. After high school, Will worked at Hill Field before enlisting in the US Army Air Corps in 1942, serving in the celebrated 354th “Pioneer Mustang” Fighter Group in Europe.

Discharged in 1942, Will enrolled in the Engineering program at the University of Utah under the GI Bill, but transferred to the School of Architecture under Dean Roger Bailey, becoming a member of the first graduating class of 1952. He was the first minority and Asian to be licensed in Utah in 1956.

After graduation, Will worked in the offices of Scott and Beecher. At 35, he partnered with Walt Scott and the firm was renamed Scott and Louie. In 1960, the firm evolved into Scott, Louie and Browning with William Browning.

Married to Merrie Okamura, they raised seven children. He contributed his time and talent to the architectural, ethnic, and civic communities.

Jeanne Jackson
Master of Architecture 1990

Jeanne Jackson, FAIA, LEEDAP, is a partner at VCBO Architecture, in SLC, Utah. Since joining the firm in 1990, Jeanne has specialized in the design of innovative educational facilities, sharing her knowledge at numerous national conferences. Multiple schools that Jeanne has helped to conceive have won national, regional and local awards. She was the design leader of Odyssey Elementary, the only LEED Gold public elementary in Utah, and the first Zero-Energy school in Utah. Jeanne served as 2015 President of AIA Utah. A member of the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (AIA CAE) Leadership Group, Jeanne chaired the CAE in 2011. She is a Director on the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), and has participated in 8 accreditation visits. She has served on the Utah Architectural Licensing Board, also leading numerous committees and Task Forces furthering the mission of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). Jeanne is the first woman in Utah elevated to Fellowship in the AIA, and the only woman in Utah awarded the AIA Western Mountain Region Silver Medal and the NCARB Medal for Distinguished Service.

Jacob Gines
Bachelor of Science Architecture 2005
Master of Architecture 2007

Jacob Gines received his Master of Architecture from the University of Utah in 2007. Gines is currently an Associate Professor of Architecture at Mississippi State University (MSU) where he teaches advanced design studios and building technology courses. His research and scholarship investigate bio-sustainable materials and their manufacturing and fabrication processes. In 2017, Gines was awarded the MSU Office of Research and Economic Development Faculty Research Award for his significant research in mass timber design. In 2018, Gines received the Tenure-Track Faculty Teaching Award within the College of Architecture, Art and Design at Mississippi State University. Gines has engaged professional practice since 2001 and is an award-winning designer of several institutional, higher-ed, and housing projects. As Vice President of Research and Design at Method Studio in Salt Lake City, Gines directs the MAD Lab (Method Architecture and Design Laboratory) – challenging standard conventions and exploring innovative solutions to complex architectural problems.

Dijana Alickovic
Bachelor of Science Architecture 2005
Master of Architecture 2009

Dijana Alickovic is a Project Architect at ajc architects. She has worked on award-winning projects such as SLCC Westpointe Workforce Training & Education Center and Ogden Weber Applied Technology College Bay2; and is overseeing construction of the three Homeless Resource Centers in Salt Lake County. She focuses on bringing sustainable practices to her projects, including LEED certification and high-performance building standards. She graduated with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Architecture at the University of Utah and has over a decade of professional experience in design. Dijana’s volunteer experience with nonprofit organizations, including From Houses To Homes in Guatemala, Habitat for Humanity, International Rescue Committee, NeighborWorks, Common Studio, and Epicenter, led her to develop a passion towards providing architecture for communities that have the greatest potential for social improvement from the built environment. She believes in giving back to the community and bringing the benefits of design to everyone.

Ted Knowlton
Bachelor of Science Urban Planning 1996

Ted Knowlton is Deputy Director at the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) the MPO for the Salt Lake metropolitan area. Ted is a regional planning expert that has focused on coordinating local place-making with regional infrastructure planning. His experience includes regional planning efforts in Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City that garnered two prestigious Daniel Burnham awards from the American Planning Association. In Utah, he led the original development of the Wasatch Choice for 2040 vision, the region’s officially adopted four-county vision. Before joining WFRC, Ted was the Planning Director at Envision Utah — referred to by the Washington Post as the “gold standard” of regional visioning. Ted is an Adjunct Professor in the College of Architecture + Planning at the University of Utah and has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University. He is the president of the Utah chapter of the American Planning Association.

Ana Valdemoros
Bachelor of Arts Urban Planning 2006
Master of City & Metropolitan Planning 2011

Ana was selected by the City Council in January 2019. Ana started her career in city planning with Salt Lake City, where she worked on various master plans and projects on the City’s Westside, including the North Temple Grand Boulevard plan in anticipation of the Airport TRAX line that opened on 2011. She then turned to working for the non-profit Neighbor Works where she worked closely with the River District Chamber, Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency, and business owners in the area.

When Ana first graduated from college she spent her summer selling empanadas at the Downtown Farmer’s Market. In July 2016 Ana opened “Argentina’s Best Empanadas” selling empanadas filled with locally and sustainably grown ingredients. Ana served as an ex-officio member of the Salt Lake City’s Business Advisory Board and the Food Policy Task Force with the Sustainability Department prior to serving as the District Four representative.

From starting a food business and preparing her product at rented commercial kitchens, Ana quickly realized the need for commercially-sized incubator kitchen where products could be quickly made on a larger scale, and provide business resources to those startups that may need it. As the idea kept simmering in her mind, and with the help of a business partner, they worked for years to co-found Square Kitchen (located at 751 West 800 South) which opened its doors in spring 2018.

Cameron Hooyer
Bachelor of Science 2018

Cameron Hooyer competed the design program with the third graduating class of Multi-Disciplinary Design. A Salt Lake City native and avid outdoorsman, he studied with a focus on environmental sustainability. Cameron was appointed as a Teaching Fellow in MDD in the Spring of 2017. He taught classes in the foundations of design and visual language as well as organized lectures for students from industry professionals. In addition to his work in academia, Cameron was involved in the local community through freelance design and public art installations. Cameron was a talented and passionate designer and photographer. His enthusiasm and infectious positive spirit have left a lasting impact on his classmates and faculty, and especially the students he taught in the Design Program.

Welcome Home

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.”

Keith Diaz Moore
Dean, College of Architecture + Planning