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College of Architecture + Planning Spring 2010 - Newsletter

Student Sketches from the Roger Bailey Traveling Fellowship Exhibition Over the past 21 years, students from the Graduate School of Architecture have traveled throughout the world as recipients of this prestigious fellowship. To see more sketches from the collection, visit the gallery on our website clockwise from top left: Tony K. Pantone, Venice, Italy 1997; Jennifer Andrew, Moscow, Russia 1992; Verl Ancel Adams, Egypt, 1999; Jacob Gines, Fatehpuhr Sikri, India, 2008

Table of Contents New Offices for the School of Architecture Jane’s Walk USA 2010 Honoring Morris Johnson City Narrows Project Project Green River Alumni Alliance Bands Together Faculty Happenings Alumni News Student Life Did You Know?

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New Offices for the School of Architecture

Jane’s Walk USA 2010

Less is More by Design

New Office Suite

National Non-Profit Housed at CA+P

If you have been to the third floor of the College of Architecture + Planning lately, you have likely noticed that the School of Architecture has a new home. Thanks to funding from the University of Utah and with a generous gift from EDA Architects (designers of the College’s building), a newly remodeled office space adjacent to the third floor graduate studio was created and includes a new office suite and conference space for the School of Architecture. Prescott Muir, Director of the School of Architecture, commented “I am thrilled that the College has created this space for the School of Architecture, which will enable our faculty and staff greater flexibility in their work. It also helps the school create a distinct brand for itself. The new space is wonderful.”

The new office space was designed by Arkitekt Joerg Ruegemer, Asst. Professor of Architecture, who commented on the design: “The architectural concept of the new Director’s office at the School of Architecture is based upon three pillars: aesthetics – simplicity – transparency. Seen as an incubator for a comprehensive future re-model of the 1970 building, the design is integrated into the fundamental architectural language of the existing ‘Béton Brut’ structure, yet displays its own spatial and material character with confidence. By refusing any decoration, the project constitutes an honest solution to a complex design challenge. Being centrally located in the studio spaces of the school, the small project is a distinguished example for the young student body to learn from.

On May 1st and 2nd, thousands of people gathered across North America to celebrate and explore their local communities. Honoring the legacy of Jane Jacobs, the foremost urban thinker of recent times, Jane’s Walks inspire citizens to get to know their city and each other by getting out and walking. Jacobs famously declared that walkable, diverse and mixed used neighborhoods are the hallmark of a healthy city and its people. Jane’s Walk SLC - City Creek

The 3rd annual Jane’s Walks in the United States were organized and coordinated entirely by a team of City & Metropolitan Planning students led by Nate Currey and Paige Pitcher. Associate Professor Stephen Goldsmith commented that “the walks in cities large and small are organized to encourage people to explore where they live and, most important, take action to influence these places for the better. I am extremely pleased because our students have organized more than 65 walks in 34 cities this year – a phenomenal achievement for our students. I am so proud of what they have SLC Jane’s Walk co-hosted with Spy Hop Productions accomplished.”

Director Prescott Muir

Strictly following Mies van der Rohe’s principle of “Less is More,” the design intervention is reduced to the minimum necessary to create a well-functioning space within the small given footprint. Using a clear architectural language that reflects the modern Zeitgeist, all selected materials and furniture are carefully attuned to one another, reducing the materials to concrete, glass, and steel. Transparent walls separate the spaces acoustically; spatially they seem to flow into one another. The chairs form a unit with the tables and modular file cabinets; pressed flowers in the assistant’s glass countertop are homage to the beauty of the surrounding nature of the Wasatch front.”

Albany, NY Anchorage, AK Augusta, ME Boise, ID Boston, MA Bronx, NY Chattanooga, TN Cleveland, OH Jackson, MS

Los Angeles, CA Manhattan, NY Moscow, ID New Orleans, LA New York City, NY Oakland, CA Ogden, UT Orange, NJ Palm Springs, CA


Philadelphia, PA Phoenix, AZ Pittsburgh, PA Richmond, VA Ruston, WA Sacramento, CA Salt Lake City, UT San Francisco, CA San Juan, PR

San Luis Obispo, CA San Marcos, CA Santa Fe, NM Seattle, WA Silver Spring, MD Spanish Harlem, NY Syracuse, NY West Valley City, UT

New Conference Facility

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Honoring Morris Johnson

City Narrows Project

A Utah Pioneer in Planning

On Tuesday, November 17th, the College named the City & Metropolitan Planning Department’s conference room the Morris E. Johnson Conference Room, after Morris Johnson, who founded the urban planning program at the University of Utah in 1978. “We are very pleased to name this space in honor of Morris,” says Dean Brenda Scheer. “He was instrumental not only in creating opportunities for planning in higher education in the state of Utah, but was instrumental in fostering and develop urban planners working in the profession. His contributions to planning are very important and we feel this to be a well-deserved honor.”

A Fresh Take on Downtown Salt Lake

Architecture student Zach Tanner and city planning student J.P. Goates want to revitalize the alleyways of downtown Salt Lake City. Through a collaborative studio class at the University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning, Tanner, Goates and their classmates developed a plan that they presented to planners and the Chamber of Commerce for Salt Lake City. “Right now, the alleys and side streets are unsightly, dirty, and very intimidating,” says Goates. “As you walk down the sidewalk or drive by on the street, you can often see straight through the middle of whole block, and the view is terrible, not to mention very unfriendly to pedestrians.” Morris and Elaine Johnson

Nicknamed the City Narrows Project, the studio involved four blocks in downtown Salt Lake City that the students chose to re-design conceptually, envisioning a way for them to come back to life. “The four blocks we focused on in the study are notorious for their problems. What better places to revitalize and create a new space for downtown,” says Tanner. “We want to suggest to everyone that the alleys and side streets don’t have to be in such awful condition. We can revitalize them and make them over into places that will enhance the community. They don’t have to be unfriendly and scary places.”

Morris received his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Utah State University in 1949. In 1951 he completed his Master in City Planning degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and joined the staff of the Salt Lake County Planning Commission. He became director of planning for Salt Lake County in 1951 and continued subdivision and zoning control while initiating the program which led to Salt Lake County’s first master plan. From 1963 until 1966 he was executive director of Salt Lake City’s Downtown Planning Association, refining and implementing the Second Century Plan for the City’s Central Business District.


The study included alleyways and side streets adjacent to the Rose Wagner Center for the Performing Arts, the Capitol After Theater, Arrow Press Square, Exchange Place, and Gracie’s that demonstrated how these dark and empty spaces could accommodate retail shops, restaurants, and other types of small businesses. Re-animating these corridors creates unique public throughways that connect the blocks and streets of Salt Lake City.

In 1964, he was invited to teach planning classes in the Department of Architecture at the University of Utah. He joined the University full-time in 1966 as assistant professor of architecture and joined the (from left) Tom Sanchez, Morris Johnson, Brenda staff of the University’s Bureau of Community Scheer, Phil Emmi and Eugene Carr Development. In 1971 the planning program moved to the Geography Department, and he became adjunct professor there. Morris is a founder and first president of the Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association, and charter member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Looking at a map of Salt Lake City’s downtown alley network, it becomes immediately clear that there is an extensive network of interconnected public spaces that could be put to much better use and actually enhance the quality of life in Salt Lake City. “The students have put together ideas and possibilities for this plan that really make one think about what downtown Salt Lake City one day could easily become,” says Brenda Scheer, Dean of the College of Architecture + Planning and also the students’ instructor, “I am pleased that they thought so carefully about the future of our city.”

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Project Green River

Alumni Alliance Bands Together

Collaboration and Cooperation

Students and faculty from the College recently teamed up with the citizens of Green River, Utah to help the community to envision where they are today and where they see themselves going tomorrow. In a two-phase approach, the students set out to understand the history, geography, economy and social dynamics of the city. Led by Professor Mimi Locher and Visiting Professor Miguel Rodriguez (Santa Fe, Argentina), the students and more than fifty residents met together to explore current issues facing the city and envision a possible future for economic development and design in the town.

by Robin Carbaugh, President (MUP ‘06)

What makes an adventure great is who you bring along, and how you decide to set off together. And so it was in the spring of 2009 that a small, yet very committed, group of alumni from the College of Architecture + Planning joined together with Dean Brenda Scheer to start a new association dedicated to alumni from planning and architecture. Although the group gathered with some uncertainty about our direction, it soon became clear that the story of this journey would begin with, and be born from, the shared experience of the College’s unique 24/7 academic life, comradeship and mutual attachment to classmates, as well as a fondness for the counsel and challenges offered by professors during our time at the College. Mimi Locher addresses the citizens of Green River, UT during a community envisioning meeting.

Alumna Kristin Hill and her husband Scott (aka Madge and Chet) look on as alumni battle it out during the alumni bowling night.

As our conversation turned from the past to considering the present, we created a set of shared alumni values which includes an ongoing commitment to our disciplines, a desire to foster alumni connections that celebrate friendships through fun, enjoyment and education, as well as a strong desire to give back to and support students who are currently engaged in the college’s unique learning experience.

“We wanted to help the residents of Green River catch a vision for the future,” commented Locher. “This is a small town in a geographically unique area of Utah with a lot of potential for development. Our job, as their partners and friends, was to provide them with new resources and ideas and to help them plan for a vibrant future.”

With these values serving as motivation, the Alumni Alliance was formally created in July 2009. As we proceed forward, it is our hope that the Alumni Alliance will enjoy the company of our entire collegial community; and as we grow and develop, we hope to become a strong point of contact between all CA+P alumni and the College. As the current President of the Alumni Alliance, I am joined on the Executive Committee by Vice-President for Architecture Bob Herman of EDA Architects, Vice-President for Planning Shane Smith of West Valley City, and our Secretary Shawn K. Benjamin of Architectural Coalition. In total our Alumni Board is comprised of about fifteen of your colleagues whose hard work, talent and good humor are creating all measure of possibilities for the Alumni Alliance.

The students and faculty then developed an overall general plan for the city, which included primary goals as set out by the residents, as well as site plan possibilities for enlivening the downtown business district. In phase two of the project, the students developed a survey of peer communities from across the United States that included information about accessible resources available on the state and federal level as well as ideas for municipal policy changes that could provide guidance and direction to the citizens.

In addition to annual social events, the Alumni Alliance is discussing the possibility of bringing in guest lecturers, alumni trips to great cities, an annual homecoming event, and other ways for the alumni to get together and share in our collective experience.

Alliance President Robin Carbaugh crowns Breanna Bonsavage (B.S. Arch ‘06) the women’s champion at the recent alumni bowling night.

Ray’s Tavern and the view of Broadway in Green River, UT.

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The Executive Board of the Alliance welcomes new members. Your involvement in shaping the Alliance is gladly encouraged, and we hope that you will join us any time. We welcome participation from all alumni because we want to know how best to connect with and represent our community. If you are interested, send us an email: alumni@ Welcome one and all to the Alumni Alliance adventure!


Faculty Happenings

Faculty Happenings cont.

The latest and greatest from the finest faculty in the field . . .

Jim Agutter

Keith Bartholomew

Lisa Benham

Julio Bermudez

Martha Bradley

Caitlin Cahill

Reid Ewing

Stephen Goldsmith

Mimi Locher

Bill Miller











The College recently received approval for a new degree program at the College, a Minor in Multi-Disciplinary Design. Click here for more information. Research Assistant Professor Jim Agutter is the new program director.

Associate Professor Keith Bartholomew is featured in the new book Becoming an Urban Planner just out from Wiley/APA. Bartholomew also won the Professor of the Year award for 2010.

Associate Professor Lisa Benham was accepted into the University of Utah’s Ph.D. program in American Studies.

Associate Professor Julio Bermudez won the 2010 Sasada Award by CAADRIA and received the award at CAADRIA’s conference in Hong Kong. While in Asia in early April, he gave a lecture at Osaka University (Japan). Bermudez is conducting a series of experiments funded by the University of Utah’s Brain Institute investigating whether environments designed for contemplation elicit brain activations similar to those found under contemplative states.

Professor Martha Bradley has won the Equity and Diversity Award from the University of Utah.

Assistant Professor Caitlin Cahill has been recognized by the ACLU of Utah for her work supporting young people in drafting a Students’ Bill of Rights and empowering them in their efforts to lobby for change at the Utah State Legislature.

Professor Reid Ewing was part of the Psomas Engineering team that designed intermodal transit stations for Orem and Provo. His regular column in Planning magazine has focused on public attitudes toward compact development and health impact assessment.

Associate Professor Stephen Goldsmith has been elected to the Board of the Salzburg Congress for Urban Planning and Design. He is also one of the coordinators of the “Toward a Just Metropolis” conference at UC Berkeley this June.

Assistant Professor Mimi Locher has received an Early Career Teaching Award from the University of Utah Teaching Committee.

Professor Bill Miller served on the 2009-2010 ACSA Distinguished Professor Award Jury, and was team chair for an architectural accreditation visit to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst this spring.

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Goldsmith also received the 2010 ASUU Student Choice Teaching Award which gives students the unique opportunity to honor outstanding professors at the University of Utah.


Faculty Happenings

Faculty Happenings cont.

The latest and greatest from the finest faculty in the field . . .

Prescott Muir

Arthur C. Nelson

Joerg Ruegemer

Ryan Smith

Tom Sanchez

Brenda Scheer

Pat Tripeny

Bob Young









School of Architecture Director Prescott Muir’s Pleasant Valley Library project design was published in the American Library Magazine in its April 2010 Library Design Showcase.

Presidential Professor Arthur C. Nelson has been appointed to the Livable Communities Task Force Advisory Board which advises the U.S. Congress on national livable community issues. Dr. Nelson recently completed a National Research Council grant (through Rutgers University) that recommends a new way of assessing transportation impacts of new development for state and local governments. An article co-authored by Dr. Nelson on Transportation Mobility Fees has been accepted for publication in Transportation Research Record.

Assistant Professor Ryan Smith was elected the new Presidentelect of the Building Technology Educators’ Society, becoming President in 2011. He presented in the ACSA Special Focus Session on Integrated Project Delivery in New Orleans in March and presented at the “2010 Eco-Architecture Conference” in La Coruna, Spain in April. He also authored an online architecture education course published by RedVector titled, “Designing for Building Reuse,” published in April 2010.

Professor Tom Sanchez led a panel, “A Multimodal Approach to Evacuating Carless and Vulnerable Populations,” at the “National Evacuation Conference” in New Orleans. He continues work with John Renne of the University of New Orleans on an FTA funded research project looking at evacuation planning for carless persons and on the final report for another FTA funded project, Enhancing Public Participation in Regional Public Transportation Planning.

Dean Brenda Case Scheer served on the jury for AIA’s 2010 Urban Design Awards.

Associate Professor Pat Tripeny won the Park Fellowship that will enable him to travel to Italy to further research and develop curriculum in slow design as well as lay the ground work for a future exchange with the Polytechnic School.

Professor Bob Young was inducted into the Association for Preservation Technology International (APTi) College of Fellows at their annual meeting held in Los Angeles in November. His nomination was based on long-term service to APTi and in advancing preservation advocacy through educational work internationally, nationally and locally.

Nelson also published an article on Demographic Outlook for the Urban Land Institute’s Urban Land which forecasts dramatic changes in housing demand nationally, away from owner-occupied homes to rental homes, principally because of major demographic shifts. He has also recently been appointed as an adjunct professor of finance in the David Eccles School of Business.

Assistant Professor Joerg Ruegemer presented a paper at the “2010 Technology, Knowledge, and Society Conference” in Berlin in January. He has received continuous funding for the energy monitoring and construction data analysis of the Park City Snowcreek project through the Department of Energy. He participated in the invited international architectural competition for a new city hall in Crailsheim, Germany and completed the new director’s offices at the School of Architecture.

He received a commission for a Montessori School partial remodel in Salt Lake City and is working on the design of a Passive House in Park City, Utah. Ruegemer was also the recipient of a University of Utah research grant to explore the possibilities of a daylighting lab at the School of Architecture. He was the recipient of the 2009 Professor of the Year at the College of Architecture and Planning and was elected Treasurer of the USGBC Utah Chapter, Board of Directors.

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Alumni News

Alumni News cont.

Amazing Accolades

Jenny Gill

Daniel Kidd

Chamonix Larsen

Amy Mayberry

Mark Molen

Brad Wilkins

M.Arch ‘11

B.S. Arch ‘06

M. Arch ‘03

M.Arch ‘06

M. Arch ‘85

B.S. Arch ‘01

Jenny Gill, a graduate student and researcher with the Information Technology Architecture Committee (ITAC), was awarded the Society of Building Science Scholarship.

Daniel Kidd was recently featured on the cover of Architect Magazine for his creation of an innovative architectural firm, PRE-Office. The collaboration between four geographically separated young architects on the east coast was noted because its first projects have not been design projects, but a soon-to-bepublished book full of conversations with architects and an upcoming international competition.

Chamonix Larsen was featured on the cover of Utah Business Magazine’s “30 Women to Watch” edition (April 2010).

Amy Mayberry was honored by Mountain States Construction Magazine on their Top 20 Professionals under 40 list. As the owner of company AP, Mayberry was noted for her abilities in marketing and promoting architecture and the built environment, as well as for her outstanding community service.

Mark Molen’s firm Yang Molen just won the bid to design the new Sri Lanka Airport second international terminal in Hambantota.

Brad Wilkins was honored on April 21, 2010 with the University of Utah’s Par Excellence Award, “given annually to the alumnus of the University who, within the first decade and a half since graduation, has demonstrated remarkable service, achievement, and excellence.”

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Student Life

Student Life cont.

A snapshot of student life at CA+P



Lake City’s Celebration



Argentina Exchange Celebrates 15th Anniversary

School of Architecture Hits the West Coast

Architecture Masters Students Head to Europe

CA+P, in collaboration with Salt Lake City’s Downtown Alliance hosted the “EVE” design competition in October. “EVE” is a 3-day and 3-night celebration over the new year’s holiday hosted at various venues in the downtown area.

Students, faculty and alumni of the Argentina Exchange celebrated together at Desert Edge Brewery. The program is a long standing student/faculty exchange between CA+P and the Universidad Nacional del Litoral located in Santa Fe, Argentina. To date there have been 21 student exchanges and 19 faculty exchanges between the two institutions.

Major 1 students from the School of Architecture visited Los Angeles, while Major 2 & 3+ students visited Portland and Seattle in preparation for their design studio courses. Students explored each city’s unique and vibrant architectural landscape, resulting in intuitive and experientially based understandings of architecture and the built environment.

The final master’s project studio led by Professor Julio Bermudez spent two weeks in France and Holland in early January. Eighteen graduate students visited Paris, Rotterdam, The Hague, Delft and Amsterdam.

Click here for more information on the exchange.

Click here for the photo gallery from the Los Angeles trip.

The students’ winning designs were displayed in Gallivan Plaza from December 29th-Jan 1st.

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Upon returning, the students worked on analyzing their experience and designed a 25,000ft mixed-used building in Amsterdam.


Did You Know?

The College is planning a complete net zero renovation of its building. This is the largest project of its kind in the United States. For more information on this exciting project visit the website at: The City & Metropolitan Planning Department has received professional accreditation for the Masters of City & Metropolitan Planning degree. All those who graduated this spring, and into the future, will have graduated from an accredited program. The College has recently received a grant from the Division of Facilities Construction and Management to develop and implement a new solar array. Stay tuned for more details.

Contributing Editors Brad Baird Nate Currey Shaleane Gee Brenda Scheer

Design Nate Currey Web Developer Derick Bingman

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cA+P Spring 2010 Newsletter  

College of Architecture + Planning Spring 2010 Newsletter

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