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Three Departures from the College this Summer

Three Departures from the College this Summer

The College of Architecture + Planning is constantly undergoing changes which, sadly, includes some of our faculty members moving on. It is with a heavy heart that we will say goodbye, but not farewell to three fantastic individuals: Bob Young, Stephen Goldsmith, and Prescott Muir.

Bob Young, Environmental Stewardship Champion, retires

Professor Robert “Bob” Young joined the faculty of the then Graduate School of Architecture in 1993. For a quarter of a century, architecture students have learned environmental systems and historic preservation from an instructor who received a Distinguished Teaching Award in 2011. Many students will certainly recall his annual light fair, which became a hallmark of the architectural education experience. His preservation instruction was very community-oriented, and typically involved real-life projects in the Salt Lake area. His evolution as a scholar reflected contemporary trends in architecture, perhaps best reflected in his 2012 book,  Stewardship of the Built Environment: Sustainability, Preservation and Reuse. Accolades have recently poured in for Bob, including Honorary Member status in AIA Utah and his chairing of the National Council for Preservation Education. Not content to sit on his recognized expertise, Bob recently completed a Ph.D. in Planning, Policy and Design on the topic of Historic Districts.

Where he truly shines however is perhaps that which is seen the least: for as long as I have known him, Bob has exhibited a deep care and dedication toward his faculty colleagues and the school in general. Always willing to serve; always present at events, I cannot imagine a single colleague not aware that this is a man of passion for excellence in architecture and in architects. Professor Robert Young intrinsically carries the “ethic of care” we have talked so much about in the College for the last handful of years and it has been a gift to be his colleague. We wish him well in his next adventure as he retires from the University.

Stephen Goldsmith transitioning to Phase IV

After 13 amazing years as an Associate Professor in our Department of City and Metropolitan Planning, Stephen Goldsmith has chosen to step down and transition into yet another adventure. For 20 years, Stephen was an artist/developer, founding Artspace in 1980 which developed several mixed use projects in Salt Lake. This led him into the world of public interest practice, first with a Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, then as Planning Director for the city of Salt Lake under Mayor Rocky Anderson and then finally as Director of the Frederick Rose Architectural Fellowship. To our good fortune, in 2006, Stephen transitioned into his third phase as an excellent instructor for our planning program.

In his time at the U, Stephen has been instrumental in reshaping our educational landscape (leading the development of a B.S. in Urban Ecology, as Director of Capstone Programs for the University, and now with the addition of the first-in-nation Dark Skies Studies minor), as well as our physical landscape (food trucks, campus as a living lab). Recently, this good work was recognized by the university with the 2019 Lifetime Sustainability Leadership Award. Now Stephen has chosen to enter an ill-defined but exciting Phase IV in Portland, Oregon. His inspiration and gentle kindness will be missed.

Prescott Muir, former Chair of the School of Architecture, retires

Professor Prescott Muir, FAIA, is officially retiring from this University at the end of this academic year. Prescott was a long-time adjunct with the faculty until becoming Professor and Chair of the School of Architecture in 2009 and serving in that capacity through 2014.  His impact on students is far-reaching through his leadership, his teaching, as well as in his practice where a number of graduates have had the privilege of working — some of whom teach for us now.

As Chair, Prescott launched Dialectic:The Journal of the School of Architecture which recently has been edited by Associate professor Ole Fischer and Assistant Professor Shundana Yusaf. This journal stakes out intellectual terrain for the School and has traditionally informed the School of Architecture lecture series each year. Ole and Shundana join Erin Carraher, Jose Galarza and Stephen Tobler as full-time hires Prescott made during his time as Chair. Professor Muir actually finished his teaching obligations with the U last year, but will officially retire this June. His influence was great and his wisdom will surely be missed.