The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning

About the Region

“(Man) has not learned to think like a mountain. (We) must risk to achieve balance.” – Aldo Leopold

The College of Architecture + Planning finds itself situated in the “capital” of the evocative Intermountain West – the Great Salt Lake Valley. Combining the amenities of a major international city with the friendliness of a quaint, mountain town, Salt Lake is an ideal location for living, working, and learning. A beautiful, safe, and vibrant destination, Salt Lake combines unparalleled access to natural recreation, a bustling economy, dynamic nightlife, remarkable history, warm hospitality, and Utah’s Greatest Snow on Earth. Nature hikes are as little as 10 minutes away and 11 national parks, five in Utah, are easily accessible for weekend trips. A surprise to many, Salt Lake is incredibly diverse, with significant populations of Hispanic, Asian, and Pacific Islanders. In 2015, a national survey found that Salt Lake City was home to the seventh largest population of LGBT-identifying people in the U.S.

The University of Utah is nestled on the east side of Salt Lake City in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, right in the heart of one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in North America – the Wasatch Front. This location offers our students tremendous opportunities for community engagement, professional internships, and mentoring and networking opportunities. Our College has made a significant commitment to being an incubator for teaching innovation, leveraging our location to provide students immersive and often community-engaged learning experiences.

No matter your location, mountain views are ubiquitous, serving as a constant reminder for us to “aspire.” The inspiration we take from the mountains is found in the College’s four commitments: responsibility (taking care of those who follow), resilience (eco-interdependence), respect (the need to support healthy diversity), and response (dynamic of transformational positive change). This is what we believe is meant by the challenge to “think like a mountain.” These are commitments that demand creativity and risk-taking, and I believe this is why Salt Lake is home to a growing creative community, often referred to as the “Silicon slopes.” Our College is at the heart of these conversations, and we would love for you to join us in “thinking like a mountain.”