Jul 29th, 2021

The Utah Center for Architecture is looking for a Treasurer and we want you!

Do you have a knack for organization and an eye for detail? A passion for architecture and design? The Utah Center for Architecture is looking for a Treasurer and we want you!

UCFA Mission: The Utah Center for Architecture seeks to educate the public about the power of the built environment to shape our lives, communities, and culture. Check out our website to see more of what we do – utahcfa.org

UCFA Programs and Services:

  • Educating Elementary Children Through Architecture (EECTA)
  • Elizabeth Mitchell Travel Grant (EMTG)
  • Utah Architect’s Project (UAP)
  • Architecture and design events and awareness


Primary Responsibilities:

The Treasurer will be responsible for:

  • Overseeing UCFA’s finances and donations.
  • Developing and monitoring systems/controls for reporting income/expenses during the year.
  • Setting a budget with the Board and making recommendations on budget changes during the year.
  • Reporting the status of the budget to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.
  • Working with an accountant for taxes each year.
  • Registering the organization with the state each year.
  • Notifying the President of PayPal donations for thank-yous.


The Treasurer is a volunteer position and is a member of UCFA’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. They are expected to attend one Board meeting each month (approx. 1 hour), one Executive Committee meeting each month (approx. 1 hour), and participate in UCFA planning (approx. 4 hours/month). All board member positions are a 3-year commitment.

If you’re interested in the position, email Hoku Ching (hching@vcbo.com) with a short description of your interest and related experience.

Feb 2nd, 2016

UCFA’s Who’s Who

The Utah Center for Architecture is not staffed. That means our board members are the heroes of the organization–doing the hands-on work of planning and carrying out programs as well as the traditional board roles of fiduciary oversight, policy setting, and meeting non-profit laws and standards. We’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished in eight years–launching Architecture Week in Utah, creating the Utah Architects Project, expanding Educating Elementary Children Through Architecture, and joining with other civic, academic, and community groups to engage the public in design and planning. After all, those decisions affect our lives every day.

Our 2020 Board Members are: Eric Jacoby, President; Hokulani Ching, Vice President; Julee Attig, Secretary; Robert Pinon, Treasurer; and Directors Darby Doyle, Naima Nawabi, Vellachi Ganesan, Clio Rayner and Heather Wilson (Ex Officio).

By the way, this means that 100% of any contribution to UCFA goes to programs.

Apr 10th, 2015

The People’s Buildings – 2015 Architecture Week

Architecture-Week-LogoArchitecture Week Registration & Calendar

Join us for presentations, tours, and the always wonderful “Box City” display to celebrate Architecture Week, April 20-25. All UCFA events are free and open to the public.

This year, our theme draws from the great Thomas Jefferson, nation-builder and architect, who believed a new republic deserved a fitting civic architecture. We’ll have a free, public presentation Wednesday evening by historical and architectural experts that will take you from the theories of Mr. Jefferson to reflections on today’s sleek, security-conscious designs. Friday afternoon, pick a walking tour of civic buildings in one of four cities–Salt Lake, Ogden, Provo, or West Jordan.

Friday, drop by the AIA Utah office at noon to hear an informal, brown-bag presentation by University of Utah researchers on their discoveries about post-World War II Utah architects and their impact on our state.

And don’t miss the colorful Box City created by over 250 elementary children filling the SLC Main Public Library’s Urban Room from Monday evening through Friday. Parents, students, teachers, architect mentors, and the community are invited to the opening Box City “dedication” Monday evening at 7:00.

You can wrap up the week by attending the Utah Heritage Foundation’s annual Historic Homes Tour of SLC’s Harvard/Princeton Neighborhood. You can register for this ticketed event through their website.

Box City 2014


Thank you to our SPONSORS
AIA Utah
Alder Sales Corporation
Lloyd Architects
Modern 8
University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning


Apr 18th, 2014

Join Us! First Architecture Week in Utah

Architecture-Week-LogoIt’s official. Governor Herbert has signed a proclamation declaring April 27-May 3 Architecture Week in Utah—a first in this state! (View Proclamation:  Architecture Week, April 27-May 3 2014)

We created Architecture Week in Utah as a way of inviting people to look more closely at their neighborhoods and urban environments, and to appreciate inspired design where it occurs. Architecture Week Calendar

The theme, ‘This Is Where We Live,’ suggests embracing our surroundings as they are—the good and the bad, the picturesque and the banal, places with potential and places that need protecting. To that end, UCFA has organized or co-sponsored several tours and prepared a special exhibit directed to parents to accompany the unveiling of this year’s “Box City” by elementary school students.

The tours are all very different. If you haven’t been to Ogden lately, take the “Reintroducing the Trolley District” tour of historic 25th Street and streetcar neighborhoods east of Washington Boulevard led by landscape architect Shalae Larsen and Sue Wilkerson. The Brett Donnelly Gallery in Ogden will be exhibiting ”Form, Space and Concept” an exhibit of models created by architects to explore concepts, ideas, and functions that ultimately are developed into habitable spaces.

A tour of downtown Salt Lake City will highlight late 19th and early 20th century commercial architecture designed by Richard Kletting, architect of the Capitol. That will be led by architect Allen Roberts, AIA, a preservationist who has researched Kletting over many years.

Compare the historic Cathedral of the Madeleine on South Temple with the newest Catholic church in Utah—the St. Joseph the Worker in West Jordan. Its contemporary design has earned the architectural firm state and regional design awards and reflects the people and history of this west-side parish.

Accompany University of Utah honors students and landscape architect Mark Morris, ASLA, for an interactive tour of Sugar House Park co-sponsored by Jane Jacobs Walk. (Walking tour location map)

Architecture Week coincides with events marking the end of the College of Architecture + Planning academic year, and we invite you to see what the students graduating in the professional architecture program have achieved.

All events are free, open to the public, and accessible.

Monday, April 28

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
College of Architecture + Planning: Master’s Project Reception and Exhibit, Bailey Hall, University of Utah. Congratulate the graduating students and see their creative designs. Refreshments provided.

April 28 – April 30
“Box City” exhibit opens in the Urban Room of the Salt Lake City Main Public Library at 6:00 p.m. EECTA presentation takes place Wednesday, the 30th (see below).

Tuesday, April 29

Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Walking tour of late 19th and early 20th century commercial buildings in downtown Salt Lake City designed by Richard Kletting, architect of the Utah Capitol. Meet in the courtyard of the Boston & Newhouse Buildings on Exchange Place at Main St.  Led by Allen Roberts, AIA, historic preservation expert and CRSA president.

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Architectural and art tour of the Cathedral of the Madeleine led by a Deacon Lynn Johnson and architect Michael Stransky, FAIA. The Cathedral was dedicated in 1909 and went through an extensive interior renovation 1991-93. It is on the Utah Register of Historic Sites and the National Register of Historic Places.

Wednesday, April 30

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Educating Elementary Children Through Architecture (EECTA) Box City Awards presentation and new exhibit about design principles taught through EECTA for adults. Salt Lake City Main Public Library Urban Room and Auditorium. Box City closes.

Friday, May 2

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Walking tour: “East of Washington: Reintroducing the Trolley District” of Odgen’s  historic 25th Street and original streetcar neighborhoods led by co-authors of Ogden’s Historic Trolley District Book, Shalae Larsen, ASLA PLA and Sue Wilkerson. Tour begins at Union Station. Co-sponsored by the Trolley Distrct Community Council. Refreshments provided.

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Exhibit: Brett Donnelly Gallery in Ogden hosts ”Form, Space and Concept” an exhibit of models created by architects and architectural students to explore concepts, ideas, and functions that ultimately are developed into habitable spaces.

Saturday, May 3

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

“Rethinking Sugar House Park”, a Jane Jacobs Walk, will be led by University Honors students who studied it in depth and recently shared capital improvement ideas for the park with the Sugar House Park Authority. The walk will allow participants to share ideas and re-envision the park (see map for tour route). Co-sponsored by UCFA. Walking tour location map.

11:00 a.m. – Noon
Walking tour of late 19th and early 20th century commercial buildings in downtown Salt Lake City designed by Richard Kletting, architect of the Utah Capitol. Meet in the courtyard of the Boston & Newhouse Buildings on Exchange Place at Main St.  Led by Allen Roberts, AIA, historic preservation expert and CRSA president.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Tour of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, completed in 2011, designed by Sparano & Mooney Architecture, at 7405 S Redwood Road, West Jordan. Received the Design Arts Award from the Utah Arts Council, an Excellence in Concrete Award from the American Concrete Institute, and Merit Awards from AIA Western Mountain Region and from AIA Utah.


May 7th, 2012

Elementary Students Imagine Their Dream City

On April 18, over 300 kids, parents and architects crowded into the urban room of the Main Public Library in downtown Salt Lake City to see the final “box city” laid out. 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students in 13 classrooms had transformed cereal boxes, paper towel rolls and construction paper into bright cities, with all the important places—from dog parks to movie theaters.

For the past 8 weeks the students explored the world of design and city planning with young architects and University of Utah architectural students through the Educating Elementary Children Through Architecture program (EECTA), sponsored by the Utah Center for Architecture and the Young Architects Forum of AIA Utah.

The architectural volunteers teach the kids about scale, space, structure, rhythm, building types, planning and presentation skills. Once the students explore design basics, they collaborate in groups to make big decisions about what to build, what materials to use, and where roads should connect. Along the way, they learn more about science, social science and improve their communication skills.

The program was created in 2004 by the Young Architects Forum and approved by the State for teaching core curriculum subjects. Local firms generously donate staff time and additional materials. This year’s program was led by Tami Beck, Assoc. AIA, of GSBS Architects.

To get involved in EECTA, contact Tami Beck at 801-521-8600.