The sites here are a starting point for explorations in creative thinking about the built environment as well as to other organizations of interest. We’ve just scratched the surface. Help us build on it. Send suggestions to


Utah Division of State History – Collections
Utah Division of Arts & Museums – Design Arts
Preserving, protecting and promoting Utah’s historic built environment.
A part of the Utah Heritage Foundation, Salt Lake Modern is dedicated to preserving and promoting the region’s mid-century modern architecture and design.
J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections
Utah Humanities Council
University of Utah American West Center


This award-winning site is always interesting. was formed to create a resource where students, professionals, and design enthusiasts can exchange information and ideas about architecture in Utah.


Utah Chapter of The American Institute of Architects – founder of the Utah Center for Architecture and partner in fundraising for scholarships and Educating Elementary Children through Architecture.

The Young Architects Forum of AIA Utah initiates competitions and events to demonstrate to the public the value of quality design, as well as supports young professionals in career growth.

Jane Jacobs Walk Salt Lake City

Jane Jacobs Walk is a program of the Center for the Living City, a nonprofit organization inspired by the legacy of Jacobs that helps people walk, observe, and connect with their community and environment.
Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association aggregates Utah news about planning issues.
This nonprofit community design center provides architectural design, community planning, and development assistance to nonprofit and community groups, and housing and accessibility assistance to low-income households or persons with disabilities.
Gateway to events and news generated by the College of Architecture + Planning at the University of Utah.
Utah State University’s landscape architecture and environmental planning department
Utah’s U.S. Green Building Council site includes news and resources for design professionals and the public.
Public art information, including the Utah Percent-for-Art program, of the Utah Arts Council.
The professional association for Utah’s landscape architects
This organization for graphic artists and all involved in the design arts organizes and promotes Design Week in the Salt Lake area.
Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake, and UTA are developing a streetcar line in the Sugar House area. This is an ongoing project and you are invited to join in the process to contribute your ideas and thoughts about the project.
Downtown Rising, an initiative of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance, offers a new vision for Salt Lake City including character districts, signature projects, and shared ideas about shaping the future of Utah’s capital city.


The goal of Architecture 2030 is “to achieve a dramatic reduction in the climate-change-causing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the Building Sector by changing the way buildings and developments are planned, designed and constructed.”
Environmental Building News
The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings
USGB Cascadia chapter has updates on the living building challenge
International Living Building Institute
Energy IQ action-oriented benchmarking for buildings
Global footprint for cities, nations—advancing the science of sustainability
Excellent resource for past projects, lots of information
1% for the Planet exists to build and support an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet.
Launched in March 2009, the Seattle-based Preservation Green Lab advances research that explores the value that older buildings bring to their communities, and pioneers policy solutions that make it easier to reuse and green older and historic buildings. The Green Lab seeks to minimize carbon impacts from the built environment through direct emissions reductions from building retrofits and reuse, and to conserve character-rich and human-scale communities that attract people to more sustainable, urban living patterns.