The recent renovations of Salt Lake City’s downtown cultural hub, Main Street and Regent Street, have piqued the interest of new investors. Shortly after, the renovation of Regent Street began to garner attention. The Broadway-style George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater, a $119 million addition, is alone expected to bring in thousands to the downtown area. Other shining examples of urban growth include 111 Main Street, an architecturally innovative 24-story office tower, and a pedestrian-friendly plaza that are also expected to draw in high numbers of visitors. This building boom is not only a sign of economic vitality in Utah’s capital city, but a source of excitement and pride for Salt Lake City’s architects.
Listed below (in no particular order) are the 15 best architects serving Salt Lake City. We curated this list based on qualities like experience, industry recognition, certifications, and of course, client satisfaction. After you click through, don’t forget to vote for your favorite in the poll below! Did we leave anybody off the list? Give them a shout out in the comments section.
Roger P. Jackson A natural artist, Roger thinks best with his pencil and drawing is how he comes up with his design solutions (he can usually make it work if he draws it enough times). Some of his work highlights include the Provo City Center LDS Temple, Utah State Capitol East West Expansion Buildings and Parking Structure, and Noyes Building adaptive re-use project. Roger graduated cum laude with his BS in University Studies from the University of Utah, where he returned to earn his Master of Architecture. He has been elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows by the American Institute of Architects.
Jody Johnson Jody is the creative force behind her namesake firm, Jody Johnson Architecture, and has served as adjunct assistant design professor at the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Utah. She takes a multi-disciplinary approach to both her practice and teaching, and prefers the small office approach to doing business, which allows her to give a great deal of her personal attention to each client. Her 20 years of professional experience includes working for design-oriented firms in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City, as well as nationally renowned firms in Minneapolis and New York. Jody holds a professional degree in architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture, and a post-professional degree from the University of Minnesota.
Joe Smith A founding partner of Method Studio, the Brazilian-born architect brings his competitive, driven spirit to all the things he is passionate about, be it design, family, or volleyball. Joe won the 2016 Young Architect Award from both the AIA Utah and Western Mountain Region chapters. A LEED Accredited Professional, Joe’s work encompasses higher education, performing arts, mixed-use and multi-family, institutional, and corporate projects. He received his Master of Architecture from the University of Utah, and regularly returns to the University of Utah Graduate School of Architecture to participate in the critiquing of student master’s projects.
Greg Steffensen Greg is the principal architect and manager of his eponymous boutique firm in Sandy, Utah. Being a small firm, Greg Steffensen Architect is able to provide a one-on-one client experience and commitment to each luxury residential project. He has previously served in roles such as design architect, project architect, and job captain within various architecture firms. In 2013, The Legacy Home in Riverton, Utah was recognized as one of the most innovative large residential projects in the country through the use of insulated concrete forms. His project photos have been added more than 1,000 times to ideabooks on Houzz and he is recommended by the Houzz community.
Warren Lloyd A second generation architect, Warren earned his BA from Brigham Young University and Master of Architecture from the University of Washington. Since joining Lloyd Architects as a managing partner and principal in 2000, Warren has developed a design-oriented practice with a diverse staff of young architects. In 2015, Lloyd Architecture was honored with both a AIA Utah Honor Award and ENR Merit Award, and the firm has won multi-year awards from the Utah Heritage Foundation. Warren has been a director of AIA Utah, and is currently president of the Utah Center for Architecture.
Mike Vela Mike brings more than four decades of professional experience to his role as principal and Salt Lake City office director at HKS Architects. He knows his strengths, which include managing and working with people. Mike understands that getting the right people to the right place at the right time is as important as being a good designer and enjoys managing how people interact and flow in and out of various phases of a project. He received his BS in architecture from the University of Texas at Austin, and his Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Tyler Kirk Tyler is a principal architect at Think Architecture with expertise in a wide range of project types. He has received various design awards including the AIA Award for Scholarly Pursuit in the Field of Architecture and Best Architecture Award from the Salt Lake Parade of Homes. Tyler has been published in several magazines, and had his work represented in the book “Leading Residential Architects.” He has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Utah where he was the recipient of the Presidential Honor Award for Academic Achievement.
Prescott Muir Prior to founding Prescott Muir Architects in 1976, Prescott gained experience with James Pulliam in Los Angeles and Italian architect Paolo Soleri. He received his first professional degree in Architecture from the University of Southern California, a subsequent degree in fine arts from the University of Utah, and a second professional degree with a Master of Science in architecture from Columbia University. Prescott has received considerable recognition for his practice including elevation to the AIA College of Fellows in 2008. He has served as president of AIA Utah and on the Salt Lake Olympic Cultural Affairs Committee, and is professor and chair of the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Utah.
Jeanne Jackson Since 1990, Jeanne (a principal of VCBO Architecture) has specialized in the design of educational facilities, specifically concentrating on the factors which create a stimulating and exciting environment for education. She is past chair of the National AIA Committee on Architecture for Education and a member of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International. Jeanne is currently serving as president elect for the Utah Chapter of AIA, and is the first women in Utah to be elevated to Fellowship in the AIA. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Utah, where as an auxiliary faculty member she has taught the materials and construction course.
Eric Egenolf Eric puts his full design energies into the endeavors of Process Studio, a collaboration he co-founded with former classmate and longtime friend Dwight Yee. Eric earned his Bachelor of Architecture with a Minor in Engineering Studies from Carnegie Mellon University. Since graduating in 2001, Eric has gained valuable experience working with artists, fabricators, and architects at firms in Pittsburgh, Washington DC, San Diego, and Salt Lake City. He is a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialty in building construction and design.
Peggy McDonough-Jan As president and design principal of MHTN Architects, Peggy has clearly earned the reputation as a genuine leader of creative minds. She emphasizes a collaborative design culture through pin-up reviews of cross-office teams. Peggy also brings this leadership quality to her role as adjunct assistant professor and board member of the University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame, where she participated in the Rome studies program and won the 1989 Paris Prize from the National Institute for Architectural Education.
Robb T. Harrop Robb is a principal and director of design at Architectural Nexus, where he has worked for nearly two decades. His eye for tasteful, interesting design is well-matched by his unique ability to illustrate what he envisions. Some of his notable projects include the West Pavilion at the University of Utah Hospital and the Falcon Hill development at Hill Air Force Base. A LEED Accredited Professional Green Associate, Robb studied architecture at Weber State University, and earned his Master of Architecture from the University of Utah.
David Paul Brems David is a founding principal and director of design at GSBS Architects. A leader in the sustainable design movement, he chaired the 2006 National AIA Committee on Design, uniting the AIA Committee on the Environment and the Committee on Design in a first ever collaborative vision, “The Architecture of Sustainability”. In 2007, he was elevated to AIA Fellowship for his professional contribution to the art of design. Concurrent with his practice, he serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah College of Architecture and Planning.
Pierre O. Langue Pierre graduated with a Masters of Architecture from the Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture de Lille, France (formerly known as the Ecole des Beaux Arts). He worked in France and stateside as an architect and principal designer for highly reputable firms before forming Axis Architects in 2005. As the force driving the design and innovation of the firm, Pierre’s creative energy and signature are present in every project. He has 25 years of experience both internationally and stateside, giving him an informed perspective to local issues.
Robert Herman Robert has long been an advocate of sustainable design and is committed to good stewardship of the environment. Infusing this ethos into his work, he has led EDA Architects in creating standards for sustainable design and the use of green materials. His background and knowledge in urban design, master planning, and programming leads to thoughtful, strategic solutions that will stand the test of time. A Utah native, Robert graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa American.
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