The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning

Farewell to Stephen Goldsmith

Farewell to Stephen Goldsmith

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.