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Stephen A. Goldsmith

Associate Professor/Lecturer

Founder and Curator,
The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change

2007: Founded in partnership with The Children’s Media Workshop and Schaefer Design a multidisciplinary museum in downtown Salt Lake City. The museum is without walls, and utilizes stories embedded in the material culture of the historic area as interactive exhibitions within the museum. Supported by Salt Lake City government agencies, the Chamber of Commerce and Salt Lake’s Downtown Alliance, the museum is a part of a four-year program inviting citizens and tourists into the heart of the capital city during a time of unprecedented change.

Director, Frederick P. Rose Architectural Fellowship

2002-2006: Director of The Enterprise Foundation's Frederick P. Rose Architectural Fellowship program. The Fellowship supports young, caring architects and low-income communities in need of their skills. Mr. Goldsmith oversaw all aspects of the Fellowship, including: managing a highly competitive selection process; orientation and in-service training, mentoring for the network of fellows throughout the U.S. and providing technical assistance to their partner organizations. 

Planning Director, Salt Lake City, Utah

2000-2002: Planning Director for Salt Lake City Planning Division, responsible for all long range and current planning projects, including implementation of city’s Zoning Ordinance, subdivision approvals, management of the Planning Commission, Historic Landmarks Commission, and Board of Adjustment. Current and completed projects include new master plans for two mixed-use residential neighborhoods, a guide titled, “Towards a Walkable Downtown: urban design strategies to improve the pedestrian environment in Downtown Salt Lake City”; a project to develop high-performance, green building policies for the city; the development of the city’s first two Transit Oriented Zoning districts, and a “Walkable Communities” ordinance. Developed and produced an international symposium and exhibition as part of the Cultural Olympiad titled, “The Physical Fitness of Cities: Vision and Ethics in City Building.”

Loeb Fellow, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

1999-2000: Full-time fellow focusing on interdisciplinary, collaborative practices in the fields of urban design, planning, the design of affordable housing, and the role of the automobile as it affects neighborhoods and families. Led graduate students at the Kennedy School on a thesis project designed to assess possible changes in the Section 42 housing program that would make mixed-use residential and live/work housing types eligible for tax credits. Organized an inaugural symposium for the Dessau Master of Architecture Program at the Bauhaus in Dessau, Germany titled, “Revitalizing the city: the American Perspective” for all Loeb Fellows in the class of 2000.  Assisted in developing a symposium at the Graduate School of Design on integrating high-performance, green building practices into public and institutional policies for new construction and building retrofits.

Founder and President, Artspace

1980-2000: Founder and President of not-for-profit corporation providing affordable housing and workspace. Projects include transforming an historic, 81,000 square foot warehouse in Salt Lake City into 19 living spaces and 35 studios, commercial space, a 15,000 square foot garden, gallery and office space for other non-profit agencies. In May of 1995, completed a second project in the neighborhood: an 110,000 square foot mixed-use project in the historic California Tire and Rubber Building. The adaptive re-use project created 53 new live/work units, commercial space and a childcare facility for homeless children. In June of 2001, opened the “Bridge Projects,” a mixed-use residential project including cultural facilities, commercial space and 64 units of affordable housing and live/work spaces. Starting with $50, and with assets today totaling approximately $20,000,000, Artspace created office space for 12 cultural, social service and environmental non-profit organizations now located in the three projects.  Responsible for all programmatic, design, fundraising and administrative activities of the organization.


2007     Presenter, Historic Districts Development Corporation annual conference, NYC
2006     Presenter, American Planning Association Conference, San Antonio, TX
2006     Keynote speaker, Vibrant Communities Conference, Ottawa, Canada
2006     Presenter, The Creativity Challenge, Ottawa, Canada
2005     Keynote speaker, Risk Revolution: Creative Places and Spaces, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, “Homemaking”
2005     Keynote speaker, Salzburg Congress for Urban Planning and Development, Salzburg, Austria, “Corbusier to Jane Jacobs: focusing on the local”
2004     Presenter, Planners Network Conference, Hunter College, New York City, “Olympic Cities: Case Studies”
2004     Keynote speaker, Structures for Inclusion/Association for Community Design, Atlanta, GA, “A new ethical framework for architects: first do no harm”
2004     Keynote speaker, ULI Regional Symposium, Phoenix, AZ, “Building Community Through arts and Culture”
2003     Presenter, Bruner-Loeb Symposium, Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA, “Building Community Through Arts and Culture”
2002     Key-note speaker, National Conference of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Executive Directors meeting, Park City, Utah, “First do no harm: ethical practices in the design of human settlements”
2002     Workshop presenter, Green Space Design National Conference, “Openings in the closed loop: failings and hope in public policy”
2002     Speaker, Phoenix Community Alliance, “Making Space for Urban Arts, presentation on arts-based economic development”
2002     Key-note speaker, Pi Alpha Pi Annual Induction Ceremony
2002     Speaker, “Vision and Ethics in City Building,” Utah State University Sustainable Landscapes Conference
2001     Panelist, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials National Conference, “Lofts/Art Space”
2001     Panelist, AIA Utah Fall Conference, “Community Design and Public Policy”
2001     Panelist, Articulating Space National Conference, “Creating live/work spaces”
2001     Panelist, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2001 EMPACT METRO Grants, Peer Review Panel
2001     Workshop presenter, National Green Space Design Conference – Redesigning the Legacy of Open Space, “First Do No Harm: Ethical Considerations in the Preservation and Development of Urban Open Space”
2001     Panelist, International Council of Shopping Centers Mountain States Idea Exchange, “Enhancing sales tax revenue while preserving you planning ideals”
2001     Speaker, Utah Non-Profits Association, “ The View from City Hall: Perspectives of two former Nonprofit Executives”, with Karen Denton, Former Executive Director, Homeless Children’s Foundation
2000     Speaker, “Developing affordable housing as a community building tool,” the Inaugural Symposium on Urban Design, The Bauhaus, Dessau, Germany
2000     Keynote Speaker, Utah Society for Environmental Education

Selected Public and Private Commissions

1995-1998         Gallivan Plaza - collaboration with Edwards and Daniels, Architects, Jan Streifel, Landscape Architect, and Mark Strand, poet, to design water features and extend the Gallivan Plaza into the Wells Fargo Bank corporate office site. Salt Lake City Corporation and American Stores, owners.
1994-1995         City Creek Park - collaboration with Jan Striefel, Landscape Architect and CH2M Hill Engineers, for project creating a one-half mile water-parkway linking Salt Lake's Central
Business District to an adjoining wilderness area. Salt Lake City Corporation, owner.
1992-1993         Block 57,  "Temporaria," - an interim landscape, pedestrian walk-way and interdisciplinary media installation, in collaboration with Jan Striefel, landscape architect; Ricklin Nobis, composer and Mark Strand, poet.  Salt Lake City Corporation, owner.
1991-1993         Liberty Park, Salt Lake City Corporation and Obert C Tanner for the design of a major water feature, in collaboration with Boyd Blackner and Associates.  Salt Lake City Corporation, owner.
1991-1993         Block 57 Plaza - "Aviarea," an urban refuge for injured birds, and Children' s Discovery Area; collaboration with John E. Pace, Architect. Salt Lake City Corporation, owner.
1990                 Salt Lake Community College - plaza fountains and sculpture for pedestrian corridor, State of Utah, owner.
1989-90            Terry-Gile Residence, in collaboration with Max Smith, Architect and Garr Campbell, Landscape Architect for garden fountains and sculpture.
1988-1990         Primary Children's Medical Center, Intermountain Health Care - collaboration with Jan Striefel Landscape Architect and Boyd Blackner & Associates for interactive entryway water feature.
1988-89            Pierpont Walkway - sculpture and water feature for inner city, mid-
block walkway.  Salt Lake City Corporation, owner.
1987-88             Courtyard and Pierpont Galleries- responsible for water feature,
concrete retaining walls, stairways and gate in collaboration with Max
Smith, Architect; Jan Striefel, Landscape Architect; Richard Johnston
and Silvia Davis, sculptors.               

Selected Exhibitions

2006     “Looking Back: 75 Years at the Salt Lake Art Center,” June 24, October 14, 2006
2002     “Utah Art, Utah Artists; a 150 year survey,” January 15, April 31, 2002, Springville Museum of Art (Olympic Exhibition)
1998     “Architectural Stories: artists on architecture,” November 6, December 30, 1998, Salt Lake City Public Library
1993     "Visions of Unity; a multi-cultural exhibition," January 9, February 10, Salt Lake Art Center
1992     "Dreams and Shields: Spiritual Dimensions in Contemporary Art,” February 8 to March 28, Salt Lake Art Center
1992     "Furniture," August 12 to October 16, Harris Fine Art Center, Brigham Young University
1992     "Nine on Nine," Finalist Exhibition for Utah Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowship, April 11 to May 21, Salt Lake Art Center
1991     "Exhibition," June 26 to July 27, 1991 an invitational exhibition of contemporary craft and sculpture, Union Pacific Depot, Salt Lake City
1991     One person exhibition, September 3rd to October 6th, 1991 Pierpont Gallery, Salt Lake City          
1990     "Sculpture," March 2-April 20, Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City
1990     "A Dozen and One Utah Furniture Makers," September 25- December 16, Nora Eccles Harrison Museum, Logan, Utah and February 9-March 29, Salt Lake Art Center
1990     "Artist's Studios," September 7-October 6th, Pierpont Gallery, Salt Lake City
1990     "Utah '83," Annual Exhibition, Utah Arts Council/State


2007     “Artist Laureate”, two  year appointment at The Alta Club, Salt Lake City, UT
2002     Springville Museum of Art 2002 Curatorial Committee, named “One of the Hundred Most Honored Artists of Utah”
2002     National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration, honorary Pi Alpha Alpha initiation
2001     American Planning Association, Utah Chapter, Achievement Award - Unique Contribution in Urban Design for Towards a Walkable Downtown: Urban Design Strategies to Improve the Pedestrian Environment in Downtown Salt Lake City
1999     Downtown Retail Merchant’s Association, Annual Appreciation Award: Friend of the Retailer     
1998     Utah Humanities Council, Friends of the Humanities Award
1998     Catholic Diocese of Utah, Outstanding Community Service Award
1997     NAHRO, National Design Excellence in Affordable Housing Award
1995     American Society of Landscape Architects, Merit Award for "Temporaria"
1995     Downtown Alliance, Individual Achievement Award
1993     American Concrete Institute, Award for Excellence for "Seven Canyons Fountain"
1992     Mayor's Award in the Arts for Visual Arts
1991     Utah Heritage Foundation, Project Award for "General Engineering Building"
1991     Utah Heritage Foundation, Project Award for "Terry-Gile Residence"
1989     Utah Association of Gifted Children, Achievement Award

Selected Publications

2006     “Jane Jacobs’ Genius” May 15, 2006, The Nation
2005     “Christo’s Gates, Olmsted’s Dream” March 28, 2005, The Nation
2002     Artists of Utah; a 150 year survey; Swanson et. al.; Gibbs Smith Publishing
1994     Utah History Encyclopedia, Allan Kent Powell, University of Utah Press                                                 
1992     Dreams and Shields; Spiritual Dimensions in Contemporary Art, Edward Leffingwell and Frank McEntire, Salt Lake Art Center
1990     "Furniture exhibit interweaves art, craft," September 3,1990, Salt Lake Tribune
"Beyond Temple Square,” September 1990, Sunset Magazine
"Home is Where the Art Is," Spring 1990, Salt Lake City Magazine
1989     "The Space Culture: Finding the Right Stuff," April-May issue, NEO Magazine
1988     Pierpont Tapestries," 1988 Salt Lake Art Center
1987     "The Studio as Microcosm; artist as painter vs. artist as creator," Sept.-Oct. issue, NEO Magazine
"Exhibit Rings with Optimism and Vision," Sunday, March 1, Salt Lake Tribune
50 Cities: Local Government and the Arts, M.B. Agard and June Spencer,
1987,Fulton County Art Commission, Atlanta, Georgia
1986    "Put Authenticity in Cityscape, Artists and Designers Urged," Sunday, October 5,  
Deseret News


2006-present     Associate Professor, College of Architecture and Planning, University of Utah
2006                 Visiting lecturer, Purchase College, SUNY,
1994-2000         Visiting lecturer, University of Utah, College of Architecture       
1994-1999         Visiting lecturer, Salt Lake Community College
1991-1994         Adjunct Faculty, University of Utah, School of Fine Arts


1999-2000         Harvard University, Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Studies, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1976                 BA in Fine Art, Webster College, St. Louis, Mo
1974-75            Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.

Other Professional Activities

2007                 Consultant, Utah Arts Council Creative Communities Project
2006                 Founder, Board Member, The Katrina Furniture Project, New Orleans, LA
2006                 Co-curator, “Learning from Disaster” Exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, with Roberta Brandes Gratz and Richard Rabinowitz
2006                 Co-founder, The Water Museum, Salt Lake City, UT
2005                 Co-founder, SEED Network, Boston, Massachusetts 
2004                 Founding Board Member, Center for the Living City at Purchase College
2003-present     Board Member and Treasurer, Association for Community Design
2003-2004         Team Member, “Housing Strategies for Houston: Expanding Opportunities” Report, Houston AIA and City of Houston
2002-present     Board Member, Design Center for the American Urban Landscape
2002-present     Advisory Committee, Blue Moon Fund
1998-2002         Member, National Advisory Council, Enterprise Foundation
1998-2002         Chair, Community Development Council, Downtown Alliance
1996-1997         Chair, Allied Visions Project, Downtown Alliance
1995-1998         Trustee, Homeless Children’s Foundation
1992-1998         Trustee, Wasatch Homeless Healthcare
1991-1999         Board Member, Downtown Alliance
1987-2000         Board Member, Coalition for Utah's Future/Project 2000
1985-1993         Chairman, Urban Design Coalition
1985-1988         Vice Chairman, Salt Lake City Arts Council
1983-1986         Chairman, Visual Arts Committee, SLC Arts Council

Stephen A. Goldsmith