Søren Simonsen is an architect, urban designer, city planner, and educator. Over the past 25 years as a design and planning professional, including a decade of public service as an appointed and elected ofﬁcial, he has focused on creating safe, healthy, beautiful and prosperous communities throughout the western United States.
Søren is a principal and executive ofﬁcer of Community Studio. He works throughout the northwestern United States on community-building projects. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin, with an emphasis on community and regional planning, and urban policy, and is currently completing a Master of Arts in Community Leadership at Westminster College in Salt Lake City.
He is an accomplished design and planning professional. He has received numerous awards and citations for his design, public policy and community advocacy work, including the national Young Architect Award, 19 Envision Utah Governor’s Quality Growth Awards, and is a three-time Best of State Gold Medalist. He has guided the development of numerous LEED certiﬁed projects including the LEED Platinum Swaner EcoCenter, the Moab City Center, and the Daybreak School and Community Center.
Søren was elected to the Salt Lake City Council in November 2005, and was re-elected in November 2009. He has also served on numerous local and national boards and committees for the American Institute of Architects, American Planning Association, US Green Building Council, Congress for New Urbanism and the Urban Land Institute. He has been an active community champion for public health, arts and culture, local business, environment, sustainability and alternative transportation.