Stephen Goldsmith

Associate Professor / Lecturer

Stephen Goldsmith’s work in the field has been across multiple disciplines. Prior to his position as Planning Director of Salt Lake City he was the founding director of Artspace, a Community Development Corporation creating affordable housing, live/work space, and incubator spaces for both for-profit and nonprofit businesses. During his 20 years as its director, he developed more than 400,000 square feet of mixed-use space, which has been recognized both locally and nationally for its innovation, architectural excellence and as examples of social and environmental responsibility.

As a Loeb Fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, Professor Goldsmith conducted research on ways to change Low Income Housing Tax Credit policy to include mixed-use projects, as well as exploring the epidemiological impacts of the automobile. During his fellowship he arranged a symposium on sprawl at the Dessau Institute of Architecture at the Bauhaus, which was followed by an international symposium and exhibition titled FitCities held during the 2002 Olympic Games.

Professor Goldsmith’s work also includes award winning design collaborations on large scale, environmental installations. These include the daylighting of City Creek and transformation of a brownfield into a city park; his contextual, large-scale water features including Seven Canyons Fountain in Liberty Park, Headgates at the Salt Lake Community College, and an interactive, contemplative water feature at the entry to Primary Children’s Medical Center.

Professor Goldsmith serves as the Executive Director of the Center for the Living City, a nonprofit organization created in collaboration with Jane Jacobs prior to her death in 2006. The Center’s purpose is to enhance our understanding of the complexity of contemporary urban life and through it, promote increased civic engagement. He recently created What We See: Advancing the Investigations of Jane Jacobs, a book celebrating Jacob’s ideas.

In addition, Professor Goldsmith serves on the board of the Salzburg Congress on Urban Planning and Development (SCUPAD), an independent, nonprofit, international network organization of planners and development specialists committed to the concepts of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social and economic justice, and a reverence for democratic principles, predicated on respect for and recognition of the inalienable rights of all people.

Acting as a coordinator, Professor Goldsmith wa instrumental in organizing Toward a Just Metropolis: From Crises to Possibilities, a conference at UC Berkeley in June 2010. The conference united planners, architects, designers, urban activists, educators, journalists, policymakers, academics, students, and concerned citizens from diverse backgrounds across North America who share a passion for social, environmental, and economic justice. All are committed to exchanging their experiences and visions for robust civic engagement, innovative planning and inclusive community building.

Professor Goldsmith teaches courses in Green Communities, Ethics in Shaping Communities and a survey course about the forces that shape urban America.