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University of Utah

School of Architecture

375 S. 1530 E. RM 235

Salt Lake City, Utah 84112


DESIGN BUILD BLUFF is an academic program based out of the University of Utah's College of Architecture + Planning. We offer students an immersive hands-on opportunity to design and build a full-scale work of architecture in collaboration with the Navajo people. We emphasize sustainability and a respect for the unique social, cultural, and environmental needs of the region. Students are encouraged to explore alternative building methods, unique materials, and innovative solutions. It is, in a way, the ultimate sustainability to use elements naturally at hand, within reach, both physically and economically.


DESIGN BUILD BLUFF seeks to impart upon students that the value of what an individual can hope to contribute is only as good as the need that they have identified, and the ability that they have to contribute to that need. In so doing we empower students with the practical hard skills needed to test their theories through applied research. With the hope that students will become better, more conscientious, and empathetic architects for the benefit of our entire community.


We like to say that: "We Build Better Architects".

Director's Letter


On behalf of the staff at DESIGN BUILD BLUFF, I want to welcome you to our new website!


We have been undergoing many fruitful transitions in the last few months, and the update of our online presence is just one more. For now we begin with a basic homepage that carries the most current contact information and important links to our blog, donation page, and the University of Utah. In the future we hope to provide more information about our projects, current research, and of course the people that make it all happen! If you are looking for information that is not available on this page feel free to contact us at designbuildbluff (at)


Also, now that I have your attention, I am excited to introduce myself as the new director of DESIGN BUILD BLUFF, and to highlight the new formalized partnership with the University of Utah. Since its founding, under the astute leadership of Hank Louis, DESIGN BUILD BLUFF has been affiliated with the College of Architecture + Planning. But, as of this fall 2013 semester, we are now officially a program under its wing. This is an exciting progression that allows DBB to benefit from the university's know-how and reach, and offers our program further motivation to more seamlessly integrate with the School of Architecture's curriculum. We have been enthusiastically embraced by the faculty and staff at CA+P, and everyone seems to wish for, if not want to contribute towards, our success. There is much to look forward to, and we are eager to share. Please consider this message as an open invitation to contact me directly with any questions or comments. Thank you for your continued support.




José Galarza, Director



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Office at the University of Utah:


School of Architecture

375 S. 1530 E. RM 235

SLC, UT 84112


Bluff campus(Big packages):


700E 210N

Bluff, Utah 84512


Bluff campus(Envelopes):


PO Box 83

Bluff, Utah 84512



15 houses

for Navajo people




171 students

from The University of Utah

and The University of Colorado at Denver


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