Keith and his son
  • Associate Dean of Academic Affairs College of Architecture + Planning
  • Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Family & Consumer Studies, Family And Consumer Studies

Research Summary

Research interests center on community based decision making processes. Current work focuses on theory and practice in scenario planning techniques; community-based teaching methodologies; interactions between federal environmental policies and state/local community development patterns; and values in architecture and planning practices.


  • , Certificate in Ocean & Coastal Law Law, University of Oregon
  • , Certificate in Environmental Law Law, University of Oregon
  • , Juris Doctor Law, University of Oregon
  • Bachelor of Music, Percussion Performance, Northern Illinois University
  • Diploma, Music, Interlochen Arts Academy


Keith Bartholomew is a professor in the University of Utah’s Department of City & Metropolitan Planning and is the associate dean of the College of Architecture + Planning.  An environmental lawyer, Professor Bartholomew received a Juris Doctor and a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Law from the University of Oregon.  He clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, then served as a staff attorney for 1000 Friends of Oregon, a growth management and land use planning advocacy organization in Portland.  While at 1000 Friends, Professor Bartholomew was the director of “Making the Land Use, Transportation, Air Quality Connection” (LUTRAQ), a nationally recognized research program examining the interactive effects of land use development and travel patterns.  After coming to Utah, Professor Bartholomew was the associate director of the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law.  

Professor Bartholomew became an assistant professor in the University of Utah’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and then transferred in 2004 to the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning in the College of Architecture + Planning.  In 2010, Professor Bartholomew received tenure, and was promoted to associate professor.  He was promoted to full professor in 2020 and received a University Distinguished Teaching Award in 2021.

Professor Bartholomew’s primary research area is the development and application of integrated land use-transportation scenario analysis as the basis for community visioning, long-range transportation planning, and transportation project analysis.  With funding provided by the Federal Highway Administration, Professor Bartholomew has studied scenario planning projects in more than 100 U.S. metropolitan areas and the results from this research have been presented in peer-reviewed transportation and urban planning journals, in widely distributed books (including ULI’s Growing Cooler), at conferences for academics, professionals, and policy activists, and through a unique digital library of scenario planning source materials. A recent offshoot of this research has focused on the use of scenario analysis as the basis for the development of climate action plans, particularly in states that now require such plans, such as California and Oregon. His most recent work has focused on the ridership and equity impacts of small-scale design decisions at bus stops.