MIRA LOCHER portrait
  • Associate Professor, School Of Architecture
  • Chair School of Architecture

Professional Service

  • Vernacular Architecture Forum (VAF) Utah Legacy Planning Committee. Role: member. developing mission and planning events. 12/2017 - present
  • Architectural Research Centers Consortium . abstract reviewer. 11/2017 - 11/2017
  • International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) . Reviewer for Kamakura, Japan, proposal to ICOMOS, an Advisory Body to the World Heritage Committee for cultural and mixed heritage for UNESCO. 11/2017 - 11/2017
  • ACSA. conference paper reviewer. 10/2017 - 11/2017
  • Mali Rising. Role: consultant. consulted on school construction for communities in Mali, Africa. 09/2017 - 11/2017
  • National Conference on the Beginning Design Student . abstract reviewer. 11/2016 - 11/2016
  • Journal of Architectural Education . manuscript reviewer. 10/2016 - 10/2016
  • American Institute of Architects Utah Chapter. Honor Awards jury chair. 08/2016 - 08/2016
  • Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. Role: interviewer. Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) and Coordinator for International Relations (CIR) interviews. 02/2016 - 02/2016
  • American Institute of Architects. Role: jury member. AIA Small Project Awards. 01/2016 - 01/2016
  • National Conference on the Beginning Design Student. Role: reviewer. paper abstract reviewer. 10/2015 - 10/2015
  • American Institute of Architects, Utah Chapter. Role: member. Board of Directors. 01/2015 - present
  • Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. Role: interviewer. Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) and Jan 2015 Coordinator for International Relations (CIR) interviews . 01/2015 - 01/2015
  • Consulate General of Japan. Role: exhibit and event coordinator. Tohoku: Through the Eyes of Japanese Photographers photo exhibit . 04/2014 - 08/2014
  • Public Interest Design Institute. Role: juror. Utah Awards Jury. 04/2014 - 04/2014
  • ACSA. Role: conference paper reviewer. paper reviewer for 2012 annual conference. 08/2012 - 09/2012
  • International Union of Architects. Role: invited panel moderator. International Union of Architects 24th World Congress on Architecture (“UIA 2011 Tokyo”) . 09/25/2011 - 09/25/2011
  • Utah Film Center . Role: committee member. Utah Film Center design series planning committee. 05/2011 - present
  • International Union of Architects. Role: paper reviewer. International Union of Architects 24th World Congress on Architecture (“UIA 2011 Tokyo”) . 10/2010 - 03/2011
  • DART (Direct Action & Research Training) Center. Role: advisor. community organization intern advisor. 09/2010 - present
  • Utah Heritage Foundation. Role: jury member. Heritage Awards jury member . 03/2008 - 03/2008
  • Salt Lake Center for Documentary Arts. Role: organizer, panel discussant, and design consultant. Organized “Ceremonies” exhibition and related events at University of Utah. 11/01/2007 - 03/01/2008
  • American Institute of Architects, Utah Chapter. Role: member (co-chair since 2012). Member Services Committee (formerly Continuing Education Committee). 09/01/2007 - present
  • Utah State Courts, Salt Lake City, UT. Role: member. Utah State Judicial Facilities Planning Committee. 03/01/2006 - present

Internal Service

  • Global Health Steering Committee. member, 02/2018 - present. University service.
  • Bennion Center Strategic Planning Workshop. participant, 01/2018 - 01/2018. University service.
  • College of Architecture + Planning Academic Advisor Search Committee. member, 05/2017 - 06/2017. College service.
  • Bennion Center Associate Director for Community Engaged Learning Search Committee. member, 03/2017 - 04/2017. University service.
  • FLAS Grant Selection and Asian Studies MA Admissions Committee. 02/2017 - 02/2017. University service.
  • City and Metropolitan Planning Department RPT Committee. committee member, 09/01/2016 - present. College service.
  • Sustainability Education Advisory Committee. member, 08/2016 - present. University service.
  • University Asia Campus (UAC) Executive Leadership Team. member, 08/2016 - 05/2017. University service.
  • University Asia Campus (UAC) Academic Affairs committee. member, 08/2016 - 05/2017. University service.
  • Multidisciplinary Design Program Director Search. Chair, 10/2015 - 04/2016. College service.
  • College Travel Program Committee. member, 09/2015 - present. College service.
  • School of Architecture Leadership Team . Chair, 08/2015 - present. Department service.
  • City and Metropolitan Planning Department Chair Search Committee. Chair, 02/2015 - present. College service.
  • Public Art Advisory Committee. member, 01/2015 - present. University service.
  • Global U Council. member, 01/2015 - present. University service.
  • Middle East Studies Program review for Graduate School. reviewer, 10/2014 - 12/2014. University service.
  • UMFA Advisory Committee. member, 08/2014 - present. University service.
  • Songdo Education for Sustainable Development Conference Planning Committee. member, 08/2014 - present. University service.
  • Asia Center/Asian Studies Program Faculty Advisory Council. member, 08/2014 - present. College service.
  • Honors College Creative Solutions . mentor, 03/2014 - present. University service.
  • Office of Engagement Defining Your Path architecture workshop . facilitator, 03/2014 - present. University service.
  • School of Architecture Lixil Invited Competition . faculty advisor, 01/2014 - 03/2014. Department service.
  • University Teaching Assistantship Selection Committee. member, 08/2013 - 05/2014. University service.
  • Search Committee, Design Build Bluff Director. member, 09/2012 - 04/2013. Department service.
  • Search Committee - Design Build Bluff Interim Director. member, 07/2012 - 07/2012. Department service.
  • SEM Student Success Committee. member, 01/2012 - present. University service.
  • University Museum of Fine Arts Advisory Committee. member, 01/2012 - present. University service.
  • Students Making a Difference Committee. member, 01/2012 - present. University service.
  • International Exchange Committee. chair, 08/2011 - present. College service.
  • School of Architecture Outreach. chair, 08/2011 - 05/2014. Department service.
  • UGS Task Force on the Student Experience. member, 08/2011 - 05/2012. University service.
  • Search Committee - History Faculty Position. member, 08/2011 - 03/2012. Department service.
  • Consolidating the Story committee: Mission and Strategic Goals. chair, 05/2011 - 09/2011. Department service.
  • Project Youth Workshop - half-day of hands-on architectural activities for local youth. workshop leader, 04/2011 - present. Department service.
  • Bennion Center Community Engagement Task Force . member, 08/2010 - present. University service.
  • Foundation Design Search Committee. committee member, 08/2010 - 04/2011. Department service.
  • Architecture advisory committee for University campus building projects. architectural advisor, 09/01/2008 - present. University service.
  • School of Architecture Director Search committee. member, 09/01/2008 - 05/01/2009. Department service.
  • Interdisciplinary Sustainability Certificate committee. member, 07/01/2008 - 06/30/2009. University service.
  • Campus Planning Advisory committee. member, 07/01/2007 - 06/30/2011. University service.
  • Campus Master Plan. committee member, 08/2006 - 05/2008. University service.
  • Asian Studies Program. Japan Sector Coordinator, 08/2006 - 09/2007. University service.
  • International Exchange Committee. International Internships Subcommittee Co-chair, 08/2006 - 05/2007. University service.
  • Architecture Honors Advisor . advisor, 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2011. Department service.
  • Architecture Curriculum committee. member, 09/01/2004 - 12/31/2011. Department service.
  • Architecture Admissions committee. member, 09/01/2004 - 06/30/2010. Department service.

Community Partnership

  • Westside Partners, collaboration of city, university, and local non-profits to foster environmental, architectural, and urban design ideas on the Westside of Salt Lake City . 03/2011 - 12/2013
  • Westside Studio - graduate studio incorporating community engagement work on the westside of Salt Lake City. 01/2011 - 04/2011
  • South Salt Lake - students in People & Place I and II worked with local community groups in the city of South Salt Lake on community development service-learning projects. 08/2009 - 05/2011
  • Gateway District - students in People & Place I and II worked with local community groups in the gateway district on community development service-learning projects. 08/2006 - 05/2009

Outreach

  • international student recruiting (in Japan). 09/01/2004 - present

Honors & Awards

  • Professor Appreciation. Sigma Chi, University of Utah, 02/2018
  • University of Utah Office of Global Engagement “Global Learning across the Disciplines” Nov 2016 Grant for “Transcending Borders: Embedding Global Citizenship within Architecture & Design Curricula” . Office of Global Engagement, 11/2017
  • grant for travel related to research on Team Zoo . University of Utah Asia Center , 02/2015
  • grant for Tohoku: Through the Eyes of Japanese Photographers exhibit. University of Utah Asia Center , 08/2014
  • election to the College of Fellows . American Institute of Architects, 02/2014
  • grant to offset student travel costs for “Materials and Construction in Japanese Architecture” study abroad trip . University of Utah Asia Center , 06/2013
  • grant for research on post-disaster recovery in Iwate, Japan. University of Utah Asia Center, 03/2013
  • John R. Park Teaching Fellowship. University of Utah, 02/2013
  • Zen Gardens selected as 2012 Book of the Year. Financial Times, 12/2012
  • Zen Gardens selected as 2012 Book of the Year. Publishers Weekly, 10/2012
  • grant to offset travel costs for "Materials and Construction in Japanese Architecture" study tour. University of Utah Asia Center, 06/2012
  • grant for "Authority and Architecture in Japan" with Mamiko Suzuki. Japan Foundation, 05/2012
  • Traditional Japanese Architecture selected as finalist for 2010 Book of the Year Award. ForeWord Reviews, 03/2011
  • Teaching Grant with Dr. Mamiko Suzuki for "Authority and Architecture in Japan". University of Utah, 04/2010
  • Early Career Teaching Award. University of Utah, 04/2010
  • 2008-09 Alternate Research Fellow for "Against the Current: The Architecture and Ideology of Team Zoo". Fulbright Scholar Program, 08/2008
  • Professor of the Year. College of Architecture + Planning, University of Utah, 05/2008
  • 2008 Service Learning Class of the Year, with Keith Bartholomew. University of Utah Lowell Bennion Community Service Center, 03/2008
  • Teaching Grant for "People & Place," with Keith Bartholomew. University of Utah, 10/2007
  • First Prize design entry, with Takayuki Murakami. Hopewell Mann Housing Competition, 05/2007
  • 2006-07 University Professorship, with Keith Bartholomew. University of Utah, 07/2006
  • International Faculty Development Grant for "World Expo 2005 Movable Teahouse Project". University of Utah, 11/2004
  • Grant for "Team Zoo: Architecture and Everyday Life". Graham Foundation, 05/2003
  • Grant for construction workshops with architect Shigeru Ban and master carpenter Tamotsu Edo, with Peter MacKeith. Visiting East Asian Professionals Program, Washington University in St. Louis, 04/2003

Affiliations

  • American Institute of Architects College of Fellows (FAIA), member, 02/2014 - present
  • The University of Utah "My U Signature Experience" Project (MUSE), Associate Director, 08/2010 - 07/2013
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA), member, 01/2000 - present

In the Media

  • “When is a Garden Not a Garden?,” review of Zen Gardens by Gerald McLoughlin in Sweeping Zen: The Definitive Online Who’s Who in Zen . 05/14/2015. http://sweepingzen.com/when-is-a- garden-not-a-gar...
  • Review of Zen Gardens in Financial Times Books of the Year, p. 17. 01/2013.
  • Review of Zen Gardens by Meg Nola in ForeWord, pp. 56-57. 01/2013.
  • Review of Zen Gardens by Sarah Milliken in Garden Design Journal, issue 12, p. 44. 12/2012.
  • Review of Zen Gardens by Graham Hardman in Shakkei, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 2-7. 12/2012.
  • Citation of Zen Gardens in Shambala Sun Space. 11/2012. http://shambhalasun.com/sunspace/?p=29784
  • “Zen and the Art of Landscaping,” review of Zen Gardens in Buddhist Art News. 10/2012. http://buddhistartnews.wordpress.com/2012/10/17/ze...
  • Starred review of Zen Gardens in Publishers Weekly. 09/2012. http://edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com/CatalogOverv...
  • “Peace among the Pebbles,” article regarding Zen Gardens book in The Nation (English language newspaper in Thailand) by Manote Tripathi. 07/30/2012. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/life/Peace-amid-
  • “Zen Gardens” interview on syndicated television show “Bookcase” in Thailand with host Manote Tripathi, two 15 minute segments. 07/18/2012. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/video/7266
  • Review of Traditional Japanese Architecture in The Japan Times (English language newspaper in Japan) by Stephen Mansfield. 06/05/2011.
  • Review of Traditional Japanese Architecture in CHOICE (Current Reviews for Academic Libraries) by T.K. Kitao. 03/2011.
  • Review of Traditional Japanese Architecture in Library Journal by David McClelland. 12/05/2010. http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/ljinprintcurrenti...
  • Review of Super Potato Design by C. Ogawa in Japan Visitor, online at http://www.japanvisitor.com/index.php?cID=354&pID=1066 . 02/05/2009.
  • “First Night Sparkles with 4,000 Recycled Bottles,” photo and caption in The Salt Lake Tribune . 01/01/2009.
  • “Salt Lake Celebrates First Night,” article by Clayton Norlen in The Deseret News . 01/01/2009.
  • Review of Super Potato Design by Kuang Ning Huang in Chinese-language journal My Life (Singapore), p. B14 . 02/18/2008.
  • Review of Super Potato Design by June Lee in Time Out Singapore, Look Smart issue 2. 08/2007. http://www.timeout.com/sg/en/books/feature/look-sm...
  • “Design Shaping Culture,” review of Super Potato Design in Artec.net. 06/04/2007. http://artect.net/?p=139
  • “Hot Potato” review of Super Potato Design in journal Destinasian . 04/2007. www.destinasian.com/issuedet.php?id=283
  • “Public Housing: A Better Neighborhood by Design” in the Free New Mexican, front page newspaper article with color photo regarding the results of the Hopewell Mann Design Competition and exhibition of entries . 03/08/2007. http://www.freenewmexican.com/story_print.php?stor...
  • Review of Super Potato Design by Clifford A. Pearson in Architectural Record, p.177. 03/2007.
  • “Super Potato Design” interview on syndicated radio program Living Large with host Karen Mills . 02/06/2007.
  • Review of Super Potato Design in asiaone: wine, dine, & unwind journal (Singapore) . 12/15/2006.