• Assistant Professor (Clinical), School Of Architecture



  • Bachelor of Arts, Literature, Philosophy, and Visual Art, SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY
  • Master of Architecture, Architecture, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS - AUSTIN

Honors & Awards

  • Green Business Award, “Building Design” category. Co-recipient. University of Utah, 10/15/2016
  • Honor Award. For teaching work on Tiny House 1.0. Western Massachusetts, AIA, 12/2012


Professor José Galarza is the director of DesignBuildBLUFF at the University of Utah, where he guides students through the process of designing and constructing full scale built works, in addition to overseeing the executive administrative duties of the program. He is invested in empowering students through hands-on experiences, while at the same time empowering the agency of indigenous peoples to develop for themselves built environments that reflect their own contemporary identities and values. More info at:

In the Media


  • Navajo, basic.
  • Spanish, functional.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Northern America. First Nations and American Indian Communities.
  • United States of America. Urban Youth.

Exhibitions and Research:

2017 “The Future of Community Engagement” in The Design Build Studio | Crafting Meaningful Work in Architecture Education, by Tolya Stonorov. (Routledge).
2015 Co-author, “Taking the Pulse of Bluff.” Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, Fall Conference Proceedings: WORKING OUT: Thinking While Building. 
2014 “Sweet Caroline House.” Archipedia Project conducted by Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), building entry. 
2014 “Rosie Joe House.” Archipedia Project conducted by Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), building entry.
2011 Primitive Technology, Origins Program, ROOTS - Wilderness Survival School (Vermont).
2009 Parametric Modeling at the ACADIA Conference - Generative Components, Rhino
Grasshopper, and Ecotect (Minneapolis, MN).
2008 “Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling,” KieranTimberlake. Design collaborator. The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY).
2004 “Sustaining What: After Nature,” SPURSE. Installation collaborator. Maine College of Art, Institute of Contemporary Art (Portland, MA).