Jose Galarza

Jose Galarza

Salt Lake City, UT, US



I am an architectural designer, builder, and educator. My main interest is to produce work that seeks to reveal the primordial, enduring, and essential character of human shelter. I enjoy using advanced computer modeling coupled with a rigor towards craft. When at all possible I try to apply systems based thinking at the intersections of regenerative design, fine art, and equal opportunity. I bring with me experience that spans design, planning, project management, information technology, and construction. Before starting my own practice I helped to design an assortment of iconic buildings for two well known and highly acclaimed firms in Europe and the United States. Before that I apprenticed as a fine wood worker producing high end custom pieces, while at the same time receiving a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas in Austin. Through my undergraduate education, I received a Bachelor in English Literature with minor studies in Art and Philosophy. Currently I run an architecture studio based out of central Vermont and am the Director of Semester Programs at Yestermorrow.



University of Utah - Design Build Bluff, Salt Lake City, UT, US, Director of Design Build Bluff

Aug 2013 - current

Yestermorrow Design/Build School, Warren, VT, US, Director of Semester Programs

Jul 2009 - Jul 2013

KieranTimberlake, Philadelphia, PA, US, Intern Architect

Aug 2007 - Jul 2009

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, Teaching Assistant

Sep 2007 - Dec 2008

Moneo Brock Studio, Madrid, ES, Intern Architect in Residence

May 2006 - Dec 2006

The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, US, Teaching Assistant

Jan 2006 - May 2006

Joseph Zambarano at the Splinter Group, Austin, TX, US, Apprentice Woodworker

Sep 2005 - May 2006

Center for Ecological Technology, Northampton, MA, US, AmeriCorps VISTA

Dec 2001 - May 2003


The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, US, MArch, Architecture

Graduate Teaching Assistant in Design & Environmental Controls
Ford Foundation Grant to work w/Indigenous Mayans 2007
C-GEO Travel Scholarship to Barcelona, Spain 2006
Selected for Distinction 2003 – 2006

Sep 2003 - May 2007

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