The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning
Prescott Muir


After gaining experience with James Pulliam in Los Angeles and in the Studio of Paolo Soleri, Prescott Muir founded the firm 1976. He received his first professional degree in Architecture from the University of Southern California (USC), a subsequent degree in Fine Arts with specialty in painting and drawing from the University of Utah and a second professional degree with a Master of Science in Architecture in 1986 from Columbia University.  Mr. Muir is licensed in 10 Western States and New York.

Mr. Muir has received considerable recognition for his practice including elevation to the AIA College of Fellows in 2008 and recipient of numerous design awards and publications; such as the National Architectural Press. Some of the projects of note completed under his direction include the Stage Lodge at Deer Valley, Utah; Swaner Nature Preserve and Educational Center, Park City, Utah; The Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City; Bridge affordable housing project, Salt Lake City; Ethel Wattis Kimball Visual Arts Center at Weber State University; and Alta Canyon Residence, Alta, Utah.

Engagement in both the Civic and Academic Community has been an important aspect of his practice in Architecture. He was the past Chair of the Salt Lake Planning Commission, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors, Salt Lake Downtown Alliance, President of AIA Utah and was seated on the Town of Alta Planning Commission for 10 years. Involvement in the arts community has special importance where he served on the Salt Lake Olympic Cultural Affairs Committee, Salt Lake Art Center Board of Trustees, Governor’s Envision Utah Scenarios Committee and Utah Transportation Management Association Executive Committee.  He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Salt Lake Film Society and the International Sculpture Center Board of Directors, NYC, and participates in many other local arts related organizations.

Notably, Mr. Muir is professor and Chair of the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Utah where he hares his time and experience by teaching Design Studios, an Introduction to Architecture History along with Design Theory courses to freshman students, He has lectured and served as design critic at Carnegie Mellon, University of Southern California, North Carolina Charlotte, Southern Polytechnic, Utah State and Weber State Universities, and with Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainabilities and the National AIA in establishing an exchange program with Dali University, China.