Announcing Design Week 2017 and a Sparano + Mooney Architecture Exhibition!

Now in its seventh year, the 2017 edition of Design Week is opening from October 16th-21st and we can’t wait to take part in this city-wide cultural showcase! As Salt Lake City architects deeply committed to producing, experiencing and inspiring great design, we are excited to check out the creative smorgasbord that this artistic city has to offer during what is sure to be a stellar event. And, we hope to welcome you to our studio on Monday, October 16th from 5:00-6:30pm, for an exhibition of work by University of Utah School of Architecture students, taught by our own Anne Mooney!


Sparano + Mooney Architecture has participated almost every year with open studio tours, architect talks, exhibitions, installations and design award celebrations. This year is no exception, with Anne leading an exhibition of architecture and design work by her senior undergraduate students in the Sparano + Mooney Architecture gallery space. The students have explored a wide range of spiritual traditions and their expression of faith in space, light and form. Watercolor paintings of this research will be exhibited along with three-dimensional, mixed-media models of sacred space and architectural explorations of landscape, light and shadow.


Image of model courtesy of Utah architecture student, Betty Freer

The intent of Salt Lake Design Week is to bring creativity to the forefront and explore the city’s diverse and thriving design scene for a week-long event filled with collaboration and inspiration, and also seeks to raise awareness of the impact that all design – including architecture, product, interior, graphic, photography, digital, fashion, and advertising – has on our cities, its residents and visitors alike. Salt Lake Design Week assembles professionals, students, entrepreneurs, educators and community members to celebrate design in our vibrant metropolis. Significantly, since its inception seven years ago, Design Week has engaged over 50,000 people and continues to motivate critical thinking in its diverse participants.

In addition to our own presentation, this year a series workshops, lectures, business development sessions, film screenings, studio tours and exhibitions will encourage collaboration among Salt Lake’s numerous design cognoscenti, museums, architects, businesses and educational and cultural institutions. Through these platforms, Salt Lake Design Week will provide multiple forums for all to enjoy, glean inspiration, interact and grow creatively, and in doing so, initiate a stronger imaginative community. We love that!

A cross-section of events include: “Act Like You Know What You’re Doing”, a conversation with designer and photographer Josh Scheuerman about enacting change in our community and championing social advocacy (held at cityhomeCOLLECTIVE); “Salt Lake Furniture Design Show”, an evening presentation featuring ten pieces of exquisite furniture made by local professional builders and talented design students (held at Clubhouse SLC); and several studio tours which form an integral component of Salt Lake Design Week. Tour stops include Kilter Design, Contravent Creative, Underbelly Creative, Work Hive, and Dinng. These tours offer eye-opening insight into the creative processes honed by some of the city’s most notable design firms.


As part of Salt Lake Design Week, we invite you to visit the Design Arts ’17 Exhibition at the Rio Gallery, which features the award-winning LOOP Bench project designed by Sparano + Mooney Architecture. The exhibition closing reception and celebration will take place Friday, October 20th from 6-9pm. If we don’t have the chance to meet during Salt Lake Design Week, we’d love the opportunity to discuss our design philosophy and to create a unique work of architecture for your next cultural, civic, institutional or residential project in the American West!

Salt Lake Design Week is hosted by the Salt Lake City chapter of AIGA, the Professional Association for Design. For more information, and to purchase tickets to selected events, please visit the Salt Lake Design Week website. Design matters!