Jay V. Taggart | AIA


With a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Architecture degree, Jay chose to practice in Utah, a place he has called home his entire life. For him, Utah is the greatest place in the country to practice architecture, ski, golf, hike and create a life with his family.

Jay joined the firm in 2007 and is a principal architect at Curtis Miner Architecture. His experience is focused on multi-faceted, complex projects including commercial, healthcare, assisted living, education, municipal, multi-family, and tenant improvements. He brings in-depth knowledge of various projects and enjoys working with clients. He is a designer at heart and an award winning architect. He utilizes his leadership and organizational skills in his role as principal-in-charge and is responsible for the projects overall direction and control. He is responsible for the implementation of office standards, and oversees the operations committee as well as ensuring understanding of current technologies for his firm and his clients.

Jay has served the architectural community by contributing his artistic talent, education, and experience as a member of the AIA Utah Central Section Executive Committee, as president of the AIA Utah Central Section, and through volunteer work for the Utah Heritage Foundation.

Did you know?

Did you know that Jay is the youngest of 11 siblings?

When Jay is not practicing architecture he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, skiing, golfing and watching his son play various sports. He also enjoys watching the Utes play basketball and football.

Pioneers in Design: Leading Innovation in Utah Architecture

Dictionary.com defines the action of being a pioneer as ‘to lead the way for a group; to guide.’ At Curtis Miner Architecture (CMA), a focus on exploring innovative design methods and techniques has always been part of our culture. This has resulted in project designs that exceed clients’ needs and expectations and continue raising the […]

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CMA Spotlight: Jay Taggart, AIA, Principal

Utah Architect is Passionate about Education Architecture and Remote Learning Curtis Miner Architecture (CMA) Principal Jay Taggart, AIA is an award-winning designer whose experience covers the gamut of facility types, including commercial, healthcare, assisted living, education, higher education, municipal, multi-family, and tenant improvements. He is particularly passionate about education architecture and the way each facility […]

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UVU Alumni Center Programming

Curtis Miner Architecture was hired by Utah Valley University to provide programming services for the two-story, 20,000 SF University’s Alumni Center. Two existing homes would be demolished on the site to prepare for the new Center. Over a six-week period, the CMA team visited the site and interviewed key stakeholders—from the faculty who will use and occupy the spaces to the […]

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Their Voice: Spectrum Academy hosts groundbreaking ceremony

The following article was published in the Daily Herald on January 2, 2021. https://www.heraldextra.com/news/community/their-voice-spectrum-academy-hosts-groundbreaking-ceremony/article_54808810-d250-5646-9f07-564b3b61ec05.html  (Image courtesy of Monica Villar and posted by Daily Herald)  In some ways, it feels like 2020 was a year where time stood still. A lot of our plans for activities and traditional events were put on hold as more and […]

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A Vibrant Community by Design: The Lehi City Master Plan

Charting a Path Forward through Foresight and Planning A master plan is a document that helps cities and towns plan their future needs and budgeting plans. It includes analysis and recommendations for land use, facilities, infrastructure, and public use needs, as well as projections for growth. Master Plan Process and Result Looking at the past […]

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Healthcare Architecture Evolution

The following article was published in the Utah Construction & Design Magazine October 2020 Issue.  http://utahcdmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/UCD.OCT_.newspreads.pdf Trends and forecasts for clinics, hospitals, and assisted living Like many project types, the needs and trends of healthcare facilities – hospitals, clinics, and assisted living facilities – are always evolving. Principals at Curtis Miner Architecture (CMA), Gerrit Timmerman […]

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Jamestown Assisted Living: Caring for Residents during the Pandemic

Curtis Miner Architecture recently completed the architectural design for a new addition and remodel for The Courtyard at Jamestown Assisted and Senior Living facility, a top tier retirement community in Provo, Utah. The renovated facility will include a three-story, 35,000 square feet addition and more than 7,000 square feet of remodeled space. The addition will […]

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More Lobbies: Creating Identity and Experience

Utah Architects Design Lobbies to Make a Solid First Impression The changing nature of lobby design is transforming spaces into open, flexible, inviting locales where people easily converge. As the future of work continues to change, savvy building owners are using lobbies to create a unique sense of identity and an important piece of total […]

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Lobbies: More than a Place to Wait

Utah Architects Design Lobbies to Provide that “Wow” Factor Gone are the days when a lobby was considered a glorified corridor to an elevator or office. Today, people expect spaces to be useful and engaging; lobbies form the first impressions of a building and even a company’s brand and culture. They have become a determining […]

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Intermountain Healthcare American Fork Hospital Renovation

The Value of Architecture for Active, Fully Functioning Healthcare Environments Updating an active, fully functioning healthcare environment is a CMA healthcare team specialty – one we were able to deliver with recent improvements to American Fork Hospital. The remodel of five areas of the hospital provided an opportunity for Intermountain Healthcare to enhance care, serve […]

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Design Everything: Building a Culture of Excellent Design

How CMA Nurtures Design in Architecture and Beyond Curtis Miner Architecture has held design at the forefront since day one. The company’s first business cards stated: “Excellent design, outstanding service,” and they still contain that statement today. As the company has evolved, we have not only maintained, but nurtured the focus on extraordinary design. For […]

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On the Boards: Riverton Professional Plaza

The owners of Western Gynecological Obstetrical Clinic, currently located in the Riverton Hospital, determined that with their lease at the hospital ending, they would build a medical office building to house the clinic and provide space for other professionals. They purchased a project site located near the hospital in Riverton, Utah. Western GYNOB turned to […]

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Three Ways VR is Changing our Design Approach

While virtual reality (VR) isn’t a new technology, the ways the technology is being used to communicate design intent and convey space is. 3D modeling and rendering, 3D printing, VR single point and walkthroughs are transforming design and architecture at Curtis Miner Architecture. Whether it’s one or two of these tools or a combination, we […]

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Four Excellence in Masonry Awards

Curtis Miner Architecture projects receive Utah Masonry Council awards Curtis Miner Architecture is honored to be the recipient of four esteemed Utah Masonry Council Excellence in Masonry Design awards for 2018. The American Heritage School Athletics Facility was awarded the Institutional Private Projects Honor Design Award. The Athletics Facility at American Heritage High School is […]

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The Rise of Sophisticated Designs

The following article was published in Senior Living Executive Issue 6 2018, The Design Issue. https://content.yudu.com/web/406u7/0A40767/SLENov.Dec2018/html/index.html?page=6&origin=reader&_ga=2.207486163.1778633460.1548785705-2011674563.1546895837 The Rise of Sophisticated Designs Introducing the 2018 Senior Living by Design Award Winners Creekside Senior Living Bountiful, Utah Provider: Stellar Senior Living Architect: Curtis Miner Architecture Interior Design: Direct Supply Creekside Senior Living has that “wow factor.” The entry […]

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Stepping Up: Stairs as a Showpiece

Show-stopping Stairway Design in Utah Architecture Stairs are often considered utilitarian, but who says they can’t be a showpiece? For example, take the 90 North Medical Office building that CMA designed to house Valley OB/GYN and other medical offices. The three-story staircase is visible from the outside of the building. It’s a continuous walnut wood […]

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Commercial Design Approach: Improving Employee Health and Wellness

The following article was published in the Utah Construction & Design Magazine July 2018 Issue.  http://utahcdmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/UCD.July_.V6Spreads.pdf Designing for a Healthy Utah Workforce When designing corporate workplace buildings, one of the key goals of employers is creating spaces that will attract and retain quality employees. According to the CDC, the average full-time working American spends 1/3 of […]

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Specialist Spotlight: Jay Taggart, AIA

Breadth of experience in complex, challenging projects is beneficial to Utah Higher Education architect Jay Taggart, AIA is a Principal at Curtis Miner Architecture. A designer at heart, Jay joined Curtis Miner Architecture in 2007 and brings a depth of experience in multi-faceted, complex projects, including commercial, healthcare, assisted living, municipal, multi-family, and tenant improvements. […]

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Architecture Careers: A Tutorial from Utah Architects

Curtis Miner Architecture Talks the Future of Architecture at the UU Breakfast Club Community involvement is an important value at Curtis Miner Architecture (CMA), and so is building the future of architecture. Recently, two of our Principals and University of Utah graduates, Curtis Miner and Jay Taggart, presented at the Architecture + Planning School’s Breakfast […]

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Specialties of Utah Architectural Design for Autistic Children

At Curtis Miner Architecture (CMA), education architecture is not simply another building type in our portfolio – it is our passion. Although CMA has designed numerous schools and educational buildings over the years, we are especially proud to say that designing space specifically for the education of autistic children is a specialty. As is typical […]

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CMA is Architecture Firm of the Year

We are STOKED to have received this beauty Saturday night – honored as Utah CCIM Chapter Architectural Firm of the Year! These Excellence awards honor “the best of the best” at the premier commercial real estate event of the year. Thanks Jay Taggart, our commercial architecture specialist, and to our commercial team, for all you do.

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UVU Autism Center Receives Awards

We are honored to be the recipient of two design awards for the Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism at UVU. The project won Best of 2017 Higher Education Architecture from Utah Construction & Design Magazine and an Honor Award for Higher Education Architecture from the AIA Utah (American Institute of Architects) Central Section. Thank you to our team members! UVU, SIRQ Construction, Spectrum […]

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Five Trends in Senior Living Facilities

The following article was published in the Utah Construction & Design Magazine October 2016 Issue. http://utahcdmag.com/2016/11/october-2016-issue/ Utah’s unique position on housing for an aging population. Housing for seniors has moved beyond the sterile environments of yesteryear. Utah’s newest senior living promises accessibility AND appeal. What to do when mom and dad can no longer safely live […]

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Utah Architects Become Pinewood Derby Racers

Craft, Collaboration, and Competition at the Curtis Miner Architecture Annual Derby It’s no secret that architects in general love and appreciate design and craft. It’s in their DNA! It’s the love of these skills that provided the stimulus for Curtis Miner Architecture’s (CMA) most popular company event: The CMA Derby. Based on the Boy Scout […]

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DFCM & Utah Valley University Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism – Orem Utah

Official Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony – the First Step in Furthering Autism Education in Utah The first of its kind in Utah, Utah Valley University’s (UVU) new Melisa Nellesen Center (the Center) for Autism had its official ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. At 15,000 sq. ft., the new center is designed by Curtis Miner […]

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