Vaughn | Yribar Architecture

VY Architecture 


Salt Lake City



Vaughn | Yribar Architecture provides full architectural services for civic, cultural, educational, commercial and residential projects, with offices in Salt Lake City, UT and Boise, ID.

Our work is place-based and contemporary, but we recognize our place in the continuum, looking to the body of work that precedes us for understanding and reference.

We strive to produce architecture that's both pragmatic and poetic: high-performance, sustainable buildings that are responsible to the community and the future; buildings that silently frame meaningful human experience and have a positive impact from beginning to end.


We care.
We are conscious listeners and observers.
We are conscientious actors.
We practice because we can't not.
We use our heads and our hands.
We are empathetic, curious and rigorous.
We seek elegant solutions, and work to realize them in the form of architecture.
We believe in physics, and understand that it has impact on human health and comfort.
We draw wall sections that are based in science and are beautiful.
We collaborate, and trust our collaborators.
We engage.
We enjoy the liminal space inherent in the act of creation.
We are aware that we make an impact.
We care a lot.


building science

As individuals, we feel a deep connection to the natural environment, and consider ourselves and the built world as part of a connected system. We love the mountains and glaciers and forests. We value clean air, clean water and healthy natural ecosystems. We acknowledge human impact and are compelled to act. We believe that architects and builders, whose realized work may (and should) last for generations, have an ethical responsibility to minimize resource-depletion and mitigate effects on the natural environment.

And/And . . . And

We are committed to designing buildings that are beautiful, energy efficient, and environmentally responsible. We know this to be possible through rigorous analysis and implementation of feedback learned through that process, and it's within our skillset.

We engage in analysis, optimization and feedback to shape our designs. We avoid rules of thumb and don’t settle for the status quo, recognizing that what we were taught might not be the best practice. We model heat transfer and simulate energy systems. We consider thermal bridges and calculate effective R-values. We strive to be on the forefront of technology and best practice. We do not design buildings that are obsolete upon completion (or soon thereafter). To that end, we embrace the goals and principles of the Passive House (Passivhaus) standard, the most demanding energy efficiency target in the world. We believe that lofty energy efficiency targets can be achieved by understanding that the whole truly can be greater than the sum of its parts. We are constantly studying, learning and implementing our findings.