Louis Ulrich


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Magda Jakovcev-Ulrich

Founding Principal 1956-2004


Her Obituary 

Jakovcev-Ulrich 1956 ~ 2004 Born to Biserka and Niko Jakovcev January 8, 1956, in Zadar, Croatia, Magda came to Salt Lake City in 1980 with her husband, Ivan Mirkovic (divorced), to attend the University of Utah. She married M. Louis Ulrich in 1987. Magda was an architect, interior designer, and the Queen of Color. With Magda there, heaven will no longer be white. She is survived by her husband, Louis; mother, Biserka; brother, Frane (Jasenka); nephews; (affectionately called “mali vrag”), Luka, Donat, Niko and Marin, and all from Zadar. She leaves behind a legacy of friendship to many, both here and in Europe. Magda graduated from the University of Zagreb in Croatia with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, she then received her Masters in Architecture from the University of Utah in 1983. After working for 15 years at major architectural firms including F.F.K.R. in Salt Lake City, and S.O.M. in San Francisco, she created her own independent architectural practice in downtown Salt Lake City, Magda Jackovcev, AIA. Her life and talent is evident, and will be forever remembered throughout the state of Utah. Her works include the interior of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, the Cowles Building at the University of Utah, the P.E. Building at Southern Utah University, the Noyes Building at Snow College, and the Mariposa and the Royal Street Cafe at Deer Valley. Magda designed several award winning homes, the most recent being featured in Utah Style and Design magazine. She has received numerous awards, including honors for the interior of the Ford Motor Building (Gastronomy), the Noyes Restoration at Snow College and the Campbell residence in Salt Lake City. Her clients became her center of attention, and then became her lifelong friends. She served on the Salt Lake City Landmark Committee, and the Utah Arts Festival Board. Magda taught at the University of Utah, instilling in her students that architecture is a lifestyle, encompassing not only design, but art and beauty. She helped her students afford educational trips that they might not have been able to take without her assistance. Magda had a passion for life, whether it was at home or abroad. No stranger to Paris, New York, San Francisco, or Istanbul, a tireless traveler to the very end. Demanding excellence and elegance of herself and nurturing the same in her students and friends. Working, playing, arguing but never quitting. Magda brought to the world a flair that only she could possess. Neither Yamamoto nor Gucci could be the fashion kings without Magda, the Fashion Queen. By her request, her ashes will be spread over the Adriatic Sea near her home. She said that she wanted to tickle the toes of her nephews every time they go sailing. The family wants to thank Dr. Anna Beck and her staff, Nancy, Barb, and Gene, and the Huntsman Cancer Institute including Dr. Blumenthal and Julia. Their care was professional but more importantly, loving and nurturing. A wake for Magda will be held Wednesday, July 21st, at 6 p.m. at her home, 235 North East Capitol Blvd. All who knew Magda are welcome to celebrate her life. A Funeral Mass will be held for her at the Cathedral of the Madeleine (331 East South Temple) at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 22nd. As a living memory for Magda, a scholarship fund is being established for the University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning. We respectfully request that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Magda Jakovcev Scholarship Fund at 375 South 1350 East, Room 235, Salt Lake City, UT, 84112. Magda said that writing this obituary would be very hard for us. She, as always, was right.




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