Multidisciplinary Team Enters Bank of America Merrill Lynch Low-Income Housing Challenge 2016

Thursday, February 25, 2016

A Multidisciplinary team of CAPLA faculty and students has entered Bank of America Merrill Lynch Low-Income Housing Challenge 2016.

The team consists of adviser Eduardo Guerrero, Urban Designer, Assistant Lecturer and students:

Queston Kwolek (B.Arch), Ben Pozez (B.Arch), Madison Neperud (B.Arch), Tim Kilpatrick (B.Arch), Devin Michaelis (B.Arch), Michael Kolt (MRED), Jack Kemmerly (MRED), Caroline Janjic (MRED), Jennifer Crosby (MRED), and Nejlah Hummer (M.Planning).  

The Bank of America Merrill Lynch Low-Income Housing Challenge is a team ‘business plan' competition whose goal is to inform, educate, and attract the next generation of affordable housing professionals. The competition challenges undergraduate and graduate students to envision new and innovative models of housing for low-to-moderate income residents. The proposals are required to be forward-looking but also feasible in the current economic and fiscal climate.

CAPLA's team, representing three disciplines, started working together with a kick off meeting where Prof. Guerrero introduced the whole team of 11 students, defined the site, and assigned team responsibilities. There are eight total teams competing this year: CAPLA's team from the UA, Portland State, USC, Cal Poly, UCLA, UC Berkeley, University of Washington, and Mercy College in NY.

Left to Right: Tim Kilpatrick (B.Arch) 2020, Queston Kwolek (B.Arch) 2017, Nejlah Hummer (M.Planning) 2017, Christine Moos (B.Arch) 2019, Jack Kemmerly (MRED) 2016, Michael Kolt (MRED) 2017, Ben Pozez (B.Arch) 2019, Devin Michaelis (B.Arch) 2019 hard at work on February 24, 2016.

CAPLA’s 6th Annual Job Interview Fair was a True Success

Monday, February 8, 2016

32 organizations conducted 404 interviews over the course of one day at the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture on Friday, February 5, 2016. We are so thankful to the following organizations for investing their time with CAPLA to help us give our students an incredible networking and learning opportunity. We hope to see you again next year!

cdg architects

City of Tucson, Planning & Development Services



DLR Group

Downtown Tucson Partnership

Eglin + Bresler Architects

FORSarchitecture + interiors

Gilbane Building Company

GLHN Architects & Engineers, Inc.

HDR, Inc.


Kitchell Contractors, Inc.


McGann & Associates

Merjent Environmental Consulting, Inc.

Norris Design

Novak Environmental

Pima County, Capital Improvements

Pima County, Community Development

RECON Environmental

Shepley Bulfinch

SmithGroup JJR

Swaim Associates LTD Architects AIA

SWCA Environmental Consultants

The Planning Center

Town of Marana, Planning Department

Town of Oro Valley, Planning Division

Tucson Clean & Beautiful

Valerio Architects

Ware Malcomb

Westlake Reed Leskosky


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Don Baker, Master of Real Estate Development Alum and Prominent Tucson Businessman Dies

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Update to our original story:

Memorial services for Don and Dawn have been announced. Services will be held on Friday, January 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ, 85718. In lieu of flowers, a donation could be made to the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona or Tucson Hebrew Academy for Don and to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona for Dawn. 

January 19, 2016:

Donald L. Baker, 59, and his wife Dawn Elizabeth Hunter, 55 died Monday, January 18, 2016, when their plane crashed outside of Salt Lake City, UT. Baker was the pilot of the 1999 Cessna Citation 525 when it crashed near Cedar Fort, according to a news release. The couple was returning back to Tucson after visiting Park City, Utah for a conference.

Baker received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California’s Finance and Real Estate program and earned his Master’s of Real Estate Development from the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture in December 2014. Baker was a co-owner of Larsen Baker, LLC a prominent commercial real estate firm in Tucson which owns and manages over 2 million feet of commercial real estate space.

According to Janice A. Cervelli, FASLA, FCELA, Dean of CAPLA, which is home to the Master of Real Estate Development program from which Baker graduated, “Baker was one of our most enthusiastic students. Even though he came in with tons of experience, he was truly excited about this program, and was an advocate for it. He was thrilled about the sustainability we teach and was a huge asset to both the MRED program and the college. The passing of Don and Dawn is a huge loss for both the University of Arizona and the Tucson community.”



In the last row, Don Baker and Dawn Elizabeth Hunter with a group of CAPLA donors and alumni on the set of Book of Mormon in New York City. The group went to see the show and visit wih Tony Award winning set designer Scott Pask, also an alumni of CAPLA. 

Don and Dawn on set at the Book of Mormon.



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Studio PANGOLIN featured in UA News

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

School of Architecture's Assistant Professor, Chris Trumble and his design build studio project, studio PANGOLIN, were featured in UA News. Included in the piece is an excellent write up of the work that has been done by Trumble and his students as well as a video highlighting the latest stage of the project. Click here to watch the video

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CALA is now CAPLA: College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Changes Name to Include Planning

Friday, November 16, 2012

TUCSON, Ariz., Nov. 16, 2012 – The University of Arizona College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (CALA) has received unanimous approval to change its name to the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA). The change was made in order to represent all of the professions housed within the College, and indicate the planning program’s importance to the strategic future of the College, the University, and the State of Arizona.  Originally called the College of Architecture when it was established in 1964, the College has undergone several name changes over the years, representing a long history of evolving programs.

Dean Janice Cervelli, FASLA, FCELA, is a strong supporter of the planning program and the role it plays within the College and the three professions. “The mission of the College is the education of highly skilled interdisciplinary design and planning practitioners,” states Dean Cervelli. “Accordingly, it is fitting to formally recognize the profession of Planning in the college name.  Highly skilled urban planners are more essential now than ever before, as Arizona and the Southwest U.S. face the challenges of being the second fastest growing region in the nation.”

For the planning students and community, the new name is an uplifting change and is representative of the College’s commitment to the program. Arlan M. Colton, FAICP, graduate of the UA Master of Science in Urban Planning program, and current member of the Friends of Planning group, states: “All of us in the professional planning community, especially those of us who are UA grads, are excited to see Planning return first in program and now in the title of the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture. This shows the strong commitment of the University to the urban planning profession and the recognition of its importance to our community and our state.  Dean Jan Cervelli and the College leadership are to be commended for following through to reunite our three related professions under one roof.  The professional cross collaboration,  the new programs being instituted and the active presence of the college at UA’s downtown campus and thereby working in our communities and neighborhoods will provide opportunities for current and future students that only the most foresighted could imagine.”

“Inclusion of the ‘P’ in the CAPLA acronym gives the planning program something to be enormously proud of,” adds Garrett Smith, Master of Science in Planning student and current president of the Graduate Planning Students organization. “With formal acknowledgment, the planning program here at the University of Arizona takes on an added dimension where the new CAPLA represents a true recognition of the relational bonds established between architecture, landscape architecture, and planning both academically and in the real world. Ultimately I believe this formal recognition will lead to greater exposure of the program, which in turn will have a positive effect on past, current, and future students alike.”

CAPLA will be implementing the change through branding, materials, and its website over the upcoming months.

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CAPLA Launches Major Initiative in Place and Wellbeing

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA) has joined with the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (AZCIM), College of Medicine, and the Institute of the Environment, to launch a major initiative in design, planning, and wellness. Distinguished by cutting edge research and interdisciplinary collaboration, the new Institute on Place and Wellbeing will bring together the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, medicine, immunobiology, neuroscience, psychology, nutrition, and biomedical engineering. In association, CAPLA is developing a graduate program around place, wellbeing, and healthy communities.

Dr. Esther Sternberg to Head Research at UA Center for Integrative Medicine

She will establish and direct the Institute on Place and Wellbeing to explore and measure the effects of built space and the physical and green environment on human health, emotions and spirituality.

Dr. Esther Sternberg, world-renowned for her discoveries in the science of mind-body interactions, has joined the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine as director of research.

She also joins the faculty of the UA College of Medicine-Tucson and the UA College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture, or CAPLA, where she will establish and direct the Institute on Place and Wellbeing. Sternberg will relocate to Tucson with her research team and program from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.

The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, or AzCIM, founded by Dr. Andrew Weil in 1994, was the first integrative medicine institution based at a U.S. medical school and is the recognized leader in integrative medicine education. AzCIM established the nation’s first two-year postgraduate fellowship in integrated medicine in 1997.

With the addition of Sternberg’s program, it is positioned to become the leader in integrated medicine research, as well.

At the UA, Sternberg will establish a collaborative, multi-disciplinary translational research program that will explore the science of the mind-body connection from varying perspectives and efficiently translate those findings into integrative medicine practice, resulting in meaningful health outcomes.

“We’re honored that a researcher of Dr. Sternberg’s caliber has decided to join us and commit to important research on the integrative mind-body connection and practical applications,” said Weil. “Her dedication will produce the science-based outcomes and cost-effectiveness research that will take the national health-care discussion to the next level.”

Sternberg added, “Joining the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and the UA College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture gives me and my team the opportunity to expand the research we’ve already begun and to apply our methodology in a much larger, more interdisciplinary way. The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine believes profoundly in the mind-body connection to which I’ve already dedicated years of research, and the University of Arizona’s support of this program, coupled with its leadership in architecture and the physical and environmental sciences, provides a unique multi-disciplinary infrastructure to carry out our work."

“This is an exciting and natural progression in my career and in our research at-large, which will help us understand the science of mind-body interventions, when to most effectively apply them, and how place figures into health and wellbeing,” Sternberg said.

Sternberg’s research will focus on three areas: establishment of a biomarker laboratory that began at the NIH, aimed at development of a new sweat patch technology to measure patients’ immune and stress responses; design and implementation of tools to compare mechanisms of action and effectiveness of integrative versus conventional medicine approaches, including non-invasive measures of psychological, physiological, endocrine, nervous and immune systems’ health status; and the establishment of the Institute for Place and Wellbeing at the UA.

The Institute on Place and Wellbeing will be a joint venture among AzCIM, the UA colleges of medicine and the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture, and the UA Institute of the Environment. The mission of the Institute for Place and Wellbeing will be to explore and measure the effects of built space and the physical and green environment on human health, emotions and spirituality.

“Dr. Sternberg’s appointment and the establishment of the Institute on Place and Wellbeing at the UA are some of the biggest developments in the field of health and environmental design in the past 25 years,” said Janice Cervelli, dean of the UA College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture. “We always have intuitively understood a connection between the quality of the built environment and health, but we now will be able to demonstrate such a relationship quantitatively through Dr. Sternberg’s work.

“The knowledge will help in the design and planning of a broad range of environments that can actually facilitate healing and well-being, including surgical and clinical environments, recovery and long-term care facilities, the workplace, schools and residences. Dr. Sternberg will help position Southern Arizona as an emerging knowledge and economic cluster around environment, place and health.”

Diana Liverman, co-director of the Institute of the Environment, said one of the goals of the recent environmental hiring initiative coordinated by the Institute of the Environment was to strengthen research and collaboration across campus, including in the area of environment and health and sustainable built environments. The UA’s recently hired faculty with environmental interests totals nearly 30 with Sternberg’s hire.

“We understand that the strength of the UA’s interdisciplinary work on the environment, with several hundred faculty and researchers across campus, and the potential for collaboration, were factors that attracted Dr. Sternberg,” said Liverman. “We hope that she will join us in future projects that seek to identify relationships between people and the built and natural environment that contribute to sustainability and personal wellbeing.”

Sternberg, who has a reputation for translating complex scientific subjects into language and formats that are accessible for public audiences, has had an ongoing relationship with AzCIM. Together in December 2010 they presented a Tucson public screening of her PBS documentary “The Science of Healing,” followed by a lively panel discussion and question-and-answer session with Sternberg and Weil and AzCIM executive director, Dr. Victoria Maizes.

“We are absolutely delighted that Dr. Sternberg has agreed to join our Center,” said Maizes. “She will bring a critical perspective to outcomes research of integrative medicine, and together with CAPLA, we will break new ground by investigating the impact of built and natural spaces on health.”

Sternberg is internationally recognized for her discoveries proving the role of the brain’s stress response in arthritis, autoimmune and other debilitating illnesses. She received her medical degree and trained in rheumatology at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and was on the faculty at Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., before joining the National Institutes of Health, in 1986. At NIH she was section chief of neuroendocrine immunology and behavior at the National Institute of Mental Health.

Her popular books, "The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions" and "Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being," are informative and scientifically based and deal with the complexities and 21st century frontiers of stress, healing and wellness. Sternberg’s many honors include recognition by the National Library of Medicine as one of 300 women physicians who have changed the face of medicine.

The University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine is leading the transformation of health care by creating, educating and actively supporting a community that embodies the philosophy and practice of healing-oriented medicine, addressing mind, body and spirit. Integrative medicine takes account of all lifestyle factors that influence health and makes use of conventional and complementary therapies, as appropriate.

Since its inception, the AzCIM has focused its efforts on three areas: education, clinical care and research, with the primary emphasis on education. AzCIM was built on the premise that the best way to change a field is to educate the most gifted professionals and place them in settings where they can teach others.

The UA College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture leads the nation in sustainable design and planning for arid regions. CAPLA faculty members work at the forefront of sustainability and regenerative development, specifically, alternative energy, water conservation, landscape ecology, climate change adaptation, affordable housing and heritage preservation.

Inspired by a strong passion for place and its people, CAPLA produces practitioners and scholars that champion the importance of regionalism in design and planning. The CAPLA curriculum is highly integrated across the professions of architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning, and is delivered within a small, caring and diverse community strongly rooted in practice. CAPLA alumni are recognized internationally for modern desert architecture, landscape architecture and urban and regional planning and design, comprising what is known as the "Arizona School."

The UA Institute of the Environment fosters and facilitates cross-campus, community, state, national and worldwide collaborations that help explain and resolve environmental challenges and seize solution-driven opportunities created by such challenges. It also provides a portal to the internationally recognized expertise of more than 300 affiliated faculty and research staff across campus and to programs, events and projects that transform environmental research into useful knowledge for decision makers, consumers and other stakeholders.

(UA News, September 26, 2012)