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.