CAPLA welcomes partners to invest in our mission as leader in sustainable design and planning for arid regions. The current priorities of the College include diverse opportunities to invest in students, faculty, programs, and facilities. You can choose the investment option that best suits your interests. To learn more, please contact us. 

Current funding priorities include:

Your gift to the CAPLA Fund directly supports the mission of the College in the current year, allowing the Dean to target funds to areas of greatest need.

Dean’s Endowment for Excellence
Your gift to the Dean’s Endowment for Excellence is a long-term investment, allowing the Dean to support exemplary achievement by our faculty and graduate students.

Students are our raison d’être at CAPLA, and we launched our LEAD scholarship campaign in support of these extraordinary scholars. Every LEAD gift directly benefits students, and allows us to compete successfully with other top universities for the most promising future professionals. Learn more in our LEAD brochure.

For a current list of named scholarships, click here. If you are interested in establishing a named scholarship, please contact us.

Our nationally recognized faculty is committed to the success of our students and the advancement of our professions. Support for faculty can fund research, travel to professional conferences and competitions, and endowed professorships and chairs that ensure the recruitment and retention of top educators. Meet our faculty here.

Support for each of CAPLA’s programs provides vital funds for ongoing research, faculty recruitment and professional development, and student activities. Your gifts make our excellent programs possible. Learn more about our degree programs here.

Drachman Institute
The Drachman Institute is CAPLA’s research-based outreach arm, dedicated to sustainable design and planning. The Institute focuses on communities in need throughout Arizona and the Greater Southwest through programs such the Community Outreach Partnership Center, the Drachman Design-Build Coalition, Heritage Conservation, and the Sustainable City Project. Your gift to the Drachman Institute engages students, staff, faculty, and citizens in an interdisciplinary collaborative striving to make our communities healthier, safer, more equitable, and more beautiful places to live. Click here to learn more.

Facilities and Equipment
CAPLA’s reputation for excellence in design and planning is both supported and distinguished by our award-winning facilities and state-of-the-art equipment and software. Your gift in support of our studios, classrooms, and labs has a direct impact on our ability to recruit and retain the best students and faculty. Click here to learn more.

Special Initiatives

CAPLA's dynamic work includes numerous interdisciplinary initiatives, such as: 

Institute on Place and Wellbeing
The Institute on Place and Wellbeing is a joint venture of CAPLA and the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine in the UA College of Medicine. The interdisciplinary institute will advance knowledge of the effects of the built and green environment on physical and emotional wellbeing through research and education. Research principles will be implemented through practice, outreach and partnering with design, planning and healthcare professionals, and with community leaders, private sector stakeholders and policy-makers. Click here to learn more.

Master of Real Estate Development
Launched in the fall of 2013, this innovative degree program focuses on sustainable and responsible development, including public/private partnerships, transit-oriented development, and health and wellness. The program was created in collaboration with the Responsible Property Investing Center, Institute of the Environment, and the Institute on Place and Wellbeing, and includes perspectives from architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, finance, marketing, and law. Click here to learn more.

Naming Opportunities
CAPLA offers special opportunities to name student scholarships, faculty chairs and professorships, programs, facilities and more. Please contact us for more information.


Contact Us

Kaitlyn Armendariz
Development & Alumni Relations Coordinator
(520) 621-0806