Heritage Conservation | Facilities
Smith House | Center for Heritage Conservation
The Smith House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, serves as the center for Heritage Conservation from which its instructional, research and community outreach programs are based. The 1904 Queen Anne residence, located across the street from the Architecture Building, was home to G.E.P. Smith, agricultural engineer and university faculty member responsible for early research and legislation on Arizona groundwater management. The Smith House contains offices, student work stations, a conference room and library.
College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture Building (CAPLA)
The CAPLA Building is the administrative facility for the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture and contains the design studios and faculty offices for the School of Architecture, School of Landscape Architecture and Planning, and the Drachman Institute. Additionally, the CAPLA Building houses a variety of facilities for use by the graduate students of all CAPLA programs, including both the computer and materials laboratories. Please see our Facilities Page for additional information.
Arizona Architectural Archives
The Arizona Architectural Archives was established in 1976 to collect, preserve, document and disseminate records pertaining to the architectural development of southern Arizona. The Archives currently houses over 50,000 original drawings of Tucson’s most significant architects, including Roy Place, Henry Jaastad, Josias Joesler, William Wilde, Nicholas Sakellar, and Judith Chafee.
The Drachman Institute is the research based outreach arm of CAPLA dedicated to sustainable design and planning with a focus on underserved and vulnerable communities. It engages students, staff, faculty, and citizens as an interdisciplinary collaborative striving to make our communities healthier, safer, more equitable, and more beautiful places to live. The Drachman Institute acts as a nexus between community needs and the college's skills and knowledge in architecture, landscape architecture, and planning with a specific focus on affordable housing, neighborhoods, community and regional planning, heritage conservation, and public health.
The Southwest Center seeks to define, illuminate, and present the character of the Greater Southwest: the heartland of Arizona, New Mexico, Sonora, Chihuahua, and its peripheries. A particular research interest of the Southwest Center is to document the Southwest’s architectural history in the face of dramatic change, to describe comprehensively the architectural cultures of the Sonoran Desert Region. It is also the mission of the Southwest Center to seek out, publish, and support projects by architects, planners, landscape architects and others who are attempting to apply traditional models, in intelligent and meaningful ways, to contemporary architectural problems.
Environmental Research Laboratory
As a research unit within The University of Arizona, Environmental Research Laboratory scientists, engineers, and planners have been researching the relationship between the basic human needs of food, water, energy, and shelter, and the ability of the environment to supply these needs. From this research, ERL has developed innovative technologies and applied a systems approach to problems and projects in arid regions worldwide for more than 30 years. ERL’s Desert Design and Planning Group coordinates with CAPLA to provide sustainable solutions to community development issues. With a primary focus on arid regions, the ERL provides technical support and technology transfer to entities interested in developing projects and communities that are more resource efficient and livable.
Arizona State Museum
The Arizona State Museum is the oldest and largest anthropology museum in the region and brings to life the culture history of the Greater Southwest, from the mammoth hunters to the present, through many ongoing research projects. The museum's rich and varied collections are among the most significant resources in the nation for the study of Southwest anthropology. The museum, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate, houses the Office of Ethnohistorical Research, Documentary Relations of the Southwest (DRSW), the Arizona Archaeological Site and Survey Database (AZSITE) and conservation laboratories.