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The College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA) is a national leader in sustainable design, planning, and project management. As a professional college, CAPLA’s core mission and strength is training architects, landscape architects, and urban planners to work effectively within a challenging array of social, economic, and environmental conditions. As a campus leader in community engagement, CAPLA advances the University’s historic land-grant mission through design and planning assistance to diverse communities throughout the state of Arizona, the United States, and beyond. 

The college's facilities are considered extraordinary with bright, spacious studio space, state-of-the-art computer facilities, a world-class Materials Lab, and the incredible Underwood Family Sonoran Landscape Laboratory, a model for the arid design principles of water harvesting, water reuse, and the creation of desert microclimates.
 
The college's facilities are the academic home for students who's core academic program is housed within CAPLA. Students tend to spend late nights and weekends at the college when they are busy working on milestone and capstone projects, putting the final details on their portfolios, or are simply enjoying moments learning with their classmates. While many students choose to stay in Tucson for their entire academic program, some students choose to take their studies abroad with an International Study program. 
 
Tucson is a welcoming, diverse and family-friendly community surrounded by five majestic mountain ranges. The Tucson basin boasts a rich cultural heritage and offers nationally renowned events such as the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, All Souls Procession/Day of the Dead and the Tour de Tucson bike race. The SunLink Streetcar connects the UA's north campus to the main campus, Tucson’s downtown and the Westside Mercado District. Southern Arizona, with 350 days of sunshine a year, is known for its abundant outdoor opportunities including hiking, biking, birding, and rock climbing. Additionally, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has named Tucson a Creative City of Gastronomy, the first and only American city named to this network.
 
Tours of the CAPLA facilities are scheduled for every Friday, although we are happy to customize a tour for anyone coming into town at other times. Please visit the Tours page for more information or to register for a University of Arizona + CAPLA tour. 
 
MISSION

To cultivate leading scholars and professionals in the design, planning, and development of sustainable environments.

ABOUT US

CAPLA is made up of two schools, the School of Architecture and the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning; together with the college, we house eleven academic programs. Additionally, the Drachman Institute is contained within the college.

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