Friday, October 27, 2017

An interdisciplinary CAPLA studio project has been honored with the Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association Best Student Planning Project Award for 2017. Planning Professor Arlie Adkins, Architecture professor Eduardo Guerrero, and Christopher Ortiz y Pino (MS Planning '17) attended the Awards luncheon in Ft McDowell, Arizona to receive the award on behalf of the student team.

For their project, “Livable Streets for Vibrant Communities,” a team of eight CAPLA students worked with Living Streets Alliance and the City of Tucson to provide a framework for development of a Complete Streets Policy that will support safe, equitable, and healthy streets that encourage economic growth within districts throughout the city. The students explored best practices for complete streets policies and design strategies, which culminated in recommendations for the City of Tucson as it moves forward with the development of a complete streets policy in the coming year.

This is the second year in a row that this studio has been awarded the Best Student Planning Project from the Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association. Last year’s winning project “La Doce: Supporting a Naturally Occurring Cultural and Business District on South 12th Avenue” is currently being used as a resource by City of Tucson officials continuing their planning working along that corridor.

Student team:

  • Connor Harmon, Master of Science in Planning
  • Brad Kindler, Master of Landscape Architecture
  • Amanda Maass, Master of Science in Planning
  • Chris Ortiz y Pino, Master of Science in Planning
  • Michele Scanze, Master of Science in Planning
  • Fei Yu, Master of Landscape Architecture
  • Yuheng Zhang, Master of Landscape Architecture

Studio Faculty:


Planning Professor Arlie Adkins, Architecture professor Eduardo Guerrero, and Christopher Ortiz y Pino accepting the award at the Arizona APA Conference.


The Design Plan for Stone and Prince activates the area by connecting neighborhoods and area schools with public pedestrian infrastructure and traffic calming features. Commercial space is incorporated into the design for potential local restaurants and shops. (from Livable Streets for Vibrant Communities)

Stone Ave re-imagines building orientations to create public pedestrian space and neighborhood connections from nearby schools. Colorful surfacing at crosswalks encourages pedestrian awareness and neighborhood identity. (from Livable Streets for Vibrant Communities)


The Blacklidge Bike Boulevard connects all three Complete Street corridors through a safe and cyclist orientated east/west connection. (from Livable Streets for Vibrant Communities)

AZ APA Awards Reception