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Student Spotlight

Ariel Fry '20 MS Urban Planning

Making Public Spaces Matter | Ariel Fry '20 MS Urban Planning

Ariel Fry recalls walking in downtown Tucson one day seven years ago, thinking about how unfriendly the landscape was. Not the Sonoran Desert landscape—being from the small town of Ajo, Arizona, she was familiar with the rugged and beautiful desert.

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CAPLA Job Interview Fair

CAPLA Hosts One-of-a-Kind, Interactive Job Interview Fair

Featuring design, planning, construction and engineering firms from across the country, the Job Interview Fair is CAPLA’s showcase professional development event for undergraduate and graduate students.

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Research & Practice

Christopher Trumble

Architecture Professor Wins ASCA 2020 Collaborative Practice Award for Design/Build Project

Associate Professor of Architecture Christopher Trumble guided CAPLA students in the design and creation of SLUG, the Sustainability Laboratory and Urban Garden at Tucson’s CITY High School.

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Master of Science in Architecture

A flexible, research-oriented STEM degree for students seeking in-depth knowledge in areas relating to architecture and the built environment.

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MS Architecture students at CAPLA

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CAPLA is a leader in built environment innovation within a Research I institution. We excel in teaching, research and service in a transformational learning environment.

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In the School of Architecture, we offer accredited undergraduate (B. Arch) and graduate (M. Arch) degrees, plus the MS Arch for those seeking a research focus.

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Most Admired Undergraduate Architecture School (Public)

Landscape Architecture & Planning

Programs in sustainable built environments, landscape architecture, real estate development and urban planning.

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Develop the skills you need to succeed in a sustainable world with a degree in Architecture or Sustainable Built Environments.



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Master's Programs

Take your career to the next level with a master's degree in one of four disciplines: architecture, landscape architecture, real estate development and urban planning.

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CAPLA Master of Landscape Architecture Receives STEM Designation

STEM designation for the Master of Landscape Architecture acknowledges the innovative, technical nature of the graduate program while enabling eligible international students to extend their post-degree stay in the U.S.

UArizona's Wilma at UPC-Lima

CAPLA Partners with UPC Lima to Launch Global Microcampus Program in Sustainable Built Environments

Classes convened for CAPLA’s first microcampus program on March 26, 2020, a unique marrying of UArizona’s BS in Sustainable Built Environments with UPC’s Bachelor of Architecture.

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Turning Your Home into a Healing Space

The way you lay out your physical environment can reduce stress and create calm, say Assistant Professor of Architecture Altaf Engineer and other researchers from the University of Arizona.

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