The CAPLA Student Experience

The student experience at the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture is as rewarding as it is challenging.

In our tight-knit community of doers, you'll find the support you need to thrive, from faculty, staff and students alike. As a small college in a large Research 1 university, we offer a unique and supportive environment for learning how to plan, develop, design and create a more sustainable future. Are you ready to build a changing world?
 

Though you may join us at CAPLA because you want to become an architect, landscape architect, real estate developer, urban planner or sustainability manager, you'll find much more to the student experience than just career prep.

At CAPLA we will indeed prepare you for these professions in our state-of-the-art facilities that offer a mix of hands-on, field-based and technological learning. But you'll also find your education goes well beyond career goals, providing invaluable insight into the built environment.

Study in any program at CAPLA challenges students to achieve academic success, to meet demanding studio requirements and to develop cross-campus collaborations. All of this means that you are encouraged to get out of your comfort zone to solve difficult problems.

And you won't do that alone, because in addition to faculty and staff who are eager to help you find your success, you'll find a supportive community of students and alumni who likewise understand the rigors of your program and know what it takes to exceed even your own expectations.

At CAPLA, you can tailor your studies through electives and by working with different professors. Through different classes and a mix of extracurricular opportunities including student organizations, you will engage not only with your classmates and instructors, but also with design/build projects and the community—whether that's on the University of Arizona campus, in Tucson or in the world beyond.

Students sitting on steps and laughing
CAPLA students in a social media review

Why study at CAPLA and the University of Arizona?

Some students come to study with us because our programs focus on sustainability and students appreciate this exciting and expanding career field. Some come to CAPLA because of our location in the lush Sonoran Desert, understanding that our environment distinguishes us and allows us to study and learn from our natural surroundings. Some come because Tucson offers a rich multicultural mix of people and architecture because it has been continuously inhabited for over 4,000 years. They understand that CAPLA is placed at the heart of a continuum of building activity, a position that cannot be claimed elsewhere in North America.

Regardless of why you choose to come to CAPLA, we are sure you will find yourself at home in our welcoming community.


View Student Work

View a sampling of the design and other work created by CAPLA students:

Healing Architecture, by Orianna Zimmerman.

Healing Architecture: Orianna Zimmerer '19 M Arch

Orianna Zimmerer's Healing Architecture is a center for rehabilitation of addicts located at the Lafayette Park area in Detroit, Michigan. The project follows principles that focus on the relationship between quality design and patient recovery, including easy-to-navigate paths, daylight, privacy and views of nature.

Lafayette Healing and Wellness Center, by Afshan Behnamghader

Lafayette Healing and Wellness Center: Afshan Behnamghader '19 M Arch

Lafayette Healing and Wellness Center is a medical facility designed by Afshan Behnamghader in Detroit, Michigan. The design of the facility follows a set of performance criteria proven to have a positive effect on improving human wellbeing in space.

MS Urban Planning students

UArizona Urban Planning Graduate Student Project Helps City of Tucson Address Displacement Risk, Wins State Planning Award

Students from the CAPLA’s MS Urban Planning program have been recognized by the American Planning Association Arizona chapter for their work with the City of Tucson on planning and policy responses to displacement and gentrification.

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View Student Profiles

Meet some of CAPLA's students by viewing their student profiles. You'll find a rich mix of backgrounds and experiences create a diverse and dynamic student community:

Anisa Hermosillo

Pursuing 'Agritecture': Anisa Hermosillo '22 B Arch

Anisa Hermosillo, who was born and raised in Tucson, nearly chose another architecture program out of state. She quickly realized that staying home to study architecture at UArizona was the right decision.

Alec Kelly-Jones

What It Means to Be a Responsible Steward of the Earth: Alec Kelly-Jones '19 BS SBE '22 M Arch

Alec Kelly-Jones, who came to UArizona from Sydney, Australia, to play rugby, discusses his passion for sustainability and his move from the BS Sustainable Built Environments to the Master of Architecture and the challenges and rewards of the M Arch program.

Athena Myers

Future Trajectories: Athena Myers '21 M Arch

Athena Myers, who is from Tucson, entered the M Arch program after receiving her undergraduate degree in design studies. Prior to joining CAPLA, she spent a year in Portland, Oregon, before moving back to Tucson where she worked as a manager in an advertising agency.

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Meet Student Ambassadors

Find out what it’s like to be a CAPLA student first-hand. Reach out to any of our student ambassadors, who are glad to answer your questions about the studio experience, faculty interaction, student life and more:

Connect with CAPLA Student Ambassadors