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:

University of Arizona and Star Academic High School students at work on green infrastructure

Tucson Verde Para Todos: CAPLA Faculty and Landscape Architecture Students Engage South Tucson Community through Green Infrastructure

Tucson Verde para Todos aims to address injustices around green infrastructure by promoting a strategy to address inequities in green infrastructure funding, siting and implementation through collaborative, participatory community engagement, as at Star Academic High School.

Center for Innovation and Collaboration, by Logan Matos '21 B Arch

Center for Innovation and Collaboration: Logan Matos '21 B Arch

Logan Matos's Center for Innovation and Collaboration serves as a hub for cross-disciplinary integration among the surrounding University of Arizona colleges by creating an environment that addresses collaborative needs for a variety of people.

South Stadium Rowhouse 1

South Stadium Rowhouse 1

Designed by Class of 2019 B Arch and M Arch students and constructed by Class of 2020 B Arch and M Arch students under the guidance of Professor of Architecture Mary Hardin, the South Stadium Rowhouse 1 is the first of five CAPLA Design/Build rowhouses, completed summer 2020.

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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:

Maryam Moradnejad

A Focus on Emerging Building Technologies: Maryam Moradnejad '20 MS Arch

Maryam Moradnejad, who holds a Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Construction Management from Iran, came to CAPLA to study the Master of Science in Architecture because of the opportunity to research emerging building technologies.

Liz Madsen

Staying Present in Design and Construction: Liz Madsen '20 M Arch

Liz Madsen, who is from Tucson, entered the Master of Architecture program after receiving undergraduate degrees in architectural studies and urban planning. She chose CAPLA in part because of the world-class Materials Lab.

Junlu Ouyang

Investing in a Real Estate Career: Junlu Ouyang '20 MRED

Originally from China, Junlu Ouyang entered CAPLA's on-campus Master of Real Estate Development program in Fall 2019 after earning her undergraduate degree in geography from the University of Arizona. Here, she's found that working on actual projects in the field is very rewarding.

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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