Bachelor of Architecture

Design sustainable buildings and spaces in harmony with climate and place.

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Bachelor of Architecture capstone project by Jenny Nguyen

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The highly ranked, five-year Bachelor of Architecture prepares you for professional registration and practice in the field of architecture and design.

At CAPLA, we combine place-based design honed in the extreme climate and exquisite landscape of the Sonoran Desert with cutting-edge material and environmental research—all delivered through robust hands-on learning in our world-class facilities.

As a B Arch student, you will acquire a portable design sensibility, empowering you to develop critical modes of practice, regardless of where or how you practice.

Our B Arch is a professional STEM degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

What You'll Learn

  • How to design for climate and place
  • Techniques, both digital and analog, for design representation and exploration
  • Architectural history and theory
  • Passive and active building technologies
  • Digital fabrication and other advanced technologies
  • How design should respond to materials, fabrication and construction
  • The impact of sociocultural factors on design
  • How to present your work visually, verbally and materially
  • How to collaborate
  • Professional practices and ethics
  • Social justice and design for all

You’ll graduate ready to thrive in a profession of increasing importance that is taking on climate change, growing urban populations, water scarcity and a post-pandemic world.


Most Admired Public Undergraduate Architecture School (#23 overall)


Five-Year STEM-Designated, NAAB-Accredited Professional Program


Most Hired from Public Architecture School
(Group 3, 50-69 graduates; #12 overall)


The CAPLA Student Experience

Architecture culture is unlike any collegiate experience. You’ll be part of a community not just of fellow students, but also of faculty who are committed to the exploration, intensity and fun of studio learning in our state-of-the-art facilities and the diverse multicultural community of Tucson.

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CAPLA Design/Build: Students, Faculty and Clients Building a Changing World

CAPLA Design/Build involves students in hands-on design and construction projects via studio courses, independent study and other courses with lab components.

In CAPLA Design/Build, you'll learn by doing—a powerful way to gain and retain knowledge because of the immediate application to tangible design and build problems.

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The architect’s role is to determine: How can you leave this place better than you found it?

Christopher Domin, Associate Professor of Architecture

Ready to design innovative spaces and places that endure?

Learn more about the Bachelor of Architecture by contacting Cait Fitzpatrick, recruitment and outreach coordinator, or begin your application now:

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Header image of Duwamish People’s Memorial and Gallery by Jenny Nguyen '20 B Arch.