Bachelor of Architecture

Bachelor of Architecture

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

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The 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
  • Digital and analog techniques 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
  • 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.

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We are bonded by this unique educational experience—you become a family. I have never been surrounded by as many hardworking, talented, but also genuine people who push you to be the best version of yourself. It’s truly special and something I am constantly grateful for.

Ally Pearl Kwan '23 B.Arch

Architecture student in Materials Lab

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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Ready to design innovative spaces and places that endure?

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