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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)
Curriculum & Courses
CAPLA's Bachelor of Architecture offers a rigorous, comprehensive studio-based curriculum in three phases: Foundation, Core and Research + Application.
This interactive experience, our outstanding faculty and our required and elective courses will prepare you for professional practice as a licensed architect.View Curriculum & Courses »
Admissions & Cost
Spring 2023 Term
The B Arch application is not open for the Spring 2023 term. The next available term is Fall 2023.
Fall 2023 Term
Priority Deadline: March 1, 2023
Final Deadline: May 1, 2023
In-state tuition and fees per semester (12+ units):
$5,762.50 tuition + $765 differential tuition + $865.18 fees
Out-of-state tuition and fees per semester (12+ units):
$18,913.50 + $765 differential tuition + $865.18 fees
Subject to change. Fees may vary by year in program.
Demand for trained architects is high and growing, not only in Arizona, but around the world. In spite of the pandemic, the building industry is robust. Graduates can expect to work in professional architectural practice, in allied disciplines (construction, consulting, sustainability or preservation) or in related fields (computer gaming, film and video modeling and production, digital fabrication and manufacturing, civic advocacy or other sectors of the building and construction industry).View Career Outlook »
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.
Meet the Bachelor of Architecture Community
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.
Jesús Robles, Assistant Professor of Practice in Architecture
Assistant Professor of Practice in Architecture Jesús Robles, who teaches Techne 2 and second-year studios and is a principal at DUST Architects, has a focus that "oscillates between sustainable material development and poetics of space."
Eric Sterner '15 B Arch
Eric Sterner ’15 B Arch, a designer at Architekton, says, "My creativity is inspired by intangible moments and patterns—all rooted in observance. I believe these uncategorical and unplanned moments create points to reflect upon and later understand."
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.