Master of Architecture

Master of Architecture

Design sustainable buildings and spaces honed by the poetics of place.

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CAPLA’s flexible two- or three-year Master of Architecture is an accredited, professional STEM degree devoted to the education of tomorrow’s leading architects.

The M Arch offers pathways that vary depending on your background. Students with undergraduate studio-based architecture degrees can complete the program in two years, while others can complete the program in three years, including an immersive summer session.

Our M Arch combines place-based design cultivated in the extreme climate and exquisite landscape of the Sonoran Desert with cutting-edge material and environmental research, all delivered through hands-on learning in our world-class facilities.

As an M 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 M Arch is a professional 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.


CAPLA is a place where I can experiment and ask big questions in a stimulating environment. It is a place with so many tools and resources to truly learn through making. And most importantly, it is a place where I can collaborate and conspire with colleagues who I admire.

Athena Myers '21 M Arch

Architecture student welding in Materials Lab.

The CAPLA Student Experience

Architecture culture is unlike any other collegiate experience. You’ll be part of a community of faculty and students committed to the exploration, intensity and fun of studio learning in our state-of-the-art facilities. You’ll also be part of the diverse multicultural community of Tucson.

As members of our close-knit community of graduate students, M Arch students also connect with students in CAPLA's other graduate programs, from landscape architecture to real estate development to urban planning.

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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 sustainable spaces honed by the poetics of place?

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Header image by M Arch student Orianna Zimmerer.