Master of Architecture Student Experience

Architecture student in CAPLA's Materials Lab.

Welcome to the CAPLA community: a small, student-focused college of passionate students and faculty in a large, research-oriented university.

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.

And whether it’s the tight-knit community you’ll form with your studio cohort, the variety of student organizations or the interactive activities offered through HeadSPACE, you’ll find the student experience at CAPLA is rewarding in a way that only rigorous programs can be.

Studying design at the University of Arizona also offers extreme contexts from which to learn: the many local climate biomes (from the Sonoran Desert to the alpine world atop Mount Lemmon) and transformation of Tucson (from a typical sunbelt sprawling metropolis to an increasingly dense, post-carbon, living-streets community).

As you move through M.Arch program, whether M.Arch II or M.Arch III, you’ll find you gain as much from your fellow students as from your professors, and you’ll come to cherish that interactive experience and support from your CAPLA community.

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I love the intimate class size in CAPLA's graduate programs, as well as the freedom and support from professors to explore the topics that interest me.

Zoe Sadorf '21 M.Arch

The Design Review Process

Reviews and critiques are an essential component of the studio-based design thinking and learning process for CAPLA students. Learn more about the importance of critiques for students, as well as what critiques can look like:



Meet Master of Architecture Students

Students in the M.Arch program come to CAPLA from across the country and around the world. Their interests and passions are broad. Meet a few of our students:

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Tucson, the Coolest Desert City in the World

Tucson's historic 4th Avenue


We hate to give away our best-kept secret, but Tucson is one of the best places to live in the country (and Outside magazine agrees).

Located in the lush Sonoran desert, the metropolitan area of a million people is nestled between five mountain ranges, has a world-renowned multicultural food scene and eclectic neighborhoods and offers year-round outdoor activities, including cycling, hiking, rock climbing and astronomy. You’ll fit right in.

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Ready to design sustainable spaces honed by the poetics of place?

Learn more about the Master of Architecture by contacting us at, or review the admissions process and begin your application now:

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