MS Architecture Student Experience

Architecture students in Concrete Lab


An environment that welcomes you no matter where you call home.

In the Master of Science in Architecture program, students come from all over the world and from a variety of academic and practice experiences. Regardless of how you arrive at CAPLA, the Sonoran Desert provides a distinct environment that welcomes students and opens their minds for an enriching experience while forming close connections with faculty and fellow students.

At the University of Arizona, you'll be able to expand your research expertise through resources on campus and in the broader region. Whether engaging with faculty on research projects located at Biosphere 2 or on the Tohono O’odham Nation along the Arizona-Mexico border, there are vast cultural and environmental contexts to enhance your academic activities.

Many MS Arch students take on leadership roles with partnering organizations, such as the Arizona/Tucson chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council or Arizona Technology Council. Students also keep themselves busy with work opportunities on campus and in the various labs, participate in regional conferences such as the AZSEC (Arizona Student Energy Conference) and also find time to unwind with fellow students from CAPLA and across the UArizona campus.

At CAPLA, you'll find that your diverse background and experience lend to an already engaging and empowering, research-focused educational experience.

Quotation marks

CAPLA is both a school and a home to me, 11,000 kilometers away from my home and my family. Here, I found a loving environment that I look forward to being a part of everyday.

Sarah Ghaemi '20 MS.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 MS Arch Students

Students in the Master of Science in Architecture program come to CAPLA from across the country and around the world. Their passions, like their professional experience, are broad. Meet a few of our students:

Maryam Moradnejad

Maryam Moradnejad '20 MS.Arch

Maryam Moradnejad, who holds a Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Construction Management, pursued her MS.Arch from CAPLA because of the opportunity to research emerging building technologies.

Sarah Ghaemi

Sara Ghaemi '20 MS.Arch

Sara Ghaemi, who holds a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering from Iran, came to CAPLA to study the MS.Arch because it provides an opportunity to focus on sustainability and energy efficiency in the built environment.

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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 transform architecture and the built environment?

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

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