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School of Landscape Architecture & Planning

Where others see the impossible, we see a design challenge.

The School of Landscape Architecture and Planning encourages and supports a culture of innovation in teaching, research, creative works, as well as community engagement aimed at advancing professional practice and preparing students to be leaders in their respective fields.

We utilize Tucson and the unique Sonoran Desert environment as a learning laboratory for applied research and community-based projects involving a variety of stakeholders.

Creative thinking and collaborative learning are encouraged in all of our programs through interdisciplinary coursework and real-world projects. Graduates are able to integrate scientific knowledge with resourceful innovation to achieve outcomes that demonstrate best practices for the development of healthful, livable, and meaningful places.

Our Faculty

Our world-class faculty bring a wide breadth and depth of expertise and experience in built environment policy and design. They are leaders in their fields and create an interdisciplinary and collaborative learning environment in which students are exposed to the latest practices in landscape architecture, urban planning, real estate development, heritage conservation, and design strategies for sustainable built environments.

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From The Studio
Paola Ortez

A Journey of Resilience: Paola Ortez '21 BS SBE

Paola Ortez, who is from Tucson, entered CAPLA's BS in Sustainable Built Environments program (Sustainable Building Emphasis) following a series of unexpected physical and mental challenges, testing her but demonstrating her resilience and commitment to sustainability.

Tucson skyline

Research by Architecture Professor Courtney Crosson Shows that Neighborhood Farms Could be the Answer to Tucson's 'Food Deserts'

A study co-authored by Assistant Professor of Architecture Courtney Crosson makes a strong case that even in arid climates, urban farms can help neighborhoods get the nutritious food they need if the farms are irrigated in a sustainable way.

Statue of Liberty at sunset

America Adapts 2020 Climate Year in Review Podcast Features Planning and Sustainable Built Environments Professor Ladd Keith

Planning and Sustainable Built Environments Assistant Professor Ladd Keith was featured in a December 30, 2020 America Adapts podcast: "The 2020 Climate Year in Review."

Walkability in Tucson, by Gabby Abou-Zeid

Walkability in Tucson: Gabby Abou-Zeid '19 SBE

In her Sustainable Built Environments capstone project, Gabby Abou-Zeid ’19 SBE examines the role of Tucson, Arizona’s built environment in advancing the shift in travel behavior in favor of less carbon-intensive modes, through the lens of walkability.

Las Vegas

Planning Professor Ladd Keith on Heat as an Emerging Climate Risk for Urban, Low-Income Communities

CAPLA’s Ladd Keith was quoted extensively in a Climate XChange story on how, in Las Vegas, Nevada, hotter days will impact low-income, Black and Brown residents the most.

Lecture Recap and Video: Missy Stults on Planning to Achieve Carbon Neutrality: A Story from Ann Arbor's Goal of Becoming Carbon Neutral by 2030

Sustainability and innovations manager Missy Stults works with all city operations, residents, businesses, the University of Michigan, nonprofits and others to make Ann Arbor one of the most sustainable and equitable cities in America.