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.

Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments

Students learn solutions-based environmental design, planning, and management practices in our bachelor of science or undergraduate minor program. Students are prepared for a wide range of employment opportunities in entrepreneurial start-ups, global corporations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies as well as for graduate study. This degree is offered in both main-campus and fully online formats.

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Master of Landscape Architecture

Our professional graduate degree program emphasizes sustainable design characterized by a thorough understanding of landscape ecology, landscape planning, cultural landscapes, history and theory, fine art, and technical and digital media. Graduates are prepared for the practice of landscape architecture as scholars of the discipline.

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Master of Science in Urban Planning

This master's degree program provides a diverse and multidisciplinary learning experience that prepares students to address the challenges that face society and the environment through creative urban plan making; environmental physical planning; cultural awareness; and research, exploration, and innovation. 

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Master of Real Estate Development

The Master of Real Estate Development degree program recruits students who have demonstrated excellence in their professional careers and who have the potential to become future industry leaders. The degree is comprised of a series of three graduate certificates that may be earned together or separately. This degree is offered in both main-campus and fully online formats.

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Graduate Certificates in Real Estate Development

The Master of Real Estate Development degree includes a series of three graduate certificates that may be completed independently, allowing students to advance their education at their own pace. This degree is offered in both main-campus and fully online formats.

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Graduate Certificate in Heritage Conservation

Our graduate certificate program prepares students for practice in the fields of historic preservation and heritage conservation. The interdisciplinary, applied program provides an education in the assessment, interpretation, documentation, planning, and preservation of the historic built environment informed by a comprehensive ethic of environmental, cultural, and economic sustainability.

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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
UArizona's Wilma at UPC-Lima

CAPLA Partners with UPC Lima to Launch Global Microcampus Program in Sustainable Built Environments

Classes convened for CAPLA’s first microcampus program on March 26, 2020, a unique marrying of UArizona’s BS in Sustainable Built Environments with UPC’s Bachelor of Architecture.

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CAPLA Faculty Lead Efforts to Move Design and Studio Courses Online

With all Arizona courses being taught fully online for the remainder of the semester, some faculty members are preparing for a first-time venture. CAPLA faculty quickly came up with a plan to give colleagues a virtual hand.

Ladd Keith and Doug Parsons talk during America Adapts Podcast

Planning Professor Ladd Keith Discusses Extreme Heat and Climate Change on America Adapts Podcast

Assistant Professor of Planning Ladd Keith was featured on America Adapts: The Climate Change Podcast.

Amy Webb named CAPLA’s First Recent Alumna of the Year

Amy Webb was named CAPLA's first Recent Alumna of the Year at this year's homecoming reception. Amy received her Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments in 2015 and a Master of Landscape Architecture in 2018. Amy is a Landscape Architect at Norris Design based in Tucson and has maintained meaningful ties with the CAPLA Community.

Students Evaluate Innovative Complete Streets Project in Tucson

In fall 2018, students in Arlie Adkins Transportation Planning Class worked with the City of Tucson and Living Streets Alliance to transform a dangerous car-centric intersection north of Downtown Tucson into a pedestrian friendly community hub.

Rachel LaMantia

Alumni Profile | Rachel LaMantia (SBE '14, MS.Arch '16)

Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments and Master of Science in Architecture graduate Rachel LaMantia tried a number of programs at the University of Arizona before finding the SBE program, which kick-started her education and launched her career.