The School of Landscape Architecture and Planning at the University of Arizona supports a culture of innovation in teaching, research, creative work and community engagement.
We advance professional practice in landscape architecture, real estate development, sustainability and urban planning and prepare students to be leaders in their fields. With Tucson and the unique Sonoran Desert as our learning laboratory, we encourage creative thinking and collaborative learning across our programs through interdisciplinary coursework and real-world projects.
Our graduates integrate scientific knowledge with resourceful innovation to achieve outcomes that demonstrate best practices for the development of healthful, livable and meaningful places.
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Our Academic Programs
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
The professional, four-year BLA prepares students to become successful, licensed landscape architects through a robust, studio-based curriculum.Explore the BLA »
Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments
The four-year BS SBE, offered both in-person and fully online, prepares students with the skills to make our communities, buildings and landscapes more resilient.Explore the BS SBE »
Master of Real Estate Development
The MRED, offered in-person (18 months) and online (as little as 12 months), focuses on sustainable real estate development analysis, finance and practice.Explore the MRED »
Master of Science in Urban Planning
The two-year, PAB-accredited MS Urban Planning prepares students to address the challenges that face society and the environment through sustainable urban and regional planning.Explore the MS Urban Planning »
Graduate Certificates in Heritage Conservation and Real Estate Development
The School of Landscape Architecture and Planning offers four graduate certificates: Heritage Conservation (online) and Real Estate Analysis, Real Estate Finance and Real Estate Practice (on campus and online).Explore Graduate Certificates »
Minors in Landscape Architecture, Real Estate Development and Sustainable Built Environments
We offer three undergraduate minors: Minor in Landscape Architecture (19 or 20 units), Minor in Real Estate Development (18 units) and Minor in Sustainable Built Environments (18 units, available on campus or online).
I am so blessed to have extremely knowledgeable professors and insightful peers who share their wisdom with me. The individuals of the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning are the matrix in which community thrives, and I am grateful for the relationships and knowledge I have gained here.
Emma Nakpairat '23 BLA
Faculty Research & Practice
Faculty Areas of Expertise
The award-winning faculty of the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning are leaders in their fields, with expertise in a broad range of topics, from landscape performance to green infrastructure, water use design and policy to climate mitigation and much more.View Faculty Areas of Expertise »
Faculty within the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning conduct a wide array of transformative research related to design and our built environments. From heat mitigation to heritage conservation to social and environmental justice and much more, learn more about our research.Explore Our Research »
School of Landscape Architecture and Planning Faculty Profiles
The faculty of the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning comprise a dynamic community, bringing their expertise to the built environment from across the country and around the world. In these detailed profiles, you'll learn about their teaching, research, service and much more.
Student Work, Awards & Profiles
Our students create a wide variety of outstanding work in their time at CAPLA. View individual galleries and narratives of work by BLA, BS Sustainable Built Environments, MLA, MRED and MS Urban Planning students.View Student Projects and Work »
Our students regularly win a variety of awards, both those offered through the school as well as esteemed regional, national and international awards. Learn more about our award-winning students and their projects.View Student Awards »
Underwood Family Sonoran Landscape Laboratory
The Underwood Family Sonoran Landscape Laboratory is a high-performance landscape, plaza and outdoor classroom exemplifying the sustainable strategies of water harvesting, climate regulation, air and water cleansing, recycling, wildlife habitat and human health and wellbeing. The former 1.2-acre parking lot is now a thriving Arizona habitat that shades the southern exposure of the CAPLA East Building.
About the School
School of Landscape Architecture and Planning Statement on Racial Injustice
Collectively we are committed to offering support and action toward greater equity and justice for communities of color in our local community, at the University of Arizona and in all the cities and environments shaped by our professions.
We offer a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses in heritage conservation, landscape architecture, real estate development, sustainable built environments, urban planning and more.View School of Landscape Planning and Architecture Courses »
Accreditation Status & Professional Registration
The Master of Landscape Architecture is accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accrediting Board and the Master of Science in Urban Planning is accredited by Planning Accrediting Board. Learn more about accreditation and professional registration.View Accreditation and Professional Registration Inforamtion »
Alumni of the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning in the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture comprise a dynamic community, working in sustainable development, planning and design as well as affiliated careers and industries.Meet School of Landscape Architecture and Planning Alumni »
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Header image by Mario Nuño-Whelan '20 MLA.