School of Landscape Architecture & Planning Student Awards

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Student awards
From "Against the Grain," Master of Landscape Architecture 2nd Prize in 2020 U.S. EPA Campus RainWorks Competition.

Our landscape architecture, real estate development, sustainable built environments and urban planning students regularly win a variety of awards.

Awards include those offered through the school as well as esteemed regional, national and international awards. Learn more about our award-winning students and their projects.

End-of-Year Student Awards

Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments Awards

Capstone Award

  • Tiburcio Bazúa Jr | Food Deserts and Sustainable Multifamily Greenhouse Design

Outstanding GPA Award

  • Shannon Buchele
  • Suzanne Ries

Master of Landscape Architecture Student Awards

Landscape Architecture Foundation Olmsted Award

  • Paige Anthony

ASLA Honor Award

  • Ramzy Bejjani

ASLA Merit Award

  • Paige Anthony

AzASLA Student Collaborative Award of Excellence

  • Paige Anthony
  • Ramzy Bejjani

Leadership Award

  • Ramzy Bejjani

Outstanding Community Service Award

  • Rebecca Shaw

Elizabeth “Liba” Wheat Memorial Prize

  • Paige Anthony
  • Ramzy Bejjani

Outstanding GPA

  • Ramzy Bejjani

Sigma Lambda Alpha Honor Society

  • Paige Anthony
  • Ramzy Bejjani
  • Chelsea Hendryk
  • Rebecca Shaw
  • Gabrielle Spickard

Master of Science in Urban Planning Student Awards

2021 APA Outstanding Student Award

  • Wyatt Berger

Friends of Planning Excellence Award

  • Chrissy Scarpitti ’22 (1st Place)
  • Wyatt Berger ’21 (2nd Place)
  • Elliot Welch ’21 (3rd Place)

Excellence in Planning Research Award

  • Lincoln Edwards Jr

Leadership Award

  • Elliot Welch

NITC Student Scholar Award

  • Wyatt Berger
  • Eric Carlson
  • Jackson Cassidy
  • Lincoln Edwards Jr
  • Paul Daniel La Farga
  • Georgia Pennington
  • Elliot Welch
  • Blake Zetter

Best Colleague Award

  • Jackson Cassidy

Outstanding GPA

  • Wyatt Berger
  • Eric Carlson
  • Elliot Welch
  • Blake Zetter

Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments Awards

Capstone Award

  • Lauran Morrissey | The Connection between People and Place: A Case Study on Social Interactions in University of Arizona Outdoor Spaces
  • Owen Shorey | Sustainable Event Transportation: Reducing Traffic Impacts of University of Arizona Events

Master of Landscape Architecture Student Awards

Landscape Architecture Foundation Olmsted Award

  • Penelope Cottrell-Crawford

ASLA Honor Award

  • Tess Wagner

ASLA Merit Award

  • Penelope Cottrell-Crawford

AzASLA Student Collaborative Award of Excellence

  • Penelope Cottrell-Crawford, Dionna Marie Hatch and Rebecca Johnstone | Modern Krutch
  • inqiao (Joy) Deng, Mario Nuño-Whelan, Isaac Palomo and Tess Wagner | Against the Grain

Leadership Award

  • Mario Nuño-Whelan

Best Colleague Award

  • Rebecca Johnstone

Outstanding Community Service Award

  • Isaac Palomo

Outstanding Master's Report, Research Emphasis

  • Penelope Cottrell-Crawford

Outstanding Master's Report, Creative Emphasis

  • Mario Nuño-Whelan

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant

  • Penelope Cottrell-Crawford
  • Mario Nuño-Whelan

Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant

  • Tess Wagner

Master of Science in Urban Planning Student Awards

2020 AICP Outstanding Student Award

  • Lindsey Romaniello

Excellence in Planning Research Award

  • Warren Bristol
  • Samuel Jensen
  • Julian Griffeee
  • Lena Porell
  • Andrew Quarles
  • Lindsey Romaniello

Planning Excellence Award (Design Excellence)

  • Ariel Fry
  • Julian Griffee
  • Samuel Jensen
  • Lena Porell
  • Andrew Quarles
  • Yicheng Xu

Leadership Award

  • Lena Porell

Outstanding Community Service

  • Julian Griffee

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant

  • Lena Porell

Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant

  • Quinton Fitzpatrick
  • Samuel Jensen
  • Andrew Quarles

Best Colleague Award

  • Ariel Fry

NITC Student Scholar Award

  • Warren Bristol
  • Quinto Fitzpatrick
  • Andrew Quarles

Outstanding GPA

  • Warren Bristol
  • Quinton Fitzpatrick
  • Ariel Fry
  • Julian Griffee
  • David Jellen
  • Samuel Jensen
  • Andrew Quarles
  • Lindsey Romaniello

Other Student Awards & Stories

Ash Avila

Meet Ash Avila ’23 BS SBE, 2022 Transportation Research Board Minority Student Fellow

Ash Avila, a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments student from Nogales, Arizona, who will graduate in 2023, has been awarded an acclaimed Transportation Research Board (TRB) Minority Student Fellowship for 2022. Avila is one of 24 students selected by TRB.

Puerto Rico damaged houses on coastline

MS Urban Planning Student Envisions Resilient Energy Prioritization Tool for Post-Hurricane Puerto Rico

First-year MS Urban Planning student Chrissy Scarpitti has been awarded first place in the 2021 Planning Excellence Competition sponsored by the Friends of Planning for her project Resilient Energy: Community-Scale Solar Microgrid Siting on the Island of Puerto Rico.

Free Water poster by Hunter Lohse '22 MLA

Rainwater Harvesting Analysis by Hunter Lohse ’22 MLA Takes Second Prize at UArizona 2021 Student Showcase

Hunter Lohse '22 MLA was awarded second prize in the UArizona 2021 Student Showcase categories of Sustainability and Environmental Impact for his project Free Water: An Analysis of Potential Impacts of Large-Scale Residential Rainwater Harvesting, which calculates the potential impacts of rainwater harvesting if implemented by single-family homes across Tucson.

Downtown skyline illustration

Commercial Real Estate Women Network Supports CAPLA Real Estate Development Student

The Tucson chapter is sponsoring annual CREW Network membership for CAPLA graduate student Ella Jung, an MRED student who was offered the paid membership in recognition of her success early in the master's program.

Hope Rock Park Event Center

Master of Landscape Architecture Students Receive Elizabeth "Liba" Wheat Prize for COVID-Responsive Park Design

For Hope Rock Park, Paige Anthony '21 MLA and Ramzy Bejjani '21 MLA chose a linear open space area five miles south of downtown Tucson along the Santa Cruz River, sandwiched between a residential neighborhood and a large shopping center.

MS Urban Planning students

UArizona Urban Planning Graduate Student Project Helps City of Tucson Address Displacement Risk, Wins State Planning Award

Students from the CAPLA’s MS Urban Planning program have been recognized by the American Planning Association Arizona chapter for their work with the City of Tucson on planning and policy responses to displacement and gentrification.

SunBlock Mixed Use Multifamily

CAPLA Places Four Finalist Teams in Solar Decathlon Design Challenge, Including a Winner and Honorable Mention

For the third year in a row, at least one College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture student team was named a finalist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon Design Challenge—and this year a CAPLA team won its division.

EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge Winning Team

CAPLA-Led UArizona Team Takes Second Place in EPA’s Eighth Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge

For the third year in a row, a University of Arizona student team led by CAPLA Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture Bo Yang was selected as a winner in EPA’s Campus RainWorks Challenge.

Samuel Jensen Selected as NITC Student of the Year

This prestigious annual award goes to just one graduate student among the six National Institutes of Transportation and Communities member universities.

Students stand in the Underwood garden with project poster.

Student Team Receives Award for Green Infrastructure Project

Two interdisciplinary teams of students developed innovative green infrastructure designs for a portion of the University of Arizona’s main campus that prioritized stormwater harvesting and flood mitigation.

Urban Planning Students Win State Award

The award-winning student team worked with communities in the Globe-Miami region of Arizona to craft a framework plan that focused on health, community, environment, connectivity, and economic growth.

Planning Student Selected as 2020 ADOT/TRB Minority Fellow

As Tucson awaits the up-oming drop of hundreds of shared electric-scooters (or e-scooters) on our streets, one CAPLA student investigates how local agencies regulate these third-party companies to encourage safe, equitable, and responsible operation.