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Black Lives Matter: A Statement from the School of Architecture

School of Architecture

We learn by doing.

The School of Architecture is devoted to a professional education with a sensibility honed by the conditions of an extreme climate. In our Sonoran Desert setting we teach students to design for extreme conditions in accordance with principles of sustainability. Students and researchers then build on that knowledge in application to other climates. 

Our students learn by doing. From building and breaking model structures to develop an understanding of building physics to design-build studios in which students build furniture, shelters, and small buildings, learners thrive in this hands-on environment. Students grow in ways that prepare them for the later challenges of professional practice in an ever-changing built environment.

Career paths our graduates have taken include:

  • Architecture
  • Art and visual communication
  • Conservation
  • Engineering
  • Interior and spatial design
  • Construction and fabrication
  • Project management
  • Software design and development
  • Theatre, film, and television production design
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Bachelor of Architecture

This five-year program culminates in an accredited, professional B.Arch degree. The curriculum centers on design studios each year of the program.

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Master of Architecture

The M.Arch is an accredited professional degree with an emphasis on critical practice and sustainable design honed by the poetics of place. 

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Master of Science in Architecture

With seven different options of study, the MS.Arch is a post-graduate degree devoted to applied research in the built environment.

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Minor in Architecture History and Theory

This minor is designed for those interested in preservation or in history and theory. 

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Our Faculty

We create change by preparing students for the future needs of the built environment—a competitive advantage in an increasingly sustainability-focused world.

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From The Studio
Teresa Rosano

Architecture Professor of Practice Teresa Rosano Wins Inaugural Anne Graham Rockfellow Memorial Award

Teresa Rosano has been named the inaugural Anne Graham Rockfellow Memorial Award winner by the University of Arizona chapter of WIAS. Rockfellow, who taught at UArizona from 1897 to 1900, paved the way for other women pursuing architecture as an academic degree and profession.

Rachael Varin

The Future of Building: Rachael Varin '21 B Arch

B Arch student Rachael Varin, who was born and raised in Tucson, has used her CAPLA studio and design/build experience, as well as her internships in Arizona and California, to build upon her passion for construction.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Oak Park studio

Architectural History Professor Lisa D. Schrenk Publishes Critically Acclaimed Book on the Oak Park Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright

The Oak Park Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright by Lisa D. Schrenk offers the first comprehensive look at the early independent office and career of one of the world’s most influential architects.

Undefined Boundaries, by Ana Astiazaran

UArizona Architecture Student Receives 2021 COTE Top Ten for Students Award for Sustainable Design Excellence

Fourth-year B Arch student Ana Astiazaran has been awarded the top student sustainable design excellence award from the American Institute of Architects and Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

Dyron Murphy

Designing for the Human Factor: Dyron Murphy ’88 B Arch

Dyron Murphy, who is from Window Rock on the Navajo Nation, learned many things as a Bachelor of Architecture student—time management, design skills, flexibility—but what he didn’t anticipate was how close his cohort would become and has since remained.

Downtown Tucson and Sentinel Peak at sunset

CAPLA Students and Faculty Partner with Local First Arizona to Help Organizations Develop Sustainability Plans

Assistant Professor of Architecture Altaf Engineer and Lecturer in Architecture Sandra Bernal-Cordova helped build the SCALE UP curriculum and train its facilitators, and are now preparing to engage CAPLA students and recent graduates in the award-winning, community-oriented program.