Bachelor of Architecture Student Presenting Capstone Project

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
Rich Michal's Civano house

Cowboys, Hippies and Sustainable Design: Rich Michal '07 B Arch, M Arch

Rich Michal came to CAPLA to study architecture after earning a bachelor's degree in construction engineering and management from Purdue University and an MBA from Indiana University. Seeking to learn more about sustainable design—and designing and constructing one of the nation’s most energy-efficient on-grid homes in the country as his master’s thesis—he pursued the B Arch and M Arch concurrently.

UArizona AIAS 2019-2020 Leadership Team

UArizona Chapter of American Institute of Architecture Students Wins 2020 AIAS Chapter Honor Award

CAPLA’s AIAS student chapter, cited for its “incredible level of effort and coordination of leadership,” has won the highest honor the national AIAS organization can bestow upon a chapter.

Zoe Sadorf

Connecting to the Roots of Place: Zoe Sadorf '21 M Arch

Zoe Sadorf, who is from the Southern Arizona city of Sierra Vista, entered CAPLA's Master of Architecture program after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Portland State University. Prior to joining CAPLA, she spent three years with a Portland, Oregon architecture firm.

Lisa Schrenk, balancing

Understanding the Past to Design a Better Future: Lisa Schrenk, Associate Professor of Architectural History

Lisa Schrenk, who has visited over 85 countries and six continents in her travels, joined CAPLA in 2012 and incorporates her travel experience into courses on world architecture, the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and more. 

Emerge, by Jules Cervantes

AGM/Ascension Awards $5,000 to CAPLA Architecture Students in Inaugural Universal Design Prize

Eight third-year undergraduate architecture students in Design Studio III: Integrating Place win universal design awards for innovative, accessible mountainside projects.

Barbara Bryson

Creating a Culture of Predictable Outcomes: CAPLA Associate Dean Barbara Bryson Publishes New Book on Leading in Architecture and Construction Industry

Creating a Culture of Predictable Outcomes: How Leadership, Collaboration and Decision-Making Drive Architecture and Construction demonstrates the critical importance of value-driven culture in the changing design and construction industries.