School of Architecture

Teaching, research and service on the leading edge of sustainable design.

Mount Lemmon Outdoor Library, by Nick Witt

Director's Welcome
Ryan E. Smith, School of Architecture Director and Professor of Architecture


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The School of Architecture at the University of Arizona is devoted to professional education, innovative research and community service with a sensibility honed by the conditions of an extreme climate.

We combine place-based design in the exquisite landscape of the Sonoran Desert and our world-class facilities with cutting-edge material and environmental research—all delivered through robust hands-on learning and service to our profession and communities.

School News & Headlines

Design Excellence Showcase

At the end of each academic year, faculty nominate student work across all programs and years for Design Excellence awards, which are sponsored by AIA Southern Arizona and judged by leading architects from around the world. View recent Design Excellence judges, nominations and winners:

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School Events


Most Admired School, Architecture Undergraduate Program (#9 public)
DesignIntelligence, 2019-2020


Years in a Row Architecture Students Place in Solar Decathlon Design Challenge
2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

Ana Astiazaran '22 B Arch Wins 2021 ASCA/AIA COTE Top Ten for Students Award for Sustainable Design Excellence

CAPLA Design/Build

CAPLA Design/Build involves students in hands-on, real-world projects they design and then build under the guidance of School of Architecture faculty, centered around the belief that learning by doing is a powerful method of gaining knowledge.

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Student Work, Awards & Profiles

Faculty Research & Practice

Architecture Faculty Profiles

The faculty of the School of Architecture 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, practice and much more.

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Materials Labs and Model Lab

CAPLA's state-of-the-art Materials Labs comprise 9,000 square feet dedicated to model-building and fabrication using metals, wood, concrete, ceramics, glass and plastics. Equipment includes CNC tools, robotics, lasers, 3D printers and woodworking tools for digital and analog fabrication.

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Header image by Nick Witt 23 B Arch, from Mount Lemmon Outdoor Library, 2021 AIA Design Excellence Merit Award for Excellence in Design Integration.