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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
Diego Limon

Building Experience in the Field | Diego Limon ’23 B. Arch

CAPLA's spring Job Interview Fair provides the opportunity for students to hone their interviewing skills and discuss internship and career opportunities.

Drachman Design Build Coalition Residence 4

The Drachman Design-Build Coalition Residence 4 is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom residence of 1200 square feet in area. This residence combines thermal mass Integra-block with light gauge steel frame plus insulation.

Drachman Design Build Coalition Residence 3

The Drachman Design-Build Coalition Residence 3 is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom residence of 1200 square feet in area. The main building features include two courtyards that allow natural light and ventilation to reach all habitable spaces, a sliding wall panel that enables reconfiguration of interior space, a super-insulated building envelope, and innovative use of polycarbonate sheathing.

CAPLA Honors Scott Pask

CAPLA honors Scott Pask as the 2019 Alumni of the Year. Scott is a member of the B.Arch Class of 1990, is a Tony-award winning scenic designer and the creative genius behind some of Broadway's most acclaimed productions.

Trombe Wall House

The Trombe Wall House is a three bedroom, 2 bath residence of 1300 square feet in area. It was designed and constructed by School of Architecture faculty (Mary Hardin and David Bullaro) and students in 2013-2014.

Approach to Sentinel House Entry Court From Carport.

Sentinel House

Drachman Design-Build Coalition Residence 7 (Sentinel House) is a three-bedroom, two-bath dwelling of 1300 sq. ft. It was designed and constructed by School of Architecture faculty and students. 

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