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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
Norton Avenue Remodel and Addition by Bill Mackey

Norton Avenue Residential Remodel and Addition: Bill Mackey, Lecturer in Architecture

Bill Mackey’s Norton Avenue remodel and addition project is a 875-square-foot addition to an 800-square-foot bungalow built in 1927. In the addition, a series of spaces are made as small and functional as possible to allow for the creation of outdoor spaces.

Library, by Hui-Yen Yang

Library: Hui-Yen Yang '22 M Arch

Hui-Yen Yang's Library is an interpretation of a contemporary library branch located in Tucson, Arizona, using an architectural language of intersecting and overlapping curvilinear walls.

A Flash of Green, by Kennedy Greyson Finn

A Flash of Green: Kennedy Greyson Finn '20 B Arch

Located in New Orleans's central city, Kennedy Greyson Finn's A Flash of Green proposes a communal space for locals and tourists to come and enjoy what the city uniquely has to offer by incorporating the vernacular of New Orleans in a modern way.

The Floating City, by Kate Stuteville

The Floating City: Kate Stuteville '18 B Arch

Narrated through speculative design, The Floating City by Kate Stuteveill tells the story of a future world dealing with rapidly rising sea levels and population growth, by proposing a new type of community that can inhabit a world we have yet to build upon: the water’s surface.

The Garcia Home, by Ibarra Rosano Design Architects

Garcia Residence: Teresa Rosano, Assistant Professor of Practice in Architecture

The challenge for  the design team of Teresa Rosano and Luis Ibarra on the Garcia residence was to design a structure that would appear to grow out of the rocky desert hillside without dominating the landscape.

re-House Modern, by Damon Leverett

re-House Modern: Damon Leverett, Senior Lecturer in Architecture

The research project re-House Modern by Damon Leverett is a  prefabricated modular housing  concept made of recycled HDPE plastic that is formed into individual building components.