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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
AIAS mentors

Architecture Mentoring Program Soars Thanks to Student Leadership

Architecture students reinvent mentorship matching process, increase freshman participation threefold.

Nader Chalfoun honored at UA Men's Basketball game

Architecture and Environmental Sciences Professor Nader Chalfoun Honored as Arizona Champion

Professor of Architecture and Environmental Sciences Nader Chalfoun has been honored as an Arizona Champion.

Lighting in Tucker residence. Photo by Joe Fletcher.

Architecture Lecturer Featured in The New York Times for Residential Lighting and Interior Design Project

Assistant Professor of Planning Ladd Keith was featured on America Adapts: The Climate Change Podcast.

Juliana Seymour

Opening Doors to a Bright Future | Juliana Seymour ’20 B. Arch

Juliana Seymour '20 B. Arch landed her internship at Swaim Associates thanks to the CAPLA Job Interview Fair.

Judith Chafee Exhibition: Framing the Desert

In the Gallery | Judith Chafee: Framing the Desert

Associate Professor of Architecture Christopher Domin and Tucson Architect Kathryn McGuire Showcase the Work of Judith Chafee

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.