School of Architecture Research


Research by Associate Professor of Architecture Aletheia Ida.

Our faculty conduct a wide array of transformative research related to design and the built environments.

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Courtney Crosson. 2021. "Answering the Supply-Demand Gap with Alternative Water Sources: Retrofitting Cities to Achieve Net Zero Urban Water". Landscape Journal 39 (1).

Courtney Crosson, Daoqin Tong, Yinan Zhang & Qing Zhong. (2021). "Rainwater as a renewable resource to achieve net zero urban water in water stressed cities." Resources, Conservation and Recycling 164, 105203.

Susannah Dickinson. “The Complexity of the Built and Natural Environments” AMPS, The City and Complexity: Life, Design and Commerce in the Built Environment, Conference Proceedings Series 19.2, 80-87. ISSN 2398-9467

Susannah Dickinson and Aletheia Ida. “Climate Change and Design: Multiscalar Design Research in the Sonoran Desert.” The Architectural Research Centers Consortium, ARCC, Performative Environments, Conference Proceedings. 2021.

Dennis Doxtater, "Probabilities of designed locations of ceremonial foci: the Chaco Meridian, temple IV at Tikal, and a large-scale sacred Adena river landscape." Time and Mind, Vol. 14, Issue 1, 2021.

Altaf Engineer, Ria J. Gualano, Robert L. Crocker, Jacquelyn L. Smith, Victoria Maizes, Andrew Weil and Esther M. Sternberg, "An integrative health framework for wellbeing in the built environment." Building and Environment. 205 (2021).

Alaqtum, T., Altaf Engineer, & Moeller, C. (2021, April). From perception to design: Daylight glare mitigation in architectural spaces. Conference Presentation and Paper, ARCC 2021.

Hyde, J., Runyon, R., Altaf Engineer, Kramer B., Lindberg C., and Esther M. Sternberg. (Accepted; expected publication: September 2021). "Wearable technologies in the workplace: Sensing to create responsive industrial and occupational environments optimized for health." Book chapter, in Mehl, M., Wrzus, C., Eid, M. & Harari, G. (Eds.) Mobile Sensing in Psychology: Methods and Applications (A Handbook). Guilford Books.

Laura Hollengreen. “Qal’at Sim’an: A New Venue of Power in Late Antique Syria.” Proceedings of the 2021 ARCC [Architectural Research Centers Consortium] Conference (2021): 275-82.

Bill Mackey and Chavez, Bryanna. "Identification of Limits to Development of Innovative Affordable Housing Types in the Tucson Area," paper produced through the Drachman Institute, College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture for AARP. January 2021.

Robert Miller. “Verum Seri” (“Truth Serum”), in Brian Delford Andrews, Verum Fictum: Architectural Delineation and Speculation, 1984-2020. Culicidae Architectural Press (2021): 39-51.

Lisa D. Schrenk. The Oak Park Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2021.

Robert Vint. May 3, 2021. "Tucson Opinion: Building a bridge, literally, between park and zoo." The Arizona Daily Star.

Beth WeinsteinRe-scripting the Spatial through Lepecki’s Choreopolitics (abstract), Design as Collective Improvisation, UCLouvain (BE) & EAD PUC Valparaíso (CL), 4-6 November 2021.

Jonathan Bean, Kristina Currans & Nicole Iroz-Elardo. (2020). "Unmasking invisibility". Interactions. 27(3): 22-23.

Sandra Bernal, Altaf Engineer & Nader Chalfoun. (2020, May). Assessment of the implications of natural and mechanical ventilation on exposure to dust in the residential sector. Vivienda y Comunidades Sustentables (Housing and Sustainable Communities).

Alhabib, G., Sandra BernalAletheia Ida Altaf Engineer. (2020, February). "Passive Strategies for Reducing the Impact of Outdoor Air Pollutants on Indoor Air Quality: A Combination of CAM Plants and Hydrogel Membranes." Proceedings of the 16th Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (Indoor Air 2020).

Courtney Crosson, Andrea Achilli, Adriana Zuniga-Teran, Elizabeth A. Mack, Tamee Albrecht, Padmendra Shrestha, Dominic L. Boccelli, Tzahi Y. Cath, Glen T. Daigger, Jennifer Duan, Kevin E. Lansey, Thomas Meixner, Stephanie Pincetl and Christopher A. Scott. "Net Zero Urban Water from Concept to Applications: Integrating Natural, Built, and Social Systems for Responsive and Adaptive Solutions." Environmental Science and Technology Water (2020).

Tong, Daoqin, Courtney Crosson, Qing Zhong & Yinan Zhang. (2020). "Optimize urban food production to address food deserts in regions with restricted water access." Landscape and Urban Planning 202, 103859.

Courtney Crosson. (2020). "A Model for Community and Criticality: The University Urban Design and Research Center." Proceedings of ARCC-EAAE.

Courtney Crosson & Sandra Bernal. (2020). "The Citizen-Architect: Evaluating an Interactive Game for Collaborative Urban Solutions and Green Infrastructure Success." Proceedings of ARCC-EAAE.

Susannah Dickinson, Jonathan Bean and Aletheia Ida. Critical Practices in Architecture: The Unexamined. 2020 (Cambridge Scholars).

Altaf Engineer. (2020, November). "New synergies between research, education and practice for health and wellbeing outcomes in the built environment." EAAE-ARCC International Conference Proceedings.

Altaf Engineer, Sternberg, E.M. & Aletheia Ida. (Eds.). (2020, August). "Healing Spaces: Designing Physical Environments to Optimize Health, Wellbeing and Performance." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Special Issue Book Reprint. Basel, Switzerland: MDPI.

Altaf Engineer, Aletheia Ida & Sternberg, E.M. (2020, August). Editorial: "Healing Spaces: Designing Physical Environments to Optimize Health, Wellbeing and Performance." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Basel, Switzerland: MDPI.

Altaf Engineer. (2020, August). "Immersive Physical Environment: Office Interiors and Preparedness." In Mechanick, J. & Kushner, R. (Eds.), Building and Implementing a Lifestyle Medicine Program: From Concept to Clinical Practice. NY: Springer.

Altaf Engineer. (2020, April). Confluence of design and technology to promote healthy aging and longevity in older adults. Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA51), Tempe, AZ.

Ketchum, R.S., Yuan, H.C., Ruiz-Diaz, L., Lyons, N.P., Cui, S., Frasier, M., Showghi, S.A., Kim, K.J., Aletheia Ida, Pan, W. & Norwood, R.A. (December 2020). "Design and Characterization of a Translucent Solar Module (TSM) for Greenhouse Structures." Journal of Engineering and Architecture.

Aletheia Ida. (2020, February). "Fluid Matters," in Examining the Environmental Impacts of Materials and Buildings, Ed. Blaine E. Brownell. Pennsylvania: IGI Global Press.

Aletheia Ida. "Fluid Matters: The Embodied Water Footprint of Building Materials," chapter in Examining the Environmental Impacts of Building Materials. 2020.

Bill Mackey. "Worker Inc's 2020 Products for the New Home Environment," The Quarantine Times, Marszewski, Ed, Wylie, Nicholas, Chiu, Jeremiah, eds. Public Media Institute, Chicago. March 28, 2020.

Beth Weinstein. "Installing Performances of Spatial Labour," Platform (Theatres of Labour). Vol. 14, Nos. 1&2, Autumn 2020.

Beth Weinstein. "Choreographies of Spatial Labor as Critical Spatial Practice," chapter in Critical Practices in Architecture: The Unexamined. 2020 (Cambridge Scholars).

Elena Canovas. Essay and interview in Conversations and Allusions: Enric Miralles. 2019 (Fundació Enric Miralles).

Elena Canovas. The Digital Space for Modern and Contemporary Catalan Architecture. 2019 (Col.legi d’Arquitectes de Cataluya).

Sternberg, E., Altaf Engineer & Aletheia Ida, Guest Editors.”Healing Spaces: Designing Physical Environments to Optimize Health, Wellbeing and Performance,” Special Issue for International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2019), MDPI Open Access.

Lisa D. Schrenk. Chapter: “Exposition Art Deco,” in The Routledge Research Companion to Art Deco, (New York: Routledge, 2019): 89-112.

Beth Weinstein. "Erasing, Obfuscating and Teasing out from the Shadows: Performing/installing the camps' (in)visibilities," Performance Research > A Journal of the Performing Arts. 2019.

Beth Weinstein. "Performances of Spatial Labor: Rendering the (In)visible Visible," Journal of Architectural Education. September 2019.

Select Architecture Faculty Presentations

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Susannah Dickinson and Aletheia Ida. “Temporal Boundaries: Multiscalar Dynamic Modeling Techniques for Climate Change and Design.” The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the European Association for Architectural Education, ACSA/EAAE,  Teachers Conference:  Curriculum for Climate Agency: Design (in) Action, Conference Proceedings. 2021.

Altaf Engineer & Kramer, B. "Built Environment Considerations to Reduce Disease Transmission in Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Facilities." Presentation at  Conference Intensive: Dimensions of Residential Environments and the Creation of Just Communities, EDRA52 Conference, Detroit. May 2021.

Altaf Engineer. "DASH-SAFE and DASH-Well: Two Near Real-Time Geographic Information System-Based Tools for Risk Assessment and Emotion Mapping in the Built Environment." Invited Presentation: AIA Design & Health Research Consortium. March 2021.

Yijie Chen, Y., Hyde, J.N., Berryhill, A., Morton, C.J., Dean, A., Altaf Engineer, Parthasarathy, S., Young-Jun Son, Y.J., & Esther M. Sternberg. (2021, April). Development of a complementary system for 3D personal CO2 bubble visualization to improve sleep quality and cognitive performance. Poster (virtual), Research to Innovation Showcase, BIO5 Institute, University of Arizona, Tucson.

Damon Leverett. "Biomimetic Generative Design in Symmetrical Grid Systems." SIGGRAPH 2021. August 9, 2021.

Bill Mackey. Panelist, Affordable Housing Summit Tucson: "Building a Housing Plan for Older Adults." January 25-28, February 5, 2021.

Lisa D. Schrenk. “Book Talk: Lisa Schrenk on The Oak Park Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright,” Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, 2021.

Lisa D. Schrenk. The Evolution of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Park Studio” Glessner House, Chicago, IL, 2021.

Lisa D. Schrenk. The Impact of US Railroads in the Promotion and Success of the 1933-34 Century of Progress Exposition. World’s Fairs and Expositions Area, 2021 Popular Cultural Association Annual Meeting, 2021.

Esther M. Sternberg, Altaf Engineer, Bo Yang, Li, S., Co-Is: Young-Jun Son, Y.J., & Philip Stoker. "DASH-SAFE: A Multi-Modal Geographic Information System (GIS) Dashboard for Near Real-time Mapping of Perceived COVID Risk/Safety in a Campus Environment." Poster (virtual), 2021 Integrative Medicine & Health Symposium, University of Arizona, Tucson. March 2021.

Beth WeinsteinChoreo-Spatial Politics. Aurélie Dupuis in conversation w/ Beth Weinstein & Karen Kurczynski, ALICE Research Seminar Series: Surrounded by a fog of virtual images,  ALICE (Atelier de la conception de l’espace), ENAC/EPFL, 12 May, 2021.

Sandra Bernal. "Energy Services and Household Habitability," Virtual Colloquium: Energy, Poverty and Climate Change in the Transborder Region of Mexico and the United States. Colegio de la Frontera Norte, The University of Arizona, CONACyT, EL Colegio de Sonora, La Universidad de Sonora and RedIEL. November 26, 2020.

Altaf Engineer. "New synergies between research, education and practice for health and wellbeing outcomes in the built environment." EAAE-ARCC International Conference, Valencia, Spain. November 2020.

Sternberg, E.M., Altaf Engineer & Omar Youssef. "Health and Wellbeing in the Built Environment (Translating Research into Design Outcomes through Curriculum and Research" (Altaf Engineering), "Virtual Reality and Human Performance" (Omar Youssef). Centre for Conscious Design (CCD) Festival, Phoenix, Arizona. October 2020.

Sternberg, E.M., Yang, B., Li, S., Young-Jun, S., & Altaf Engineer. DASH-SAFE: A Multi-Modal GIS-based Real-Time COVID Risk Assessment, Management, & Navigation Tool - Dr. Esther M. Sternberg. Restruct Built Environment Research Symposium: Mid-Pandemic Adaptation, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. September 2020.

Altaf Engineer. "Confluence of design and technology to promote healthy aging and longevity in older adults." Environmental Design Research Association. Tempe, Arizona. April 2020.

Altaf Engineer, Omar Youssef & Sternberg, E.M. "Poster: Wearable devices to measure the impact of built environments on health." Department of Medicine Annual Poster Session, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. January 2020.

Eduardo Guerrerro. Special lecture on “Contemporary urban theories” at the Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies (KRVIA), Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. September 16, 2020.

Eduardo Guerrerro. Special lecture on “Contemporary urban theories and research methods” at Texas A&M, College of Architecture, College Station, Texas USA. September 8, 2020.

Eduardo Guerrerro. Panelist for the "Master of Urban Design Advanced Design Project Reviews", at University of California Berkeley, College of Environmental Design. August 14, 2020.

Aviv, D., Moradnejad, M., Aletheia Ida, Wang, Z., Teitelbaum, E. & Meggers, F. “Hydrogel-Based Evaporative and Radiative Cooling Prototype for Hot-Arid Climates” in Simulation in Architecture and Urban Design (SimAUD) 2020 Conference Proceedings, Vienna, Austria. May 2020.

Clare Robinson and Arlie Adkins"The Green Book in Arizona: Intersecting urban history, heritage, and planning." EAAE-ARCC International Conference, Valencia, Spain, November 11-14, 2020.

LIsa D. Schrenk. "Dystopia in the World of Utopia: The Transient Nature of Modern International Expositions." Southeast Society of Architectural Historians. Natchez, MS (Virtual due to COVID-19), October 2, 2020.

LIsa D. Schrenk. "The Use of Exploratory Fieldwork Techniques in the Development of Observational and Analytical Skills in Students of the Built Environment." Teaching-Learning Research Design and Environments Virtual Conference, AMPS. Manchester School of Architecture, Manchester, England. December 3, 2020. 

Our Research Stories

View our latest research stories and profiles:

Clare Robinson

Passionate About Learning: Clare Robinson, Associate Professor of Architecture

Associate Professor of Architecture Clare Robinson, who joined CAPLA in 2012, explores how the everyday built environment facilitated the definition of social and aesthetic norms, and how professional designers used modern architecture and planning paradigms to define middle-class activities and spaces during the mid-20th century.

Jesús Robles

Poetics of Space: Jesús Edmundo Robles Jr, Assistant Professor of Practice in Architecture

Assistant Professor of Practice in Architecture Jesús Edmundo Robles Jr, who teaches Techne 2 and second-year studios and is a principal at DUST Architects, has a focus that "oscillates between sustainable material development and poetics of space."

Courtney Crosson

Beyond the Studio: Courtney Crosson, Assistant Professor of Architecture

Assistant Professor of Architecture Courtney Crosson joined CAPLA in 2016. She enjoys connecting students’ academic knowledge with real projects in the community, with a particular focus on water in the built environment and community outreach.

Infill house

Challenging the Norm: Susannah Dickinson, Associate Professor of Architecture

Associate Professor of Architecture Susannah Dickinson, who joined CAPLA in 2009 after practicing architecture full-time, sees teaching and research as an opportunity for personal growth and lifelong learning and also a chance to give back to the next generation of architects.

Altaf Engineer

Improving Design Outcomes: Altaf Engineer, Assistant Professor of Architecture

Assistant Professor of Architecture Altaf Engineer, who joined CAPLA in 2017, has always felt a deep responsibility to apply his knowledge and skills to address critical health, social and environmental issues affecting humans worldwide.

Damon Leverett

The Intersection of Architecture and Technology: Damon Leverett, Senior Lecturer in Architecture

Senior Lecturer in Architecture Damon Leverett began at CAPLA in 2019. With a background in computer science and architecture, he brings a rich mix of architectural technology and systems design experience to the college.

Person working from home with natural light

Healthy Outcomes in Built Environments

The way you lay out your physical environment can reduce stress and create calm, say Assistant Professor of Architecture Altaf Engineer and other researchers from the University of Arizona.

Christopher Domin

Book by Architecture Professor Christopher Domin and Tucson Architect Kathryn McGuire Receives Broad Coverage

Powerhouse: The Life and Work of Judith Chafee was published in fall 2019 and continues to receive accolades and exposure in top architecture publications.


Aletheia Ida

Architecture Professor Aletheia Ida Awarded Public and Private Research Grants

Assistant Professor of Architecture Aletheia Ida has been awarded funding grants for her research on experimental materials and water interactions for building materials from the City of Tucson and Microsoft Datacenter Engineering.

Lisa Schrenk

CAPLA Architectural History Professor Opens Women in Architecture: The Legacy of the Bauhaus in the U.S. Exhibition in Phoenix

The Women in Architecture: The Legacy of the Bauhaus in the United States exhibition curated by Lisa Schrenk is on display in the Gallery of the Arizona chapter office of the American Institute of Architects in Phoenix through March 12.

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

CAPLA Faculty Make an Impact at TENWEST

Tucson’s TENWEST Impact Festival featured speakers, exhibitors, and entertainers from the Tucson community and beyond.