School of Architecture Student Work

Students create a wide variety of outstanding work during their time at the School of Architecture.

Check out a gallery of select student work or scroll down to view more detailed examples of student projects and work from undergraduate and graduate architecture students:

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:

Narratives and Galleries

Harlem Music Academy & Studios, by Nikolas Altamura

Harlem Music Academy & Studios: Nikolas Altamura '21 B Arch

Nikolas Altamura's Harlem Music Academy & Studios, winner of the AIA/School of Architecture Design Excellence highest honor for 2021, builds from the neighborhood's rich musical history to serve low-income, at-risk youth by providing access to expression through a music school proposed for a site in East Harlem.

Tucson 2050 public presentation

UArizona Architecture Students Design a More Sustainable Tucson Thanks to CAPLA Partnership with GLHN

Since 2017, GLHN Architects & Engineers has sponsored and provided technical advising on four architecture studios designed to craft a more sustainable Tucson by the year 2050. This year, the focus turns to urban food systems.

Tortuga Ranch, by Alec Kelly-Jones

Tortuga Ranch: Alec Kelly-Jones '22 M Arch

The architecture at Tortuga Ranch, designed by Alec Kelly-Jones '22 M Arch, expresses the goal of creating spaces that promote interaction, support a variety of traditional practices and help youth understand themselves within the context of all Yaqui people who came before them; translating time, place, celebration and tradition as one generation joins another for the benefit of all generations to come.

Everything Change, by Sam Owen

Climate Change, Architecture Change, Everything Change: Sam Owen '22 B Arch

This infill project by Sam Owens '22 B Arch houses the Cooperative Extension Innovation Center which helps bridge the gap between the University of Arizona and the general public. It recognizes that the world is in constant flux, and the human-built world can no longer insist on pretending to be static. Gone are the days of growth without regard for decay, says Owen.

Undefined Boundaries, by Ana Astiazaran

Undefined Boundaries: Ana Astiazaran '22 B Arch

Winner of the esteemed 2021 COTE Top Ten for Students Award, Undefined Boundaries, the Center for Innovation and Collaboration in Tucson, Arizona by Ana Astiazaran '22 B Arch, addresses social, political and environmental matters with the intention of recognizing humanity’s susceptibility to change.

Center for Information and Collaboration by Eunbee Kang

Center for Innovation and Collaboration: Eunbee Kang '22 B Arch

The Center for Innovation and Collaboration in Tucson, Arizona by Eunbee Kang '22 B Arch is an urban oasis that extends an invitation to its immediate surroundings and much further, shaded by rich greens fed by trickling water.

Sunset view of ADU in Camino Verde project

UArizona Architecture Students Extend Winning Streak in Solar Decathlon Design Challenge

For the fourth consecutive year, CAPLA undergraduate architecture student teams were finalists in the international Solar Decathlon Design Challenge. This year the teams placed second in the Urban Single-Family Housing and Mixed-Use Multifamily Building divisions.

 

Multimodal path on Howard Avenue

Architecture Undergraduates Team with City of Tucson to Design Proposition-Funded ‘Bicycle Boulevards’

In a course taught by Assistant Professor of Architecture Courtney Crosson, Bachelor of Architecture students worked with the city and neighborhood associations to create six innovative designs that focus on “complete streets” and green stormwater infrastructure for roadways in midtown Tucson.

Urban Aquatic Conservatory, by Morgan Oster

Urban Aquatic Conservatory: Morgan Oster '18 B Arch

Morgan Oster proposes a fish hatchery and wildlife research center, which have a strong didactic potential in San Francisco's urban setting to educate the population on endangered species as well as the ecological effects of climate change and pollution.

Duwamish People's Memorial and Gallery, by Jenny Nguyen

Duwamish People's Memorial and Gallery: Jenny Nguyen '20 B Arch

The Duwamish People's Memorial and Gallery by Jenny Nguyen adapts cultural practices as well as architectural themes, patterns and materials of the Duwamish Tribe— a community of indigenous peoples who have stewarded the site for thousands of years but were quickly displaced following European settlement.

Healing Architecture, by Orianna Zimmerman.

Healing Architecture: Orianna Zimmerer '19 M Arch

Orianna Zimmerer's Healing Architecture is a center for rehabilitation of addicts located at the Lafayette Park area in Detroit, Michigan. The project follows principles that focus on the relationship between quality design and patient recovery, including easy-to-navigate paths, daylight, privacy and views of nature.

Lafayette Healing and Wellness Center, by Afshan Behnamghader

Lafayette Healing and Wellness Center: Afshan Behnamghader '19 M Arch

Lafayette Healing and Wellness Center is a medical facility designed by Afshan Behnamghader in Detroit, Michigan. The design of the facility follows a set of performance criteria proven to have a positive effect on improving human wellbeing in space.