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

Agricultural Center at Mochik Ranch, by Greg Veitch

Agricultural Center at Mochik Ranch: Greg Veitch '23 M Arch

The Agricultural Center at Mochik Ranch is predicated upon the concept of interdependence, which is a central tenet of Yoeme spirituality and culture. The project goal was to use architecture to facilitate agricultural production and cultural ownership through an interdependent deployment of climactic forces and culturally significant building materials.

Root Down

Root Down: Maggie Collopy '23 B Arch

Maggie Collopy's Root Down is a mixed-used building that accommodates institutional, educational, commercial and public uses. Located in the multicultural heart of Tucson, the project serves as a beacon for public integration and educational exposition, and an example of how buildings can be sustainable.

Housing Project for Domestic Violence Survivors

Housing Project for Domestic Violence Survivors: Kathy Le '24 M Arch

Kathy Le's Housing Project for Domestic Violence Survivors is a community designed for women and children victims of domestic violence. Le's main goals were to address and resolve issues with security, comfort and community, seeking not just to provide shelter but also to provide nurturing.

The Avenue Solar Decathlon Design Challenge entry

UArizona Architecture Students Win 2022 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Design Challenge Grand Prize

Professor Jonathan Bean and the Solar Decathlon Design Challenge Multifamily Building team of fourth-year B Arch students Andrew Norris, Jonah Cummins-Mikkalson, Alex Kolodziej and Nhan Vo not only took first place in their division, but also was selected as the 2022 Design Challenge Grand Winner for Commercial Divisions—a first for CAPLA and UArizona.

Border Studio: Oñate Crossing

Border Studio: Oñate Crossing

Students in Teresa Rosano's ARC 410/510 studio worked with students from New Mexico and Chihuahua to design concepts and visualization of the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Oñate Crossing historic site in El Paso and associated sites in the city of Jaurez, Mexico.

Bisbee Mercado, by Alexis Campion

Third-Year B Arch Students Create Award-Winning, Accessible Designs for Bisbee, Arizona

This fall, third-year Bachelor of Architecture students in studios led by Teresa Rosano, Dulce Arambula, Eduardo Guerrero, Siri Trumble and Beth Weinstein participated in a universal design awards program generated from a partnership between AGM/Ascension Wheelchair Lifts and CAPLA. Meet the winners.

Mount Lemmon Outdoor Library

Mount Lemmon Outdoor Library: Nickolas Witt '23 B Arch

Nickolas Witt's Mount Lemmon Outdoor Library, Merit Award winner of the inaugural AGM/Ascension Universal Design Prize in 2021, is comprised of two simple floors united around an existing site tree which filters natural light in all innovative spaces.

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.