School of Architecture

School of Architecture

Preparing students to address the grand challenges of today and tomorrow.

The School of Architecture at the University of Arizona is devoted to professional education, innovative research and community service with a sensibility honed by the conditions of an extreme climate.

Vision: The School of Architecture at the University of Arizona has the following aspirations:

  • We are designers, researchers, and innovators.
  • We are scholars and practitioners.
  • We are inclusive, interdisciplinary, collaborative and diverse.
  • We foster agency, stewardship, responsibility and professionalism.
  • We are adaptive and empathetic.
  • We are engaged locally and globally.
  • We use tactile learning and experimentation.
  • We embrace a multi-method design approach.

We offer interactive, immersive and engaged educational programs: Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Architecture, plus the undergraduate Minor in Architectural History and Theory.

Director's Welcome

Ryan E. Smith, School of Architecture Director and Professor of Architecture

Ryan E. Smith


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Our Academic Programs

Years in a Row Architecture Students Place
in Solar Decathlon Design Challenge
2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024

Ana Astiazaran '22 B.Arch Wins 2021 ASCA/AIA
COTE Top Ten for Students Award
for Sustainable Design Excellence

Student Work, Awards & Profiles

Design/Build Stadium Rowhouse #1

Students at Design/Build project

CAPLA Design/Build

CAPLA Design/Build involves students in hands-on, real-world projects they design and then build under the guidance of School of Architecture faculty, centered around the belief that learning by doing is a powerful method of gaining knowledge.


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School News & Headlines

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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 project nominations and winners and meet the judges:

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Faculty Research & Practice

Materials Labs and Model Lab

CAPLA's state-of-the-art Materials Labs comprise 9,000 square feet dedicated to model-building and fabrication using metals, wood, concrete, ceramics, glass and plastics. Equipment includes CNC tools, robotics, lasers, 3D printers and woodworking tools for digital and analog fabrication.


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Student welding in the Materials Lab

Student working in the Models Lab

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