School of Architecture

School of Architecture

Teaching, research and service on the leading edge of sustainable design.

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.

We combine place-based design in the exquisite landscape of the Sonoran Desert and our world-class facilities with cutting-edge material and environmental research—all delivered through robust hands-on learning and service to our profession and communities.

We offer immersive, hands-on design programs: Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Arts in Design Arts and Practices, 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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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:

School Events

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

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

Our Academic Programs

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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Student Work, Awards & Profiles

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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