Alumni

Empowered, engaged and essential to building a changing world.

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The 4,500+ graduates of the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture have designed a variety of career paths with one thing in common: the pursuit of excellence in our built environment.

CAPLA alumni are curious, creative and resilient—finding success across a broad range of industries. Explore how alumni can stay in touch, share opportunities, connect with students and be a vibrant part of the CAPLA community.

A Message from the Dean to CAPLA Alumni and Friends in Response to COVID-19

I want to share the measures we are taking at the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture to keep our students, faculty, staff and broader community safe and engaged as we continue the important work of our college—teaching, research, service and student support.

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Alumni Profiles

Meet a few of the dynamic CAPLA alumni who are building a changing world:

Lawrence G. Paull

From ‘Safeway Architecture Student’ to Oscar-Nominated Production Designer: New Scholarship Honors Lawrence G. Paull ’64 B Arch

Lawrence G. Paull '64 B Arch, who passed away in 2019, created award-winning sets for such films as Blade Runner, Back to the Future, City Slickers and Romancing the Stone. His wife Marcy Bolotin has endowed a CAPLA scholarship in his name.

Dyron Murphy

Designing for the Human Factor: Dyron Murphy ’88 B Arch

Dyron Murphy, who is from Window Rock on the Navajo Nation, learned many things as a Bachelor of Architecture student—time management, design skills, flexibility—but what he didn’t anticipate was how close his cohort would become and has since remained.

Rich Michal's Civano house

Cowboys, Hippies and Sustainable Design: Rich Michal '07 B Arch, M Arch

Rich Michal came to CAPLA to study architecture after earning a bachelor's degree in construction engineering and management from Purdue University and an MBA from Indiana University. Seeking to learn more about sustainable design—and designing and constructing one of the nation’s most energy-efficient on-grid homes in the country as his master’s thesis—he pursued the B Arch and M Arch concurrently.

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Alumni Projects

View projects and other work by CAPLA's dynamic alumni across a mix of disciplines:

Congress Center (Expo 2017): Tim Winstanley '13 M Arch, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Congress Center (Expo 2017): Tim Winstanley '13 M Arch, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Congress Center is a 45,000-square-meter cultural anchor within the Expo 2017 development and master plan of Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. The guiding silhouette profiles are abstractions of the golden eagle in flight.

Ablitt Tower, by Jeff Shelton Architect

Ablitt Tower: Jeff Shelton '83 B Arch, Jeff Shelton Architect

The four-story Ablitt Tower, completed in 2006 by Jeff Shelton Architect, has a 19’ x 19’ footprint with a ground floor garage, a fifth-floor roof deck and a bedroom, kitchen and lounge on the floors between.

Verve Coffee Roasters, by Fuse Architects + Builders

Verve Coffee Roasters: Dan Gomez '98 B Arch and Dan Townsend '98 B Arch, Fuse Architects + Builders

The designs by Fuse Architects + Builders for Verve Coffee Roasters in Santa Cruz, California are raw and bold, showcasing how important details are. This matches how Verve feels about their coffee.

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