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:

David D. Ortega

Art, Design and Authentic Place: David D. Ortega '77 B Arch

David D. Ortega, who is from Globe, Arizona and has lived and worked in Scottsdale since 1978, became the first architect and Latino mayor in the country when he was elected the 12th mayor of Scottsdale.  He credits his background in architecture with informing his views as a civic leader.

Gustavo Antonio Noriega

Advice for Aspiring Architects (from an Aspiring Architect): Gustavo Antonio Noriega ’20 B Arch

Gustavo Antonio Noriega, who grew up in Sinaloa, Mexico, East Los Angeles and Tucson, graduated from UArizona at the height of the pandemic and following a sudden switch to online courses. In this interview, he offers advice to those just starting out in the architecture program, as well as those looking for their first jobs as they prepare for graduation.

Adriana Zuniga

Exploring Human-Landscape Connections: Adriana Zuniga ’10 MS Arch, Assistant Research Scientist

Assistant Research Scientist Adriana Zuniga came to CAPLA from Mexico in 2008 to pursue her MS Architecture degree. Since then, she has also earned a PhD in Arid Lands Resources Sciences and has taught and conducted research on human-landscape connections at CAPLA since 2015.

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Alumni Projects

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

Oak Harbor Clean Water Facility + Windjammer Waterfront Park, by GreenWorks

Oak Harbor Clean Water Facility + Windjammer Waterfront Park: Gill Williams '92 BLA, GreenWorks, PC

GreenWorks’s work in Oak Harbor, Washington began with the renovation of the Oak Harbor Clean Water Facility and included the Windjammer Park Integration Plan, a long-term plan that integrates existing and new program elements into this 28.5-acre waterfront park.

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.

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