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Class of 2020 Convocation Nov. 19, 2021

Together Again: CAPLA Celebrates 2021 Homecoming and Class of 2020 Convocation

CAPLA celebrated alumni, students and loved ones at 2021 Homecoming festivities with our Día de los Muertos Celebration, Alumna of the Year, Homecoming Reception, 58 Society After-Hours Event and Class of 2020 Convocation. View photo galleries.

Dan Heinfeld Nov. 12, 2021

No Building Left Behind: Dan Heinfeld ’75 B Arch

Though Dan Heinfeld knew from a young age that he wanted to become an architect, he couldn’t have known in eighth grade—when he wrote a class paper on the profession—that his career pursuit would not only change his life but also change the design industry itself. As president of LPA, he’s done just that.

Nov. 4, 2021

CAPLA Celebrates Heather Henricks Lenkin ’79 B Arch, 2020-2021 Alumna of the Year

The Arizona Alumni Association has named Heather Henricks Lenkin ’79 B Arch as its 2020-2021 Alumna of the Year for the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture. Heather was chosen for her outstanding career success, passionate work to protect the world’s cultural resources and unwavering support of the university.

David D. Ortega Oct. 18, 2021

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 Sept. 29, 2021

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 Sept. 23, 2021

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.

Lawrence G. Paull July 9, 2021

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.

CAPLA Convocation Showcase May 15, 2021

Celebrate Our Class of 2021 at the CAPLA Convocation Showcase and Graduation Ceremony Livestream!

Congratulations to our Class of 2021 B Arch, BS SBE, M Arch, MS Arch, MLA, MRED and MS Urban Planning students! View student pages, projects, awards, videos and more on the dynamic CAPLA Convocation Showcase website and then join us online for the Graduation Ceremony May 16.

Dyron Murphy April 16, 2021

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 Feb. 24, 2021

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.

Roy Noggle Jan. 28, 2021

How Architecture Can Save a Life: Roy Noggle ’67 B Arch

Roy Noggle graduated from the University of Arizona’s Bachelor of Architecture program in 1967, where he was a member of the well-known “Safeway Class,” so named because the original architecture studio was held in an old Safeway grocery store on North Park Avenue.

Nancy Pollock-Ellwand Nov. 13, 2020

CAPLA Alumni, Welcome to 2020 Virtual Homecoming!

College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture Dean Nancy Pollock-Ellwand welcomes you to 2020 CAPLA and University of Arizona Virtual Homecoming!