Student, Faculty & Alumni Profiles

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.

Zoe Sadorf

Connecting to the Roots of Place: Zoe Sadorf '21 M Arch

Zoe Sadorf, who is from the Southern Arizona city of Sierra Vista, entered CAPLA's Master of Architecture program after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Portland State University. Prior to joining CAPLA, she spent three years with a Portland, Oregon architecture firm.

Lisa Schrenk, balancing

Understanding the Past to Design a Better Future: Lisa Schrenk, Associate Professor of Architectural History

Lisa Schrenk, who has visited over 85 countries and six continents in her travels, joined CAPLA in 2012 and incorporates her travel experience into courses on world architecture, the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and more. 

Isabelle Loh

Future Placemaker: Isabelle Loh '21 BS SBE

Isabelle Loh entered CAPLA's BS in SBE (Sustainable Communities Emphasis) after moving from Penang, Malaysia. “It’s a small island in the northern region of the country,” she says. “Fun fact: the island is only half the size of Tucson with almost double the population!”

Teresa Rosano

Making Connections: Teresa Rosano, Assistant Professor of Practice in Architecture

Teresa Rosano, a partner in Ibarra Rosano Design Architects, joined CAPLA in 2011 and now teaches across the spectrum of the undergraduate and graduate architecture curriculum while continuing her practice and other passions, including martial arts.

Roy Noggle

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.

Paola Ortez

A Journey of Resilience: Paola Ortez '21 BS SBE

Paola Ortez, who is from Tucson, entered CAPLA's BS in Sustainable Built Environments program (Sustainable Building Emphasis) following a series of unexpected physical and mental challenges, testing her but demonstrating her resilience and commitment to sustainability.

Rafael Taiar

Taking on New Challenges: Rafael Taiar ’22 B Arch

Bachelor of Architecture student Rafael Taiar, who is from the small city of Vinhedo in São Paulo, Brazil, came to CAPLA for what he knew would be a challenging and rewarding experience.

Lydia Roberts

Making a Happier and Healthier Environment: Lydia Roberts '22 B Arch

CAPLA student ambassador Lydia Roberts came to the Bachelor of Architecture program at the University of Arizona from Sierra Vista, Arizona, but has family across the globe.

Elena Cánovas

Building a Common Vision: Elena Cánovas, Professor of Practice in Architecture

Professor of Practice in Architecture Elena Cánovas, who came to CAPLA in 2017 from Barcelona, views service as "being a part of a community that works together to build a common vision. This is a fundamental role of architects in society.”

Anisa Hermosillo

Pursuing 'Agritecture': Anisa Hermosillo '22 B Arch

Anisa Hermosillo, who was born and raised in Tucson, nearly chose another architecture program out of state. She quickly realized that staying home to study architecture at UArizona was the right decision.

Alec Kelly-Jones

What It Means to Be a Responsible Steward of the Earth: Alec Kelly-Jones '19 BS SBE '22 M Arch

Alec Kelly-Jones, who came to UArizona from Sydney, Australia, to play rugby, discusses his passion for sustainability and his move from the BS Sustainable Built Environments to the Master of Architecture and the challenges and rewards of the M Arch program.