The students, faculty and alumni of the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture comprise a dynamic community.
Meet a few of our students, faculty, staff and alumni who are building a changing world:
Designing for the Body: Ally Pearl Kwan ’23 B Arch
Ally Pearl Kwan came to UArizona from Cypress, California, choosing the B Arch program because of the studio spaces and world-class Materials Labs. At CAPLA, Ally has become a student leader, joining the American Institute of Architecture Students Arizona chapter, where she was president and awarded the 2021 Chapter Leader Honor Award by the AIAS.
Reconnecting Humans and Nature: Ibeth Martinez '23 MS Arch
Ibeth Martinez came to UArizona from Guayaquil, Ecuador, where she studied architecture as an undergraduate student. She came to CAPLA to pursue the Master of Science in Architecture because of its research focus flexibility and the fact that it offers both studio and research courses.
Creating Results: Jacob Schaffer ’23 SBE, ’24 MRED
Jacob Schaffer came to UArizona from Highland Park, Illinois, after his father, an alumnus, forwarded him information about CAPLA. The combination of sustainable built environments and real estate development piqued his interest, and he has been creating results ever since.
Material Matters: Danielle Breyton ’23 B Arch
Danielle Breyton came to UArizona from Alamo, California. She fell in love with the university after touring campus and the city, but she wasn't always interested in attending college. At CAPLA, she has learned that the B Arch program is much more than design: it's challenging and rewarding in multiple ways, and has prepared her for a dynamic career.
Pursuing Athletics While Planning for Real Estate: Talie Bonds '23 MRED
Talie Bonds is a UArizona Track and Field student athlete from Las Vegas, Nevada. Though her goal is to become a professional athlete, she also understands the value of preparing for life outside of athletics. This May, she graduates with her Master of Real Estate Development from CAPLA.
Everything is Cumulative: Ryan Meeks '05 B Arch
Ryan Meeks, a 2005 graduate of the Bachelor of Architecture program who grew up in Tucson and now lives in Denver, is the founder of Bosk, an urban design and architecture firm. In this interview, he offers keen insight on his B Arch experience, lessons learned from his capstone project, what it means to start his own design firm, the best career advice he has received and more.
Building Immersive Environments: Erika Schmidt '20 BS SBE, '23 M Arch
Erika Schmidt, who is originally from Maryland but grew up in Sahuarita, Arizona, graduated from CAPLA's BS in Sustainable Built Environments at the beginning of the pandemic. A sudden shift in career possibilities led her to enroll in the Master of Architecture program, but her passions for performance and design remain.
A Passion for Solving Student Challenges: Sean Kramer-Lazar, Senior Academic Advisor
Sean Kramer-Lazar joined CAPLA in 2016, and now serves as a senior academic advisor, providing support for undergraduate students entering the BS Sustainable Built Environments (main campus and online) and Bachelor of Landscape Architecture programs. Learn more about Sean and his work and other passions in this profile.
Celebrating William Brown ’66 B Arch, 2023 CAPLA Alumnus of the Year
In honor of his remarkable career and his dedicated support, the Arizona Alumni Association is proud to name William Brown the 2023 Alumnus of the Year for the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture. Read more about Brown's legacy in this profile.
Designing Place, Designing Policy: Jesus Nava ’23 B Arch
Jesus Nava was born in Sinaloa, Mexico, and grew up in San Diego, California. He was drawn to UArizona and the Bachelor of Architecture because of the beauty of the Sonoran Desert and its many outdoor recreation opportunities—as well as UArizona’s “great basketball program.”
Community Found and Community Created: Julia Smith ’26 B Arch
Julia Smith isn’t your typical design student, and for Puente—the Hispanic student organization of CAPLA that she recently led—that’s a good thing. Though Smith is a second-year Bachelor of Architecture student, she’s six years older than most of her classmates. She’s also married to a member of the U.S. military.
Interdisciplinary Insight: Kelly Eitzen Smith, Assessment Coordinator and Research Specialist
Kelly Eitzen Smith supports CAPLA and UArizona in a variety of important roles, from assessment coordinator to research specialist. Learn more about Smith, who worked in the Drachman Institute from 2010 to 2017 and joined the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning in 2017.