Student, Faculty & Alumni Profiles

Rachael Varin

The Future of Building: Rachael Varin '21 B Arch

B Arch student Rachael Varin, who was born and raised in Tucson, has used her CAPLA studio and design/build experience, as well as her internships in Arizona and California, to build upon her passion for construction.

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.

Christian Aguilar Murrieta at Park(ing) Day 2020

A Passion for Sustainable Gardening: Christian Aguilar Murrieta ’23 MLA

Master of Landscape Architecture student Christian Aguilar Murrieta is from Ciudad Constitucion, Baja California Sur, Mexico, a small city surrounded by agricultural fields and chirinolas. She moved to Tucson in 2013 after earning her undergraduate degree in sustainable tourism at the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur.

Greg Veitch

Design Negotiation: Greg Veitch '23 M Arch

Greg Veitch, who is from New Haven, Connecticut, entered CAPLA's Master of Architecture program after receiving his undergraduate degree in English from the University of Connecticut. Prior to enrolling at CAPLA, he worked for two years at a design firm in Aspen, Colorado.

Seattle Public Library drawing by Robert Miller

A Form of Meditation: Robert Miller, Director, School of Architecture and Professor of Architecture

Robert Miller, who joined CAPLA in 2010 as director of the School of Architecture, is stepping down as school director in June 2022. Learn more about Miller's experience at UArizona and before, as well as his passion for drawing, insight on academic administration and more.

Emma Nakpairat

A Balanced Mindset: Emma Nakpairat '23 BLA

Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Emma Nakpairat came to CAPLA and the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program in Tucson to be inspired by the Sonoran Desert—and to combine her love of the outdoors with her thirst to improve the environment in which we live.

Laura Hollengreen

Dwelling in Meaning: Laura Hollengreen, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Architecture

Laura Hollengreen, who has worked at CAPLA twice in her career, is researching theories of virtual and augmented reality to understand how some effects of digital media today were foreshadowed by immersive techniques in art and architecture of the past, especially medieval art, her area of expertise.

Carla A. Campos

Designing a Resilient Future: Carla A. Campos '22 BS SBE UArizona, B Arch UPC Lima

Carla A. Campos is a fourth-year architecture undergraduate student at UPC Lima in Peru. Through CAPLA’s innovative microcampus program, she’s also pursuing her BS in Sustainable Built Environments program at the University of Arizona.

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!”