Research & Practice

Theory to build a changing world. Expertise to get it done.

Capstone rendering by Luyi Huang '18 B Arch

The College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture is a hub for research, service and practice that profoundly shapes the built environment—in the Sonoran Desert and beyond.

Our innovative and award-winning faculty work across disciplines, across communities and across nations. Through world-class scholarship and application, they discover and create. And they nurture: working closely with our students to apply their education in boundless ways. At CAPLA, our research and practice are building a changing world.

It’s time to look at how research can be addressed in buildings so we solve problems in a way that is fully informed, impacts decisions and shapes policy.

Barbara Bryson, CAPLA Associate Dean for Research

Faculty Research

View the latest stories of built environment research by CAPLA's dynamic, innovative faculty members:

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CAPLA-led Research Team Awarded $150K NOAA Grant to Help American Communities Better Plan for Heat Mitigation

To help bridge government disparate efforts, Ladd Keith is leading an effort called Plan Integration for Resilience Scorecard for Heat, or PIRSH, that has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the NOAA Climate Program Office, under its Extreme Heat Risk Initiative.

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Keeping Homes and Cities Cool in Extreme Heat

Planning and Sustainable Built Environments Assistant Professor Ladd Keith, an expert on urban planning and climate change, offers tips to keep your home cool during a heat wave, and discusses how and why cities across the country are doing more to become heat resilient.

Assistant Professor Jonathan Bean Named 2021 CUES Distinguished Fellow for ‘Climate Heroes’ Curriculum

Architecture and Sustainable Built Environments Assistant Professor Jonathan Bean has been named one of four 2021 CUES Distinguished Fellows by UArizona’s Center for University Education Scholarship. His project, Climate Heroes: Transforming the Built Environment, addresses the fundamental challenge of our time: climate change.


Other CAPLA Research and Practice

RESTRUCT: Built Environment Research at the University of Arizona

The University of Arizona will be the first university to develop a robust university-wide ecosystem supporting research, teaching and service for the built environment, defining a new fully integrated discipline leveraging knowledge and research from all Arizona colleges, including CAPLA.

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Take advantage of our faculty expertise and student ambition for approved design/build projects, or utilize CAPLA faculty research or design expertise for a business or community project.

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Header image by Luyi Huang '18 B Arch, a rendering of her fifth-year architecture capstone project.