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:

Ghana street and residences

Ghana Digitized Its Address System: Its Failure Offers Lessons to Other African Countries Creating Smart Cities

Research by Seth Asare Okyere, CAPLA visiting assistant professor of urban planning, and Louis Kusi Frimpong, Matthew Abunyewah and Stephen Kofi Diko, show that digitalization initiatives in Ghana need to take local factors and engagement into account if they’re going to succeed.

Kelly Eitzen Smith

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.

Lecture Recap and Video: Sharon Collinge on 'Working with Communities to Build Environmental and Societal Resilience'

Sharon Collinge shares her experiences working at the interface of land use and climate change in the context of building resilient ecosystems and communities in this CAPLA Lecture Series lecture.


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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Connect with CAPLA Research and Practice

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.