Faculty Research

The essential research of the CAPLA faculty goes well beyond the fields of design, development, planning and sustainability to the core of how we can live better lives in the built environment.

Faculty research solves problems, impacts decisions and shapes policy. Read our CAPLA faculty research stories:

Jonathan Bean April 27, 2022

Passive Building: CAPLA’s Jonathan Bean on How Infrastructure Funding Can Help Buildings Meet Climate Change Goals

In the Biden administration’s new infrastructure law, funding is available to states and communities that UArizona Assistant Professor of Architecture and Sustainable Built Environments Jonathan Bean says can be used to help fight climate change. Learn how and listen to the full interview.

Brown Foundation Promenade April 20, 2022

Planning for Urban Heat Resilience: Professor Ladd Keith Partners with American Planning Association on Essential Publication

Thanks to a partnership with the American Planning Association, CAPLA's Ladd Keith and ASU's Sara Meerow have published a comprehensive guide for planners and their communities to equitably prepare for urban heat resilience and mitigation: Planning for Urban Heat Resilience.

Eiffel Tower March 16, 2022

Ketchup, the Telephone and Cherry Coke: CAPLA Scholar Explains How World's Fairs Bring Inventions to the Public

World's fairs introduced us to Heinz ketchup, the Ferris wheel, the telephone and countless other now-ubiquitous innovations. Lisa Schrenk, a CAPLA associate professor who studies world's fairs, has helped establish a new institute to study how the events impact global society. Learn more in this interview.

Hot city, blurred March 2, 2022

Extreme heat is the deadliest climate hazard in the U.S. How are urban planners tackling it?

In a paper published in December 2021 in the Journal of the American Planning Association, ASU's Sara Meerow and UArizona's Ladd Keith analyzed the results of their extreme heat survey of planners from diverse cities across the United States to establish baseline information for a growing area of planning practice and scholarship that future research can build on.

Expo 2010 at night Feb. 25, 2022

Inaugural Institute for the Study of International Expositions Symposium Looks to the Past to See the Future

On March 24 and 25, 2022, the Institute for the Study of International Expositions (ISIE) will host its first annual symposium: International Expositions: Looking to the Past, Seeing the Future. Registration for the online event co-sponsored by CAPLA is now open.

Traffic in Sedona, Arizona Feb. 11, 2022

CAPLA Planning Professor Discusses the Rapid Growth in Small, Rural Communities Due to the Pandemic on NPR’s Morning Edition

Philip Stoker, assistant professor of landscape architecture and planning, was interviewed in the January 21, 2022 episode of NPR’s Morning Edition: “The ramifications of exploding interests in small-town living during the pandemic.” His NITC-funded research includes CAPLA graduate students.

Mackenzie Waller Feb. 7, 2022

Creating Spatial Justice: Mackenzie Waller, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture

Mackenzie Waller joined the college this semester as assistant professor of landscape architecture. Learn more about Mackenzie, including current research in environmental/spatial justice and this semester's landscape architecture design studio created around preserving native bees in urban Tucson.

Tucson evening with yellow light Feb. 4, 2022

Public Health Researchers Join Statewide Initiative to Prepare for Climate Impacts

Researchers at UArizona's Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and CAPLA are partnering with organizations across the state to implement interventions aimed at protecting Arizonans from heat hazards thanks to $2 million in funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Tactical urbanism in Queens, New York Jan. 10, 2022

‘Punctual Urbanisms’ Framework Proposed by UArizona Researchers Clarifies Small-Scale Urban Planning Interventions

In a paper published in 2021 in the Journal of Planning Literature, UArizona PhD student Monica Landgrave-Serrano and CAPLA Urban Planning Professors Philip Stoker and Jonathan Jae-an Crisman compiled and analyzed the many terms used to describe small-scale planning interventions, what they call "punctual urbanisms."

Urban housing with construction Dec. 10, 2021

Urban Planning Professor Arthur C. Nelson on Why Cities Need to Make Their Housing Stock ‘Nimbler’

Arthur C. Nelson, professor of urban planning and real estate development, was quoted extensively for his insight on demographic trends in housing in “The Housing Crunch is Real,” an article in the Fall 2021 issue of the National Association of Realtors' On Common Ground.

Jonathan Bean on KOLD News 13 Nov. 16, 2021

Prize-winning E-ROBOT Technology Created by UArizona Architecture and Engineering Professors Showcased on Local CBS Affiliate

UArizona Assistant Professor of Architecture and Sustainable Built Environments Jonathan Bean and Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Wolfgang Fink were featured in a recent news segment by Tucson, Arizona CBS affiliate KOLD News 13.

Nov. 8, 2021

Lecture Recap and Video: Kirk Dimond on 'A Photovoltaic Green Roof'

Kirk Dimond, assistant professor of landscape architecture at the University of Arizona, joins us for the CAPLA Lecture Series on the topic of "A Photovoltaic Green Roof." View the video from Dimond's October 22, 2021 presentation.