Faculty Research & Publications

The faculty of the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture are leading experts and innovators in the built environment.

Their scholarship in architecture, cultural heritage, landscape architecture, real estate development and urban and regional planning is published in the top journals and referenced widely in the media. They work with faculty across the college, the University of Arizona and around the world to make the places we live, work, learn and play more sustainable. The work closely with students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to make our built environments more resilient. And they work with the community—here in the Sonoran Desert and far beyond—to understand and enrich the places we and others call home.


Our Research Stories

Altaf Engineer

Improving Design Outcomes: Altaf Engineer, Assistant Professor of Architecture

Assistant Professor of Architecture Altaf Engineer, who joined CAPLA in 2017, has always felt a deep responsibility to apply his knowledge and skills to address critical health, social and environmental issues affecting humans worldwide.

Illustration of city with green infrastructure

Urban Green Infrastructure Project Lead by Landscape Architecture Professor Bo Yang Wins ASLA Honor Award for Research

Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning Professor Bo Yang has been awarded the prestigious Honor Award, Research from the American Society of Landscape Architects for the research project, "Particulate matter mitigation through urban green infrastructure: Research on optimization of block-scale green space."

Kristina Currans teaching

Untangling Silos: Kristina Currans, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning

Assistant Professor of Urban Planning Kristina Currans, who has a background in civil engineering, began at CAPLA in 2017. She has a wide variety of research and other interests, with a particular focus on land-use development and transportation planning.


Faculty Publications

Fall 2019 and Spring 2020

Elena Canovas, Professor of Practice in Architecture
Essay and interview in Conversations and Allusions: Enric Miralles. 2019 (Fundació Enric Miralles).

The Digital Space for Modern and Contemporary Catalan Architecture. 2019 (Col.legi d’Arquitectes de Cataluya).

Susannah Dickinson, Associate Professor of Architecture, Jonathan Bean, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Sustainable Built Environments and Marketing, and Aletheia Ida, Assistant Professor of Architecture
Critical Practices in Architecture: The Unexamined. 2020 (Cambridge Scholars).

Lauri Macmillan Johnson, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Director, School of Landscape Architecture and Planning, and Kirk Dimond, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture
"BACKFLIP - Papago Park City Boundary, Arizona," topos. March 2020.

Aletheia Ida, Assistant Professor of Architecture
"Fluid Matters: The Embodied Water Footprint of Building Materials," chapter in Examining the Environmental Impacts of Building Materials. 2020.

Ladd Keith, Assistant Professor of Planning and Sustainable Built Environments
"Participation and Engagement of Public Health Stakeholders in Climate and Health Adaptation,Atmosphere. March 2020. With E. Austhof, V. Berisha, B. McMahan, G. Owen, M. Roach and H. Brown.

Arthur C. Nelson, Professor of Planning and Real Estate Development
"The Little Train That Did: Commercial Real Estate Rents and Proximity to Tucson's Sun Link Modern Streetcar with Lessons for Future Expansions," TREND Report. April 2020.

Gary Pivo, Professor of Real Estate Development and Urban Planning
"Essential elements at play in local environmental policy change: A guide for the perplexed,Environmental Science and Policy. April 2020. With A. D. Henry and L. Berger.

Philip Stoker, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning and Adriana Zuniga-Teran, Assistant Research Scientist
"Urban water security: a comparative study of cities in the arid Americas," Environment and Urbanization. 2020. With R. E. Diaz-Caravantes, F. Martin, M. Bernabeu and C. Scott.

Philip Stoker, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning
"Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)," chapter in Basic Quantitative Research Methods for Urban Planners. 2020 (Routledge).

Beth Weinstein, Associate Professor of Architecture
"Choreographies of Spatial Labor as Critical Spatial Practice," chapter in Critical Practices in Architecture: The Unexamined. 2020 (Cambridge Scholars).

"Erasing, Obfuscating and Teasing out from the Shadows: Performing/installing the camps' (in)visibilities," Performance Research > A Journal of the Performing Arts. 2019.

"Performances of Spatial Labor: Rendering the (In)visible Visible," Journal of Architectural Education. September 2019.