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:

Tucson Sun Link Modern Streetcar April 27, 2020

Planning Professor Arthur C. Nelson Shares Analysis and Lessons from Development around Tucson’s Sun Link Modern Streetcar

Professor of Planning and Urban Design Arthur C. Nelson teamed with doctoral student Robert Hibberd and MRED and MS Urban Planning students to conduct research highlighted recently in TREND Report.

Helen Erickson April 14, 2020

CAPLA Heritage Conservation Project Director Guides Urban Planning Graduates and Neighbors in Creating a Cultural Asset App for Tucson

Each year Helen Erickson brings together graduate students in her preservation planning course with neighborhood residents on a project designed to benefit the community. This year they created the Tucson Community Treasures app.

Person working from home with natural light March 25, 2020

Healthy Outcomes in Built Environments

The way you lay out your physical environment can reduce stress and create calm, say Assistant Professor of Architecture Altaf Engineer and other researchers from the University of Arizona.

Christopher Domin March 11, 2020

Book by Architecture Professor Christopher Domin and Tucson Architect Kathryn McGuire Receives Broad Coverage

Powerhouse: The Life and Work of Judith Chafee was published in fall 2019 and continues to receive accolades and exposure in top architecture publications.

 

Aletheia Ida March 6, 2020

Architecture Professor Aletheia Ida Awarded Public and Private Research Grants

Assistant Professor of Architecture Aletheia Ida has been awarded funding grants for her research on experimental materials and water interactions for building materials from the City of Tucson and Microsoft Datacenter Engineering.

Lisa Schrenk Feb. 28, 2020

CAPLA Architectural History Professor Opens Women in Architecture: The Legacy of the Bauhaus in the U.S. Exhibition in Phoenix

The Women in Architecture: The Legacy of the Bauhaus in the United States exhibition curated by Lisa Schrenk is on display in the Gallery of the Arizona chapter office of the American Institute of Architects in Phoenix through March 12.

Chris Nelson speaks from behind a podium in the Sundt Gallery Feb. 14, 2020

Planning Professor’s Efforts on Leaving a Legacy Showcased by the APA Foundation

Arthur C. Nelson, professor of planning and real estate development, is featured in the American Planning Association Foundation’s 2019 Year in Review for his work on two endeavors: FutureShape and scholarship endowments.

Ladd Keith and Doug Parsons talk during America Adapts Podcast Jan. 30, 2020

Planning Professor Ladd Keith Discusses Extreme Heat and Climate Change on America Adapts Podcast

Assistant Professor of Planning Ladd Keith was featured on America Adapts: The Climate Change Podcast.

Judith Chafee Exhibition: Framing the Desert Jan. 27, 2020

In the Gallery | Judith Chafee: Framing the Desert

Associate Professor of Architecture Christopher Domin and Tucson Architect Kathryn McGuire Showcase the Work of Judith Chafee

Dec. 20, 2019

Samuel Jensen Selected as NITC Student of the Year

This prestigious annual award goes to just one graduate student among the six National Institutes of Transportation and Communities member universities.

Dec. 2, 2019

2019 Transportation Research

The University of Arizona is part of the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), one of five National University Transportation Centers funded by the United States Department of Transportation. NITC is a network transportation researchers and educators from Portland State University, University of Utah, University of Oregon, Oregon Institute of Technology, and University of Texas Arlington.

Oct. 18, 2019

CAPLA Faculty Make an Impact at TENWEST

Tucson’s TENWEST Impact Festival featured speakers, exhibitors, and entertainers from the Tucson community and beyond.