Projects & Other Work

CAPLA faculty, students and alumni create projects and other work that are wide-ranging and far-reachingalways with an eye towards a more sustainable built environment.

View summaries and image galleries of this dynamic work:

Downtown Tucson and Sentinel Peak at sunset

CAPLA Students and Faculty Partner with Local First Arizona to Help Organizations Develop Sustainability Plans

Assistant Professor of Architecture Altaf Engineer and Lecturer in Architecture Sandra Bernal-Cordova helped build the SCALE UP curriculum and train its facilitators, and are now preparing to engage CAPLA students and recent graduates in the award-winning, community-oriented program.

THRIVE Training Program screen

CAPLA, Mrs. Green’s World and Pima County Team Up to Increase Participation in County’s Sustainable Action Plan

CAPLA Lecturer in Architecture Sandra Bernal-Cordova is collaborating with Mrs. Green's World and Pima County to design, implement and evaluate a new "Sustainable Action Plan for County Operations" engagement program for county employees.

Former 7-Eleven on Walnut Hill Lane in Dallas, Texas, following October 2019 tornado.

Dallas, Texas Turns to CAPLA Planning and Sustainable Built Environments Professor and ULI for Guidance Following Natural Disasters

Ladd Keith, assistant professor of planning and sustainable built environments, chaired the Urban Land Institute Advisory Services Panel that evaluated and made recommendations on rebuilding a Dallas neighborhood following a devastating tornado. Keith also provided insight into the recent Texas power grid failure.

Multimodal path on Howard Avenue

Architecture Undergraduates Team with City of Tucson to Design Proposition-Funded ‘Bicycle Boulevards’

In a course taught by Assistant Professor of Architecture Courtney Crosson, Bachelor of Architecture students worked with the city and neighborhood associations to create six innovative designs that focus on “complete streets” and green stormwater infrastructure for roadways in midtown Tucson.

Urban Aquatic Conservatory, by Morgan Oster

Urban Aquatic Conservatory: Morgan Oster '18 B Arch

Morgan Oster proposes a fish hatchery and wildlife research center, which have a strong didactic potential in San Francisco's urban setting to educate the population on endangered species as well as the ecological effects of climate change and pollution.

Hope Rock Park Event Center

Master of Landscape Architecture Students Receive Elizabeth "Liba" Wheat Prize for COVID-Responsive Park Design

For Hope Rock Park, Paige Anthony '21 MLA and Ramzy Bejjani '21 MLA chose a linear open space area five miles south of downtown Tucson along the Santa Cruz River, sandwiched between a residential neighborhood and a large shopping center.

Duwamish People's Memorial and Gallery, by Jenny Nguyen

Duwamish People's Memorial and Gallery: Jenny Nguyen '20 B Arch

The Duwamish People's Memorial and Gallery by Jenny Nguyen adapts cultural practices as well as architectural themes, patterns and materials of the Duwamish Tribe— a community of indigenous peoples who have stewarded the site for thousands of years but were quickly displaced following European settlement.

Walkability in Tucson, by Gabby Abou-Zeid

Walkability in Tucson: Gabby Abou-Zeid '19 SBE

In her Sustainable Built Environments capstone project, Gabby Abou-Zeid ’19 SBE examines the role of Tucson, Arizona’s built environment in advancing the shift in travel behavior in favor of less carbon-intensive modes, through the lens of walkability.

Verve Coffee Roasters, by Fuse Architects + Builders

Verve Coffee Roasters: Dan Gomez '98 B Arch and Dan Townsend '98 B Arch, Fuse Architects + Builders

The designs by Fuse Architects + Builders for Verve Coffee Roasters in Santa Cruz, California are raw and bold, showcasing how important details are. This matches how Verve feels about their coffee.

AMP&RSAND Modern Workspace Campus

Modern Workspace Campus: Lynn Capouya '79 BLA, Lynn Capouya Inc. Landscape Architects

AMP&RSAND Modern Workspace Campus is a re-imaging of the iconic San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper offices and printing press into a 330,000 square-foot creative office complex.

Exquisite Textures, by Bernbaum/Magadini Architects

Exquisite Textures: Bruce Bernbaum '79 B Arch and Tricy Magadini '78 B Arch, Bernbaum/Magadini Architects

In this custom residence by Bernbaum/Magadini Architects, spacious glass walls open wide to welcome essential elements, artfully flowing through a seamless space that captures the tranquility of life through an innovative melding of brilliant blue skies, natural light, flowing water and lush greenery.

Oak Harbor Clean Water Facility + Windjammer Waterfront Park, by GreenWorks

Oak Harbor Clean Water Facility + Windjammer Waterfront Park: Gill Williams '92 BLA, GreenWorks, PC

GreenWorks’s work in Oak Harbor, Washington began with the renovation of the Oak Harbor Clean Water Facility and included the Windjammer Park Integration Plan, a long-term plan that integrates existing and new program elements into this 28.5-acre waterfront park.