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:

Casa Caldera

Jesús Robles and D U S T Architects Win 2021 Jeff Harnar Award for Contemporary Architecture in the Southwest

D U S T Architects, led by Assistant Professor of Practice in Architecture Jesús Robles and founding principal Cade Hayes, has been awarded the top design prize by the University of New Mexico School of Architecture + Planning and the Thornburg Foundation for Southern Arizona's Casa Caldera.

Hot sun over city

CAPLA-led Research Team Awarded $150K NOAA Grant to Help American Communities Better Plan for Heat Mitigation

To help bridge government disparate efforts, Ladd Keith is leading an effort called Plan Integration for Resilience Scorecard for Heat, or PIRSH, that has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the NOAA Climate Program Office, under its Extreme Heat Risk Initiative.

Tucson skyline

Planning Professor Arlie Adkins on Equitable Regionalism for Tucson’s Regional Transportation Authority

In an op-ed in the June 11, 2021 edition of the Arizona Daily Star, Arlie Adkins calls out the ongoing discussion about regional coordination in the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), an independent taxing district within Pima County that manages multimodal transportation projects.

Sunset view of ADU in Camino Verde project

UArizona Architecture Students Extend Winning Streak in Solar Decathlon Design Challenge

For the fourth consecutive year, CAPLA undergraduate architecture student teams were finalists in the international Solar Decathlon Design Challenge. This year the teams placed second in the Urban Single-Family Housing and Mixed-Use Multifamily Building divisions.

 

Puerto Rico damaged houses on coastline

MS Urban Planning Student Envisions Resilient Energy Prioritization Tool for Post-Hurricane Puerto Rico

First-year MS Urban Planning student Chrissy Scarpitti has been awarded first place in the 2021 Planning Excellence Competition sponsored by the Friends of Planning for her project Resilient Energy: Community-Scale Solar Microgrid Siting on the Island of Puerto Rico.

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.