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:

Abstract architectural view on UArizona campus

‘Performative Environments’ Spark Insight and Activism at International Conference Hosted by UArizona School of Architecture

Though the ARCC 2021 international conference hosted by CAPLA was held during the pandemic—and therefore online instead of on campus as originally planned—the gathering of many of the world’s most provocative built environment researchers was a resounding success.

Harlem Music Academy & Studios, by Nikolas Altamura

Harlem Music Academy & Studios: Nikolas Altamura '21 B Arch

Nikolas Altamura's Harlem Music Academy & Studios, winner of the AIA/School of Architecture Design Excellence highest honor for 2021, builds from the neighborhood's rich musical history to serve low-income, at-risk youth by providing access to expression through a music school proposed for a site in East Harlem.

Tucson 2050 public presentation

UArizona Architecture Students Design a More Sustainable Tucson Thanks to CAPLA Partnership with GLHN

Since 2017, GLHN Architects & Engineers has sponsored and provided technical advising on four architecture studios designed to craft a more sustainable Tucson by the year 2050. This year, the focus turns to urban food systems.

Tortuga Ranch, by Alec Kelly-Jones

Tortuga Ranch: Alec Kelly-Jones '22 M Arch

The architecture at Tortuga Ranch, designed by Alec Kelly-Jones '22 M Arch, expresses the goal of creating spaces that promote interaction, support a variety of traditional practices and help youth understand themselves within the context of all Yaqui people who came before them; translating time, place, celebration and tradition as one generation joins another for the benefit of all generations to come.

Everything Change, by Sam Owen

Climate Change, Architecture Change, Everything Change: Sam Owen '22 B Arch

This infill project by Sam Owens '22 B Arch houses the Cooperative Extension Innovation Center which helps bridge the gap between the University of Arizona and the general public. It recognizes that the world is in constant flux, and the human-built world can no longer insist on pretending to be static. Gone are the days of growth without regard for decay, says Owen.

Native nation flags outside Old Main, The University of Arizona

Native American Advancement, Initiatives and Research Web Portal Launched with Support of CAPLA Assessment Coordinator

School of Landscape Architecture and Planning Assessment Coordinator Kelly Eitzen Smith, who also serves as project coordinator for the Native Peoples Technical Assistance Office, helped create and launch the new Native American Advancement, Initiatives and Research (NAAIR) web portal.

Undefined Boundaries, by Ana Astiazaran

Undefined Boundaries: Ana Astiazaran '22 B Arch

Winner of the esteemed 2021 COTE Top Ten for Students Award, Undefined Boundaries, the Center for Innovation and Collaboration in Tucson, Arizona by Ana Astiazaran '22 B Arch, addresses social, political and environmental matters with the intention of recognizing humanity’s susceptibility to change.

Confronting Borderlands, by Kenneth Kokroko '17 MLA

Confronting Borderlands: Kenneth J. Kokroko '17 MLA

Kenneth J. Kokroko's Confronting Borderlands proposes a new monument to peace the straddles the United States-Canada border, and seeks to integrate the existing (to be dismantled) Peace Towers into the newly designed landscape at the International Peace Garden.

Marfa Suite

CAPLA’s Jesús Edmundo Robles Jr and DUST Architects’s Marfa Suite Featured in The New York Times

Completed by DUST Architects in winter 2020, the Marfa Suite located in Marfa, Texas, and designed by CAPLA Assistant Professor of Practice Jesús Edmundo Robles Jr and partner Cade Hayes of DUST Architects was featured in The New York Times story “How Do You Add On to the Perfect Small House? You Don’t.”

Center for Information and Collaboration by Eunbee Kang

Center for Innovation and Collaboration: Eunbee Kang '22 B Arch

The Center for Innovation and Collaboration in Tucson, Arizona by Eunbee Kang '22 B Arch is an urban oasis that extends an invitation to its immediate surroundings and much further, shaded by rich greens fed by trickling water.

Casa Caldera

Jesús Edmundo Robles Jr and DUST Architects Win 2021 Jeff Harnar Award for Contemporary Architecture in the Southwest

DUST Architects, led by Assistant Professor of Practice in Architecture Jesús Edmundo Robles Jr 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.