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