Materials Labs

A student welding metal in the materials lab

The University of Arizona College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA) Material Labs support our mission to provide environments in which to explore, model, fabricate, and test design ideas. In total, the labs comprise a 10,000 sq. ft. (929 sq. meter) facility, providing a professional quality environment with equipment accommodating a wide variety of materials including metals, woods, concrete, ceramics, glass, and plastics.  With CNC tools, robotics, lasers and 3D printers the labs support digital as well as analog fabrication. In addition we created a new 1000 sq. ft. Model Lab allowing students 24/7 access to a range of smaller scale woodworking tools, lasers and 3D printers, once safety requirements are met.

You must now schedule time to use the Materials Lab. You can schedule an appointment by going to and entering information about your project. Scheduling needs to be done, at least, 24 hours in advance (directions are available here and a map of the shop is available here).

The labs are governed by the policies below in order to ensure your safety and appropriate use of the facility. The users of the labs are responsible for understanding and complying with these policies. Access will be provided only upon successful completion of the following:

  1. A one-time in-person training in the labs
  2. An annual proctored Safety Procedure online test accessed through your studio class
  3. A signed formal contract asserting your agreement to abide by lab rules and regulations.

During the fall and spring semesters, the labs are open to all CAPLA students and faculty who have passed the safety requirements. Generally, hours are from 8 am–10 pm, Monday through Friday, and 12–5 pm on the weekends. Labs are closed for winter/summer breaks. Please contact the Material Labs Manager for additional information.

A student using a drill press in the materials lab at the College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture
A student with a faculty member assessing a 3D mold for material fabrication
Model Lab
Digital Lab in the materials lab at the college of architecture, planning and landscape architecture