The CAPLA Student Experience

The student experience at the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture is as rewarding as it is challenging.

In our tight-knit community of doers, you'll find the support you need to thrive. As a small college in a large Research 1 university, we offer a unique and supportive environment for learning how to plan, develop, design and create a more sustainable future. Are you ready to build a changing world?

At CAPLA, you feel like you are part of something bigger than yourself, which encourages you to be the best version of yourself.

Emma Nakpairat '23 BLA

Students sitting on steps and laughing
CAPLA students in a social media review

Though you may join us at CAPLA because you want to become an architect, landscape architect, real estate developer, urban planner or sustainability manager, you'll find much more to the student experience than just career prep.

At CAPLA we will prepare you for these professions in our state-of-the-art facilities that offer a mix of hands-on, field-based and technological learning. But you'll also find your education goes well beyond career goals, providing invaluable insight into the built environment.

Study in any program at CAPLA challenges students to achieve academic success, to meet demanding studio requirements and to develop cross-campus collaborations. All of this means that you are encouraged to get out of your comfort zone to solve difficult problems. And you won't do that alone, because in addition to faculty and staff who are eager to help you find your success, you'll find a supportive community of students and alumni who likewise understand the rigors of your program and know what it takes to exceed even your own expectations.

At CAPLA, you can tailor your studies through electives and by working with different professors. Through different classes and a mix of extracurricular opportunities including student organizations, you will engage not only with your classmates and instructors, but also with design/build projects and the community—whether that's on the University of Arizona campus, in Tucson or in the world beyond.


View Student Work

View a sampling of the design and other work created by CAPLA students:

Housing Project for Domestic Violence Survivors

Housing Project for Domestic Violence Survivors: Kathy Le '24 M Arch

Kathy Le's Housing Project for Domestic Violence Survivors is a community designed for women and children victims of domestic violence. Le's main goals were to address and resolve issues with security, comfort and community, seeking not just to provide shelter but also to provide nurturing.

Map created by Irene Pineda of Pomona, California

Award-Winning Student Map Aims to Help Southern California City Plant a Sustainable Future

Recent Master of Landscape Architecture student Irene Pineda has won first place in the graduate/professional student category of the UArizona 2022 Data Visualization Challenge for her map Plant Trees in Pomona for a Sustainable Future. Her map identifies where trees should be planted to provide more shading in the rapidly industrializing Southern California city.

The Avenue Solar Decathlon Design Challenge entry

UArizona Architecture Students Win 2022 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Design Challenge Grand Prize

Professor Jonathan Bean and the Solar Decathlon Design Challenge Multifamily Building team of fourth-year B Arch students Andrew Norris, Jonah Cummins-Mikkalson, Alex Kolodziej and Nhan Vo not only took first place in their division, but also was selected as the 2022 Design Challenge Grand Winner for Commercial Divisions—a first for CAPLA and UArizona.

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View Student Profiles

Meet some of CAPLA's students by viewing their student profiles. You'll find a rich mix of backgrounds and experiences create a diverse and dynamic student community:

Shamara Smith

Sustainable Influence: Shamara Smith '22 BS SBE

BS in Sustainable Built Environments student Shamara Smith came to UArizona from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In this video profile, she discusses how she became interested in sustainability, her passions for leaving the world better than she found it, why community engagement is important and the value of networking in building a new career.

Urban Planning Student Christina Scarpitti

Planning for a Changing Climate: Christina Scarpitti '22 MS Urban Planning

MS Urban Planning student Christina Scarpitti made her way to Tucson in the midst of the pandemic. Although her time here came with a few trials, she looks back and reflects on the positive experience CAPLA and the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning have provided her as she enters the job field.

Christine Ufondu

Immersed in Architecture: Christine Ufondu '25 B Arch

B Arch student Christine Ufondu, who is also pursuing in a Minor in Real Estate Development, will graduate in 2025. She was born in Houston, Texas, but mostly grew up in Rivers State, Nigeria. Though she chose to come to CAPLA site unseen, it was the right decision: she loves the community of faculty, students and immersive design.

Meet Student Ambassadors

Find out what it’s like to be a CAPLA student first-hand. Reach out to any of our student ambassadors, who are glad to answer your questions about the studio experience, faculty interaction, student life and more:

Connect with CAPLA Student Ambassadors