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, from faculty, staff and students alike. 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:

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.

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.

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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:

Rachael Varin

The Future of Building: Rachael Varin '21 B Arch

B Arch student Rachael Varin, who was born and raised in Tucson, has used her CAPLA studio and design/build experience, as well as her internships in Arizona and California, to build upon her passion for construction.

Christian Aguilar Murrieta at Park(ing) Day 2020

A Passion for Sustainable Gardening: Christian Aguilar Murrieta ’23 MLA

Master of Landscape Architecture student Christian Aguilar Murrieta is from Ciudad Constitucion, Baja California Sur, Mexico, a small city surrounded by agricultural fields and chirinolas. She moved to Tucson in 2013 after earning her undergraduate degree in sustainable tourism at the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur.

Greg Veitch

Design Negotiation: Greg Veitch '23 M Arch

Greg Veitch, who is from New Haven, Connecticut, entered CAPLA's Master of Architecture program after receiving his undergraduate degree in English from the University of Connecticut. Prior to enrolling at CAPLA, he worked for two years at a design firm in Aspen, Colorado.

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