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?
 

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 indeed 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.

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

Why study at CAPLA and the University of Arizona?

Some students come to study with us because our programs focus on sustainability and students appreciate this exciting and expanding career field. Some come to CAPLA because of our location in the lush Sonoran Desert, understanding that our environment distinguishes us and allows us to study and learn from our natural surroundings. Some come because Tucson offers a rich multicultural mix of people and architecture because it has been continuously inhabited for over 4,000 years. They understand that CAPLA is placed at the heart of a continuum of building activity, a position that cannot be claimed elsewhere in North America.

Regardless of why you choose to come to CAPLA, we are sure you will find yourself at home in our welcoming community.


View Student Work

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

Urban Aquatic Conservatory, by Morgan Oster

Urban Aquatic Conservatory: Morgan Oster '18 B Arch

Morgan Oster proposes a fish hatchery and wildlife research center, which have a strong didactic potential in San Francisco's urban setting to educate the population on endangered species as well as the ecological effects of climate change and pollution.

Hope Rock Park Event Center

Master of Landscape Architecture Students Receive Elizabeth "Liba" Wheat Prize for COVID-Responsive Park Design

For Hope Rock Park, Paige Anthony '21 MLA and Ramzy Bejjani '21 MLA chose a linear open space area five miles south of downtown Tucson along the Santa Cruz River, sandwiched between a residential neighborhood and a large shopping center.

Duwamish People's Memorial and Gallery, by Jenny Nguyen

Duwamish People's Memorial and Gallery: Jenny Nguyen '20 B Arch

The Duwamish People's Memorial and Gallery by Jenny Nguyen adapts cultural practices as well as architectural themes, patterns and materials of the Duwamish Tribe— a community of indigenous peoples who have stewarded the site for thousands of years but were quickly displaced following European settlement.

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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:

Paola Ortez

A Journey of Resilience: Paola Ortez '21 BS SBE

Paola Ortez, who is from Tucson, entered CAPLA's BS in Sustainable Built Environments program (Sustainable Building Emphasis) following a series of unexpected physical and mental challenges, testing her but demonstrating her resilience and commitment to sustainability.

Rafael Taiar

Taking on New Challenges: Rafael Taiar ’22 B Arch

Bachelor of Architecture student Rafael Taiar, who is from the small city of Vinhedo in São Paulo, Brazil, came to CAPLA for what he knew would be a challenging and rewarding experience.

Lydia Roberts

Making a Happier and Healthier Environment: Lydia Roberts '22 B Arch

CAPLA student ambassador Lydia Roberts came to the Bachelor of Architecture program at the University of Arizona from Sierra Vista, Arizona, but has family across the globe.

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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