Student Profiles

CAPLA students come from a rich diversity of backgrounds and experiences.

View profiles of a few of our students, including undergraduate architecture, landscape architecture, and sustainable built environments students and graduate architecture, landscape architecture, real estate development and urban planning students:

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.

Anisa Hermosillo

Pursuing 'Agritecture': Anisa Hermosillo '22 B Arch

Anisa Hermosillo, who was born and raised in Tucson, nearly chose another architecture program out of state. She quickly realized that staying home to study architecture at UArizona was the right decision.

Alec Kelly-Jones

What It Means to Be a Responsible Steward of the Earth: Alec Kelly-Jones '19 BS SBE '22 M Arch

Alec Kelly-Jones, who came to UArizona from Sydney, Australia, to play rugby, discusses his passion for sustainability and his move from the BS Sustainable Built Environments to the Master of Architecture and the challenges and rewards of the M Arch program.

Athena Myers

Future Trajectories: Athena Myers '21 M Arch

Athena Myers, who is from Tucson, entered the M Arch program after receiving her undergraduate degree in design studies. Prior to joining CAPLA, she spent a year in Portland, Oregon, before moving back to Tucson where she worked as a manager in an advertising agency.

Mehli Romero

Ambition Transforms Character: Mehli Romero '22 B Arch / BA Creative Writing

Mehli Romero came to CAPLA after living in Texas, Mexico, Germany and Italy. As a violinist, she is passionate about music and also now passionate about how places and spaces impact our mental health, a passion that she shares regularly on her blog, Archipeutic.

Kaya Orona

Hands-On Learning: Kaya Orona '23 B Arch

CAPLA student ambassador Kaya Orona, who is active in several student organizations, came to the Bachelor of Architecture program at the University of Arizona from Chandler, Arizona.

Tulga Ericson

Persistence is Key: Tulga N. Ericson '21 B Arch

Tulga N. Ericson, who is originally from Mongolia but moved to Arizona nine years ago, entered CAPLA's Bachelor of Architecture program after knowing he could stay in Tucson to attend an outstanding undergraduate architecture program.

Hong Kong

From Hong Kong to Tucson: Cordell Lee '24 BS SBE

Cordell Lee, who is originally from Hong Kong, entered CAPLA's BS in Sustainable Built Environments program after completing his high school career in the United Kingdom.

Tucson's Congress Street at night

Sustainable Returns: Anthony Van Dao '22 BS SBE

Anthony Van Dao, who grew up in Tucson, entered CAPLA's Sustainable Built Environments program after coming to UArizona first as a B Arch student. After taking time off and realizing his passion was sustainability, he returned to UArizona for the SBE program.

Suzanne Ries

Meeting the Sustainability Challenge—on Earth and Beyond: Suzanne Ries ’21 BS SBE

Suzanne Ries, who is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, entered CAPLA's Sustainable Built Environments program after coming to UArizona first as a B Arch student. After a car accident that required an intense recovery process, she made the difficult decision to switch majors—igniting a passion for sustainable buildings and much more.