Alumni Profile

David D. Ortega Oct. 18, 2021

Art, Design and Authentic Place: David D. Ortega '77 B Arch

David D. Ortega, who is from Globe, Arizona and has lived and worked in Scottsdale since 1978, became the first architect and Latino mayor in the country when he was elected the 12th mayor of Scottsdale.  He credits his background in architecture with informing his views as a civic leader.

Gustavo Antonio Noriega Sept. 29, 2021

Advice for Aspiring Architects (from an Aspiring Architect): Gustavo Antonio Noriega ’20 B Arch

Gustavo Antonio Noriega, who grew up in Sinaloa, Mexico, East Los Angeles and Tucson, graduated from UArizona at the height of the pandemic and following a sudden switch to online courses. In this interview, he offers advice to those just starting out in the architecture program, as well as those looking for their first jobs as they prepare for graduation.

Adriana Zuniga Sept. 23, 2021

Exploring Human-Landscape Connections: Adriana Zuniga ’10 MS Arch, Assistant Research Scientist

Assistant Research Scientist Adriana Zuniga came to CAPLA from Mexico in 2008 to pursue her MS Architecture degree. Since then, she has also earned a PhD in Arid Lands Resources Sciences and has taught and conducted research on human-landscape connections at CAPLA since 2015.

Lawrence G. Paull July 9, 2021

From ‘Safeway Architecture Student’ to Oscar-Nominated Production Designer: New Scholarship Honors Lawrence G. Paull ’64 B Arch

Lawrence G. Paull '64 B Arch, who passed away in 2019, created award-winning sets for such films as Blade Runner, Back to the Future, City Slickers and Romancing the Stone. His wife Marcy Bolotin has endowed a CAPLA scholarship in his name.

Dyron Murphy April 16, 2021

Designing for the Human Factor: Dyron Murphy ’88 B Arch

Dyron Murphy, who is from Window Rock on the Navajo Nation, learned many things as a Bachelor of Architecture student—time management, design skills, flexibility—but what he didn’t anticipate was how close his cohort would become and has since remained.

Rich Michal's Civano house Feb. 24, 2021

Cowboys, Hippies and Sustainable Design: Rich Michal '07 B Arch, M Arch

Rich Michal came to CAPLA to study architecture after earning a bachelor's degree in construction engineering and management from Purdue University and an MBA from Indiana University. Seeking to learn more about sustainable design—and designing and constructing one of the nation’s most energy-efficient on-grid homes in the country as his master’s thesis—he pursued the B Arch and M Arch concurrently.

Roy Noggle Jan. 28, 2021

How Architecture Can Save a Life: Roy Noggle ’67 B Arch

Roy Noggle graduated from the University of Arizona’s Bachelor of Architecture program in 1967, where he was a member of the well-known “Safeway Class,” so named because the original architecture studio was held in an old Safeway grocery store on North Park Avenue.

Lena Porell Sept. 24, 2020

Job Searching in the COVID Era: Lena Porell '20 MS Urban Planning

Despite the challenges presented by job hunting during a global pandemic, Lena Porell '20 MS Urban Planning recently moved across the country to Providence, Rhode Island to start her career as a staff planner.

Kendra Hyson Sept. 22, 2020

Ensuring Equity, Building Community: Kendra Hyson ’15 MLA

With her MLA, Kendra Hyson has followed a path to leadership not just in landscape architecture but also in the movement for social equity in built environment design—as both a founder of The Urban Studio and in her current role as a landscape architect and planner for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

Mitchell Freedman April 17, 2020

Measuring Success and 'Paying It Backward': Mitchell Freedman ’80 B Arch

Forty years after his graduation from the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture’s undergraduate architecture program, Mitchell Freedman AIA ’80 B Arch remains in touch with the two faculty members who most influenced him and his work.

Gabby Abou-Zeid April 15, 2020

The Path to Passionate Work: Gabby Abou-Zeid ’19 BS SBE

For Gabby Abou-Zeid, who graduated with her Bachelor's in Sustainable Build Environments in 2019, her path exploring transportation and urban planning has been anything but linear.

Eric Sterner April 14, 2020

Open to Encountering the Unknown: Eric Sterner '15 B Arch

Eric Sterner ’15 B Arch, founding principal of Last Architects, says, "My creativity is inspired by intangible moments and patterns—all rooted in observance. I believe these uncategorical and unplanned moments create points to reflect upon and later understand."

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