Projects

U.S. Embassy and Consulate, Lisbon, Portugal May 16, 2022

U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Lisbon, Portugal: Christopher Kirk '72 B Arch, Fred Bassetti and Company

The new U.S. embassy and consulate built in 1983 in Lisbon, Portugal was a high-security office building for the ambassador, political, military and economic departments, as well as other, more secretive functions. The site was a pastoral 12-acre location of a historic 17th-century former monastery and estate on the outskirts of the city.

Traffic calming chicane April 19, 2022

Plan the Plan

Plan the Plan aims to apply crowd-source technology to foster greater inclusion and social justice in the City of Tucson’s neighborhood planning process. CALPLA faculty and students applied this platform to seven neighborhoods in the Grant-Alvernon area of Tucson, Arizona.

Camp Naco April 19, 2022

Camp Naco Story Map

The Camp Naco story map tells the story of the still-standing adobe Buffalo Soldier cavalry camp and its meaning both to the descendants of these soldiers and to African American members of the military and their families.

Aerial map of illegal guest houses April 18, 2022

Identification of Limits to Development of Innovative Affordable Housing Types in the Tucson Area

Architecture lecturer Bill Mackey investigates the development regulations, costs and trends within the metropolitan Tucson region associated with “innovative” housing types on individual lots for a Drachman Institute project funded by AARP.

April 18, 2022

City of Tucson's Climate Action and Adaptation Plan

Faculty members Courtney Crosson and Ladd Keith, along with community partners, develop a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) to help the City of Tucson establish a path to reduce carbon emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. 

Border Studio: Oñate Crossing April 13, 2022

Border Studio: Oñate Crossing

Students in Teresa Rosano's ARC 410/510 studio worked with students from New Mexico and Chihuahua to design concepts and visualization of the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Oñate Crossing historic site in El Paso and associated sites in the city of Jaurez, Mexico.

Sheraton El Conquistador Hotel, 1982 April 10, 2022

50 Years of Commercial Real Estate Development in Tucson

When Arizona Daily Star sought to put together a “visual trip down memory lane” of Tucson’s commercial real estate development over the last five decades, it turned to students in the Master of Real Estate Development program to lead the research.

Mount Lemmon Outdoor Library Jan. 21, 2022

Mount Lemmon Outdoor Library: Nickolas Witt '23 B Arch

Nickolas Witt's Mount Lemmon Outdoor Library, Merit Award winner of the inaugural AGM/Ascension Universal Design Prize in 2021, is comprised of two simple floors united around an existing site tree which filters natural light in all innovative spaces.

Harlem Music Academy & Studios, by Nikolas Altamura Oct. 20, 2021

Harlem Music Academy & Studios: Nikolas Altamura '21 B Arch

Nikolas Altamura's Harlem Music Academy & Studios, winner of the AIA/School of Architecture Design Excellence highest honor for 2021, builds from the neighborhood's rich musical history to serve low-income, at-risk youth by providing access to expression through a music school proposed for a site in East Harlem.

Tucson 2050 public presentation Oct. 12, 2021

UArizona Architecture Students Design a More Sustainable Tucson Thanks to CAPLA Partnership with GLHN

Since 2017, GLHN Architects & Engineers has sponsored and provided technical advising on four architecture studios designed to craft a more sustainable Tucson by the year 2050. This year, the focus turns to urban food systems.

Tortuga Ranch, by Alec Kelly-Jones Sept. 21, 2021

Tortuga Ranch: Alec Kelly-Jones '22 M Arch

The architecture at Tortuga Ranch, designed by Alec Kelly-Jones '22 M Arch, expresses the goal of creating spaces that promote interaction, support a variety of traditional practices and help youth understand themselves within the context of all Yaqui people who came before them; translating time, place, celebration and tradition as one generation joins another for the benefit of all generations to come.

Everything Change, by Sam Owen Sept. 7, 2021

Climate Change, Architecture Change, Everything Change: Sam Owen '22 B Arch

This infill project by Sam Owens '22 B Arch houses the Cooperative Extension Innovation Center which helps bridge the gap between the University of Arizona and the general public. It recognizes that the world is in constant flux, and the human-built world can no longer insist on pretending to be static. Gone are the days of growth without regard for decay, says Owen.

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