Real Estate Development

Drachman Institute relaunch event April 22, 2022

Drachman Institute Relaunches with Showcase Event and Appointment of Director Courtney Crosson

Assistant Professor of Architecture Courtney Crosson has been appointed director of the University of Arizona’s Drachman Institute by CAPLA Dean Nancy Pollock-Ellwand. Crosson's introduction was combined with a project showcase on April 13 in a "relaunch" of this important, community-focused institute.

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.

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.

CAPLA Job Interview Fair March 21, 2022

How does CAPLA help students find jobs? The largest Job Interview Fair so far opens doors.

The 12th Annual CAPLA Job Interview Fair, made possible by the Chasse Building Team and 22 other sponsors, was held February 10-11, 2022. For the first time, the interactive two-day event took place both online and in person and included 42 employers, 145 students and 536 interviews.

Entryway at Orchard River Garden Park March 7, 2022

CAPLA Planning and Real Estate Law Professor Helps Land Tucson Midtown Townhomes on National Register of Historic Places

Linus Kafka, CAPLA professor of practice in planning and real estate law, spearheaded the successful addition of the "desert modernist" Orchard River Garden Park, a 136-unit townhome complex built on a former pecan orchard, to the National Register of Historic Places.

Christine Ufondu Feb. 16, 2022

Immersed in Architecture: Christine Ufondu '25 B Arch

B Arch student Christine Ufondu, who is also pursuing in a Minor in Real Estate Development, will graduate in 2025. She was born in Houston, Texas, but mostly grew up in Rivers State, Nigeria. Though she chose to come to CAPLA site unseen, it was the right decision: she loves the community of faculty, students and immersive design.

Urban housing with construction Dec. 10, 2021

Urban Planning Professor Arthur C. Nelson on Why Cities Need to Make Their Housing Stock ‘Nimbler’

Arthur C. Nelson, professor of urban planning and real estate development, was quoted extensively for his insight on demographic trends in housing in “The Housing Crunch is Real,” an article in the Fall 2021 issue of the National Association of Realtors' On Common Ground.

Arizona Daily Star spread: 1980s Nov. 12, 2021

MRED Students Research 50 Years of Commercial Real Estate Development in Tucson for Arizona Daily Star

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

Downtown Tucson viewed from Arizona Stadium Nov. 9, 2021

A Thriving Tucson Area Depends on a Secure Water Future

Assistant Professor of Architecture Courtney Crosson, Watershed Management Group's Catlow Shipek and Tucson Artisan Builders' Dante Archangeli pen editorial on local water sustainability for Arizona Daily Star.

Desk in office with window Sept. 1, 2021

CAPLA Experts: In Wake of COVID-19, Employers Must Make Offices Healing Spaces

Altaf Engineer and Esther Sternberg, two CAPLA professors who study how work and living spaces affect physical and mental health, say the pandemic has forced employers to think about how office spaces can reduce employees' stress and enhance their wellbeing.

Bus in motion at night July 30, 2021

Urban Planning Professor Arthur C. Nelson Discusses Bus Rapid Transit Investment in The Washington Post

Arthur C. Nelson, professor of urban planning and real estate development, was quoted in a July 23, 2021 article in The Washington Post on rapid transit and urban growth, referencing a study conducted by Nelson and other UArizona researchers on bus rapid transit sites from 2013-2019.

Construction documents May 17, 2021

Embracing Risks and Contracts in Design and Construction

Barbara Bryson writes that two of the most challenging barriers to creating a 'culture of predictable outcomes' for the design and construction industries are misunderstanding risk and wrestling with poor contracts. Here she outlines how to move past these obstacles.

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