College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture
SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
CAPLA curricula are integrated across the professions and delivered by a small, caring, and diverse community of teachers strongly connected to practice. Our faculty engages students, not only in conceptual design, but in the fabrication and construction of tomorrow's buildings and landscapes. We work at all scales, from the parametric design of a single ceramic block to the planning of the 350 mile regional Sun Corridor. Our School is distinguished by its emphasis on critical practice, extreme climate design, sustainability, hands-on learning, and settlement. CAPLA graduates are highly sought by firms across the country.
The School of Landscape Architecture and Planning develops students with diverse backgrounds into leading practicing professionals who are prepared for the challenges that face society and the environment. Our college's location affords us access to the breadth of the University and the fabulous environment in which it sits. As the Land Grant University in Arizona, our collective school mission is in prefect alignment: to serve society.
The Planning Program at the University of Arizona is located in the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning. Our program is fully accreditated by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) offering you a range of concentrations that you prepare you for the world of work in a growing and very important profession.
The Drachman Institute is the research-based outreach arm of the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA) at The University of Arizona dedicated to sustainable design and planning with a focus on communities in need throughout Arizona and the Greater Southwest. We engage students, staff, faculty, and citizens as an interdisciplinary collaborative striving to make our communities healthier, safer, more equitable, and more beautiful places to live.
REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT
The Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) offered through The University of Arizona’s College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA) is a degree focusing on sustainable and responsible development, including emphasis on: public/private partnerships, transit-oriented development, sustainable cities, and green building. The MRED program is ideal for professionals interested in better understanding the real estate industry as a whole, as well as those who are or intend to be real estate developers and industry leaders.
SUSTAINABLE BUILT ENVIRONMENTS
The College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture is pleased to offer an extraordinary degree opportunity for students interested in entering the new green economy. The Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments is a solutions-based, interdisciplinary undergraduate degree that educates students in the comprehensive understanding of sustainability principles and prepares them with the skills to make our communities, buildings, and landscapes more sustainable.. Graduates are prepared for challenges to be met in a rapidly developing world with global issues of an unprecedented nature.
INSTITUTE ON PLACE AND WELLBEING
The University of Arizona Institute on Place and Wellbeing (UAIPW) seeks to redefine human health to fully encompass the role of the built and green environment in health and wellbeing, through research, education, practice, and policy change.
An interdisciplinary institute at the University of Arizona (UA), the UAIPW links expertise of the UA College of Medicine -- Tucson, the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (AzCIM), and the UA College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture, actualizing the university's commitment to a vision of human health that fully encompasses the role of the built and natural environment in health, wellbeing and healing. Through cutting edge research the UAIPW is taking person-centered health to the next frontier--"Person and Place-Centered Health and Wellbeing.
CAPLA faculty work at the forefront of sustainability and regenerative development, specifically, alternative energy, water conservation, landscape ecology, climate change adaptation, affordable housing, and heritage preservation. Our alumni are recognized internationally for modern desert architecture, landscape architecture, and urban and regional planning and design comprising what is known as the "Arizona School."
We appreciate that the selection of a university is one of the most important decisions one makes in their lifetime. CAPLA offers an extraordinary professional education inspired by our Sonoran setting and position within a world-class university renowned for research in environmental science and medicine, developing solutions to the most critical issues facing the planet.
Design Intelligence Survey
The annual Design Intelligence Survey of America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools is now open! These annual rankings are a leading resource to rank architecture and design programs on the basis of their ability to prepare graduates for professional practice. UA’s School of Architecture has been in the top 20 nationally for the last 3 out of 4 years. Take a few minutes to fill out the short questionnaire at the link below.