College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture

The College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA) is an international leader in the development of sustainable design and planning solutions for arid regions of the world. CAPLA’s setting in Tucson offers inspiration and guidance to faculty and students working directly with and in response to the diverse ecology and culture of the Sonoran Desert while developing processes for analysis and design that are portable to other arid and semi-arid locales.

Dean: Nancy Pollock-Ellwand

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. Its 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."

Combining knowledge from a history rich in culture with cutting-edge environmental research and new technologies, faculty members inspire students to envision global arid communities of the future.  Located in proximity to the U.S./Mexico border, faculty and students place special focus on issues surrounding international border planning and design.

CAPLA alumni and faculty are internationally renowned experts in solar architecture; energy and water conservation; emerging materials and technology; landscape ecology, planning, and management; healthy communities; historic preservation; sustainable housing and transportation systems; socially responsible real estate investing and sustainable tourism; border settlement patterns and border land use change.  CAPLA faculty and students engage in collaborative research and design and planning with the U. S. National Park Service, U. S. Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management addressing historic structures, cultural landscapes, park design, energy conservation, and resource management on federal lands throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Texas.

The College currently offers the Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments, minor in Sustainable Built Environments, Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture, Master of Science in Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Science in Planning, and a Graduate Certificate in Heritage Conservation. Students can also enroll in a dual Master of Planning/Master of Business Administration degree, and an accelerated master’s program with a Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Science in Planning. To learn more about CAPLA’s degrees and programs, please visit

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Website: Primary Address:
1040 N. Olive Road
Tucson, AZ 85721-0075
United States
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 210075
Tucson, AZ 85721-0075
United States
Email: Phone Number:

(520) 621-6751