The Heritage Conservation program educates students in the preservation of the built environment as part of a comprehensive ethic of environmental, cultural, and economic sustainability. The curricular program, which leads to a Graduate Certificate in Heritage Conservation, is:
Interdisciplinary, teaching holistic problem-solving within an integrated environment of natural and cultural resources including the disciplines of anthropology, archaeology, architecture, art history, history, landscape architecture, materials science, and planning;
Inter-institutional, promoting collaborative engagement between public and private institutions with a curriculum incorporating community service as a method of learning; and
International in scope and regional in application, defined by the arid lands geography of the Greater Southwest.
The College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, the nation's leader in sustainable design and planning for arid regions. CAPLA embodies the oldest design and planning programs in the state of Arizona. 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."