School of Architecture - http://capla.arizona.edu/
The School of Architecture is devoted to professional education with a sensibility honed in the edge conditions of an extreme climate on a major international border. Located in the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the United States, the School combines a culturally rich past with cutting-edge environmental research in its place-based design approach to the arid environment.
The making of architecture is a sensible technical and aesthetic activity that serves the needs of human shelter. The construction of shelter is an imaginative cultural research that enables dwelling as a fundamental human aspiration and means to a graceful life. This pursuit must be inflected by place, the geography of Arizona, and the culture of the Southwest. The design for place must be influenced by a portable global sensibility, yet observant of local traditions, tempered by material circumstances, and expressive of the ethos of time and place.