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This project will be a SCAPE that merges landscape and architecture to create a symbiotic environment for plant and human inhabitation.


This project will WALK THE WALK embodying and expressing the principles, values and aspirations of CAPLA, the premier institution in sustainable design, planning, and management for arid regions.


The project will be a NEXUS, introducing new circulation paths to connect existing corridors and will be programmed to maximize value and create stimulating spaces for the CAPLA community.


This project will optimize human COMFORT by introducing shading systems, planning for a variety of ergonomic conditions, and creating a safe environment for all users.

Understand the Gridshell

The gridshell is a lightweight structure composed of welded steel rods and clad in perforated metal panels. Erected in multiple stages, the gridshell is an experimental lightweight structure.

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Drone Flyover - Gridshell site

To better understand the the Gridshell site and the West face of The College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, watch the Flyover video.

Studio Pangolin Project Gridshell

This project is an initiative to RE-CONCEIVE the main entrance of CAPLA [college of architecture, planning, and landscape architecture] west at the University of Arizona. It is being delivered in fall 2015, aiming for completion by 2016, through STUDENT ENGAGEMENT by a combined undergraduate and masters DESIGN BUILD STUDIO working with a stakeholder team ranging from the college, to the university, to the city of Tucson, to international academic groups. The project includes an INTEGRATED URBAN LANDSCAPE as well as a GRIDSHELL SHADE PAVILION funded by an international multi-university research grant sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The grant is dedicated to researching best practices in educational design build.