Built Environments

Urban areas are our future – more than two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050 according to the UN. Cities and their interconnected systems also contribute the majority of greenhouse gas emissions. Built environments must be made more environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable and resilient. As part of Arizona Environment's vision for the future, the built environment must advance improved quality of life and equity.

UArizona applies its expertise in sustainable built environments to urban green space and biodiversity, transportation, energy, wastewater treatment, and planning for climate adaptation and recovery from extreme events. These efforts support the planning, design and governance of more livable cities, especially in challenging environments such as the semi-arid Sonoran Desert. The College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture and the College of Engineering are leaders in built environment innovation and transforming learning to address the future needs of built environment scholars and practitioners. Our faculty and students leverage their expertise to shape robust and effective local, statewide, national, and global partnerships. By enriching teaching, interdisciplinary research, and supporting community decision-making in the built environment, UArizona is building a more sustainable and resilient world.