Urban Resilience Lab

Urban Resilience Lab (URL)

The Urban Resilience Lab (URL) collaborates across academia, public government, and private industry to advance a sustainable and resilient built environment able to adapt and respond to the critical environmental and social equity challenges of cities.

Now more than ever, the climate emergency calls on researchers and designers in the built environment to lead on adaptive solutions for resilient, sustainable, and equitable cities.

What URL Does

  • Support cities in transitions to water, energy, carbon neutral and net positive balances
  • Infrastructure optimization through multi objective modeling and decision support tools
  • Collaborate across University of Arizona Institutes and Centers
  • Address social equity issues through the planning and design of cities (infrastructure, landscapes, buildings)
  • Advance urban climate adaptation with community engagement 
  • Support curriculum across architecture, planning, and landscape architecture in the areas of sustainability, resilience, and adaptation of the built environment to graduate adept emerging professionals​​​​​

URL’s Tools for Change

  • Policy memos (research-based)
  • Exhibits
  • White papers
  • Planning documents
  • Conceptual designs (current and future conditions)
  • Workshops
  • Policy briefs
  • Research and research-design
Tucson from Tumamoc Hill

City of Tucson’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan

Downtown Tucson 2050

Downtown Tucson 2050

NZUW diagram

Net Zero Urban Water National Science Foundation Research Coordination Network

National Awards

  • 2018 ACSA/AIA Practice + Leadership Award (blind peer reviewed)
    Association for Collegiate Schools of Architecture and American Institute of Architects National award to recognize highly effective teaching, scholarship, and outreach
  • 2017 AESS President’s Award
    Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS)
    President’s Award for Educational and Environmental Collaboration and Excellence

State and Local Awards

  • 2019 AIA Community Education Award (blind peer reviewed)
    American Institute of Architects (AIA) | Arizona State Chapter
  • 2019 AIA Community Design Award (blind peer reviewed)
    American Institute of Architects (AIA) | Arizona State Chapter
  • 2017 AIA Urban and Regional Planning State Design Award, citation (blind peer reviewed)
    American Institute of Architects (AIA) | Arizona State Chapter
  • 2017 Crescordia Award (first place) (blind reviewed)
    Arizona Forward | Environmental Excellence Awards
    Environmental Educator Excellence State Award | Recognized Tucson 2050 Project
  • 2017 Common Ground Award | Finalist (blind reviewed)
    Metropolitan Pima Alliance | Recognizes outstanding collaboration in the community
  • 2016 AIA Pedagogy Award (blind peer reviewed)
    American Institute of Architects| Arizona State Chapter