CAP Build Challenge 2020


R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning students are:

  • Professionally Prepared
  • Creatively Curious
  • Globally Aware
  • Locally Engaged

As a result, they learn to think independently and become leaders who solve problems throughout their lifetimes. When you nurture the minds and characters of CAP students, you are investing in the future of transformational industries. It’s no wonder that professional designers and planners surveyed by the website “Design Intelligence” consistently rank our programs among the “most hired” and “most admired.”

A CAP education is resource intensive, requiring the right equipment and classroom support, the best faculty, and meaningful partnerships with working professionals. To stay on top, we need the involvement of all CAP supporters through Our Call to Beneficence, Ball State’s comprehensive fundraising campaign.


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Each graduating class builds on our legacy of excellence. But our continuing success comes with an urgent responsibility to future generations. Standing still means falling back, and we must keep advancing. With you as a strategic partner, we will recruit the best students, ensure they have the best studio and learning experiences, and create more opportunities to engage communities in real-life problem solving alongside practicing professionals.”


- David Ferguson '78, Dean

Dave Ferguson

FUNDING Opportunities

  • CAPS Fellows Scholarship and Other Aid: merit-based scholarship program for elite fifth-year students who show exceptional promise for leadership.
  • 50-Year Anniversary Legacy Scholarship: dedicated to continuing the College’s foundational values, with each 50th-anniversary class contributing in turn.
  • Increased Industry Connections: creating intentional partnerships to better serve the future of design and planning; includes a Firm in Residence program to connect studio students and faculty with professional firms, and a Capstone Faculty Program, with top professionals from around the world serving as visiting faculty.


Students working on project

The Sappenfield Lecture brings a top speaker to campus each year and honors the college’s founding dean, the late Charles M. Sappenfield. Established in 1996, the series is a chance for students and faculty to listen to and interact with leading practitioners. In addition to the Sappenfield Lecture, guest lectures happen once a month. Your support would help us expand the Sappenfield Lecture to twice a year and improve the Guest Lecture Series.

CAP Student working on their model

Travel is transformative, forcing us to confront preconceived ideas, think independently, and approach problems from new perspectives. CAP Around the World is a travel fund that covers out-of-pocket costs for future planners and designers to participate in domestic and international field trips. Preference is given to first-generation students and students from underrepresented groups. Also, the John and Ingrid Russell Fund for Immersive Travel Experiences supports student travel as an opportunity for personal growth and is aimed at landscape architecture students with demonstrated financial need. Help us send more students off campus and into the world.

CAP Grad at comencement
  • CAP Indy, on the capital city’s near eastside, provides community-based immersive learning opportunities for graduate students in the master's of architecture and master's of urban design programs, with additional programs in the wings.
  • CAP Fort Wayne: Fort Wayne is empowered by many CAP alums in design, planning, and construction firms. CAP has been asked to assist with community participation-driven planning and design initiatives, with strong initial support from the region. CAP is poised to launch a Fort Wayne Civic Design Studio.
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We have 11 degree types that cover seven interdisciplinary fields.


Job placement rate, with some fields at 100%


We offer the only public undergraduate architecture program in the state

Empower CAP students to see in a new way, to think critically, and to integrate skills at a high level.

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