• Address
    San Juan, PR, 00925-2531, United States
  • Architecture Degrees

    Graduate - Professional


    Related Disciplines - Undergraduate

    B. Environmental Design
  • Tuition
    In-State Undergrad: $1,663
    Out-of-State Undergrad: $3,737
    In-State Graduate: $1,883
    Out-of-State Graduate: $4,085
  • Full-Time Students

Universidad de Puerto Rico

School of Architecture


The Universidad de Puerto Rico, established in 1903, is the major institution of higher education on the island. The language of instruction is Spanish. The School of Architecture is located on the R’ÛÎ_o Piedras Campus in San Juan, and has an extensive ensemble of buildings that represent various stylistic manifestations of Puerto Rican architecture, ranging from an original Spanish Revival academic quadrangle (listed in the National Register of Historic Places) to outstanding examples of tropical modernism.

School Philosophy

The School of Architecture aims to educate architects in the spirit of a university environment that propitiates humanistic attitudes and a genuine desire for intellectual growth. Students develop aesthetic sensibilities, reinforce their social conscience and cultivate the highest ethical values for the eventual practice of the profession. The goal is to capacitate the student's ability to understand and to incite the discovery and the creation of knowledge through investigation and creative activities.


Undergraduate Program Through an interdisciplinary program with emphasis on the humanities, the pre-professional Bachelor of Environmental Design (BED) provides a sound general education and a foundation in the fundamental principles of architecture. Students are prepared with the skills needed to enter advanced professional degree programs in architecture, as well as other related fields. They are expected to learn the basics of architectural design technology, structures, and architectural theory and history, and be able to contribute constructively to the creation of a better environment. The first two years of the program combine introductory design studio experiences with basic courses in the arts and sciences. The third and fourth years provide intermediate studio work in architectural design, as well as courses in structures, architectural technology, and architectural history and theory. Elective courses are encouraged in historic preservation,technology, research, and other areas, as well as international exchange opportunities emphasizing Latin America. Studio courses stress the identification, analysis, and solution of real-life problems and the development of decision-making in the design process. Tropical climatology, urban and rural issues, and the special environmental concerns of islands in development are focal areas. The BED degree requires 138 credit hours with a 2.0 grade point average. Graduate Philosophy

of Focus
  • Art & Design
  • Community Design
  • Cross-Cultural Contexts
  • Ecological Design
  • Graphics And Visualization
  • Historic Preservation
  • Industry Collaborations
  • Urbanism
Lecture Series
Solar Decathlon
Teaching Assistantships
Research Assistantships
Co-op or Work Placement
Study Abroad
Studio / Course Trips
Student-led publication
Cross-disciplinary Studios
Cross-disciplinary Courses
Online Education
Preparation for Licensing Exams
Individual Workspaces
Model Photography Station
Computer Lab
Large-format Printer
Fabrication Lab
24 Hour Workshop
Laser Cutter
3D Printing
CNC Milling
Image Collection
Architecture Library