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 Río 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.
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.
1. Art & Design
2. Community Design
3. Cross-Cultural Contexts > Human Experiences
4. Digital Design & Visualization
5. Historic Preservation
6. Industry Collaborations
If you are a university student for transfer or reclassification (not for high school students):
You must file the Application for Admission to the School of Architecture. Information on how and when to file, go to the link: