In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards. Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree. The NAAB grants candidacy status to new programs that have developed viable plans for achieving initial accreditation. Candidacy status indicates that a program should be accredited within 6 years of achieving candidacy, if its plan is properly implemented. In order to meet the education requirement set forth by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, an applicant for an NCARB Certificate must hold a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the NAAB; the degree must have been awarded not more than two years prior to initial accreditation. However, meeting the education requirement for the NCARB Certificate may not be equivalent to meeting the education requirement for registration in a specific jurisdiction. Please contact NCARB for more information. The Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico’s School of Architecture was granted INITIAL ACCREDITATION for the following professional degree program in architecture: B.Arch (192 credits)


  NAAB 2011 Visiting Team Report for Initial Candidacy  (VTR-IC)

  NAAB 2013 Visiting Team Report for Continued Candidacy  (VTR-CC)

  NAAB 2015 Visiting Team Report for Initial Accreditation  (VTR-IA)


                                  PCUPR ARCHITECTURE PROGRAM REPORTS (APR) 

                                        NAAB 2009 Plan for Acheiving Initial Accreditation (PAIA)

                                             NAAB 2011 Architecture Program Report  (APR-IC)

                                             NAAB 2013 Architecture Program Report (APR-CC)

                                             NAAB 2015 Architecture Program Report for Initial Accreditation (APR-IA)


                                   NAAB CONDITIONS AND PROCEDURES

                                              2009 NAAB Conditions for Accreditiation

                                              2012 NAAB Procedures for Accreditation


                                    OTHER RESOURCES

                                           AIAS Toward an Evolution of Studio Culture 2008

                                                NCARB 2013 Education Report

                                                NCARB 2015 IDP Guidelines

                                                NCARB  By The Numbers   

                                     CAREER DEVELOPMENT INFORMATION

                                                National Architecture Accrediting Board


                                                 National Council of Architecture Registration Boards

                                                 American Institute of Architects

                                                 American Institute of Architecture Students

                                                 Association of Collegiate School’s of Architecture

                                                 Emerging Professionals Companion

                                                 Colegio de Arquitectos y Arquitectos Paisajistas de Puerto Rico 

                                                 Junta Examinadora de Arquitectos y Arquitectos Paisajistas de Puerto Rico