From the NAAB 2020 Conditions for Accreditation, effective: February 10, 2020
“In the United States, most 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 professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year term, an eight-year term with conditions, or a two-year term of continuing accreditation, or a three-year term of initial accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established education standards.
Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a non-accredited undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the non-accredited degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.”
The University of Puerto Rico, School of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program:
M. Arch 1.5 track – Environmental Design Bachelor/ Pre – Architecture Bachelor Degree + 37 credits
M. Arch 3.5 track – Non-Architectural Bachelor Degree + 106 credits
Note: The next NAAB review will be in 2023.
NAAB, the National Architectural Accrediting Board is the national organization dedicated to accrediting Schools of Architecture that offers professional degrees in architecture.
The School’s academic commitment is to ensure that the students are effectively prepared as per the Student Performance Criteria (SPC’s) as defined by NAAB. It is important that the entire academic community be aware of the nature of the performance criteria to guide both students and faculty throughout their academic experience.
The School’s last accreditation visit was in 2008. As part of the accreditation process, the School submits an Architectural Program Report (APR) to NAAB that is then answered with their Visiting Team Report (VTR).
In an effort to make the VTR 2008 easier to read, you may also refer to an outlined and summarized version of the Visiting Team’s observations in their VTR 2008.