National Architectural Accrediting Board

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

NAAB Documents:

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.

NAAB Conditions for Accreditation 2014

NAAB Conditions for Accreditation 2020

NAAB Procedures for Accreditation 2012

NAAB Procedures for Accreditation 2020

NAAB Guidelines to the Accreditation Process 2020

NAAB Virtual Visit Supplement 2020

NAAB Guidelines for the use of Digital Content in Accreditation Visits 2020

The School’s last accreditation visit was in 2023.  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 2023 easier to read, you may also refer to an outlined and summarized version of the Visiting Team’s observations in their VTR 2023.

NAAB 2023 Visiting Team Report

NAAB Declaration Letter 2023

NAAB 2014 Visiting Team Report

NAAB 2008 Visiting Report

NAAB 2008 Visiting Team Report (Outlined 2012) 

Annual Report Submissions:










Architectural Program Report:

Architectural Program Report 2022

Architectural Program Report 2013/2014

Architectural Program Report 2007 (Revised February 2008)

Courses Description

Course Description (2014)

School of Architecture Faculty Resumes

Faculty Resumes (2014)

2018 Substantive Curriculum Change Proposal

Substantive Change Proposal for the Master of Architecture Graduate Program

NAAB Substantive Change Approval Notification

Virtual Video Tour