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BS in Architecture in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Architecture is a five year college degree intended for people who wish to pursue a career in Architecture. Architectural education provides students with knowledge and skills in planning, designing and constructing buildings taking into account the principles of utility, strength and aesthetics.

Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in Architecture are encouraged to take the Accountancy, Business and Management strand. This strand provides the basic concepts of business and financial management, and corporate operations that will be helpful for college. 

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Architectural Design
  • Architectural Interior
  • Theory of Architecture
  • Building Technology
  • Building Utilities
  • History of Architecture
  • Professional Practice
  • Planning
  • Computer-Aided Design and Drafting for Architecture
  • Research Methods for Architecture
  • Housing
  • Business Management and Application for Architecture

Admission Requirements


  • The student must be a high school graduate.
However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS)
and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.
  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2”ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of Architecture are expected to be able to:

  • Keep up with the developments in the architectural field
  • Create architectural solutions through the use of history, theory, structural concepts, and professional practice
  • Successfully prepare contract documents, technical reports, and other necessary legal documents needed in architectural procedures
  • Use different information and communication technology media to create architectural solutions and presentation
  • Apply research methods in handling architectural problems
  • Involve oneself in managing construction works and building administration

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in any architectural firm.

Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.

Board Exam

To become a Licensed Architect in the Philippines, a graduate of BS in Architecture needs to pass the Architectural Licensure Examination (ALE). The examination is conducted by the Board of Architecture  under the supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). The ALE takes place every January of the year. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Architecture may pursue a career path in any architectural firms and apply as a Junior Architect, Junior Design Architect, Computer-Aided Design Architect (CAD), Computer-Aided Design and Draft (Architect), Building Surveyors, Architectural Project Manager, Architectural Technologists, or Building Conservation Officer.

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Reviews of BS in Architecture graduates:

C. H.
◈ Studied BS in Architecture
◈ At University of Santo Tomas
◈ Graduated 2010

list bulletWhy did I choose Architecture: I've always wanted to be a doctor or an architect. When I wasn't able to achieve the score for BS Nursing at UST, I wholeheartedly accepted that I was for Architecture.

list bulletAbout my college education: For me fun, not just because of the School but also by the kind of people enrolled with me. My study was continuously interesting and the faculty and the programme made all that possible.

list bulletMy current job: Currently I work as freelance construction manager and designer.
Construction manager makes thing happen at the site, from studying the timeline of the construction project until turning over the building to the owner.
Designer basically puts you on putting into paper your client's needs and wants and being the technical person to discuss this with other trades such as engineers and interior designers.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Absolutely, though actual work differs a lot from what they teach at school, because of practicing professors sharing and teaching just that, it has prepared me pretty much. Construction details and situations helped a lot.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I was actually hired for a job a month before I graduated.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Architecture: In terms of employment opportunities yes I would recommend. Being an architect does not entail being just a designer, you may become a project manager and a designer at the same time.

As for the salary level, if you're just starting you have to really work hard up the ladder. Gain experience and have contacts as much as possible (this actually also goes for other courses), then you'll be able to have that certain level where the salary matches the position.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: You really do not have to me good on drawing since there are subjects that will teach you just that. Math, not as extensive as engineering though aspiring must understand how other trades work basically. Proud to be jack of all trades, you have to know everything, from psychology of people in a mall to work flow and accesses in a high security facility like airports and jails.

Also, exposure from school activities gives you an advantage on landing jobs and performing a step ahead than your colleagues helps you stand out
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