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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:

H. B.
◈ Studied B.S. Architecture
◈ At Eastern Visayas State University Tacloban
◈ Graduated 2009

list bulletWhy did I choose Architecture: I liked to design houses and landscaping. Architecture is the course for this.

list bulletAbout my college education: In the course of Architecture, the student needs creativity, curiosity, and courage. And not anyone can be a good architect without the proper training by Architects who have the experience already. The structural designs that we are required to do helped me in passing the Board exam for architecture.

There were some who failed in the first two years of the 5-year course but there was very few failures in the 3rd and 4th years. On the fifth year, no one failed.

Before taking the Board, all Architecture students who graduate are required to have a 2-year training in an architectural firm. After completion of the 2-year period, we are allowed to take the Board.

list bulletMy current job: My present work is to be one of the Architects in a firm in Manila with SM and other rich people as clients. I make the designs and submit the completed design to my direct superior for approval. Once approved I have to make sure that it is implemented according to the approved plan.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: After graduation, I still have to comply with the 2-year actual work with Architects. Then I have to take the Board. After passing the Board and becoming a full – fledged Architect my father demanded for me to stay in Tacloban to help him in his business. Only in 2013 was I allowed to work full-time in Manila.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Architecture: This course offers one much income and money. This is the course that is good for people who like to be in the construction business and landscaping. I will recommend this to those who can be patient in learning more from the experienced Architects.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Those wanting to take this course must have the full support of their parents. The class projects are many and the student must have the money to do this. This course also needs much time and work due to the many projects.

After graduation, the student will spend again in complying the 2-year requirement of working with the Architects. Then after that there is the formal review for the Board exams. Those from the provinces have to go to Manila and take the Board exam there. It is quite a burden for those parents who do not have high income and they have to borrow money. These are the considerations before one takes the course.
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