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(Jan 2020) ROOM ASSIGNMENT: ALE Architecture Board Exam


Are you taking the Architecture Licensure Exam (ALE) this January 2020? Make sure to check your PRC Room Assignment below so that you’ll know where to go and where to take the Architecture board exam!


UPDATE: The Architecture Board Exam Room Assignments are currently being finalized and will soon be released. Exam venues labeled “Now Available!” below already have room assignments available for viewing. If the PDF file is not yet ready, kindly refresh the page for updates or visit this page again to see if the exam venues have been posted.

To help you pass the exam, why not check out useful exam tips and tricks we compiled for you which we got from ALE board passers and topnotchers!


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Before you take the Board Exam, be informed about the following important details — including exam schedule, dress code, and what you can and cannot bring during exam day. All these are official instructions sourced from the PRC.

Architecture Board Exam Schedule (Jan 2020)

On the first day of the board exam, be present at the venue before 6:30 AM so you can check your room and seat number. Take note that examinees who will come in late will NOT be admitted to the exam room so don’t be late, otherwise, you might not be able to take the board exam!

Here’s the schedule and exam topics in the upcoming January 2020 Architecture board exam released by the PRC.

Friday, January 2020

  • 7:00 AM – 7:45 AM – General Instructions and Filling out of Forms
  • 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM – History and Theory of Architecture; Principles of Planning; Architectural Practice (30%)
  • 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Utilities Systems / Structural Conceptualization / Building Materials and Construction (30%)

Sunday, January 2020

  • 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM – Architectural Design and Site Planning (40%)

NOTE: On the second day of the Board Exam, the candidate must bring the following items in order to complete the exam:

  • architect scales (English & Metric Scales)
  • 30 x 60 and 45-degree triangles
  • protractors
  • non-programmable calculators
  • pencils, drawing pens, erasers, graphed paper and other tools for sketching purposes
  • a copy of Rules VII and VIII of the 2004 Revised IRR of Presidential Decree (PD) No. 1096 / 1977 National Building Code of the Philippines (NBCP), which may be downloaded for free from the Latest Publication Section of the PRB-ARC website (www.architectureboard.ph)

Candidates will not be allowed to leave the exam rooms, borrow anything, or communicate with one another on any subject matter.

Dress Code for Architecture Board Examinees

Please note that all examinees are REQUIRED to wear the following attire during board exam days:

  • Males – White polo shirt with collar (without any seal, logo, or mark); Decent pants or slacks.
  • Females – White blouse or shirt with collar (without any seal, logo, or mark); Decent slacks or skirt.

What to Bring During ALE

Make sure you bring the following items with you during exam day:

  • Notice of Admission (NOA)
  • Official Receipt (OR)
  • One (1) piece metered-stamped window mailing envelope
  • Two (2) or more Pencils (No. 2)
  • Ballpens with black ink (black ballpens) only
  • One (1) piece long brown envelope
  • One (1) piece long transparent plastic envelope (for safekeeping of valuables and other allowed items)
  • Food – all examinees are required to bring with them snacks or meals placed inside a transparent plastic bag. No other person, including the proctors or room watchers, shall be allowed to give or distribute food to any examinee while the board exam is in progress.

NOTE: During the exam, candidates are not allowed to borrow anything or to communicate with other people taking the exam. Examinees are also not allowed to leave the room, so with regard to using the CR, make sure you go to the restroom right before taking the exam.

What NOT to Bring During ALE

Take note that the following items are NOT ALLOWED to be brought inside the exam room:

  1. Books, notes, review materials, and other printed materials containing coded data / information / formula;
  2. Programmable calculators;
  3. Cellphones, mobile phones, ear plugs, transmitters, portable computers, smart watches,
  4. Bluetooth and other electronic gadgets or devices which may be used for communication purposes;
  5. Bags of any kind (ladies bag, shoulder bags, attache case, backpacks, etc.);
  6. Other examination aids.

Tips to Pass the Architecture Board Exam

Are you looking for tips to help you pass the ALE?

Here’s our collection of the best insights and tips which we got from Architect Richee Genesis, who successfully passed both the Architecture and Master Plumber Board Exams on his first try! Adopt these tips and you’ll soon be a full-fledged architect in no time!

Tip #1: Do a study area make-over.

“As messy as it looks like (pic below was taken after the boards), the above picture was actually a storage area of our house and I transformed it into my study nuke.”

Tips to pass Architecture Licensure Exam

Study Area of an Architect Board Examinee (Source: Architect Richee Genesis)

Tip #2: If you are enrolled in a Review Center, come early for the front seats.

“They have this strict no reservation policy so tell your friends to come early too!”

Tip #3: Read the Visual Dictionary THRICE!

Tip #4: Don’t buy books that you know you would never open.

Reviewing for the boards especially in ALE is very expensive. Ring-bound books from the review center are quite overpriced so if you can just borrow a book from a friend who bought it, have it photocopied for half the price!

Tip #5: Exchange notes with friends from other review centers.

Tip #6: Be careful with what you write on the logbook. 

“Do your logbook as soon as possible! It can be bought for P400.00 or for the same price. Just take note that you can’t have erasures when filling it out.

Still, take note that the PRC doesn’t always allow everyone to take the boards especially if they find something intriguing in your logbook. So be careful with what you write on your own logbook.”


Useful PRC Links and Board Exam Resources


PRC Room Assignments: Architecture Exam (Jan 2020)

If you see a “Now Available!” note beside the exam venue, it means the PRC already released the list for that province or city and you may now view the room assignment. If it is not yet available, the PRC is still finalizing the school and classroom details. We will update this post once the official Room Assignments are released.

Tips Before Taking the Board Exam

Here are additional useful tips we suggest you follow before the exam.

1. You’ll notice that even in just one school, several buildings and classrooms will be used as testing centers. To make sure that you proceed to the correct location, write down and take note of the exact Building, Classroom, and Seat Number assigned to you.

2. Before the day of the board exam, find out the address of the school or venue where you’ll be taking the exam. Research the actual location using Google Maps or a guide map to determine how to get there.

3. Better yet, try visiting the venue a few days before the board exam! Doing so will help you discover the best transportation or routes to take. If you simulate going to the venue beforehand, you’ll also have an idea how long it will take you to reach the exam center from your place. This allows you to change your transportation plans, if needed.

4. On the day of the exam, don’t be late! According to the PRC, examinees who will be late will NOT BE ALLOWED to take the board exam. We suggest you arrive at the exam venue at least one (1) hour before the start of the exam. This gives you enough time to locate the building, classroom, and seat number assigned to you.

What happens if you did not show up or weren’t able to take the boards? The answer is in this article: I registered but I did not take the board exam.


MANILA: Architecture Exam Room Assignment (Jan 2020)

Here is the school used as official testing center in the previous June 2019 Architecture Board Exam in MANILA. The information below is only intended as reference and may be different from the final exam venues to be released soon. Like the PRC Board Exam Results Facebook page to receive updates about the board exam!

  • COLLEGE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (Address: MENDIOLA ST., MANILA)
  • PERPETUAL HELP COLLEGE-MANILA (Address: V. CONCEPCION ST., SAMPALOC, MANILA)
  • PHILIPPINE WOMENS UNIVERSITY (Address: TAFT AVENUE, MALATE, MANILA)
  • ST. JUDE COLLEGE (Address: DON QUIJOTE ST., SAMPALOC, MANILA)

To view your exact room assignment, please wait a few seconds for the PDF file below to load completely. If the file won’t display properly, simply refresh or reload this page. Sometimes it takes two or three page refreshes to completely load the Room Assignments PDF file.

If you find any errors in the spelling of your name, school, date of birth, or application number, please contact the Application Division of the PRC office nearest you to request a correction of these errors. Alternatively, on the exam day itself, you may approach the proctors or room watchers to request to rectify the errors.


BAGUIO: Architecture Exam Room Assignment (Jan 2020)

Here is the school used as official testing center in the previous June 2019 Architecture Board Exam in BAGUIO. The information below is only intended as reference and may be different from the final exam venues to be released soon. Like the PRC Board Exam Results Facebook page to receive updates about the board exam!

  • EASTER COLLEGE, INC. (Address: GUISAD ROAD, BAGUIO CITY)

To view your exact room assignment, please wait a few seconds for the PDF file below to load completely. If the file won’t display properly, simply refresh or reload this page. Sometimes it takes two or three page refreshes to completely load the Room Assignments PDF file.

If you find any errors in the spelling of your name, school, date of birth, or application number, please contact the Application Division of the PRC office nearest you to request a correction of these errors. Alternatively, on the exam day itself, you may approach the proctors or room watchers to request to rectify the errors.


CEBU: Architecture Exam Room Assignment (Jan 2020)

Here is the school used as official testing center in the previous June 2019 Architecture Board Exam in CEBU. The information below is only intended as reference and may be different from the final exam venues to be released soon. Like the PRC Board Exam Results Facebook page to receive updates about the board exam!

  • SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY – PHINMA (Address: URGELLO ST., CEBU CITY)

To view your exact room assignment, please wait a few seconds for the PDF file below to load completely. If the file won’t display properly, simply refresh or reload this page. Sometimes it takes two or three page refreshes to completely load the Room Assignments PDF file.

If you find any errors in the spelling of your name, school, date of birth, or application number, please contact the Application Division of the PRC office nearest you to request a correction of these errors. Alternatively, on the exam day itself, you may approach the proctors or room watchers to request to rectify the errors.


DAVAO: Architecture Exam Room Assignment (Jan 2020)

Here is the school used as official testing center in the previous June 2019 Architecture Board Exam in DAVAO. The information below is only intended as reference and may be different from the final exam venues to be released soon. Like the PRC Board Exam Results Facebook page to receive updates about the board exam!

  • MALAYAN COLLEGES MINDANAO – MAPUA SCHOOL (Address: MACARTHUR HIGHWAY, DAVAO CITY)

To view your exact room assignment, please wait a few seconds for the PDF file below to load completely. If the file won’t display properly, simply refresh or reload this page. Sometimes it takes two or three page refreshes to completely load the Room Assignments PDF file.

If you find any errors in the spelling of your name, school, date of birth, or application number, please contact the Application Division of the PRC office nearest you to request a correction of these errors. Alternatively, on the exam day itself, you may approach the proctors or room watchers to request to rectify the errors.


LEGAZPI: Architecture Exam Room Assignment (Jan 2020)

Here is the school used as official testing center in the previous June 2019 Architecture Board Exam in LEGAZPI CITY. The information below is only intended as reference and may be different from the final exam venues to be released soon. Like the PRC Board Exam Results Facebook page to receive updates about the board exam!

  • BICOL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF SCIENCE (Address: LEGAZPI CITY)

To view your exact room assignment, please wait a few seconds for the PDF file below to load completely. If the file won’t display properly, simply refresh or reload this page. Sometimes it takes two or three page refreshes to completely load the Room Assignments PDF file.

If you find any errors in the spelling of your name, school, date of birth, or application number, please contact the Application Division of the PRC office nearest you to request a correction of these errors. Alternatively, on the exam day itself, you may approach the proctors or room watchers to request to rectify the errors.


ZAMBOANGA: Architecture Exam Room Assignment (Jan 2020)

Here is the school used as official testing center in the previous June 2019 Architecture Board Exam in ZAMBOANGA. The information below is only intended as reference and may be different from the final exam venues to be released soon. Like the PRC Board Exam Results Facebook page to receive updates about the board exam!

  • WESTERN MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY (Address: Normal Road, Baliwasan, Zamboanga City)

To view your exact room assignment, please wait a few seconds for the PDF file below to load completely. If the file won’t display properly, simply refresh or reload this page. Sometimes it takes two or three page refreshes to completely load the Room Assignments PDF file.

If you find any errors in the spelling of your name, school, date of birth, or application number, please contact the Application Division of the PRC office nearest you to request a correction of these errors. Alternatively, on the exam day itself, you may approach the proctors or room watchers to request to rectify the errors.


Architecture Board Exam Coverage 2020

The exam coverage, with weights, included in the Architecture Licensure Exam are the following. You may find the detailed topics for each section below in this PDF file of syllabus sourced from the PRC.

  • I. History and theory of architecture; principles of planning; architectural practice (30%)
  • II. Structural design; building materials and construction; utilities (30%)
  • III. Architectural design and site planning (40%) 

You may also refer below for detailed contents of the ALE exam syllabi.

1. The following syllabi are intended to guide prospective candidates in preparation for the Architecture Licensure Examination. In general, they cover areas in which examinees are expected to have knowledge, understanding, and competencies when they start to practice the architectural profession.

2. The general coverage of the examination is divided into three major areas with their
corresponding weights as follows:

a. History and theory of architecture; principles of planning; architectural practice (30%)
b. Structural design; building materials and construction; utilities (30%)
c. Architectural design and site planning (40%)

3. Each major area is subdivided into specific sub areas or concerns, as well as their corresponding rationale and description.

4. These syllabi shall be made available to all recognized schools of architecture in the country, the United Architects of the Philippines, and other concerned entities.

Area A

HISTORY AND THEORY OF ARCHITECTURE; PRINCIPLES OF PLANNING; AND ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE

Part I

HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE

A. Rationale and Description

1. Analysis of architectural manifestations from the beginning of civilization to contemporary periods of development;

2. Analysis of the influences of environmental, historical, and sociocultural factors and their relevance to the development of art, buildings, structures, as well as of human settlements.

B. Scope

1. Introduction

    • a. History
    • b. History of architecture
    • c. Historic style of architecture
    • d. Origin of architecture
    • e. Factors affecting the style of architecture

2. Pre-Historic Architecture

    • a. Centers of development
    • b. Dolmen, Menhir, Cromlech

3. Historic Styles of Architecture

    • a. Period/extent and centers of development
    • b. Factors that affect the development of architectural style (historical, environmental, and socio-cultural)
    • c. General characteristics (architectural, structural, decorative)
    • d. General contributions
    • e. Notable examples

3.1 Ancient architecture and the Western succession

    • a. Egyptian
    • b. West Asiatic
    • c. Greek
    • d. Roman
    • e. Early Christian
    • f. Byzantine
    • g. Romanesque Architecture in Europe
    • h. Gothic Architecture in Europe
    • i. Renaissance Architecture in Europe
    • j. Nineteenth and Twentieth Century in Great Britain
    • k. Architecture of Africa, Australia, and New Zealand
    • l. Nineteenth and Twentieth Century architecture in Continental Europe
    • m. Architecture of the Americas

3.2 Architecture in Asia and the Pacific Region

3.3 Architecture in the Philippines

    • a. Architectural legacies
    • b. Architectural preservation, conservation, and restoration
    • c. Pillars of Philippine Architecture

Part II

THEORY OF ARCHITECTURE

A. Rationale and Description

1. Understanding of the theories and principles of design and architectural design process;

2. Analysis of anthropometric, proxemic, and kinesthetic requirements of space in relation to architectural design;

3. Analysis of sociocultural and technological trends which are contributory to the development of contemporary architecture

B. Scope

1. Introduction

  • a. The nature of architecture
  • b. Architecture as art and science
  • c. Processes in architectural design

2. Elements of Architecture and Basic Principles of Design

  • a. Need-specific elements
  • b. Structural, circulatory protective, and decorative elements
  • c. Influences in architectural design
  • d. Basic principles of design

3. Design Perception

  • a. Anthropometric basis of architectural design
  • b. Space articulation and territoriality
  • c. Visual and perceptual language
  • d. Psychology of space
  • e. Proxemics and culture

4. Tropical Architecture

  • a. Influences and elements of tropical architecture
  • b. Specific examples of tropical architecture

5. Masters of Architecture

  • a. Philosophies of Great Architects
  • b. Examples of great works

Part III

ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE

A. Rationale and Description

1. Understanding of the role, legal rights and obligations, and responsibilities of the architect;

2. Analysis and application of the various statutes, codes, and regulations affecting the practice of architecture in the Philippines;

3. Understanding of the various aspects of the professional practice of architecture, including tools and techniques related to production, construction, resource allocation, and project management, as well as the efficient conduct of client and business relations for building design and construction projects.

B. Scope

1. Certification of Architects and Standards of Professional Practice

  • a. Statutes regulating the practice of architecture in the Philippines
  • b. Professional organization of architects
  • c. Architects- Code of Ethics
  • d. Rights and responsibilities of the profession
  • e. Spectrum of architectural services
  • f. Architectural fees and charges
  • g. Architectural competitions

2. Building Standards, Laws, and Regulations

  • a. Architectural design standards, building and construction-related laws
  • b. Laws on real estate and subdivisions
  • c. Laws on housing and human settlements

3. Aspects of Architectural Practice

  • a. Operating divisions of architectural practice, development, production, administration, and management (with emphasis on preparation of contract documents)
  • b. Specifications writing and quantity surveying
  • c. Legal and business aspects of architectural practice

Part IV

THEORY AND PRINCIPLES OF PLANNING

A. Rationale and Description

1. Analysis of the concepts and techniques in the general planning process, urban and regional planning, land use planning, and human settlements planning;

2. Understanding of the art and science of site planning with emphasis on ecological, socio-psychological, aesthetic, and functional basis of site planning.

B. Scope

1. General Principles of Planning

  • a. Definitions and classification
  • b. History and scope of planning
  • c. General planning process

2. Urban and Regional Planning and Urban Design

  • a. History of the city and the region
  • b. Theories of urban and regional planning
  • c. Comprehensive planning
  • d. Land use planning
  • e. Urban design
  • f. Urbanization and urban social relationships

3. Housing and Human Settlements Planning

  • a. Definition and classification
  • b. Housing policies and programs
  • c. Housing finance, production, and practices

4. The Art and Science of Site Planning and Landscape Architecture

  • a. Site analysis and site development
  • b. Landscape design
  • c. Primary considerations in site planning and development (physical and aesthetic, ecological, socio-psychological, management, and maintenance).

Part III

UTILITIES

A. Rationale and Description

1. Understanding of the basic practices, principles, general design and installation, and/or construction of utilities required for a building or structure and its premises;

2. Analysis of utility, facility, and equipment requirements in relation to aesthetics, function, and strength of a building or structure and its premises.

B. Scope

Design and construction and/or installation of the following utilities systems:

  • 1. Sanitary and Plumbing Systems and Equipment
  • a. Water source, storage, supply, and distribution
  • b. Plumbing roughing-in and fixtures
  • c. Drainage and sewerage systems
  • d. Waste disposal, treatment, and recycling

2. Mechanical Systems

  • a. Heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems
  • b. Conveyors and other building mechanical equipment

3. Electrical and Other Power Systems

  • a. Electrical power and lighting supply, distribution, and fixtures
  • b. Electrical power source and alternative power sources

4. Acoustics and Illumination

  • a. The psycho-physics of acoustics and lighting
  • b. Acoustical treatment and corrections

5. Disaster Prevention and Protection Systems; Security Systems

  • a. Building fire-fighting, prevention, and protection apparatus
  • b. Installation and/or construction
  • c. Materials and fixtures
  • d. Disaster prevention and mitigation systems

6. Communication Systems

  • a. Electronics system
  • b. Telephone, intercom, cable TV, audio/video facilities, PA system

7. High-tech Systems

  • a. Application in buildings and structures
  • b. Robotics
  • c. Intelligent buildings

Area B

STRUCTURAL DESIGN; BUILDING MATERIALS AND METHODS OF CONSTRUCTION; AND UTILITIES

Part I

STRUCTURAL DESIGN

A. Rationale and Description

1. Understanding of the fundamentals of mechanics, strength of materials, and theory of structures;

2. General design, principles, and analysis of the structural elements of various types of construction materials and systems.

B. Scope

General application of structural design, including seismic analysis, in the following building materials and construction systems:

  • a. Timber
  • b. Reinforced concrete
  • c. Structural steel
  • d. Composite structures
  • e. Advanced construction methods

Part II

BUILDING MATERIALS AND METHODS OF CONSTRUCTION

A. Rationale and Description

1. Understanding of the properties of building construction and finishing materials; their application and articulation; systems and methods of specifying and construction;

2. Application of the principles of design and construction methods of various types of materials used in construction.

B. Scope

The design and specifications of materials and methods of construction for the following works:

  • a. Civil works
  • b. Carpentry and joinery
  • c. Concrete and masonry
  • d. Sheet metal and tinsmithry
  • e. Structural steel
  • f. Concrete and reinforced concrete
  • g. Waterproofing, damproofing, and insulation
  • h. Glass and glazing
  • i. Painting and varnishing
  • j. Fenestration
  • k. Hardware
  • l. Specialized works (bank vaults; signage; etc.)

Area C

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN AND SITE PLANNING

A. Rationale and Objectives

1. Application of logical approach to design and site planning solutions to architectural problems with emphasis on design methodology, qualitative and quantitative aspects of space, circulation and interrelationships of space, structural and form envelopes, and building utilities and facilities.

2. Application of skills and ability to visualize architectural design problems and present solutions in appropriate graphical language.

B. Scope

Architectural design and site planning problems involving the following types of buildings and structures and their built environment.

1. Residential

  • a. Residential houses and subdivisions, apartment, housing for special groups (low-cost housing, housing for the aged etc.)
  • b. Lodging houses, etc.

2. Commercial and Business

  • a. Business (office, bank, hotel, etc.)
  • b. Commercial (department store, market, retail store, etc.)
  • c. Mixed business-commercial or mixed business-residential

3. Industrial and Agricultural

  • a. Large-scale industry (manufacturing, shipyard, etc.)
  • b. Small-scale industry (factory, cinema studio,etc.)
  • c. Mixed industrial-residential
  • d. Industrial estate/agro-industrial establishment

4. Public and Government

  • a. Educational and cultural (schools, research laboratory, public hall, library, museum, historical/ monumental building/structures, etc.)
  • b. Health and medical (hospital/clinic, health fitness club, specialized medical center, etc.)
  • c. Governmental and quasi-public (national or public building, police/fire stations, embassy/consulate, penitentiary, etc.)
  • d. Parks and recreational (ecological/botanical gardens, theater, cinema, casino, beach resort, etc.)
  • e. Sports and athletics (sports plaza, stadium, gymnasium, golf course, tennis/basketball courts, billiard hall, etc.)
  • f. Religious and funerary (church, temple, mosque, monastery, convent, seminary, crematorium, memorial park, cemetery, etc.)

5. Facilities

  • a. Transportation (airport, seaport, railway station, terminal, port facilities, pier,
    etc.)
  • b. Service (power station, water treatment/filtering plant, sewerage, crematory,
    slaughterhouse, TV-Radio-Telephone stations, newspaper plant, etc.)
  • c. Military (military camp, depot, etc.)

6. Complex Projects (involving a combination of several buildings and structures in a
given site or area).

Architecture Board Exam Requirements

According to the PRC, to be eligible to take the Architecture Licensure Exam, applicants are required to comply with and to submit the following requirements.

  1. Graduate of a BS Architecture program in a CHED-recognized educational institution
  2. Birth Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Office (PSA), formerly NSO
  3. Marriage Contract, for married female applicants, issued by the Philippine Statistics Office (PSA), formerly NSO
  4. Transcript of Records with scanned picture and Remarks “For Board Examination Purposes”
  5. Valid NBI Clearance
  6. Proof of Completion of “Refresher Course” (for those who failed the ALE two times)

Take note that those who previously took the exam and were given a “Conditional” or “Removal” score, they must take the Architecture board exam again within two (2) years from the date of examination.

Required exam fee is P900.00 for first-time takers and P450.00 for conditional / removal examinees.

Prayer for Architecture Board Exam Takers

Seek divine inspiration from the solemn prayer below to guide you during the board exam.

“Almighty Father,

Guide me and be with me as I take this exam

Inspire me to be calm, confident, and clever.

Help me concentrate and clear my mind

Remove my anxiety and relieve me of stress.

Grant me the wisdom to remember what I studied

And discernment to know the answers that are right.

Provide me strength to pass this challenge

Help me conquer this once-in-a-lifetime exam.

I lay down before you my nerves and fears

Endow me with your peace and warm my heart.

I fervently pray for my success in this exam

All for the glory of Your name.

Amen.”


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