Best Architecture Schools in the Philippines

James Ryan Jonas

Do you have the talent and passion in creating architectural designs of buildings and other structures?

If yes, then you might want to enroll in BS Architecture for your career path. If you’re interested to find out the best architecture schools in the Philippines, based on passing rates in the Architecture Licensure Examinations (ALE), just continue reading below.

Architects in the Philippines

Generally, architects are tasked with the following responsibilities:

  • Creating designs for construction projects, redevelopments, and alterations
  • Working with a team of construction professionals regarding project feasibilities
  • Presenting reports, proposals, and contracts
  • Detailing project requirements
  • Going to client meetings and building sites regularly

As you can see, being an architect requires both creativity and technical skills.

Architecture Licensure Exam

In the Philippines, licensed architects must:

  • 1. Be a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Architecture in the Philippines; and
  • 2. Pass the Architecture Licensure Examination, which is administered by the Board of Architecture under the supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

The Architecture Licensure Exam is conducted twice a year, in January and in June of every year.

If you’re interested to become an architect in the future, take note that of the following minimum coverage of the Architecture Licensure Exam:

  • History and Theory of Architecture
  • Principles of Planning and Architectural Practice
  • Structural Design, Building Materials, and Architectural Specifications, and Methods of Construction and Utilities
  • Urban Design and Architectural Interiors
  • Architectural Design and Site Planning

Best Schools for Architecture in the Philippines

Do you want to know which universities in the Philippines have achieved the highest passing rates in past Architecture Board Exams?

Below are the data from previous Architecture Exams to determine the top schools with the highest Board Exam passing rates. Check out the table below to see if your school is one of the best Architecture schools in the Philippines!

Schools ranked by Architecture Licensure Exam Passing Rate

RankSchoolPassing RateNumber of PassersTotal Number of Takers
1University of the Philippines Mindanao, Davao City100%4848
2University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City99%133134
3University of Saint Louis, Tuguegarao City88%3034
4University of Santo Tomas, Manila87%500569
4Mapua University, Manila87%122140
5University of the East - Caloocan, Caloocan City86%2023
6Cavite State University - Indang Campus, Indang85%1720
7Ateneo de Davao University, Davao City83%5971
7Negros Oriental State University, Dumaguete City83%2024
8University of Baguio, Baguio City82%2429
8University of the Cordilleras, Baguio City82%2328
9Technological University of the Philippines, Manila81%139170
9De La Salle University Dasmarinas, Dasmarinas City81%6074
10Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Manila80%148185
10Columban College, Olongapo City80%2531
11Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Manila79%7797
11University of Nueva Caceres, Naga City79%2329
12University of San Carlos, Cebu City78%120153
13University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines, Cagayan de Oro77%4254
14Don Bosco Technical College, Mandaluyong76%1317
15University of San Agustin, Iloilo City75%5066
15Divine Word College of Calapan, Calapan City75%912
16De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Manila74%4662
17Capiz State University - Main Roxas City73%2230
18Saint Louis College - City of San Fernando, San Fernando City72%1825
18Isabela State University - Ilagan Campus, Ilagan72%1318
19Cebu Institute of Technology University, Cebu City71%97135
19Bicol University - Main Campus, Legazpi City71%85119
20Saint Louis University, Baguio City70%132186
20Divine Word College of Laoag, Laoag City70%1217
21Adamson University, Manila69%115166
21Western Mindanao State University, Zamboanga City69%3652
22Saint Mary's University, Bayombong68%1116
23Rizal Technological University, Mandaluyong67%4567
24Holy Angel University, Angeles City66%81122

Note: The table above only ranks the passing rates of First-time takers; repeaters are not included in the passing rate. All figures are based on the four (4) previous Architecture Licensure Exams in January 2018, June 2017, January 2017, and June 2016.

Sources: PRC Philippines (

James Ryan Jonas teaches business management, investments, and entrepreneurship at the University of the Philippines (UP). He is also the Executive Director of UP Provident Fund Inc., managing and investing P3.2 Billion ($56.4 Million) worth of retirement funds on behalf of thousands of UP employees.