The School of Architecture and Urban Planning offers consecutive bachelor’s and licentiate’s degrees to obtain formal recognition as an Architect.

Training in architecture and urbanism uses scientific and technological approaches to find a balance between contemporary needs in these two areas.

It promotes integral development of students, emphasizing cultural, ethical and moral values, respect for the individual and the group, solidarity, responsibility, discipline, empathy, a love of knowledge, and the constant search for truth and equity.

It carries out programs that incorporate aspects of organization, structure, operation and integration of topics that illustrate the current state of architecture and urban planning, science and environmental demands, ideology and important morphological characteristics. In this way, students can visualize the close relationship between space, and the social, political, economic and artistic environments in the development of the cultural landscape.


Create architects who can contribute to the welfare of society and the environment, based on an adequate knowledge and practice of architecture and urbanism.


This will be a School of Architecture and Urbanism that participates in the transformation of society, with ethics, social commitment, technology and academic excellence, for the planning and recovery of cities, the rescuing of architectural urban heritage, and the development of an efficient and sustainable architecture and urban planning.


The values of the School are framed within the UNESCO-UIA Validation System for the formation of Architects:

  • Create competent, creative designers with critical minds who observe professional ethics.
  • Create good citizens of the world who are intellectually mature, ecologically sensitive and socially responsible.


General objective

Consolidate as the best School of Architecture and Urbanism in the country, with academic excellence in the formation of professionals in architectural and urban design which recognize national needs.

Specific objectives

1. General education

Encourage the development of a complementary base of basic and social sciences for the formation of architects, to provide tools and criteria for the formulation of proposals consistent with the needs of our society.

2. Theories

Develop epistemological theoretical bases and understand the historical development of the discipline in the fields of urbanism and architecture.

3. Design

Develop the skills, attitudes, values ​​and knowledge necessary to strengthen architecture and urbanism.

4. Technical training

Develop appropriate construction techniques and technologies for contemporary needs.

5. Ecology and environment

Reduce the ecological impact and environmental cost of architectural and urban planning, working to promote adaptation and mitigation of climate change.

6. Define the profile or emphases that identify the Program


Overall goal

Consolidate a School of Architecture with high-quality standards that responds to the country’s social, environmental and economic needs through an academic model that promotes scientific rigor, innovative technology and aesthetic, cultural and artistic appreciation, training architects that contribute to integral development as a social fact that allows the construction of types of architecture and urbanism that are appropriate to our environment.


An agreement was signed with the Costa Rican Chamber of Construction, titled “Specific collaboration agreement between the Tecnológico de Costa Rica (TEC) and the Costa Rican Chamber of Construction Association (CCC)”, which will assist in the formation of linkages between students and professors with the industrial sector, focused on the  practice of design in architecture, as well as the execution of construction projects.


The main academic objective of the agreement will be to create relationships between students and program graduates centered on construction; this will involve activities such as arranging visits to construction projects and assistance in choosing topics for graduation projects, familiarizing students with the practical realities of construction and the latest construction techniques in the Costa Rican construction environment, as well as the use of preventive methods for the reduction of construction waste (sustainability in construction methods) with the application of Modular Coordination criteria.