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About Programs

The Universal College of Paranaque’s Architecture program prepares graduates for leadership roles in transforming the built landscape of local and global cities, improving the quality of life through logical sustainable solutions that enhance the built environment. With both an academic and practical approach, students are challenged to develop their abilities in problem solving, creative thinking and decision making while continuing the tradition of architecture as an art. This is achieved in a student-centered environment where mentors create the setting that fosters personal development and professional excellence.


As part of UCP, a premier college in Paranaque, the Architecture Department is dedicated to educating the future generations of ethical professionals, logical thinkers, creative designers and informed citizens.

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We believe architecture to be a conceptually based intellectual endeavor that uses a form of “critical inquiry” that addresses the built and natural. The department is committed to producing conceptual thinkers and skilled makers who are versed in the techniques and knowledge of the discipline and who are cognizant of: critical theory, history, science and progressive social values. To realize these objectives, design is taught as a critical, speculative and creative endeavor embracing both the humanities and the sciences.

The College of Architecture strives to use logical thinking and creative problem solving to address the issues faced by our society. We integrate this approach into how we teach our students, the research that we produce, and the services that we provide to our communities. Our vision for the College of Architecture is to prepare our graduates to actively participate in the contemporary milieu, encourage and anticipate paradigm shifts, and respond to changes from the local, national and international communities.

To achieve our mission and vision, our decisions and actions are informed by the following core values and beliefs:

  1. Design as Critical Thinking – Presenting architecture as a reflective and conceptually based discipline
  2. Design as Critical Thinking – Presenting architecture as a reflective and conceptually based discipline

  3. Diversity – The studio based experience
  4. With a diverse student body and a variety of academic backgrounds, experiences and interests the department creates an atmosphere of inquiry and exchange that engages the varied cultural and academic experiences of both faculty and students.

  5. Education of Future Professionals – Professionalism at its Core
  6. Students learn the disciplinary norms of knowledge and skills necessary to take leadership roles in a continually changing profession.

  7. Innovation – A firm commitment to innovation
  8. Utilizing the power of technology, innovation and experimentation and our discipline’s commitment to imagine and construct logical, beautiful, healthy and responsible spaces.

  9. Respecting the Environment – Appreciation for both the Built and Natural Environments
  10. Raining the sensitivity and appreciation for the constructed and natural environments of the country and engaging in current community challenges. We highlight the values and unique opportunities and welcome challenges for creative exploration and problem-solving set by the Philippines’ tropical ecologies, urban contexts and multicultural demographics.

  11. Cultivating Connectivity – Promoting connections between the College of Architecture and members of the architecture & design community
  12. By connecting the students with the local, national and international, academic, professional and lay contexts through programs, seminars and workshops, as well as seek to engage our colleagues in the college and the school, local practitioners in design education & practice to develop cooperative links with the design community.

  13. Ethos of Collaboration – Architecture as an Inter-Disciplinary Profession
  14. The college engages adjacent disciplines within UCP to create an atmosphere of trans-disciplinary cooperation in order to collaboratively address the complex spatial, economic, social and environmental challenges of contemporary architecture.