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PUERTO RICO
Number of inhabitants 3,915,000
Number of architects 1,027
Index of architects per inhabitant 0.262‰
 
 

Admittance to the profession

EDUCATION

Establishing of education standards or recognition of study plans Yes
Regular supervision by an independent body Yes
Relevant authorities JUNTA EXAMINADORA DE ARQUITECTOS Y ARQUITECTOS PAISAJISTAS (Examining Board of Architects and Landscape Architects)
Recognised educational centers SCHOOLS OF ARCHITECTURE of the UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO RIO PIEDRAS, POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO HATO REY, and the INTERAMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO SAN GERMAN
Duration of studies UPRRP: 4yr. Bachelors Degree + 2yr. Masters Degree, PUPRHR: 5 yr. Bachelors Degree, IUPRSG: 2 yr course and transfer to the Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to culminate Bach.Degree if qualifies.
 
INTERNSHIP
Compulsory Yes
Is it structured and recorded? Yes
Duration 2 years
 
EXAMINATION
Compulsory examination by an external authority to the education Yes
Examining body Examining Board of Architects and Landscape Architects
 
TITLE GRANTED
Academic title BACHELOR IN ARCHITECTURE, MASTER IN ARCHITECTURE. BACHELOR IN ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN Authority that grants the academic title University of Puerto Rico and the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico
Job title   Authoriry that grants the job title  
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Professional practice
Regulated profession Yes
Inscription in register compulsory Yes
Registering entity COLEGIO DE ARQUITECTOS Y PAISAJISTAS DE PUERTO RICO (Association of Architects and Landscape Architects of Puerto Rico), JUNTA EXAMINADORA DE ARQUITECTOS Y ARQUITECTOS PAISAJISTAS (Examining Board of Architects and Landscape Architects)
Law regulating profession Act 96 of July 6, 1998; Act 173 of August 12, 1988, Act 185 of 26 December, 1997. Act 138 of 25 July 2000.
Additional notes  
 
ARCHITECT'S COMPETENCES
Description Design of buildings, structures and installations, drafting of technical documentation related to the design, supervision and co-ordination of the construction. Feasibility studies, research, appraisal services, measurements, consulting and tehcnical expertise.
 
MECHANISM CHECKING LICENSE TO PRACTISE
Description The licences are issued by the Examining Board of Architects & Landscape Architects, then the architects have to register at the CAAPPR.
 
ARCHITECT'S LIABILITY
Description 10 years
Source Puerto Rico Civil Code
 
INSURANCE
Compulsory No
Description Not compulsory, but advisable.
 
FEES
Does a fee scale exist? Yes
Compulsory No
Recommended Yes
Published by Colegio de Arquitectos y Paisajistas de Puerto Rico (Association of Architects and Landscape Architects of Puerto Rico)
Additional notes  
 
CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Compulsory Yes
Is it audited? Yes
Organising body/ies Colegio de Arquitectos y Paisajistas de Puerto Rico (Association of Architects and Landscape Architects of Puerto Rico)
Description  
 
CODE OF ETHICS
Does it exist? Yes
Constituting body Colegio de Arquitectos y Paisajistas de Puerto Rico (Association of Architects and Landscape Architects of Puerto Rico)
 
OTHER PROFESSIONALS INVOLVED IN THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS
Are there others who may legally provide similar services to architects? Yes
Title Competences
INGENIERO (Engineer) Same as architects
ARQUITECTO PAISAJISTA (Landscape Architect) Design of landscape projects and coordination and management of their realisation. Research, selection and location of land and water resources for their proper use, feasibility studies, preparation of the criteria to be used as guidelines in planning and design of development programs.
Other professionals in the provision of architectural services
Title Competences
ARQUITECTO EN ENTRENAMIENTO (Architect in training) Authorised to practice in a limited manner, under supervision of a licensed professional duly authorised to practice in Puerto Rico. Architects in training can not certify professional work nor assume responsibility, nor directly contract these with the general public.
 
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PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTURAL BODIES
Name of body Competences
COLEGIO DE ARQUITECTOS Y PAISAJISTAS DE PUERTO RICO (Association of Architects and Landscape Architects of Puerto Rico) Promotion of the development and quality of architecture, defense of the profession and its members, programs of education and service to the community.
THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS Professional body of voluntary membership. Some Puerto Rican architects are its members. It has its chapter in Puerto Rico. For more details, please see the US file.
JUNTA EXAMINADORA DE ARQUITECTOS Y ARQUITECTOS PAISAJISTAS (Examining Board of Architects and Landscape Architects) The Examining Board is federated in the National Council of Architects Registration Boards (NCARB) of the USA. Please find more details in the US file.
 
 
Foreign architects
Can a foreign architect practice independently? No
 
LAW/S REGULATING PRACTICE
Act 96/1978, Act 173/1988, Act 185/1977, Act 138/2000.
 
REQUIREMENTS
Origin 1 Legal practice in the country of origin, clean disciplinary record.
Origin 2  
Origin 3  
 
PROCEDURE
Special licenses based on reciprocity, licences for joint ventures with local architects (at the Examining Board)
 
EXPENSES
License fees and other related
 
DOCUMENTATION
Origin 1 Proof of the above stated requirements, architect's declaration that he/she would respect the professional regulations and the laws of Puerto Rico.
Origin 2  
Origin 3  

If foreign architects are authorised to work independently, what type of collaboration with national architects is recommended?  
In the event that foreign architects are not authorised to work independently, what is the stipulated formula of collaboration with national architects? Joint venture with a local architect.

ADDITIONAL NOTES
 

Useful addresses
COLEGIO DE ARQUITECTOS Y PAISAJISTAS DE PUERTO RICO
PO Box 41176
PR 00940 - 1176  San Juan
Tel: 1-787-724 1213
Fax: 1-787-724 3295
e-mail: info@caappr.org
URL: www.caapr.org
 

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