UCD Master of Architecture achieves Substantial Equivalency from the NAAB

UCD has achieved the Substantial Equivalency from the USA’s National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The NAAB evaluates Architectural program​me​s in colleges and universities throughout the United States of America and the Substantial Equivalency Award is presented by NAAB to those institutions that meet the standards but are based outside of the United States.

UCD’s M. Arch. degree (pre-requisite 3-year B.Sc. Arch. + 2-year M. Arch.) has been granted NAAB’s Substantial Equivalency designation for a term of six years, effective January 1, 2017.

Rooted in its context, UCD Architecture is global in its outlook. Uniquely UCD’s Architecture degree is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI), and now most recently has been awarded the Substantial Equivalency from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) thus ensuring all graduates have ​an​ internationally benchmarked qualification.

Professor Hugh Campbell, Dean of Architecture, said “This NAAB Substantial Equivalency Accreditation for our M.Arch programme is testament to the excellence of the faculty, the high quality of the teaching and the calibre of our students at UCD. We are delighted to give them a qualification which is recognised worldwide, and which allows them access to the architectural profession wherever they choose to go next.”

Achieving this has been a long process for the School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy, with preparation of documents, required forms, collecting data, statistics, facts and evidence and scheduled visits to campus. It is with this in mind we would like to thank the members of the Architecture Program​me​ Accreditation Committee, dean, faculty, staff, students and to all who have contributed to this achievement.