Program Director

Dr. Fernando Lara


The certificate program is available only for degree-seeking students in SOA graduate design programs: M Arch I, MAAD, MID I, MID II, MLA I, MLA II, MSUD, and MSCRP + MSUD.

Applicants to the program must demonstrate language (reading) proficiency in either Spanish or Portuguese.


Graduate students in the UTSOA who are in good academic standing may apply for and enter the certificate program at any point in their graduate study.  Applications for admission must be submitted to the School of Architecture and approved by the certificate Program Director. 

Students are encouraged to identify a faculty supervisor at the time of their certificate application. The faculty supervisor will advise on course selection and will serve as the supervisor for the Master’s Design Studio preparatory course and the final Master’s Design Studio.


The graduate certificate in Latin American Architecture requires completion of a total of 24 credit hours of coursework. This includes 15 credit hours of required coursework and 9 hours of prescribed electives 


ARC 697 Master’s Design Studio  
ARC 389 Master’s Design Preparatory Course  
ARC 388R.1 20th Century Latin American Architecture  
ARC 395C Mexican Architecture and Urbanism: From Pre-Columbian to Contemporary.


ARC 386M Cultural Landscape and Ethnographic Methods  
ARC 386M/CRP 388/LAR 388 Migratory Urbanism  
ARC 386M/LAR 388 Cultural Landscapes  
LAR 388 Latin American Landscapes  
CRP 386 Latin American Planning Studio  
CRP 385C Local Development Planning in Latin America  
ARC 696 Studio Mexico  
ARC 696 Studio Brazil  
ARC 696 Advanced studio with emphasis on Latin America  
LAR 696 Advanced Landscape Architecture studio with emphasis on Latin America  


Upon completion of certificate program requirements, students will submit an application for program certification to the Program Director. The Program Director will evaluate and report program completion to the Registrar’s Office. Program completion will be noted on the student’s official transcript.

Modern Architecture in Latin America: Art, Technology, and Utopia

Modern Architecture in Latin America: Art, Technology, and Utopia
Modern Architecture in Latin America: Art, Technology, and Utopia. By Luis E. Carranza and Fernando Luiz Lara; foreword by Jorge Francisco Liernur