PUC School of Architecture. Gonzalo Claro, 2015. Photo: Andrés Téllez
Santiago is the capital and the largest city in the country, with a population of around 7 million people.

It was founded in 1541 by the Spanish conqueror Pedro de Valdivia, and it has a downtown core of 19th-century neoclassical architecture. La Moneda Palace, a former coin factory of colonial times and nowadays the Presidential Palace, is surrounded by the Civic Centre outlined by Karl H. Brunner in 1932. The city centre has a rich modern heritage consisting mostly of office and apartment buildings, built in the nineteenth thirties and forties. There’s also several examples of housing complexes developed during the fifties and sixties, and architectural masterpieces such as the Benedictine Monastery Chapel, the United Nations (ECLAC) building, the Technical State University, among many others. Some colonial examples are still standing in the metropolitan urban fabric.

Santiago’s cityscape is shaped by several stand-alone hills and the fast-flowing Mapocho River, which is lined by parks such as the Parque Forestal. The Andes Mountain range can be seen from most points in the city. Its outskirts are surrounded by vineyards and Santiago is within an hour drive to both the mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urban studies

The Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urban Studies (FADEU) is located in the Lo Contador campus in the Providencia district of Santiago. The campus is conveniently located near a metro station and different transportation networks. The campus has various spaces that are well-equipped to host the Congress, including 3 classrooms that can hold up to 80 people, 6 rooms for 30 people, the Fernando Castillo Velasco Auditorium for 86 people, and the main FADEU Auditorium for 120 people. There are also other classrooms and open-air spaces available for coffee breaks and exhibits. A guide to the campus has recently been published.

UC Extension Center

Central House Extension Center

The Extension Center is in the Central House Campus of the University, which is located on Santiago’s main avenue, connected to line 1 of the subway network, with a direct exit at the Universidad Católica station and connected to the metropolitan transportation network and easily accessed by alternative mobility means. It has several spaces suitable for holding a congress, including 8 rooms that accommodate 40 to 50 people, 6 auditoriums that hold 90 to 100 people, a central space for 700 people, and a hall for 650 people, all of them have the infrastructure and adequate technical equipment to hold exhibitions, conventions, congresses, celebrations, among other activities.

East Campus Extension Center

The Eastern Campus extension center was opened in 2021, with first-class space and infrastructure. The construction of the Easter Campus began in 1926 as a convent, and it is located between the districts of Providencia and Ñuñoa, easily accessible due to its connection to the public transport system. The Extension Centre has the following spaces: 8 rooms for 30-40 people, 2 rooms for 50 people, 1 room for 80 people, a streaming room for 72 people, a multipurpose room for 250 people, a central space for 500 people and a theater with capacity for 240 people.