Graduate School Building

Calle 23 # 3-19
6600 mt²
Daniel Bermúdez Samper, Architect
Jaime Romero, Javier Ruiz, Andres Gomez, Architects
Universidad Jorge Tadeo lozano
Structural Engineer
Hernán Sandoval Arteaga, Engineer
Soil survey
Saenz Ruiz Cadena y Cia.
Water and sanitary installation
Ing. Rafael Hernández
Electrical and telephone installation
Jaime Sánchez, Engineer
Budget and Programming
Perez Arciniegas y Cia.
Construction Company
Civilia Ltda. (Structural) Urbano Ripoll, Architect (Finishes)
Project Management
E. Pombo y Cia

Artículo Alberto Saldarriaga, El Espectador Mayo de 1997. 

Revista Noticreto No. 44 del trimestre Julio-Septiembre de 1997. 

Libro de la Bienal del año 1998. Concreto – Colombia 1994-2004, Arquitectura, Ingeniería, Estética – Asocreto. 

Archivos de Arquitectura Antillana AAA-19, Arq 2004 Colombia, República Dominicana, Septiembre 2004. 

Guia Elarca de Arquitectura Tomo 4 – Bogotá Centro Histórico, 2007. Revista Mundo No. 16 – Daniel Bermudez, El Arquitecto De La Luz.


Located at the merge of Avenida Tercera and Bogota’s easternmost  sector, UJTL’s Graduate School is the campus’ most iconic building. It works as a symbol that announces the north access to the center of Bogota, while also signaling the first step into a new level of renovation with the arrival of the new century, for both this educational institution, and its city’s center.

The building satisfies (and enhances) the existing conditions of the surrounding area. It also meets the needs posed by the Univesity’s future expansion and its interaction with the city, as well as the spatial and functional features set by the activities held within the structure

The original program of activities (which included office spaces, cafeteria and classrooms within a tight site) was extensive, and required the use of the eight stories allowed by the local building codes. Functional stipulations made it necessary for the cafeteria and offices to occupy the first three floors. This parameter called for a proper treatment of the traffic flow of a massive student population to the remaining upper five stories. Taking into consideration that circulation, communication and learning go hand in hand, a thought that parallels the dynamics typical of urban mobility, the building’s north elevation presents to the city its most distinctive feature: a glazing-clad set of stairs and balconies that stretches from side to side, and from bottom to top of the façade, where the higher one ascends, the smaller in size the staircase becomes.

The south elevation, facing the center of the city, is, in contrast, more austere and serene, by means of a grid over which rectangular window openings and load-bearing structural elements (built in white concrete) are articulated. On the first floor of this elevation we can find a generous passageway that, along with remaining open to the main square, also ushers students and pedestrians into the buildings’ vestibule.