What is a good English translation of Colegio de Arquitectos y Arquitectos Paisajistas de Puerto Rico?

I simply said "College of Architects" until my friend notified me that Colegio de Abogados translates as Bar Association (though Google translate gives Law School).

Here we are referring to a professional association of architects and I did not have a good answer for her. College of Architects sounded fine for me.

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The subject of the Spanish word Colegio is very interesting, due to the very known fact that its uses are spread along a very wide range of topics.

This is interesting not only in Spanish. Even when dealing with an association of professionals with the same title, when in Spanish almost always is used the word Colegio, in English we found ourselves with many options.

For Architects, I got this Google Ngrams:


With this graph, it is clear that "Association of Architects" has been more used than "College of Architects".

According to what I found searching in Google, "Association of Architects" is indeed the most used form.

  • Except that in Puerto Rico, the word "colegio" implies that you are required to be a dues-paying member in order to practice your trade. That is slowly changing, though, because many of these organizations are really just political action groups in disguise and members do not like that. Jun 5, 2019 at 19:53

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