Top Architectural Firms in the Philippines – Grit PH (2023)

Last Updated – Nov 10, 2021 @ 7:38 am

With an architectural theme that leans towards modernity, innovation, and history, contemporary Philippine architecture honors its various influences and recognizes the unique needs of Filipinos all over the country.

Beauty and functionality are two elements that always go hand in hand in Philippine architecture, and its growth has inspired many architectural firms in the country to stand out.


Top Architectural Firms in the Philippines

Our list of the top firms in the Philippines does not have a specific formula. Rather, we took into consideration their response to how the country and the rest of the world are changing.

For instance, the top firms in the country are aiming to create more earthquake-resistant buildings, and using age-old techniques such as the “Earthquake Baroque” popularized during the Spanish occupation.

More architects are also focusing on different site restorations, sustainability, and technological advancements especially in cities that boast a rich history.

Here’s our list of the top firms in the country, arranged in alphabetical order.


Multi-awarded architectural firm Aidea Philippines, Inc. is originally from England when they started in 1995. In 2003, they evolved to become a firm with all-Filipino talents.

Aidea is one of the largest and most successful firms in the country, and they have reaped several awards including the BCI Top 10 Architectural Firms in the Philippines. Their most notable achievement is ranking 86th in the BD World Architecture Top 100, making them the only firm in the Philippines to make the list.

This remarkable firm covers a wide range of specialties, and give its clients custom-designed solutions to achieve optimum efficiency.

  • Key projects:
    • Globe Tower in BGC
    • Ascott Residences
  • Services/Specializations:
    • Residential
    • Transport
    • Retail
    • Commercial
    • Industrial
    • Healthcare
    • Hospitality
  • Areas they serve: Philippines
  • Contact details:
    • Address: 30/F BPI-Philam Life Makati, 6811 Ayala Avenue, Salcedo Village, Makati City
    • Contact number: (+63) 2 7 758 8888
    • Address: 7/F Unit 1W – 702 One West Aeropark Bldg. Clark Global City, Clark Aviation, Pampanga
    • Contact number: (045) 280 8847
    • Email:
      • For Business Enquiries
      • For General Enquiries
    • Website:

Asya Design Partner

Another firm that has been consistently awarded as one of BCI’s Top 10 Architectural Firms since 2005, Asya Design Partner is known for its competence and personalized service, partnered with economical cost.

Led by Architect Albert Yu, this firm boasts a very impressive portfolio, with local and international projects to boot.

Asya is positioning itself as a firm that is at the forefront of incorporating design into the environment. It is also the only firm in the country with a 12-story Platinum-certified green office building. The sprawling space is over 20,000 square meters.

With their 25 years of experience, and over 1,000 projects competed in Asia, they’re truly one of the best.

  • Key Projects:
    • City of Dreams
    • Robinsons Galleria Cebu
    • Jazz Residence
  • Services/Specializations:
    • Residential
    • Transport
    • Retail
    • Commercial
    • Industrial
    • Healthcare
    • Hospitality
  • Areas they serve: Philippines
  • Contact Details:
    • Address: A Place Building, Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex, CBP-1A, Pasay City
    • Contact number: +63 2 8808 – 5888
    • Email:
    • Website:

Budji + Royal Architecture + Design

Founded by Budji Layug and Royal Pineda, Budji + Royal Architecture + Design prides itself on unique organic modern style.

They are known for their signature complete practice approach to design that combines elements such as furniture design, landscaping, architecture, and interior design.

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This architectural firm has won many awards. Aside from working for high-profile projects in the Philippines, they also have projects in Turkey, the USA, United Kingdom, France, Malaysia, Indonesia, Israel, Australia, Beijing, Singapore, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom.

The design approach of this firm respects the environment around the project. They promise to remain true to nature’s natural beauty and form by incorporating sustainability efforts in their solutions.

  • Key Projects:
    • Camara Residence in Makati
    • Lumot Vacation House in Laguna
    • Meranti Hotel in Quezon City
  • Services/Specializations:
    • Hospitality
    • Residential
  • Areas they serve: Philippines and international
  • Contact Details:

Casas + Architects, Inc.

This firm was founded by Carmelo T. Casas, and Jose Pedro C. Recio, who both gained experience from a leading architectural firm in Hong Kong. The creative partnership of the two started in 1990.

What makes this multi-disciplinary firm unique is its amazing contemporary vision. They excel best in master planning and achieving the ideals of architecture in all their work.

With a wide variety of works in their portfolio that include hospitals, residential condominiums, commercial properties, and industrial complexes, their track record speaks for itself.

  • Key Projects:
    • Salcedo Park
    • ABS-CBN Broadcasting Studio
    • The Pacific Plaza Tower in Makati
  • Services/Specializations:
    • Offices
    • Institutional
    • Mixed Use
    • Residential
    • Commercial
    • Hospitality
  • Areas they serve: Manila, Cebu
  • Contact Details:
    • Address: 6F Paseo Center 8757 Paseo De Roxas Ave. Salcedo Village Makati City
    • Address: 7F MSY Tower, Pescadores Road Cebu Business Park, Cebu City
    • Email:
    • Website:

Edward Co Tan & Architects

This firm was founded by Architect Edward Co Tan, who has been in the industry since 1984. The company was established in 2003, and since then, they have provided outstanding services not only in architecture, but also interior design, and master planning.

One of the things this firm emphasizes is value engineering and space planning. They are driven by their “Structure as Architecture” philosophy, which involves looking at every single detail of projects, including the design, cost, and structural concerns.

Over the years, they have gained experience building low-rise and high-rise projects such as offices, shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, resorts, and homes.

The firm has also embraced advancements that complement the systems developed by the U.S Green Building Council, Philippine Green Building Council, and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Edward Co Tan & Architects is also a consistent awardee of BCI Asia Top 10 architectural firms in the Philippines.

  • Key Projects:
    • The Sanctuarium in Quezon City
    • Del Rosario Building in BGC
  • Services/Specializations:
    • Education
    • Healthcare
    • Residential
    • Government
  • Areas they serve: Philippines
  • Contact Details:
    • Address: 6 Monte de Piedad Street, Brgy. Kaunlaran, Cubao Quezon City 1109
    • Contact number:
      • +632 727 4694
      • +632 727 3239
    • Email:
    • Website:

FSL & Associates, Co.

FSL & Associates, Co. was founded by Felix S. Lim. With more than 700,000 square meters of completed projects, it’s no question why this architectural firm is considered one of the country’s finest.

This firm is driven by its philosophy of seeing architecture as an art that fulfills the expressive and practical requirements of people. As designers, they work to incorporate the conservatism of institutional structures and the dynamism of today’s modern age.

Together with architects such as Patrick Jefferson Lim, Don Fendi Li, and a team of talented designers, the works of FSL & Associates, Co. can be seen in the Metro Manila skyline.

  • Key Projects:
    • Podium Mall
    • Eton Cyberpod Centris in Quezon City
    • BDO Tower in Ortigas Center
  • Services/Specializations:
    • Offices
    • Commercial
    • Residential
  • Areas they serve: Metro Manila
  • Contact Details:
    • Address: 6th & 7th flr. FSL Center, SL building., 1407 Yuseco St., Sta. Cruz, Manila
    • ​Contact numbers:
      • + 632-2564900
      • + 632-2565200
      • + 63917-8177785
    • Email:
    • Website:

Jonathan O. Gan + Associates

Jonathan O. Gan + Associates is one of the fastest-growing firms in the country, and they are famous for their environmental creations and methods that incorporate technology, culture, and designs beneficial to modern society.

A consistent awardee of BCI Asia top 10 firms in the country, the edge of Jonathan O. Gan + Associates is their institutional architecture projects. Since 1995, they have developed more than 3,885 hectares and 280 projects.

  • Key Projects:
    • Chimes Condominium in Greenhills
    • Southville Foreign College
    • Xavier School Sports Complex.
  • Services/Specializations:
    • Residential
    • Commercial
    • Malls
    • High-Rise
    • Offices
    • Hospitality
    • Restaurant
    • Institutional
  • Areas they serve: Philippines
  • Contact Details:
    • Address: 10 Saint Paul Street, Horseshoe Village, Quezon City, Metro Manila
    • Contact number: (632) 721-9154
    • Email:
    • Website:

JSLA Architects

Established in 1983, JSLA Architects has dramatically grown from a small family practice, to one of the biggest firms in the country.

Their almost 40 years of experience is not the only achievement they have under their belt. In fact, JSLA Architects has been consistently awarded as one of BCI Asia’s Top 10 Architectural firms in the country since 2006.

Part of the firm’s most notable works is they were responsible for 37 of 70 SM Malls, and over 40 buildings in Bonifacio Global City.

The firm has more than 130 staff, as well as in-house state-of-the-art equipment to help them actualize their promise for quality management and excellence.

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  • Key Projects:
    • SM Mall of Asia
  • Services/Specializations:
    • Hospitality
    • Education
    • Residential
    • Commercial
    • Industrial
    • Government
  • Areas they serve: Philippines
  • Contact Details:
    • Address: LHK Square, L4 & U4 Floors, 288 N. Domingo St., Brgy. Pasadena, San Juan City
    • Contact number: (+632) 8726-6312
    • Website:

Visionary Architecture, Inc.

Also known as Visionarch, this architectural firm was established in 2001. Although it’s not as old as other firms on this list, they have already cemented their name in the country’s architecture scene.

The firm has been recognized by multiple award-giving bodies, and they have also worked on some of the most high-profile projects in the Philippines.

Visionarch is driven by its life-centric philosophy. They believe that their projects should capture beauty and utility, while making the lives of people better. They consider design as something that involves people’s full spectrum of life. When this philosophy is translated to reality, they can draw individuals to spaces that help enrich their lives.

  • Key Projects:
    • One Ayala
    • Arca South in Taguig
    • Avida Towers Serin East in Tagaytay
    • Xavier School in BGC
  • Services/Specializations:
    • Education
    • Transportation
    • Commercial
    • Residential
    • Hospitality
  • Areas they serve: ASEAN Region
  • Contact Details:
    • Address: 2305 Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) Centre, Tektite Building, West Tower, Exchange Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
    • Contact number: (632) 863 70234
    • Email:
    • Website:

WTA Architecture and Design Studio

This firm considers itself as a multidisciplinary group of idealistic young architects, interior designers, engineers, and urban planners.

WTA Architecture and Design Studio has come a long way since it was established in 2007. Aside from being cited by BCI Asia as one of the top firms in the country, they were also the recipient of the coveted Archstoyanie Nikola’s Belvedere First Prize, where they beat more than 227 entries from 35 countries all over the globe.

Although their portfolio is comparably small to other firms on this list, it includes notable structures in the country.

  • Key Projects:
    • Portal Mall in Binondo
    • One Mall in Valenzuela City
  • Services/Specializations:
    • Institutional
    • Office
    • Hospitality
    • Mixed-Use
    • Transportation
    • Residential
    • Retail
  • Areas they serve: Philippines
  • Contact Details:
    • Address: 302 Metrosquare Building, 224 Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills, San Juan
    • Contact number: (+632) 8570 4148
    • Email:
    • Website:

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Tips on Choosing the Right Architect for your Project

The process of choosing the right architect for your home or building is a serious undertaking. Here are some factors that can help you make the right decision.


When an architect or firm has more experience in the industry, you can have more trust and enjoy more comfort with letting them take the reins for your project.

If they have completed numerous successful projects before, it’s a sign that they know what they are doing. If you hire an architect without prior experience, you may experience roadblocks or a huge learning curve which can delay your project and make way for additional costs.

You can also take a look at their previous projects to have an idea about their capabilities when it comes to satisfying clients. Keep in mind that all their projects may look amazing on paper, but seeing their work in the flesh will tell you whether or not that’s true.


You can’t simply decide on an architect based only on their website or portfolio. You must have a personal discussion with them to see how good their communication is. Architects must be able to clear all your doubts about the project and answer whatever question you have in mind.

During the discussion stage, you can also talk about their approach in design, their team members, project duration, cost, and methodology of work, among many others.

Personal involvement

One of the major aspects of the success of your project lies in your involvement. What does the architect or firm require from you?

Most architects want their clients to be highly involved in the project, while some prefer a more hands-off approach so they can apply their creative expertise freely.


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Cost is a major factor when choosing an architect. If you receive a bid for a firm that’s considerably lower than all other bids you got, there may be a factor behind that which concerns the quality of their work.

Take time to understand the ins and outs of the project, especially how the budget affects construction. Double-check if you’d be dealing with hidden fees that will blow up the cost.


Over the years, working remotely has become easier. However, there’s nothing that beats face-to-face meetings especially when it comes to huge projects.

As much as possible, choose a local architect. This way, site visits, and meetings are easier to plan.

Use a comparative approach

When it comes to choosing the architect or firm to hire, choosing based on a comparative approach is the way to go.

Take a look at your different options side by side and see what their expertise, weaknesses, and strengths are. Many architects stand out in their experience, while others pride themselves on their artistic vision.

Once you weigh the pros and cons of each option, you are one step closer to making your final decision.

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Architectural Firms in the Philippines FAQs

How much is the architect fee in the Philippines?

Even if you’re on a budget, you can still find rates that are perfect for you. Ready-made house designs are available for as low as Php10,000. This basic set includes soft copies for the floor and roof plans, as well as other architectural details.

On the other hand, premium sets cost between Php45,000 to Php50,000. This includes six sets of signed and sealed drawings, as well as documents that are needed for the building permit. The plan also has cost estimates for construction to help you plan your budget.

Typically, architects charge a fee that ranges from 5% to 12% total of the project cost. However, this depends on the project’s complexity, as well as its similarity to other projects.

What is the difference between an architect and a designer?

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Architects and designers have separate roles and skill sets. Choosing the right professional to hire is essential for any project.

So what makes the two roles different?

Architects are responsible for planning, developing, and implementing the building design. They are in charge of creating the design for your project, as well as alterations. To do this, they use their high-level drawing skills, and construction knowledge which is essential to bring you a safe, beautiful, and functional building.

On the other hand, designers are the go-to professionals if you want to make your interior space functional, safe, and aesthetically pleasing. Their skills include selecting the best decorative items and elements such as lighting, colors, and materials to make your project the best it can be.

Best architecture schools in the Philippines?

Architects are greatly influenced by their school since this is where they learn the foundation of their trade. There are many schools and universities in the country that offer architecture.

Here are the ones that have gotten the most outstanding performance in the Architecture Licensure Exam in recent years:

1. University of the Philippines Diliman
2. University of Santo Tomas
3. Technological University of the Philippines
4. Polytechnic University of the Philippines
5. Mapua University

Outside Metro Manila, the best architecture schools include:

1. University of the Philippines Mindanao
2. University of Saint Louis, Tuguegarao
3. Ateneo de Davao University
4. Negros Oriental State University
5. University of Baguio
6. University of San Carlos, Cebu

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Who is the most popular architect in the Philippines? ›

Pablo Antonio (1901-1975) is regarded as a forerunner and the greatest architect of his day as he was one of the earliest practitioners of contemporary architecture in the Philippines.

How much does an architect cost in PH? ›

But how much is the architect fee in the Philippines? The typical percentage fee charged by an architect ranges from approximately 5% to around 12%.

What school in the Philippines is best for architecture? ›

  • University of the Philippines Diliman.
  • Mapúa University.
  • University of the East, Caloocan.
  • Ateneo de Davao University.
  • Negros Oriental State University.
  • University of Baguio.
16 May 2022

Who is the dean of Filipino architect? ›

Sir Juan F. Nakpil KGCR

Who is No 1 architect in the world? ›

1. Antoni Gaudí Gaudí spent his entire career in Barcelona, where he built all of his projects, the most famous of which is the 1883 cathedral known as La Sagrada Familia, still under construction today.

Is architecture in demand in the Philippines? ›

In terms of employment opportunities, there is an uptrend in the construction industry worldwide and architects and other design professionals will be in demand. There are also a number of roles an architect could assume should he/she prefer to stay here in the Philippines.

How much does a floor plan cost in Philippines? ›

How much will you pay for blueprint plans in the Philippines? Prepare to shell out money between P10,000-P30,000 for the plans. If your architect or agency is a well-known brand, expect to pay above P30,000. Most often, a 50% reservation fee will be required as the next steps would require the detailing portion.

How much will it cost to build a 2 storey house in the Philippines? ›

If you have seen some of their celebrity house tours on the internet, you may have an idea of what elegantly finished houses are usually done in the Philippines. Theoretically, an elegant finished house in the Philippines would cost you around ₽3,300,000 to build your 120 m² two-storey house.

How much does it cost to build a modern house in the Philippines? ›

The cost of building a house in the Philippines in 2021 ranges from PhP 15,000 to PhP 20,000 per square meter of the total floor area of the house. Take note that this figure does not include the cost of the perimeter fence with gate and landscaping as well as lighting fixtures and grills.

Who is the father of Philippine Architecture? ›

Ildefonso Paez Santos Jr.

(September 5, 1929 – January 29, 2014), popularly known simply as "IP Santos", was a Filipino architect who was known for being the "Father of Philippine Landscape Architecture." He was recognized as a National Artist of the Philippines in the field of Architecture in 2006.

Who is known as the National Artist for Architecture? ›


Born at the turn of the century, National Artist for Architecture Pablo Sebero Antonio pioneered modern Philippine architecture.

Who is the father of Philippine arts? ›

PechaKucha Presentation: Guillermo Tolentino: The Father of Philippine Arts.

Which country is the best for architects? ›

The 9 Best Countries For Architects To Find Work
  • Norway. One of the few European countries to have crawled out of the Recession, Norway can boast explosive growth, low unemployment, and high wages. ...
  • Panama. ...
  • Brazil. ...
  • India. ...
  • Saudi Arabia. ...
  • Australia (in spots)
14 Jun 2012

Is architecture a good career choice? ›

Is architecture a good career path? Although the average rate of job growth for all occupations between the years 2020-2030 in the United States is projected to grow at 8%, architecture design careers are expected to grow at just 3%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

How many years is BS architecture in the Philippines? ›

The Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS Arch) is a five-year baccalaureate degree program offered in the College of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment (CADBE, formerly the College of Architecture and Fine Arts).

Who is the youngest architect? ›

Courtney Brett

What is this? Courtney Brett made history as the youngest licensed architect in the history of the American Institute of Architects, at just 24-years-old.

Who is the richest architect? ›

Holding steady reputations in their field, let's take a look at the world's richest architects. Norman Foster remains the richest architect on the list with a $240 million net worth. He founded his firm Foster + Partners in 1967 and is known to create elegant modern buildings from steel and glass.

Who is the first female architect? ›

Louise Blanchard Bethune

Do architects get paid well in Philippines? ›

How much does a Architect make in Philippines? The average architect salary in Philippines is ₱ 420,000 per year or ₱ 215 per hour. Entry-level positions start at ₱ 360,000 per year, while most experienced workers make up to ₱ 630,000 per year.

What is the highest paying job in Philippines? ›

Here is our list of the highest-paying jobs in The Philippines:
  1. Doctor / Surgeon. Average salary: 166,000 PHP. ...
  2. Judge. Average salary: 139,000 PHP. ...
  3. Lawyer. Average salary: 113,000 PHP. ...
  4. Bank Manager. Average salary: 106,000 PHP. ...
  5. Chief Executive Officer. ...
  6. Chief Financial Officer. ...
  7. Orthodontist. ...
  8. College / University Professor.

How much is the salary of junior architect in Philippines? ›

₱27,000. The estimated total pay for a Junior Architect is ₱27,000 per month in the Manila, Philippines Area area, with an average salary of ₱15,000 per month.

How much does it cost to build a house in the Philippines in 2022? ›

Housing Index in Philippines is expected to be 12500.00 PHP/SQ. METRE by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the Philippines Average Construction Cost is projected to trend around 13000.00 PHP/SQ.

How much is a building permit in the Philippines? ›

An estimated fee of Php 6, 000 or above will be the cost of your building permit fees as this will be based on the construction size of your building, municipality location, as well as the assessment plan.

How much does it cost to build a 100 sqm house Philippines? ›

With this method, a contractor can estimate a 100 square meter basic finish home for Php 2,500,000 (100sqm x Php 25,000).

What is the best month to build a house in the Philippines? ›

January is the best time to build because that is far from the rainy season.

Is it cheaper to build a 1 or 2 story house? ›

Per square foot, a one-story house is more costly to build than a two-story home. There is a larger footprint, meaning more foundation building and more roofing materials.

Are glass walls cheaper than concrete Philippines? ›

Glass is more expensive than masonry wall, as such, the cost goes up when more windows are added to the building. The cost difference is further amplified if specialized glass such as tempered and laminated glass is used instead of an ordinary glass.

How much does it cost to build a 4 bedroom house in the Philippines? ›

Residential Construction Costs (Pesos per Square Meter)
Single House10,011.0010,021.00
2 more rows
10 Apr 2021

How much does it cost to renovate a house in the Philippines? ›

An average renovation project will cost you about P15,000 to P20,000 per square meter.
Sample breakdown.
Cost itemsSample Budget
Total project cost144,000720,000
Contractor (and/or Labor)57,600288,000
Estimated cost201,6001,008,000
3 more rows
12 Apr 2021

How much does it cost to build a nice house in the Philippines? ›

Average House Construction Cost in the Philippines

For terraced houses and average standard one to two-bedroom homes, the construction cost is estimated at PHP 48,111 to PHP 58,865 per square meter as of 4th quarter 2019. The house construction cost includes homebuilding expenses (materials, tools, equipment, etc.)

Who is the first Filipino licensed architect? ›

There were no architectural schools in the country and the only architects with academic degrees were Spaniards. However, the first Filipino recorded architect was Felix Roxas y Arroyo of Binondo, Manila.

How many registered architects are there in the Philippines? ›

United Architects of the Philippines
AbbreviationUAP, IAPOA
HeadquartersQuezon City
National PresidentArmando Eugene C. De Guzman III
6 more rows

Who is the architect of Rizal Park? ›

Quirino Grandstand, Originally called grand Independence Grandstand. It was designed by architect Juan M. Arellano, in preparation for the proclamation of Independence on July 4, 1946, and to avoid overcrowding in front of the Legislative Building during the inauguration of the Third Philippine Republic.

What are the 7 major Philippines art forms? ›

The seven different art forms are Painting, Sculpture, Literature, Architecture, Theater, Film, and Music.

How many national artists are there for architecture in the Philippines? ›

The National Artist Award for Architecture has only been bestowed to three notable architects. Each of them has contributed, through their body of work, a style of architecture that has elevated the standards of architecture in the country.

Who designed UST Manila? ›

The building, designed by Fr. Roque Ruaño, O.P., is the first earthquake-resistant building in the Philippines.

Who is the master of Philippine modern art? ›

He led the revolutionary Thirteen Moderns, who engaged their classical compatriots in heated debate over the nature and function of art. He was named a National Artist in 1976. History names Victorio Edades as “the father” of Modern Philippine art.

Who are the 13 modern artist in the Philippines? ›

The 'Thirteen Moderns' included Botong Francisco, Galo Ocampo, Lorenzo, Vicente Manansala, HR Ocampo, Anita Magasaysay-Ho, Cesar Legaspi, Demetrio Diego, Ricarte Purugganan, Jose Pardo, Bonifacio Cristobal and Arsenio Capili.

Who is the first painter in the Philippines? ›

Nicknamed the "Grand Old Man of Philippine Art," he was the first-ever to be recognized as a National Artist of the Philippines.
Fernando Amorsolo
EducationUniversity of the Philippines
Known forPainting
Spouse(s)Salud Tolentino Jorge ​ ​ ( m. 1916; d. 1931)​ Maria del Carmen (1935–?)
5 more rows

Who is the father of Philippine architecture? ›

Ildefonso Paez Santos Jr.

(September 5, 1929 – January 29, 2014), popularly known simply as "IP Santos", was a Filipino architect who was known for being the "Father of Philippine Landscape Architecture." He was recognized as a National Artist of the Philippines in the field of Architecture in 2006.

Who is the famous Filipino artist in the field of architecture? ›

Born at the turn of the century, National Artist for Architecture Pablo Sebero Antonio pioneered modern Philippine architecture. His basic design is grounded on simplicity, no clutter.

Who is Ramon Antonio? ›

As the son of Philippine National Artist for Architecture Pablo Antonio, Ramon Antonio has that particular talent running in his veins. The younger Antonio followed in his father's footsteps to become an architect himself and is now one of the most sought-after architects in the upper echelons of Philippine society.

How many architects are there in the Philippines? ›

United Architects of the Philippines
AbbreviationUAP, IAPOA
HeadquartersQuezon City
National PresidentArmando Eugene C. De Guzman III
6 more rows

Who is the first Filipino licensed architect? ›

There were no architectural schools in the country and the only architects with academic degrees were Spaniards. However, the first Filipino recorded architect was Felix Roxas y Arroyo of Binondo, Manila.

Who is the richest architect in the world? ›

Lord Norman Foster is the richest architect in the world with a net worth of $240 million. He founded his well-known architectural firm Foster + Partners back in 1967 and he is known for his sleek glass and steel structures.

Who was the first female architect? ›

Louise Blanchard Bethune was the first American woman known to have worked as a professional architect. Bethune started her practice in 1881, opening shop in Buffalo at the age of 25 with her husband.

What makes Filipino architecture unique? ›

Filipino architecture has influences of Chinese, Spanish, and American architectural style incorporated within it. One of the most influential trends in Filipino architecture is the Spanish influence who ruled over the island for centuries.

Who designed UST Manila? ›

The building, designed by Fr. Roque Ruaño, O.P., is the first earthquake-resistant building in the Philippines.

What is modern Filipino architecture? ›

Mañosa's distinctive style, known as Contemporary Tropical Filipino Architecture, is a heady mixture of seemingly incongruous elements. Coconut lumber, rattan, shell, thatch, and even indigenous textiles are juxtaposed with hypermodern materials: metal, glass, concrete.

Who is the first female architect in the Philippines? ›

The male-dominated architectural profession welcomed the first female architect in 1934, when Mercedes Raffiñan, a graduate of MIT, passed the board examination. She earned the distinction as the first woman architect in the history of Philippine architecture and the rest of Southeast Asia.

What do you call a licensed architect in the Philippines? ›

The licensed architect abbreviation here in the Philippines is RLA, which means Registered and Licensed Architect. This is the coveted title for aspiring architects who spend countless hours studying, working as interns, and taking hard licensure exams for architecture.

How long does it take to become a licensed architect in the Philippines? ›

Program Overview. The Bachelor of Science in Architecture is a five year college degree intended for people who wish to pursue a career in Architecture.


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