United Architects of the Philippines
The United Architects of the Philippines is the Integrated and Accredited Professional Organization of Architects (IAPOA) in the Philippines with more than 42,000 members.
UAP was born on December 12, 1974 out of the noble vision of unifying the three (3) existing architectural associations at that time – the Philippine Institute of Architects (PIA), the League of Philippine Architects (LPA) and the Association of Philippine Government Architects (APGA). Through the concerted efforts of the officers and members of the three organizations, the vison officially materialized on March 26, 1975 , where the UAP was registered with the Philippines’ Security and Exchange Commission (SEC). On May 12, 1975, the UAP was granted Certificate 001, the first professional organization to be accredited by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) which is the central agency of the Philippine Government charged with the licensing and regulation of professionals and the professions, as well as the Accredited Professional Organizations (APOs).
Since its registration, UAP has received many awards including the highly-acclaimed PRC’s Most Outstanding Accredited Professional Organization. To date, it is still the first and only APO to win the award seven times in the Award’s 24-year history. These were in 2002, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2017 and 2018. The award is presented annually to recognize the achievements, services and commitments of the APO to the profession.
For its volunteer works, UAP was chosen in addressing the housing problems, urban degradation, environmental conservation and promotion of volunteerism for socio-economic development, the UAP was a Regional Nominee to the “Search for Outstanding Volunteers” by the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) in celebration of the National Volunteer Month last December 2005. PNVSCA takes the lead in advocating and recognizing the contributions of volunteers in nation-building and international cooperation.
In April 2010, in celebration of the Earth Day, the UAP through its advocacy group “Green Architecture Movement” was awarded the 2009 Father Neri Satur Award – the only accredit professional organization to receive such a prestigious environmental award.
Last November 2010 the UAP has been bestowed the EAROPH 50th Golden Jubilee Award in recognition of its substantial contribution to the advancement of Planning, Development and Management of Human Settlements in the Philippines. The award was given in celebration of EAROPH’s 50th Anniversary and the 2010 Congress in Adelaide, Australia.
The UAP has a roster of membership numbering more than 44,000 or 100% of the total registed architects at the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). This number is expected to increase with the advent of the automatic membership clause under RA 9266 and the registration of new board passers of the recent PRC licensure examinations.
What is AAA?
Now on its 4th year, Architects in the Academe Assembly (AAA) goes global by elevating the assembly of local architects into an International Conference on Architecture Education. The 3-day event is slated on May 30-31 & June 1, 2019. It is a milestone event for the country to be holding the first ever conference dedicated to architectural education that will be attended by international delegations representing the different architecture schools in the world, particularly in Asia.
The first AAA in 2016 focused on the theme Sharing the Best Practices in the Academe which demonstrated the best teaching pedagogies which could serve as models for the participants. The choice speakers represent educators from Luzon (Dr. Grace Ramos of UP DILIMAN), Visayas (Ar. Omar Maxwell P. Espina of University of San Carlos) and Mindanao (Ar. Jim Immanuel Palma of Ateneo de Davao University). The Keynote Lecture was delivered by Dr. Onofre R. Pagsanghan, Ph.D., a seasoned educator from the Ateneo de Manila University. Ninety-four (94) delegates attended this successful event.
The 2nd AAA (2017) was incorporated with the 42nd UAP National Convention 2017. The topic focused on the assembly theme Successfully Teaching the Millennial Architecture Students. The speakers were Cong. Christopher De Venecia, a millennial culture and tourism advocate, Mr. Manny Gonzales, a Marketing Professional who may be classified as “Xenial”, and the Keynote Lecture was delivered by Ms. Leonida G. Reyes, an Organizational Development Consultant. A total of 270 architect-educators attended this equally-successful assembly.
The 3rd AAA (2018) conceptualize a more playful theme dubbed as Our Students are now Filipino Starchitects! The objective of the assembly was to gather outstanding Filipino architects who were once the students of the architect-educators present in the assembly. It was a whole day of “paying it forward” as the speakers reminisced about their college days in the university and at the same time provided powerful lectures about their current professional involvement in the industry. The “Starchitect Speakers” were Architects Christian Vasquez (FEU), Royal Christopher L. Pineda (PUP), Abelardo Tolentino, Jr. (UST), and Edson Cabalfin (UP Diliman). This assembly drew 350 registered participants.
AAA was envisioned to be an official Day 0 activity of the annual UAP National Convention, running parallel to the Tripartite Network Meeting (of CODHASP, UAP and PRC) which generally discusses policies and other administrative concerns in the architecture education. As a parallel activity, the Architects in the Academe Assembly wishes to emphasize capability building, liaising, aligning, networking, sharing of best practices among the bigger group of architects involved in the academe, i.e., the professors. This was conceptualized by Ar. Jonathan V. Manalad, the Chairman of the Committee on Research and Academic Institutions and Ar. Norma I. Alarcon, FUAP, the Executive Director of the UAP Commission on Education in the Fiscal Year 2015-2016. This was realized through the valued support and endorsement of the UAP National Board of Directors headed by UAP National President Ar. Ma. Benita O. Regala, FUAP, AA through Board Resolution 15-16 No. 4-06.