Designer and Founder, Studio Tim Fu Ltd


Tim Fu is a renowned architectural designer specialised in advanced computation and artificial intelligence (AI). Emerging from Zaha Hadid Architects, he has founded Studio Tim Fu, a high-tech architectural practice pioneering the integration of AI into visionary design. As an active educator, Tim has held various workshops on advanced computation in design. Furthermore, he is an outspoken advocate on the use and integration of AI in the architecture industry, speaking in various universities and conferences globally. Tim also amassed a following as a content-creator, sharing his design and technological innovations on various platforms.

Director of the Center for Research, Innovation, and Design (CRID) School of Architecture, Art, and Design, the American University in Dubai


Dr. Georges Kachaamy, Director of the Center for Research, Innovation, and Design (CRID) at the American University in Dubai, is an accomplished academic and architect with over 15 years of experience. He holds a doctorate from the University of Tokyo and is renowned for his research in future and virtual environments, phenomenological theory in architecture, and Gravity Defiant Architecture (GDA). With numerous accolades including teaching excellence awards and international recognition for his artwork and architectural designs, Dr. Kachaamy has left a significant mark on the academic and architectural communities. His diverse portfolio ranges from urban conservation projects to the design of educational facilities, reflecting his commitment to innovation and sustainability. Through exhibitions, talks, and publications, he continues to push the boundaries of architecture and art, earning recognition from prestigious organizations and media outlets worldwide.

Senior Business Development Manager, Southeast Asia, Epic Games

Dean Reinhard is a senior business development manager for Epic Games in Southeast Asia and leads the company’s growth in both games and non-game markets such as AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction), automotive and M&E (Media & Entertainment). Epic Games is a leading interactive entertainment company and developer of the Unreal Engine, the world’s most open and advanced real- time 3D tool.


 As a technologist, engineer, and developer for over 15 years, Dean is passionate about helping everyone — business leaders, product designers, entertainers, newscasters, or architects — hone their creativity through cutting edge technology. He has helped to generate a range of different projects for clients, while winning multiple awards across VR/AR and physical prototyping in the process. In his current role at Epic Games, Dean will be driving the use of Unreal Engine especially in non-games sector, helping companies elevate and disrupt the way creative teams work. He is also a serial entrepreneur, having founded MeshMinds — a company at the intersection of art and technology — and Elevate Tech, which specialises in predictive maintenance. Prior to this, he has also held strategic leadership roles at iris Worldwide and Leo Burnett, among others.

Director and Founder Radiance60. Unreal Authorized Instructor partner for Epic Games. Unreal Authorized Training Center Director.

Douglas Leong, the founder and Director of Radiance60 based in Singapore, serves as an Unreal Authorized Instructor partner for Epic Games. With over 25 years of industry experience, Douglas is highly accomplished as a CG/VFX Supervisor, Director, Trainer, and Senior TD. His directorial responsibilities encompass a broad spectrum, including studio pipeline creation, creative direction, studio infrastructure, workflow management, team leadership, training and development, research and development, and production direction. During his tenure as Creative Director at Lighthouse for nearly two decades, he successfully led a versatile studio delivering exceptional productions. Douglas is widely recognized as an expert in SideFX Houdini Software, with over 25 years of dedicated experience. As the founder and Director of Radiance60, he has established it as an Unreal Authorized Training Center, where he trains top studios and institutions.

 Noteworthy engagements include serving as an instructor at the Unreal Educator Summit (2022), where he shared his expertise with educators and industry professionals in the APAC region. He also conducted training for one of the world’s top 10 biggest video game companies’ China studio in the same year. Additionally, he led the Train The Trainer – UE5 program for program directors and mentors of 3dsense Media School, a globally recognized institution. 

A respected speaker and trainer, Douglas has shared his expertise at prestigious events and institutions in Asia, including the 100X Conference in Seoul (2023), SiggraphAsia, and Unreal Educator Summit. He has also conducted seminars and workshops for organizations such as the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) iCentre and CRAFT Centre. As a Certified Unreal Authorized Instructor, Douglas remains devoted to providing exceptional education and mentorship to aspiring CG/VFX/REAL-TIME professionals.

Design Lead at Emaar Development Dubai 2023 Global Filipino Architect of the Year Recipient

Patrick Soriano is a seasoned landscape architect with over 15 years of experience in the Middle East, renowned for his expertise in concept development and technical skills in creating 3D drawings and hand sketches. He has successfully led projects from conception to completion, holding key roles such as Lead Design Landscape Architect. Notable projects in his portfolio include the Dubai Design District Masterplan, Qatar Science and Technology Park Masterplan, and Kuwait National Masterplan, showcasing his meticulous attention to detail. Patrick’s expertise also extends to the hospitality sector, with projects like the Chedi, Ras Al Hadd, and Hakkasan Restaurant in Emirates Towers Dubai. His dedication to innovation and customer satisfaction solidifies him as a valuable asset in landscape architecture.

CEO Tetrix Network and VTI

Emman Navalan is a highly skilled Infrastructure Project Manager and CEO of Tetrix Network, leading innovative blockchain-based products. With a background in Civil Engineering and Project Management, he leverages blockchain to enhance transparency and efficiency in construction projects. As a passionate advocate for blockchain technology, he co-founded the Blockchain Council of the Philippines to promote its adoption. Emman’s expertise and dedication position him as a valuable asset to the blockchain and crypto industry, poised to drive innovation and progress in the years ahead.

CEO and Founder at Metakalos/ Kaloscope/ Kalostudio – FCZO

Kirck Allen is a visionary leader in the fields of Metaverse, AR, VR, and Blockchain, dedicated to exploring emerging technologies and creating innovative solutions that drive tangible value for businesses and individuals. With a robust background in technology and entrepreneurship, Kirck has played a pivotal role in developing cutting-edge solutions that have made transformative impacts across various industries. His proficiency in Metaverse, AR, VR, and Blockchain has enabled him to establish successful ventures that consistently lead at the forefront of technological innovation. Kirck’s commitment to embracing rapid evolution, particularly in the burgeoning Metaverse space, drives him to leverage his expertise to support organizations and entrepreneurs effectively. If you’re in search of a visionary leader in emerging technologies, Kirck Allen is poised to be a valuable addition to your team, ready to embark on an exploration of endless possibilities together.

Founder & Chief Ai Officer of MyVisualBuilder.com and AsistentAi.com

Vener Sarmiento, Founder & Chief Ai Officer of MyVisualBuilder.com and AsistentAi.com, brings over two decades of expertise in Digital Product Design, Creative Direction, and Digital Marketing, specializing in Automations, eCommerce, and Omni-Channel Strategy. During his tenure as Head of Design at one of the UAE’s largest conglomerates, Vener spearheaded the successful launch of omni-channel e-commerce projects across six renowned brands. Recognizing the transformative potential of Artificial Intelligence, Vener proactively delved into AI and Machine Learning, equipping himself with essential knowledge to harness this groundbreaking technology. Leveraging his newfound expertise, he launched two Ai-powered Software-as-a-Service platforms: Vuilder, a cutting-edge sales funnel visual builder and marketing automation platform, and AsistentAi, a no-code AI Assistant Development Platform. Beyond entrepreneurship, Vener maintains a commitment to perpetual learning, ensuring he remains at the forefront of technological advancements, positioning himself as a visionary leader shaping the future of business and humanity.

Visualization Manager at MMoser Asociates – Singapore

Jun Pagalilauan, Visualization Manager at MMoser Associates in Singapore, leads the 3D Architectural Visualization Team, delivering various multimedia presentations and virtual reality experiences for global and local projects. With a background in architecture, he further honed his skills by attending masterclasses and internships in visualization, including at the State of Art Academy in Italy and Brick Academy in Budapest. Jun’s exceptional work has earned him recognition, including awards such as the 14th NCCA Ani ng Dangal Awardee and accolades from prestigious international photography competitions like the Moscow International Photo Awards and the Tokyo International Photo Awards. He has also been honored by organizations such as the United Architects of the Philippines for his outstanding contributions to the field.

Principal Architect+CEO of ROYAL PINEDA+

Dr. Royal Pineda is the Principal Architect+CEO of ROYAL PINEDA+, renowned for advocating Modern Filipino Architecture and Design worldwide. His ‘Practical Luxury’ design philosophy is evident in projects spanning across various countries, showcasing his commitment to authenticity and sustainability. With a focus on responsive design and practical construction methods, he strives to incorporate local cultural identities into modern interpretations. Additionally, Royal serves as Co-Chair of the first Design Advisory Council of the Philippines and has received numerous accolades, including an honorary Doctorate Degree from Polytechnic University of the Philippines and being named one of BCI Asia’s Top 10 Architects of the Philippines. Notable projects spearheaded by Royal include the New Clark International Airport, Sacobia River Bridge, and the iconic Aquatics Center and Athletics Stadium for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, which received high commendation at the World Architecture Festival 2021. As Overall Artistic and Theme Director, he led the creation of the Philippines Pavilion for the World Expo 2020 Dubai, demonstrating his visionary leadership in architecture and design. His innovative “Pandemic House” design was also shortlisted for the 2022 World Architecture Festival, further solidifying his reputation as a pioneering figure in the industry.

President & Design Director at NORR

Yahya Jan is a distinguished professional, embodying the roles of Architect, Engineer, Innovator, Leader, and Thinker. His perspective on design transcends conventional boundaries, blending insights from Life, Science, and Art through First Principle thinking to pioneer groundbreaking solutions. As the President & Design Director at NORR, located in Dubai, Yahya orchestrates design endeavors across the Middle East and Asia, leveraging 33 years of global experience. Educated at Princeton University, he holds licensure as an architect in New York, where he honed his skills for 8 years before relocating to Dubai in 1996. Since then, Yahya has been instrumental in shaping visionary projects at NORR, contributing significantly to the regional architectural landscape. With a firm belief in the transformative power of Great Design, Yahya advocates for inclusive and integrated approaches, fostering collaboration among stakeholders to address humanity’s challenges. Leading a diverse team of talented individuals across multiple locations, Yahya’s portfolio boasts a range of award-winning projects, reflecting his commitment to excellence and innovation in architectural practice. His impactful work is not only recognized through numerous international accolades but also disseminated through conferences and publications worldwide, solidifying his influence and contribution to the global architectural discourse.

Managing Partner, Palafox Associates and President, Palafox Architecture Group, Inc

Architect Felino “Jun” Palafox, Jr. is a globally renowned figure in architecture, urban planning, and environmental advocacy, with an illustrious career spanning 52 years in architecture and 50 years in planning. He is the founder, leader, and manager of PALAFOX — comprising Palafox Associates and Palafox Architecture Group Inc. — overseeing the completion of over 1,800 projects in 40 countries, influencing more than 20 million square meters of building floor area and 54 billion square meters of land. Educated at prestigious institutions such as Harvard University, he has received six honorary doctorates, including Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institution of Singapore. Architect Palafox has been honored with numerous awards, including the UAP Dubai Design Awards First Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2019 Outstanding Professional of the Year in Environmental Planning, and recognition at the 37th National Book Awards. His active involvement in international and national organizations, such as the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and the Urban Land Institute, underscores his commitment to shaping the future of sustainable architecture and urban development. With over 200 awards and citations to his name, Architect Jun Palafox’s multifaceted education and extensive experience position him as a distinguished leader in the global architectural community.

Senior Partner at Foster + Partners

Roland is a highly experienced designer with more than 20 years’ experience in designing and delivering award winning projects in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines. After graduating from the Architectural Association in 1998, Roland joined Foster + Partners in 2000 to work on developments in the United States (Hearst Tower) and Japan (Kamakura Arts Foundation), before focusing progressively on projects in South East Asia. With more than 15 years of living in the equatorial climate, he has developed at great passion for tropical architecture and his research on vernacular architecture informs the studios ongoing projects in the region. As the Senior Partner in charge of Singapore studio, he travels extensively to oversee the practice’s numerous projects in the region. He was promoted to Associate in 2004, to Associate Partner in 2006, Partner

Founder and Principal Architect at InnovArc Design and Construction

Justine Amor C. Garcia, a Filipino Architect and Registered Master Plumber, is also a Philippine Green Building Initiative Accredited Design Professional + Accredited Assessor (PGBI ADP +AA). Throughout his architectural education, he has emerged as a young leader and mentor, inspiring his peers to pursue careers in the field. Advocating for sustainable architecture, he founded InnovArc Design and Construction, a company committed to breaking away from convention, creating unconventional designs, and innovating without bounds. Garcia’s recent recognition in a prestigious international competition highlights his commitment to sustainability and innovation in architecture. He is dedicated to elevating the profession in the Philippines on the global stage, showcasing the resilience and excellence of young Filipino architects.

Founder and Principal Architect at Founder and Principal Architect at Bacungan Architects

At 29, Ar. Rocksty is reshaping Philippine Architecture and Design by founding his own practice, Bacungan Architects, after gaining diversified architectural experience. In just over 3 years, his firm has thrived, reflecting his creative vision, technical expertise, and client dedication. Beyond aesthetics, Rocksty aims to redefine Philippine architecture by promoting modern Filipino identity through cost-effective yet beautifully designed solutions. He advocates for sustainable growth and development in the architectural landscape, fostering positive change through activism and built projects. Rocksty’s personal goal is to mentor future Filipino architects, promoting professionalism, sustainability, and community-driven design principles.

Founder and Principal Architect at ARCBORDERS Architectural Design

Ar. Gianne Borlongan, RMP, a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas in 2015, holds professional licenses in both Architecture and Plumbing Engineering. He has capitalized on digital opportunities, earning a certificate from Harvard X: The Architectural Imagination during the pandemic. Actively contributing to his profession, he served with the United Architects of the Philippines Graduate Auxiliary from 2015 to 2017, holding roles such as Commission on Intern Affairs and District Director. Starting his career at Casas+ Architects and later as a Design Architect at Visionary Architecture, he honed his skills before partnering with Vidro Builders as their Principal Architect. Establishing Arcborders Architectural Design, he focuses on architectural projects, excelling in design competitions and earning recognition in various publications and platforms such as Garage Magazine and TikTok’s Top 100 in the Educational category in 2020.

Design Principals at LLG ARCHITECTS

Patrick Lendel Go’s passion for execution led him to where it all starts – the drawing board. His expertise in architectural visualization was developed through years of experience in both local and international firms – first with 3D Stormstudio, and then with Sixtrees Viz Comms Pte. Ltd. – a company based in Singapore, known as a leader in the field of 3D visualization. Working under the mentorship of Max Lim at Sixtrees, he saw the critical roles of visual creativity, an eye for composition, along with technical rendering expertise in completing a successful project. He continued to hone his talents in all aspects of design, both interior and exterior, in order to address and deliver the critical role of both style and function, expected by his clients. After six years abroad, Lendel has come back to Cebu, bringing to the table a track record that encompasses local and international projects, spanning a full spectrum of developments, in the commercial and residential space.

Design Principals at LLG ARCHITECTS

Having always being an achiever, Leizle Marie Go’s trajectory has always been upward. A valedictorian through grade school and high school, she topped off her academic accomplishments by graduating Cum Laude from the University of San Carlos-Cebu, with a degree in architecture, after which she immediately gained a sought-after position in RMJM Philippines (now AIDEA Philippines), a prominent national architectural firm in the Philippines. Under the mentorship of Mr. Jojo Tolentino at AIDEA, she honed her skills by working on many prestigious projects for the Ayala Land Corporation, the Procter & Gamble Offices, and others. She then joined the international firm of EZRA Architects, based in Singapore, under Lim Kee Hua, Keith Khoo Seykeat and the late Leonard Sim. This experience has raised her own professional standards, as she was exposed to managing projects from its conceptual phase to the completion of project construction, encompassing all aspects of the project – from exterior architecture to interior design, to landscape and lighting design. Her professional expectations of herself and her team, has led to many successful partnerships with clients, who have experienced the added value of her approach.

Project Lead at The Rise at Monterazzas

Slater Young, Founder and CEO of Liteblock, engages with his followers through his mini vlog series titled #asktheengineer, where he addresses questions about home maintenance. Additionally, longer vlogs are shared on his YouTube channel, covering various topics related to architecture, hacks, and tips for homeowners. Alongside his wife Kryz, Slater hosts podcasts, showcasing their dynamic as a couple. Married in 2019, they welcomed their first son Scott Knoa Young in 2020. Active on multiple social media platforms including YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter, Slater has amassed a substantial following over the years, with his informative and engaging content garnering millions of views and followers across platforms.

Feng Shui Master

Marites Allen is a globally recognized Feng Shui master and Chinese astrology expert, boasting training under various esteemed masters from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and China. In 2013, she achieved the remarkable distinction of being the first Filipina to attain the title of “Master in Feng Shui” by the International Feng Shui Association. With over two decades of experience as an international Feng Shui consultant, Marites has graced the global press, radio, and television platforms, including appearances on This Morning, the Sun, the Express, and CNN. Residing in London with her family, she divides her time between the United Kingdom and Southeast Asia. Renowned as the “Philippine Feng Shui Queen,” Marites has significantly contributed to the propagation of Feng Shui practice worldwide, particularly among overseas Filipinos across numerous countries such as the USA, UK, France, and more. Apart from her Feng Shui expertise, Marites is a seasoned real estate consultant and trader, managing various product lines under her brand FRIGGA Charmed Life. Her entrepreneurial ventures span over two decades, operating across several Asian countries, including Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and China. Notably, she has recently ventured into the realm of healthcare with Biotech Health Care Medical Group, focusing on smart incontinence products with exclusive distribution to the Philippines and the United Kingdom. Marites has cultivated her vast following through nearly twenty years of sharing Feng Shui wisdom through various platforms, including TV shows, conventions, mall talks, authored books, and social media engagements. Continuously seeking new knowledge, Marites has explored diverse cultures and learning opportunities worldwide, including Central Asia and Egypt, expanding her understanding of symbology and luck-enhancing practices. Breaking new ground in retail, Marites introduced FRIGGA Charmed Life in 2012, a unique fashion brand offering fashionable Feng Shui pieces designed by a renowned London fashion team. The brand has since expanded to include a range of auspicious lifestyle products for homes and offices, available through its boutiques in Manila and Cebu, as well as online platforms. As a British-Filipina national, Marites maintains residences in both England and the Philippines alongside her husband Nick, an international executive, and their four children, embodying a dynamic blend of Eastern and Western influences in her personal and professional life.

President of Kasa Arkhitekton Inc.

Ar. Alfred Geoffrey C. Carandang is the founder of Kasa Arkhitekton Inc., renowned for its expertise in commercial, retail, and hospitality architecture. With a strong commitment to servant leadership, Carandang has held several leadership roles in the United Architects of the Philippines, both at the chapter and national levels. His architectural prowess has garnered prestigious titles such as the 41st ASEAN Architect and the 58th APEC Architect, along with recognition as a Senior Fellow of the Royal Institute of Architects Singapore. Alongside his architectural practice, Carandang has been actively involved in academia, teaching part-time at various universities and authoring a book titled “Archipreneur: Architect as Entrepreneur.” Additionally, he contributes significantly to community service efforts, serving as the Chairman of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry QC and playing leadership roles in Rotary clubs focused on community development.

Senator, Republic of the Philippines

Aquilino Martin de la Llana Pimentel III, commonly known as Koko Pimentel, is a prominent Filipino politician and lawyer who has been serving as the Senate Minority Leader since 2022. Born on January 20, 1964, he has held the position of Senator since 2011 and previously served as the Senate President of the Philippines from 2016 to 2018. Additionally, Pimentel is the national chairman of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP–Laban), a significant political party in the country. As the eldest son of former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel Jr., he holds the distinction of being the first child of a previous Senate president to occupy the same office. Pimentel was sworn in on August 12, 2011, following his proclamation as the 12th winning senator in the 2007 election.

Senator, Republic of the Philippines

Sherwin Ting Gatchalian, commonly known as Win Gatchalian, is a prominent Filipino politician and businessman who has been serving as a Senator since 2016. Born on April 6, 1974, he has had a long and distinguished career in public service, previously holding positions such as Representative of Valenzuela’s 1st district from 2001 to 2004 and from 2013 to 2016, as well as Mayor of Valenzuela from 2004 to 2013. Throughout his tenure as Mayor, Gatchalian implemented various programs aimed at improving education and addressing environmental concerns, earning accolades for his efforts. After returning to the lower house as a Representative, he continued to champion education reforms, notably advocating for the Free Higher Education Act. Upon his election to the Senate, Gatchalian fulfilled his campaign promise by co-authoring and co-sponsoring the Free Higher Education Act, which was signed into law in 2017. In addition to his legislative accomplishments, Gatchalian has chaired several Senate committees and authored key measures focused on energy, economic affairs, and consumer rights. In 2022, he secured re-election to the Senate for his second term, further solidifying his position as a trusted leader in Philippine politics.

Congressman, Republic of the Philippines

Christopher George Martin Perez de Venecia, also known as Toff de Venecia, is a multi-faceted Filipino figure known for his diverse roles as a former child actor, writer, director, theater producer, and politician. Born on October 27, 1986, he currently serves as a member of the Philippine House of Representatives for the 4th district of Pangasinan, a position he has held since 2016. As the son of former House Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. and Gina de Venecia, he entered politics with a strong legacy behind him. Running under the platform B.A.G.E.T.S., emphasizing tourism, agriculture, infrastructure, education, employment, and health services, he secured victory in both the 2016 and 2019 elections. In the 18th Congress, he assumes significant roles as a Deputy Majority Leader and Chairman of the Special Committee of Creative Industry and Performing Arts, showcasing his commitment to promoting arts and culture. Notably, he played a pivotal role in supporting ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal in 2020, further highlighting his dedication to media and creative industries. Recently re-elected for a third term in 2022, de Venecia continues to make strides in Philippine politics, embodying a commitment to public service and cultural advancement.

UAP National President


UAP Immediate Past National President

Pao Sacramento Himala & Vitucio Law Office

Marc is a versatile professional, holding degrees in both Architecture and Law. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from U.P. Diliman in 2010, receiving accolades such as best thesis and the Philip Recto Design Excellence Award. In 2012, Marc co-founded Emerging Architects Studio, which quickly gained acclaim as a leading architectural design consultancy over the following 11 years. He furthered his education by obtaining a law degree from U.P. Diliman in 2019 and successfully passed the Bar Examinations the same year. Currently, Marc serves as a partner at Poa Sacramento Himala and Virtucio Law Officers, where he acts as legal counsel for the United Architects of the Philippines and serves as the spokesperson for the UAP’s Special Committee Anti-Illegal Practice. Additionally, he contributes to academia as a Lecturer in the UP Diliman College of Architecture.

Executive Diretor, Commission on Governmental & External Affairs

Ar. Mary Kristine Argao Segovia, a distinguished architect, completed her Bachelor’ Degree in Architecture from Bulacan State University in 2000. Her expertise encompasses Educational Facility Design, Sanitation and Hygiene, Disaster Mitigation and Climate Change Adaptation, and Heritage and Sustainable Architecture. In pivotal roles at MOHRI Philippines, Inc., and the Department of Education, she has managed diverse projects related to civil works, school safety, mapping, contract and project administration, and disaster risk reduction. Renowned for her proficiency in heritage conservation, particularly with Gabaldon school building projects, she has earned awards for leadership and service in both government and the private sector. She actively contributes to disaster response and education committees, demonstrating her ongoing commitment to her field. Currently, she serves as the project and safety architect at the Early Childhood Care and Development Council, Director for Architecture at the Bulacan Construction Industry Board, and holds key positions in various committees, including the UIA’s Committees for Cultural Heritage and Education and Architecture for All Work Programme. She currently serves as the Executive Director for the UAP Commission on Governmental and External Affairs and was recently appointed as a member of the DPWH-NBCDO Board of Consultants and PRC-PRBArc TWG member. In addition to her architectural work, she is an accomplished author, graphic designer/layout artist, and technical writer.

Principal Architect, Fulgar Architects

Architect John Ian Lee Fulgar, a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Architecture, possesses a wealth of experience garnered from working on diversified LEED and Greenmark mixed development mega-projects alongside renowned industry consultants worldwide. As the principal architect of Fulgar Architects, he spearheads innovative architectural, engineering, and technology endeavors in the Philippines, shaping future ideas for various real estate and business ventures. Ian Fulgar is widely recognized for his pioneering approach in the architectural arena, questioning conventional methodologies, and embracing uniqueness in each project venture. He is the founder of PhilBIG, a dynamic community fostering collaborations in the construction and real estate sectors, promoting mutual growth and development. With over twelve years of experience in software technology, Ian seamlessly integrates cutting-edge parametric building information modeling technologies into his design processes, elevating architectural simulations and energy analyses to new heights. Furthermore, his enduring passion for the fine arts drives him to continually explore diverse doctrines and fundamentals, reflecting in his extensive body of work exhibited across the globe and at Fulgar Studio.

Ar. Joel V. Rico is an architect passionate about Philippine heritage structures, history, restoration, and conservation. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Ma Es+ro de Obras, an architecture, construction, and restoration firm. He was the primary architect, planner, and historian of the Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan from 2006-2008. He has extensive experience in the conservation and restoration of fortifications, churches, museums and galleries, as well as the development of heritage districts. He served as the president of the Philippine Institute of Architects from 2011-2013 , PIA Chancellor of the College of Fellows, and was the founding president of the Guild of Philippine Architects in Conservation in 2012. He teaches at the De la Salle-College of St. Benilde, and is a consultant for many government agencies and institutions.

Ar. Michaela Rosette Santos-Tayag is a highly accomplished architect with extensive expertise in architectural heritage conservation and green building initiatives. With a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Santo Tomas and a Master’s degree in Architectural Heritage Conservation from the University of the Philippines Diliman, she brings a wealth of knowledge to her profession. As a registered architect since 1998, she has made significant contributions to the field, particularly in promoting sustainability and energy efficiency in the built environment. Actively involved in organizations like the Philippine Green Building Initiative (PGBI), she advocates for the adoption of green building practices and is a pioneering GREEEN Accredited Design Professional and Accredited Assessor. Additionally, as a LEED Accredited Professional for Building Design and Construction, she consults on LEED and GREEEN projects nationwide, while also sharing her expertise as an assistant professor at the University of the Philippines Diliman and a lecturer at Atlas Career Development Center.

Ar. Jonathan V. Manalad is a seasoned professional specializing in architectural education, planning, and design. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Sto. Tomas in 1993, followed by a Master of Architecture in Community Architecture and Housing from the University of the Philippines Diliman in 2000. He later earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Development Education from Central Luzon State University in 2018.
With over two decades of experience, Jonathan has made significant contributions to the field. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Sto. Tomas, College of Architecture, where he has been instrumental in shaping the minds of future architects. In addition, he is the Principal of JVMANALAD Design Planning & Construction, where he has been involved in various architectural projects since 1994.
Jonathan is a licensed architect and environmental planner, highlighting his commitment to sustainable and environmentally conscious design. He is an active member of the United Architects of the Philippines, serving as the Immediate Past Secretary-General from 2020 to 2022, NatCon48 Convention Director and ACA20 Convenor, and the 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝗥𝗖𝗔𝗦𝗜𝗔 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗲 𝗼𝗻 𝗔𝗿𝗰𝗵𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗘𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻. He is also a corporate member of the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners since 2014. Jonathan’s dedication to architectural education and sustainable design makes him a respected figure in the industry.

Ar. Chona E. Ponce is a highly accomplished architect and educator with a wealth of experience in architecture, planning, and community development. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Universidad de Santo Tomas and a Master in Architecture, major in Community Architecture, from the University of the Philippines. She also earned her Ph.D. in Education, major in Curriculum Studies, from the University of the Philippines.
With a strong commitment to education, Chona has served as the Dean of the College of Architecture at National University and as the Acting Dean at the College of Architecture at the University of Santo Tomas. She is currently the Principal Architect and Planner at Elvas Ponce + Architects. Chona’s achievements include a Teaching Excellence Award from Far Eastern University and research grants focusing on urbanization in Metro Manila. She is also actively involved in professional and civic organizations, such as the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Council of Heads and Deans of Architecture Schools of the Philippines. She also an Oversight Committee Member for PRC CPSP-CATS in Sustainable Architecture.

Architect Maria Cynthia Funk is an experienced architect with a background in architecture, planning, education, and community building. She specializes in Social Innovation, Experience Design, Urban Design, and Writing. She holds a Master’s degree in Advanced Architecture from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Spain and has a vibrant network spanning Europe, Asia, Africa, North, and South America.
She has held various academic positions, including Associate Dean at De La Salle College of St. Benilde, Manila, and is currently a consultant for the Architecture Programs at Polytechnic University of the Philippines and Asia Pacific College in Makati City. In her professional practice, Ar. Funk has been a Principal Architect at Atelier Funk Architecture Manila Philippines and is a founding partner of The Architecture Collective. Her work reflects a commitment to innovative, responsive, and context-driven design solutions.

Dr./Ar. Jocelyn A. Rivera-Lutap, FUAP, FRIA, is a highly accomplished architect and academic leader specializing in Housing and Human Settlement, Hospital Planning and Design, and Bamboo Architecture. She currently serves as a College Dean, where she combines her expertise in architecture with a passion for education.
Dr./Ar. Rivera-Lutap holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Far Eastern University-Manila, a Master of Science in Architecture from the University of Sto. Tomas, and a Doctorate in Public Administration from EARIST. She also holds a Diploma in Teaching from EARIST, a Certificate in Interior Design from the International Correspondence School, and a Certificate in Hospital Planning and Design from UAP-PDC/DOH. Currently, she is a Doctor in Educational Management candidate at PUP-Graduate School. Her diverse educational background and professional experience make her a respected figure in the field of architecture.

Ar. Jan Michael J. Peramide is an architect specializes on architecture in the hospitality sector. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Architecture at Adamson University in Manila from 2004 to 2010. He is currently serving as the Design Manager at Jacobs since 2023, where he oversees project management. His previous roles include Project Manager at JT+Partners from 2022 to 2023 and Lead Design Architect at the National Engineering Bureau from 2014 to 2022.
He is a member of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) where he served as the Chapter President of the UAE-Dubai chapter from 2023 to 2024, and of the American Institute of Architects in the Middle East and the Society of Engineers in UAE-Dubai.

In addition to his professional commitments, Ar. Mike is dedicated to continuous learning and development. He completed the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2023 and actively participates in seminars and training programs related to his field.

His dedication to his profession and his leadership in various organizations showcase his commitment to excellence in architecture and design, particularly in the hospitality sector.

Ar. Minerva Rosel is a respected professional specializing in urban planning and memorial design. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of the Philippines Diliman in 1994 and later pursued a Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from the same university in 2000, solidifying her expertise in the field.
With a career spanning over two decades, Minerva has been actively involved in various projects and initiatives. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of the Philippines Mindanao, where she shares her knowledge and expertise with the next generation of architects and planners.
Minerva is also recognized for her contributions to the field through seminars and training programs. She has conducted and attended numerous seminars, including “The Future of Practice for Mindanaoan Architects” in 2023 and the “Urban Dwellers’ Hazard Awareness and its Implications on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Towards Climate Change Adaptation and Urban Resilience” in 2021.
In addition to her academic and professional achievements, Minerva has received several awards and recognition, including the President’s Service Award from the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) in 2019 and the Gawad Pagpapahalaga from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in 2020. Her dedication to urban planning and design has made her a respected figure in the industry.

Ar. William Ti, Jr. graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Master’s in Urban Design in 2012 and acquired his Bachelor’s in Architecture from the University of Santo Tomas in 2002. He founded WTA Architecture and Design Studio in 2007. In the 15 years of his professional career, he has worked on hundreds of projects ranging from retail shops and housing projects to large scale malls and condos as well as hotels and master-planned developments. Currently, with a team of some 90 architects and designers, he has been working extensively on large-scale developmental work. As the principal architect of WTA, he has been able to lead the firm in winning various awards and gaining global recognition. He is a strong advocate of social architecture that promotes a more humanist and socially relevant practice of architecture.
As a firm believer in sustainable planning and the advantages of urban living, he tries to imagine a better-curated more design-focused society where beautiful things and pleasant environments are ubiquitous, even in the densest city centers. A frustrated comic book artist, he avidly collects superhero toys and religiously reads comic books and fantasy novels. On the rare day off from architecture, he wanders around as a student of life, observing our evolving urban conditions. As he keeps on sketching and illustrating, he secretly hopes to be a writer someday and wanders the world in search of new ideas.

Ar.Amon Cali (Ramon Carlo C. Calimlim) is a standout figure among young architects, blending creativity with a strong focus on sustainability and community. His philosophy goes beyond design, embracing a minimalist lifestyle and environmental awareness. At CALI Architects, he promotes responsible consumption and resource preservation. His work reflects a deep understanding of architecture’s societal and environmental impact. Calimlim specializes in brutalist off-the-grid tiny houses, aiming to create efficient spaces that promote sustainability. His designs showcase innovation and a commitment to redefining traditional architecture. In addition to his architectural contributions, Calimlim is active in the UAP Baguio City Chapter, demonstrating his dedication to the architectural community. His recognition in publications like Grey Area and Execration BootCamp cements his reputation as a visionary. Calimlim’s work inspires others toward a more environmentally conscious future.

Ar. Joseph Michael Espina, FUAP, FPIEP, is a highly accomplished professional with a diverse background in architecture, civil engineering, and environmental planning. He is recognized as an ASEAN Ar., APEC Ar., and an Accredited Berde Green Building Professional. Currently serving as the City Planning Officer for the City of Cebu, he plays a pivotal role in shaping the city’s development.
Previously, Joseph served as the Dean of the USC School of Architecture, Fine Arts and Design (USC-SAFAD), where he made significant contributions to architectural education. As the Principal Architect at PEREZ – ESPINA & ASSOCIATES, he leads a team of architects, engineers, and planners, providing innovative design solutions.
Joseph’s commitment to sustainable architecture and urban planning is evident in his work and leadership roles. His dedication to the profession and his community has earned him respect and recognition in the field.

Architect James Jao is a seasoned architect specializing in sustainable design and eco-architecture, with a strong background in residential, hotel, resort, and interior design. He actively participates in seminars and training programs, both as a speaker and a participant, sharing his expertise at international events.
His commitment to the architectural community is evident through his leadership roles in various organizations, including serving as the Secretary-General of the Asia Pacific Space Designers Association. With a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Santo Tomas and a Master of Science in City Design & Social Science from the London School of Economics & Political Science, Architect Jao brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his practice as the Principal Architect of James Jao Architect. His notable projects include the Master Planner for the Holy Spirit School of Tagbilaran, showcasing his dedication to sustainable and innovative design.

Ar. Tito Moises Encinas specializes in Architectural Design for Highrise Buildings and Commercial and Institutional projects. Over the past five years, he has conducted and attended seminars on architectural business programming, establishing architectural firms, and climate resiliency strategies. He graduated from the University of Sto. Tomas in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and currently serves as President of MOHRI and P.A. Associates, Inc. Ar. Encinas is a member of the United Architects of the Philippines- College of Fellows. He is also affiliated with the ASEAN Architect Council as a member. Known for his expertise and commitment to sustainable architecture, Ar. Encinas is a respected leader in the field, dedicated to professional development and excellence.

Architect Jason Ang is a distinguished architect specializing in residential, commercial, and hospitality design. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Santo Tomas in 1996 and has since pursued professional growth through post-graduate studies and various development opportunities. His excellence and leadership have been recognized through roles such as National Executive Vice President of UAP in 2022, NATIONAL TREASURER in 2021, and past positions including Executive Director for UAP CGEA, Council of Adviser, and Past Chapter President of UAP Manila Metro Chapter. As Managing Director of Anglo Partners + Architects, he leads a team in delivering innovative and sustainable solutions. Architect Ang’s passion and contributions have established him as a respected leader in the industry.

Ar. Joel Luna is a registered Architect and Environmental Planner with over 30 years of design experience in architecture, planning, urban design, and design management. Specializing in mixed-use and township development planning, he spent over 26 years with Ayala Land Inc. (ALI), serving as Chief Architect and Head of the Innovation and Design Group until 2016. He led projects such as Nuvali, Bonifacio Global City, Lio, and Anvaya Cove. Joel founded JLPD in 2017, a consultancy focusing on development planning, master planning, and design services for property development companies. JLPD specializes in mixed-use developments and townships, working with Filinvest Land, SM Group, Robinsons Land, and Landco Pacific. Joel is also a columnist for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, sharing insights on property development and urban issues. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of the Philippines (1985) and completed Graduate Studies in Urban and Regional Planning at the same university (1987-1989), along with an Executive Education Program at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (2004).

Architect Ramon Carlo C. Calimlim is a standout figure in architecture, blending creativity with a strong focus on sustainability and community. His philosophy goes beyond design, embracing a minimalist lifestyle and environmental awareness. At CALI Architects, he promotes responsible consumption and resource preservation. His work reflects a deep understanding of architecture’s societal and environmental impact. Calimlim specializes in brutalist off-the-grid tiny houses, aiming to create efficient spaces that promote sustainability. His designs showcase innovation and a commitment to redefining traditional architecture. In addition to his architectural contributions, Calimlim is active in the UAP Baguio City Chapter, demonstrating his dedication to the architectural community. His recognition in publications like Grey Area and Execration BootCamp cements his reputation as a visionary. Calimlim’s work inspires others toward a more environmentally conscious future.

Robert Sac, a distinguished figure in the architectural landscape, serves as the Chairman of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)-Professional Regulatory Board of Architecture (PRB-ARC), wielding significant influence in the regulation of over 51,000 architects in the Philippines. Additionally, he holds pivotal positions such as Alternate Chairman of the CPD Council for Architecture and Alternate Chairman of the CPSP-CATS for Architecture, ensuring the continuous professional development and specialization of architects in the country. With a vast repertoire of leadership roles, including President of RSAC and Associates, Inc., and Principal of Robert Sac Architectural Design, he showcases his expertise in construction, project management, and architectural design. Beyond his professional endeavors, he actively contributes to various organizations and committees, advocating for social responsibility and professional excellence. Through his outstanding contributions and numerous accolades, Robert Sac exemplifies unwavering dedication and leadership in the architectural profession.

Architect Benj Panganiban is a distinguished professional, renowned as the first ASEAN architect and APEC Architect in the Philippines hailing from Davao City. He served as the Immediate Past National President of UAP and is honored as a Fellow of UAP. Benj Panganiban graduated from the University of Mindanao, earning his degree in architecture. He is also a Doctor Fellow of the Royal Institute of Architects in Singapore.
With a strong commitment to his profession, Benj Panganiban has made significant contributions to the architectural community, both locally and internationally. His achievements and leadership have brought him recognition and respect within the industry. During his term as UAP National President , he spearheaded the “Get An Architect” advocacy campaign .

Architect Donato Magcale specializing in Design-Build for Corporate Office Design and Branding, along with Design-Build Services by Administration. He has garnered several accolades, including the Service Award as Executive Director of the Commission on Professional Practice FY 2021-2022 from the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP).
Magcale holds esteemed titles such as Senior Fellow of the Royal Institute of Architects in Singapore (SFRIA), APEC Architect, ASEAN Architect, and International Associate of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He is also a Fellow of the United Architects of the Philippines (FUAP) and has been honored with the UAP Presidential Leadership Excellence Award and the UAP Gawad Sandiwa Award. Magcale earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Far Eastern University (FEU) and pursued post-graduate studies in Master of Interior Design (MID) at the University of the Philippines (U.P.). He currently serves as the National Executive Vice President of the UAP, and as Chairman and CEO of COCEPTUAL Architecture and Design Corp.

Architect Medeliano Roldan has expertise in residential, commercial, and institutional projects. He excels in project and construction management, particularly in the development of resorts, hotels, commercial buildings, and institutional structures. In 1993, he was elevated to Fellow by the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) for his outstanding achievements in project and construction management. He has served as the UAP National President for two terms (2007-2009) and as a member of the APEC Architect Monitoring Committee Philippine Section from 2007 to 2018. Architect Roldan is also a Principal Architect at Medeliano T. Roldan, Jr. & Associates since 1986 and has worked as an Architect, Project & Construction Manager, and Interior Consultant for Abdullah Al Shayeb Design & Consultancy in Saudi Arabia. He holds a degree from Mapua Institute of Technology and is actively involved in various professional and civic organizations, including the National Association of Mapua Alumni and Rotary Club of Pasay South.

Architect Manny Cuntapay, the 13th UAP National President (1996-1998), is a distinguished architect known for his outstanding contributions to the field. He is an Outstanding Cagayanon and Gov. Aguinaldo Awardee, recognized for his excellence in architecture. Architect Cuntapay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the Technological Institute of the Philippines, a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of the Philippines, and a Master’s degree in Construction Management from Singapore Polytechnique. With a wealth of experience, he has served in various capacities, including his role as a brainchild in the creation of the Philippine Association of Building Officials and later became its Consultant , Project Director for the Project Management Office for Special Buildings at DPWH, and Architect V (Retired) Division Chief at the Bureau of Design, DPWH Central Office. His dedication to the profession extends to his involvement in AIPO Membership with the United Architects of the Philippines , the RA 9266 and its IRR and the Supreme Court Case between DPWH, PICE and UAP.

Alfred Fernandez, LL.B, is a dynamic professional with a background in law and architecture. He graduated from The Philippine Law School in 2018 and was sworn in as a Construction Arbitrator before Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin of the Supreme Court of the Philippines in 2019. With a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from La Consolacion College-Bacolod in 1997, Alfred is also a seasoned architect. He has held various positions in prestigious institutions and companies, including Contracts Manager at Sta. Clara International Corporation, Rider Levett Bucknall Philippines Inc. (RLB), and Vice President of Contracts and Project Management at YEC International Engineering Services. Alfred is currently engaged in private practice, specializing in Architecture, with a focus on alternative dispute resolution in Construction Contracts and Claims Management, Commercial Arbitration, Mediation, and Construction Arbitration. He is a published author and a proud member of various professional organizations, including The Philippine Institute of Architects (PIA) and The United Architects of the Philippines (UAP-Negrense).

Ar. Vinco is a distinguished architect with expertise in Construction and Project Management, Architectural Design, and Corporate Management. He has conducted and attended various seminars and training programs, enhancing his skills and knowledge in architecture. Ar. Vinco graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Mapua University in 2001.
Throughout his career, Ar. Vinco has held significant positions in renowned companies, including their family owned corporation as President of BAECO Builders Incorporated, General Manager of BAECO Builders Services, and Principal Architect at RBV Architects + Partners. He has also served as Marketing Director for Business Development at Mavima Group Incorporated and Managing Director at YAE Philippines, Incorporated.
Ar. Vinco is an active member of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), where he has held leadership roles such as Executive Director of the UAP Commission on Government and External Affairs, District Director of UAP Regional District B3, and Past Chapter President of UAP Las Piñas Chapter.

Architect Nino Guidaben, specializes in Heritage and Sustainability Architecture, focusing on Residential and Commercial Design. He has received accolades such as the NCCA Haligi ng Dangal People’s Choice Award in May 2022 and the Venerando Dumadag Design Excellence Award for Heritage Conservation and Residential and Commercial Design in December 2021 and 2022, respectively. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Architecture at the University of San Carlos – TC in 2007 and pursued the Urban Design Learning Program at Holy Name University and Golden Gate University from 2020 to 2022. As Principal Architect at GWORKS Architectural Services since 2009, he has also served as a Planning Consultant for various LGUs in Bohol. A licensed Architect and former President of UAP Bohol Chapter, he is dedicated to preserving cultural heritage as a member of the NCCA’s National Committee for Monuments and Sites.

Architect Dixie Sarmiento is an accomplished professional known for her expertise in Government Practice. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of the Philippines Diliman-College of Architecture in 2006. She furthered her education with a Masters in Public Administration from La Salle University Ozamis in 2019.
Dixie has extensive experience in the public sector, currently serving as Architect II at the Department of Public Works and Highways ZDS 1st DEO since 2012. She also contributes to academia as an Instructor at La Salle University since 2019.
Dixie’s dedication extends to civic engagement, evident in her roles as Executive Director of the Pagadian ZDS Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (PZCCIFI) from 2010 to 2012 and as a member of various organizations such as Junior Chamber International (JCI) and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce Inc. (PCCI).

Senior Managing Partner at GSN+p Architecture Studio and GTGo Enterprises, Inc.

Ar. Gene Arthur T. Go, or GENE, is a highly accomplished architect specializing in hospitality, F&B, and residential projects. Ar. Gene’s expertise includes construction administration and design-build services. His expertise includes entrepreneurship, passive design, technology, sustainability, and evolving architectural practices. Gene has received awards such as the Best Hotel Room award at the iHotel Awards in 2012, the McDonald’s Innovative Design award in 2018, and the BERDE Professional Certification from the Philippine Green Building Council in 2020. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Santo Tomas – College of Architecture in 1987. Gene is the Senior Managing Partner at GSN+p Architecture Studio since 1995 and the Managing Director of GTGo Enterprises, Inc. since 1990. He is a licensed architect with license number 0010275 and an active member of the United Architects of the Philippines – Manila Metro Chapter. Gene is also affiliated with the Entrepreneurs Organization and Business Network International, engaging in professional and civic activities.