Juan Nakpil

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Juan F. Nakpil
Born 1899
Died 1986
Manila, Philippines
Nationality Philippines Filipino
Occupation Architect
Known for National Artist of the Philippines

Juan F. Nakpil (1899–1986) was a Filipino architect, teacher and a community leader. In 1973, he was named one of the National Artists for architecture, and tapped as the Dean of Filipino Architects.

Later Career as an Architect[edit]

Among Nakpil's works are San Carlos Seminary, Geronimo de los Reyes Building, Iglesia ni Cristo Riverside Locale (Now F. Manalo, San Juan) Magsaysay Building, Rizal Theater, Capitol Theater, Captain Pepe Building, Manila Jockey Club, Rufino Building, Philippine Village Hotel, University of the Philippines Administration and University Library, and the Rizal Shrine in Calamba, Laguna. He also designed the International Eucharistic Congress altar and improved the Quiapo Church in 1930 by erecting a dome and a second belfry. He was hailed as a National Artist for Architecture in 1973.[1]


He was one of eight children of the Philippine Revolution veterans Julio Nakpil and Gregoria de Jesús (who married the former after the death of her first husband Andrés Bonifacio). He died in Manila in 1986 due to health reasons. In recognition to his important contibutions, Juan Nakpil Avenue was named in his honor.

Projects of Arch. Juan Nakpil[edit]


  • San Carlos Seminary
  • Interior Design of Quiapo Church
  • Iglesia ni Cristo Riverside Local (now F. Manalo)


  • Gaiety Theater, Manila (now inactive)
  • Rizal Theater (now demolished and now replaced and occupied by Shangri-La Hotel Makati in 1993)
  • Capitol Bldg. (now inactive)

Other Establishments[edit]


  1. ^ "The National Artists of the Philippines: Juan F. Napkil". National Commission for Culture and the Arts. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 

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