Felino Palafox

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Felino A. Palafox, Jr.
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Palafox in 2017
Born (1950-03-16) March 16, 1950 (age 68)
Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Alma mater University of Santo Tomas
University of the Philippines Diliman
Occupation Architect
Awards People of the Year (People Asia Magazine), 2009
The Outstanding Thomasian Alumni (TOTAL) Awardee in Architecture by UST, 2009
Buildings Rockwell Center
The Rizal Tower
Hidalgo Place
Luna Gardens
Projects La Mesa Ecopark

Felino A. Palafox, Jr. is a Filipino architect, urban planner. He is the Principal Architect-Urban Planner and Founder of Palafox Associates,[1]

Arch. Palafox is in the field of planning and architecture for four decades serving both the government and private sector. He was educated in Christ the King Seminary, University of Santo Tomas, and University of the Philippines. For continuing education, he took up an Advanced Management Development Program for Real Estate at Harvard University and attended seven other special courses.

He has lectured in Harvard University, MIT, and in 16 other countries in Asia, Europe, and North America. He also actively participated in conferences, lectures, seminars and fora organized by international groups, of which he is an associate/member, like the American Institute of Architects (AIA), U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Urban Land Institute (ULI), and the American Planning Association (APA). He is the Country Representative for the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

On July 1, 2013, CTBUH headquartered in Chicago has elected Architect Palafox as one of its two new Fellows worldwide. Architect Palafox was also cited by Forbes Asia Magazine as one of the 48 Heroes of Philanthropy in Asia, one of four in the Philippines.

Arch. Palafox led and managed his firm Palafox Associates in the planning of more than 16 billion square meters of land and the design and architecture of more than 12 million square meters of building floor area in 38 countries. The firm has also received more than 200 awards and recognitions in the past 25 years, most notably as the first Filipino architectural firm included in the Top 500 Architectural Firms in the World of the London-based World Architecture Magazine in 1999, the only Southeast Asian architectural firm included in the list. For 2012, Palafox Associates ranks 89th in the list of the world’s largest practices and Top 8 in Leisure projects. BCI Asia has awarded Palafox Associates BCI Asia’s Market Leader in Architecture in the Philippines for nine consecutive years, from 2005 to 2013.

He is the first architect-urban planner president of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) in 2011 and president of the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners (PIEP) for 2013 and 2014. He is a Fellow of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP).

Aside from his duties in his architectural firm, he also serves as a member of the board of directors[2] in Asian Terminals, Inc. from 2009 to present, chaired professional and civic organisations such as PIEP,[3] MAP[4] and Rotary Club of Manila.

Personal life[edit]

Palafox received a classical secondary education from Christ the King seminary when he was 13.[5] He obtained his bachelor's degree in Architecture from University of Santo Tomas[6] in 1972 and two years later, in 1974, he obtained his master's degree in Environmental Planning at the UP Diliman through a scholarship grant by United Nations Development Program (UNDP).[6]

In 2003, he graduated in Advanced Management Development Program for Real Estate at the Harvard University.[7]

Career[edit]

Palafox was only 27 years old, in 1977, when he started working as Senior Architect and Planner for the government of Dubai.[6] During also that time, he met Henry Sy who later become one of his clients. Sy encouraged him to return to the country. Palafox worked for the Dubai municipality until 1981.

Membership of Professional Associations[edit]

International

  1. Fellow, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (Chicago, IL, U.S.A.)
  2. International Associate, American Institute of Architects (San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.)
  3. Member, US Green Building Council (U.S.A)
  4. Member, International Council of Shopping Centers (New York, U.S.A.)
  5. Member, Urban Land Institute (Washington, D.C., U.S.A.)
  6. Member, Congress for New Urbanism (San Francisco, U.S.A.)
  7. Member, American Planning Association (Chicago, IL, U.S.A.)
  8. Member, Urban Affairs Association (Delaware, U.S.A.)

Local

  1. Fellow and Executive Director for Government and External Affairs, United Architects of the Philippines (UAP)
  2. President, Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners (PIEP)
  3. Registered Architect, Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), Philippines
  4. Registered Environmental Planner, Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), Philippines
  5. Chairman, Environment Committee, American Chamber of Commerce, Philippines (AmCham Philippines)
  6. Director, Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (CanCham Philippines)
  7. Governor, Global Peace Association-Philippines
  8. Trustee, Philippine Business for the Environment (PBE)
  9. Life Member and Past President, Management Association of the Philippines (MAP)
  10. Adviser, Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM)
  11. Past Chair, University of Santo Tomas Council of Alumni Presidents (UST-CAP)
  12. Past President, University of Santo Tomas College of Architecture Alumni Association (USTCAAA)
  13. Past President, National Real Estate Association (NREA)
  14. Member, FIABCI Philippines

Landmark projects[8][edit]

International

  1. Urban Planning of Dubai, UAE
  2. SM China, China
  3. Saigon Golf and Country Club, Vietnam
  4. Sharjah Healthcare City, UAE
  5. Special Needs Children's Hospital, UAE
  6. Turkmenbashy Hotel, Turkmenistan
  7. Vien Dong Meridian Tower, Danang, Vietnam
  8. Al Khobar Center, KSA
  9. Pinnacles, USA
  10. Philippine Embassy and Chancery, Brunei Darussalam
  11. Tzu Chi Schools, Iran
  12. Tala Marina Club, KSA
  13. Askabad and Turkmenbachy Waterfront Developments, Turkmenistan
  14. Phu Quoo Island Master Plan, Vietnam
  15. Sudan Bonyan City, Khartoum

Philippines
Metro Manila

  1. City of Manila Comprehensive Land Use Plan and Zoning, Manila
  2. Alaminos City Conceptual Development Plan, Pangasinan
  3. Navotas City Conceptual Plan and Master Plan of the Bayfront Business Park, Navotas
  4. Taguig City Aestropolis, Taguig City
  5. MIA Master Development Plan, Pasay
  6. La Mesa Ecopark, Quezon City
  7. Makati Streetscapes, Makati City
  8. Ortigas Streetscapes, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Quezon City
  9. Quezon Memorial Circle Redevelopment, Quezon City
  10. Forbes Tower, Makati City
  11. Public Safety Mutual Benefit Fund, San Juan City
  12. Novartis Corporate Headquarters Redevelopment, Quezon City
  13. Development Bank of the Philippines Executive Office Building, Fort BGC, Taguig
  14. Supreme Court Centennial Building, Manila
  15. Qatar Embassy, Paranaque
  16. Shrine of Jesus: The Way, The Truth, and the Life, Pasay City
  17. Rockwell Center, Makati City
  18. Marikina Riverfront Conceptual Master Plan, Marikina City
  19. Manila Polo Club Redevelopment, Makati
  20. Asian Eye Institute, Makati City
  21. Pasig River Rehabilitation Master Plan, Metro Manila

Luzon

  1. MRT7 Intermodal Transit-Oriented Development, Bulacan
  2. Santa Elena Golf Course Community, Bulacan
  3. Manila Southwoods, Cavite
  4. Splendido Taal, Batangas
  5. The Country Club, Laguna
  6. First Industrial Park, Batangas
  7. Saint Arnold Jansen Church, Rizal
  8. Camp Netanya, Batangas
  9. Summit Ridge, Tagaytay City
  10. Global Gateway Logistics City, Pampanga

Visayas

  1. Iloilo City Comprehensive Land Use Plan and Zoning Ordinance, Iloilo
  2. Puerto Princesa Streetscapes, Palawan

Mindanao

  1. Divine Mercy Healing Shrine, Misamis Oriental
  2. Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid, Cotabato City
  3. Paseo del Rio, CDO

Malls

  1. SM Malls (Las Pinas City, Quezon City, Pampanga, Iloilo)
  2. Robinson Malls (San Fernando City, Pampanga, Province of Rizal, Pasig City, EDSA, Mandaluyong)

Schools

  1. Malayan Colleges, Laguna
  2. Lyceum of the Philippines, Laguna
  3. AMA University Town, Cavite

Awards[edit]

  1. Palafox Associates is the first Filipino architectural firm cited in the World’s Top 500 Architectural Firms of the World Architecture Magazine. In 2006, the firm ranked 94th – holding the distinction of being the only Southeast Asian firm in the list. In 2012, Palafox Associates places 89th in the world-ranking dominated by American, European, Japanese, Australian and Chinese firms; and Top 8 in the Leisure Market sector
  2. The Outstanding Thomasian Alumni (TOTAL) Awardee in Architecture[8] (2009)
  3. The Best of the Best by BizNews Asia Magazine[8] (2010)
  4. People of the Year by People Asia Magazine[8] (2010)
  5. BCI Asia Top 10 Architecture Awardee[8] (2005-2011)
  6. Gusi Peace Prize (2011)[9]
  7. The Best of the Best in 2011 and 2010, BizNews Asia Magazine
  8. Consistent BCI Asia Top 10 Architecture Awardee (2005-2013)
  9. Doctor of Fine Arts (Honoris Causa) from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines Manila (May 2, 2017 during the Year End Commencement Exercises at PICC, Manila)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Key People of Palafox Associates. www.palafoxassociates.com
  2. ^ Board of Directors of ATI, www.asianterminals.com.ph
  3. ^ Palafox inducted as PIEP President for 2013 and 2014,www.palafoxassociates.com
  4. ^ Roster of MAP Presidents,map.org.ph
  5. ^ Congratulation Arch. Felino Palafox; Gusi Prize Winner 2011, worldclass-filipino.blogspot.com
  6. ^ a b c Architect celebrates past, designs for future, Philippine Daily Inquirer Inquirer.net
  7. ^ Architect Felino Palafox| UST 400 www.ust400.com
  8. ^ a b c d e Felino Palafox Curriculum Vitae, dole.gov.ph
  9. ^ Gusi Peace Prize Past Laureates, www.gusipeaceprizeinternational.org