The United Architects of the Philippines - Singapore Chapter
A Brief History (excerpts from UAP-SG website www.uapsingapore.org)
The forming of United Architects of the Philippines Singapore Chapter was initiated by Arch. Runddy Ramilo and spearheaded by Arch. Glenn Gillera, Arch. Franz Gonzales and Arch. Nonito Villarosa during the midst of global recession. On May 1, 2009, an informal meeting was held and attended by eleven (11) architects such as Runddy Ramilo, Reggie Medestomas, Mark Gil Santos, Ryan Dela Cruz, Franz Joseph Gonzales, Rogelio Tungol, Nonito Villarosa, Glenn Gillera and Christian Canonigo.
On May 19, 2009 a proposal “The Creation of United Architects of the Philippines, Singapore Chapter” including duly signed of interested forty one (41) architects were prepared by Arch. Runddy Ramilo and Arch. Glenn Gillera which were electronically filed on the May 20, 2009 and subsequently endorsed by UAP-Centrum Chapter headed by Arch. Paolo Manalansan.
The UAP Singapore official Charter certificate was approved by the UAP National Board under Board Resolution 0809-No. 7-05 during the National Board meeting on June 29, 2009 at UAP National Headquarters, Quezon City, Philippines, which was signed and sealed by UAP National Secretary Arch. Gil Evasco on July 15, 2009
The Charter Presentation and Dinner-Induction rites were held on October 19, 2009 at Toto Oceana Headquarters, Singapore Post Center with the presence of incumbent national officers National President Ana Mangalino-Ling, Immediate National President Medeliano Roldan Jr., Immediate Past President Edric Marco Florentino, National Past President and ARCASIA Chairman Yolanda Reyes, Executive Vice President Michael Ang, Vice President Area D Jemma Semana, Chancellor College of Fellows Noralita Dumlao including Singapore Institute of Architects National President Ashvinkumar. The UAP National President Ana Mangalino-Ling formal inducted 37 members listed and 10 additional members who are present in the ceremony.
Charter President, Arch. Ramilo’s term was the dawn of an era of globalization. He leads an active chapter of architects in the area of continuing education, sustainability, digital architecture, sports, fellowships and collaboration with Singapore Institute of Architects.
He set the strict precedent of regularly holding board meetings every first Tuesday of the month in a regular venue; submitting committee’s reports to the board; membership campaign, networking with foreign architects and getting a pool of year long sponsors.
During Arch. Ramilo’s term, he petitioned that architect’s and environmental planner’s board examination would be held in Singapore for which the attributes is towards helping our graduate auxiliary to obtain their board examination while working overseas.
Not resting on its laurels, UAP Singapore also aim among the hub of UAP’s digital architecture, urban design, sustainable design and hospitality design. Its officers and members are fully equipped with the expertise of the knowledge of digital technology that range from digital visualization, animation, walkthrough, parametric modelling and generative design. This precedence of expertise is evidence by the Chapter Director Allan Dela Cruz, Giojo Tungol and Franz Joseph Gonzales and Runddy Ramilo’s international research involvement and collaboration with National University of Singapore and Deakin University, Australia on parametric and generative design.
Urban design and architecture also marked the strength of the chapter for which the drive was led by Glenn Gillera, Nonito Villarosa, Jesus Lobaton and Nats Alcedo having seen to have exemplary delivered successful project with Surbana International, SRSS, and Ong & Ong Pte. Ltd. respectively.
Sustainable design also highlights the youthful and energetic architects Dandriv Perez and Mark Gil Santos for which the exemplary specialization highlights being honed in landscape architecture from world best landscape architects.
Among the expertise of the chapter, hospitality design is also under UAPS strength and deserve to get special credits to our Directors Reggie Medestomas, Christian Canonigo, Johnny Ibarolla and likewise to the Chartered President Runddy Ramilo that have gain a vast hotel and resorts projects from leading hospitality designers Wilson and Associates.
The first year of UAPS is focused on the theme “COPING WITH GLOBALIZATION”, aims to give the membership professional seminars to provide its members additional knowledge in the practice of their profession. The chapter pursued its collaboration with Singapore Institute of Architects for which the members can obtain CPE units by attending SIA accredited seminars or vice versa; providing seminars and bringing the members to acquire additional knowledge and be competitive in global practice.
Now on our 2nd formative year, and with leadership of Arch. Franz Joseph Gonzales and together with board of directors, we are inviting you again for membership and be involved in the activities and programs on UAP Singapore Fiscal Year 2010-2011.