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PHILIP H. RECTO ARCHITECTS has over 30 years of experience in the field of architecture and design. Since 1978, it has designed some of the tallest buildings in the country. Major clients of the firm include financial institutions, large government and private corporations, and reputable building developers. Many outstanding works of the firm have been featured in leading professional journals and newspapers in the Philippines and in Asia. Keeping up with new technology, the firm employs the latest CAD computers to perform design and production services and to enhance production by minimizing/eliminating inaccuracies.

At the helm of the firm's operation is Arch. Philip H. Recto, recipient of the “2008 Professional of the Year” award bestowed by the Philippine Federation of Professional Associations (PFPA). He was chosen from among nominees of 43 professional organizations representing more than one million registered professionals in the Philippines including doctors, nurses, engineers, lawyers, teachers and accountants, etc.

Arch. Recto was also given the “1998 Outstanding Architect of the Year” award by the Professional Regulation Commission, the government agency mandated to license and regulate the practice of Filipino professionals, including 15,000 architects. The Award, one of the highest recognitions for a Filipino architect, was personally presented by His Excellency, President Fidel V. Ramos, during the Philippine Centennial Celebration.

Arch. Philip H. Recto is a graduate of the University of the Philippines (UP) where he was a College Scholar and ranked 2nd Place in the graduating class of 1970. A well-rounded student, he was also the Vice-President of UP College of Architecture & Fine Arts Student Council. Years later, the state university would honor him as an outstanding alumnus and institute the Philip H. Recto Design Excellence Awards for best theses at the College of Architecture.

A well-known personage in the construction industry, Recto served as President of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) Makati Chapter for 2 terms (1983 & 1984); Chairman of the 11th Architects' National Convention in 1985; and UAP National Vice President in 1987. He was actively involved in the preparation of UAP Document 301- General Conditions (1984 Edition); and UAP Document 700  -  Standard Forms for Architectural Practice, both used extensively by practicing architects today.

Arch. Recto gained invaluable experience in the design and supervision of modern high-rise office buildings, residential condominiums, schools, churches and industrial buildings during a 5-year stay in Singapore (1971 to 1975). He was the architect-in-charge of the 50-storey International Plaza, the tallest building in Singapore at the time. In 1972, he became an associate member of the Singapore Institute of Architects and in 1984, he was admitted as a member of the ASEAN Association for Planning and Housing.

A well-respected architect, Recto is the recipient of many other prestigious awards, among them are the "Araw ng Maynila" Mayor's Award of Honor for Art and Culture bestowed by Mayor Jose Atienza, Jr. during the 428th founding anniversary of the City of Manila; the "Pinakabantog na Arkitekto sa Taong Sentenaryo" (Most Outstanding Architect of the Centennial Year) Award from the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) District B-3 and the Outstanding Alumnus in the field of Architecture" Award from his alma mater, the University of the Philippines Alumni Association. He is only the 6th architecture graduate to ever receive such an honor since the establishment of the College of Architecture in 1956.

Arch. Recto's outstanding achievement in the field of design was recognized when the rank of Fellow was bestowed upon him by his peers in 1986. This is the highest rank in the professional organization of architects. He also received the "2002 UAP Design Award of Excellence in Architecture" and numerous other awards for his meritorious services to the profession. Dubbed "Designer par excellence" by Construction Magazine (March 1989), his name was acknowledged in VIP's in the Philippine Business (1988), Business & Professionals in the Philippines (1988-1989), ASEAN Who's Who (1991) and Who's Who of the World (1999).

Arch. Recto is generous in sharing his expertise with various government agencies, too. He was sworn in by President Corazon C. Aquino as a Trustee of the Philippine Technological Council in 1987. He sat as a member of the National Building Code Review Committee (Architectural sub-committee) at the Department of Public Works and Highways, and acted as a Consultant of the Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines on the formulation of Uniform General Conditions for Private Construction Contracts. He is a founder and Director of the Society of Philippine Accredited Consultants and served as Chairman of the Architecture Committee of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is a sought-after resource speaker on topics concerning high-rise building design, the National Building Code and architectural practice.

Aside from professional organizations, Arch. Recto is actively involved in several religious, educational and civic organizations. He is the past Board Chairman of Palawan Hope Christian School and a former board member of Hope Christian High School, Manila; a trustee of the New Millennium Evangelical Church; a deacon of the United Evangelical Church of the Philippines and a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club of Manila.

His exalted standing in the field of architecture is evident in the variety of recognitions he had been recently bestowed. He was invited as a member of the board of advisors of The Museum at the De La Salle University-Manila, and is a regular member of the panel of judges of the annual Metrobank Art and Design Excellence (MADE) Architectural Competition. His name is also included in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Register as a duly-registered APEC Architect, one of the first twelve in the country, a testimony owing to his qualifications meeting international acceptance and standards.

In spite of his involvement in various professional, educational, religious and civic activities, Arch. Recto still finds time to read on the latest architectural trends and technological developments, realizing that to a large extent, the success of an architectural practice depends on the quality of design, skill and integrity of its architects, and their unrelenting quest for excellence.


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