|YDR: First woman to receive Likha|
The United Architects of the Philippines is set to conger the highest award to its esteemed member and the first lady National President, Architect Yolanda David Reyes the Likha Gold Medal Award during the Honor Dinner of the 40th National Convention on April 10, 2014. Architect Reyes is the first woman to receive the award.
Architect Yolanda David-Reyes is an ordinary person who led such an extraordinary life and considered to be as one of the most outstanding and respectable figures not only in her home country, the Philippines but in Asia as well. Currently, Architect Reyes serves as Member of the Professional Regulatory Board of Architecture (PRBoA) and the Director of the International Union of Architects (UIA) Region IV.
She was not only admired for her professional competency and her hard work, she was also widely praised for her “role model in exemplary performances” as the first female National President of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), the Integrated and Accredited Professional Organization of Architects, as Chancellor of the UAP College of Fellows and the Chairman of the UAP Foundation whose member are mostly UAP Past Presidents, and as dependable member of the Commission on Higher Education-Technical Panel for Engineering, Technology and Architecture Education and the UNESCO-UIA Architecture Education Validation Committee.
She successfully led the UAP in realizing the dreams of many past national leaders have come into fruition: a stable organization that has come of age and has reached out not only throughout the Philippine soil but furthermore across the Pacific to embrace the Filipino architects abroad, the completion of the UAP National Headquarters which serves as the “Home of the Filipino Architects”, a revision of the Architecture law governing the practice of the profession in the Philippines, which was enacted into law in March 2004, and several joint programs and undertakings with government institutions and agencies, the fruitful dialogues and imminent unification with other architects professional organizations, all these are major accomplishments of a most memorable term, and by all counts, as stated in the UAP History Book, is a hard act to follow.
During her stint as Chairman of Arcasia, the organization of architectural institutes from 17 Asia nations, her success was paramount as she invigorated various important programs in addressing the issues on global warming, crossboarder practice, collaborative Asian architectural researches and conservation and preservation of important structures around the region.
In the words of an esteemed colleague in Arcasia, she was described as a “paragon of leadership of architects in Asia which command reputation, respect and distinction due to the fact that in everything she has done, she has shown an ability to make impossible things happen.
In the Arcasia Council Meeting in Thailand in 2005, Arcasia Past Chairman Akeel Bilgrami said “Chairman Yolly Reyes has done more projects in Arcasia than all of the past chairmen combined.”
Architect Reyes offers a blend of real-life wisdom with up-to-date insights in strategic leadership relations and culture development issues as she spearheaded campaigns for relief operations for the victims of the 2004 Tsunami disaster, which gave a Sri Lankan family the chances to own a new house and start a new life. She brings her intuition and offers practical solutions and alternatives in view of the publication of Information Handbook on Disaster Preparedness which encapsulates her conviction that “the tragedy made us aware of the fragility of our existence and made us appreciate better the value of life.”
Truly a remarkable woman and an academician at heart, Architect Reyes served as the Dean of the College of Architecture of the oldest university in Asia, the University of Santo Tomas for nine years. As she was able to encourage her peers of a deep sense of professionalism and helped mold the minds of future designers into having commitment to excellence, it was under her stewardship that the College was named Center of Excellence by the Philippine government, ranking it the top among other schools in the Philippines.
We cannot help being proud whenever we talk about Architect Reyes and how she had influenced and helped shape the history of architecture in the Philippines. Her decisions and actions on matters relating to built and natural environments have tremendously affected the landscape of Philippine architecture.
Architect Reyes was born an ordinary woman, but throughout her life, she had conducted herself in such an extraordinarily virtuous way that she will always remain a great example of goodness.
In recognizing her noteworthy achievements, she was conferred the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Presidential Medal and an Honorary Membership in Las Vegas, USA. Further, she was awarded the most coveted distinction as Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in San Francisco, USA, the first woman architect from Southeast Asia to receive it. Currently, Architect Reyes serves as the Chairperson of the Philippine Commission on Higher Education, Technical Panel for Architecture Planning, Interior Design and Fine Arts education.
Her numerous commendations include The Outstanding Kapampangan in 1993; The Outstanding Fernandino in 2006; The Award for Architecture in Design Excellence for the Caleruega Retreat House located south of Manila, Philippines by the UAP in 1996; The Outstanding Thomasian Alumni Award (Architecture) given by the UST in 2002; Distinguished Architecture Award given by the City of Manila; A special Cultural Award by Australian Department of Foreign Affairs; First Diamond Award for Architecture by the UST Graduate School in 1998. In 2008, she was bestowed as the Most Outstanding Professional of the Year in Architecture by the Professional Regulation Commission of the Philippines.
In November 2013, she was given the Gusi Peace Prize Award where she stood alongside with former President Arnold Ruutel of Estonia, former President Emil Constantinescu of Romania, former Prime Minister Al Siddig Abdel Rahman Al- Mahdi of Sudan and HRH Prince Bandar Khalid bin Faisal Al Saud of Saudi Arabia together with other prominent and distinguished personalities around the world.
The LIKHA GOLD MEDAL AWARD is the highest distinction to be bestowed upon a fellow, who has adhered to the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct, practiced in excellence and prestige the architectural profession, has rendered distinguished contribution and service to the UAP, and has performed exceptional achievements and active participation in the concern of the community, government and country.
Posted by Admin | 2:52 pm | Monday, March 10th, 2014
|COMELEC: List of Official Candidates|
The UAP Commission on Election (COMELEC) furnished the General Membership the Official List of Qualified Candidates for National Office for Fiscal Year 2014-2015 as transmitted by the Committee on Nominations last 24 February 2014.
1. Letter to the General Membership through Chapter Presidents, click here
|Florentino is new PFPA President|
The Philippine Federation of Professional Associations, Inc. (PFPA) has recently elected Past UAP National President Edric Marco C. Florentino, fuap as its new President. The PFPA is the umbrella organization of the forty-three (43) Accredited Professional Organizations (APOs) under the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). Founded in 1979, PFPA provides a framework for collaboration among PRC-accredited professional organizations and promotes free exchange of ideas and experts within its professional fields.
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