2ND ASEAN ARCHITECTS CONGRESS: BUILDING ON ASEAN CONNECTION

May 23, 2018

Introduction

1. The 2nd ASEAN Architects Congress with its theme “Building on ASEAN Connection,” was hosted by the Monitoring Committee on Architectural Services (AMCASP) and the ASEAN Architects (AA), and was also organized by the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) and the Philippine Associations of the Professional Regulatory Board Members, Inc. (PAPRB). The ASEAN Architects Congress was a 2-Day event held on 11-12 April, 2018 at Marriot Hotel Manila (1st Day) and Philippine International Convention Center(PICC) (2nd Day).

2. The Congress is held annually basically to provide a venue and occasion for ASEAN Architects to foster and establish collaboration as required by the MRA.

3. In participation were the Chairperson of the Professional Regulation Commission. Hon. Teofilo S.Pilando, Jr., Chairperson of the Professional Regulatory Board of Architecture, Hon. Robert S. Sac, Member of the Professional Regulatory Board of Architecture, Hon. Robert M. Mirafuente, the immediate past Chairman of the ASEAN Architect Council from Indonesia, Ar. Tateng K. Djajasudarma and the current Chairman of the ASEAN Architects Council from Vietnam, Ar. Pham Khanh Toan, National President of the United Architects of the Philippines, Ar. Guillermo H. Hisancha, Congress Director of the 2nd ASEAN Architects Congress-Philippines, Ar. Alfred Geoffrey Carandang, members of the ASEAN Architects of the Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Highlights of the Congress

4. Day 01. 11 April 2018

The first part of the program started with an Interaction Session among the AAs. The Opening Ceremonies with the Parade of Colors shortly came after, followed by   Messages from distinguished guests.

The second part of the program began with an introduction of the new ASEAN Architects Council (AAC) Chairman, Pham Khanh Toan with his brief message. A cultural show was presented simultaneously with the Fellowship dinner.

5. Day 02. 12 April 2018

The second day was divided into three main activities:

a) Presentation: Collaboration Agreement Template

· The Professional Regulatory Board of Architecture and AMCASP thought of coming up with a Filipino template for collaboration so that the local AAs will have a ready reference or something to start with for this purpose.

· It was discussed that there is a need to establish collaboration because the implementation of the MRA requires the same. The  bases are:

Ø  The MRA

Ø  The Assessment Statement (under the perspective of the Philippines)

Ø  The Implementing Rules and Regulations issued by the national monitoring committee, the AMCASP.

· The collaboration instrument will establish an undertaking between the parties based on the following:

Ø  Practice of Architecture in the Philippines because the template is being presented in the perspective of the country,  it should also establish an undertaking between the parties on their obligation and likewise the limitation of the contracting parties.

Ø  Roles and Responsibilities of the parties are identified and defined. 

· It was discussed that the template is in a form of a contract just like a Memorandum of Agreement, it bares the import of an agreement between the two parties collaborating with each other. The proposed template is not the only template but a basis on something to proceed from, something to add on, or deduct from depending on what best suits the circumstances in proceeding with the collaboration.

b) Presentation: Congress Partner: Carmelo Casas of Casas + Architects Inc. (Effects of collaboration within firm)

· The group was given a brief background of the firm, how it operates locally and internationally and how collaboration with foreign architects affects their firm.

During that time the firm became Recio Casas, an international firm, established in 1985 in Hongkong. The firm became design architects in Vietnam, Thailand and China. In the 1990’s, they expanded their firm in the Philippines because there was an increase in the demand in the construction business. One of their biggest projects is when they became the Architect of Record for the Pacific Plaza Towers

· Their services include: architectural design, interior design, master planning, 3D modelling, lead consultancy, Building Information Modelling (BIM) Services which is a  process involving the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of places. BIM is a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle; defined as existing from earliest conception to demolition. For the firm, there is no other way to be globally competitive but to do BIM.

· It was also articulated that CASAS firm’s projects have a lot of foreign consultants on board, they do not think of it negatively because they learn from their foreign consultants, they take those expertise so that in the future they can take more projects with them because they already know what to do. For example one of the firm’s casino project, the Solaire Casino which they have worked with a foreign architect. The reason why they took the project so that they could develop a competency in casinos which is very rare in the Philippines because not many casinos were built during that time, it was the first casino built in that area. Now that they have developed the competency, the firm can now offer the service on its own. This is what they want to do, technology and information transfer. You work with each other until you shall have assimilated the competency and skill of your collaborator/consultant.

· The group was also encouraged to expand to other services as an architect in response to the increasing demand of/for architects. Because of the market’s needs which keep on changing, an architect has to change, on how he operates, what he thinks and what an architect should do. With foreign architects coming in, the local architect does not have to be limited to doing production goals. An example would be Architectural research. Foreign firms would usually ask for this kind of service because they need market analysis for their projects, however, they do not know how to deal with the Filipino Market. This is something that architects in the Philippines can do because this is what they do on a day to day basis, they understand what it’s like to practice here, they understand the society of the Filipinos and this is how they can be of service to the foreign firms. In that way they work together to make sure that quality service is provided to the client.

c)    Presentation: “Borderless Practice among ASEAN Member States”

· Immediate Past Chairman of the ASEAN Architects Council(AAC) of Indonesia, Ar. Tateng K. Djajasudarma pointed out the following:

Ø  Borderless Practice fosters sharing of professional knowledge, to maximize borderless networking and flow of information, as well as to give the ASEAN Architects an opportunity to create,    develop, maintain essential and effective communication among the ASEAN countries.

Ø  ASEAN Member States shall assist the initiatives of borderless practice beyond the establishment of MRA. By initiating link/network between ASEAN Architects to Business Sectors. Further, to be able to create pilot projects in every AMS.

Ø  To go beyond the pilot project, through scheme involving AA within the building and construction industry in each AMS.

Ø  Collaborate and work with the other ASEAN Architects (Filipino and foreign) to be able to enter and to take part in the global market.

6. ASEAN Architects Business Forum

The AAs were given the chance to group themselves to have an opportunity to understand and learn more about each other’s interests through their area of specialization and for them to learn more and broaden their knowledge not just on their own specialization but within other branches of Architecture.