8th General Membership Meeting (FY 2010-2011)


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Architect Felino A. Palafox, Jr., Principal Architect – Urban Planner, Founder and Managing Partner of Palafox Associates, discusses the topic: “Disaster Preparedness” during the April 25, 2011 General Membership Meeting of the Bankers Institute of the Philippines at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Makati City. In 2011, he became the first and only Architect. Urban Planner and Environmental Planner to be elected as President of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), a 60-year old management organization whose 740 members represent a cross-section of CEOs, COOs and other top management practitioners from the largest local multinational companies operating in the Philippines.

12 things you need to know about Architect and Urban Planner Felino “Jun” Palafox, Jr.

12. He is an architect, environmental planner, urban planner, real estate development consultant;

11. He was educated in Christ the King Mission Seminary, University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines, and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA;

10. He is registered as an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Architect. He is also a recipient of several local and international awards such as the Ambassador for Peace from the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace given in New York, Most Outstanding Architect given by the City of Manila, Most Outstanding Resident for Community Development given by the City of Makati, among others;

9. He was a guest lecturer in various institutions like Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Asian Institute of Management and the Ateneo Professional Schools; a speaker in conferences in Canada, Japan, Vietnam, China, Singapore, South Korea, Germany, Spain, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

8. He is an active officer of various organizations like Environment Committee Chair-American Chamber of Commerce, President of Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), Member and Past Vice President of the Rotary Club of Manila, Governor of the Global Peace Association-Philippines, Member and Past Chairman of FIABCI Philippines, Vice Chair of the National Real Estate Association, member of the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners, Fellow of the United Architects of the Philippines, Member and Chair of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce Philippines-UAE Business Council and an international associate/member of international organizations like the American Institute of Architects, Country Representative for the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. U.S. Green Building Council, Urban Land Institute, Congress for the New Urbanism, American Planning Association, and the International Council of Shopping Centers, all based in the USA;

7. He founded Palafox Associates, the world-renowned architectural design and planning firm in the Philippines, in 1989 after working as Architect/Urban Planner in Dubai-United Arab Emirates, Ayala Corporation, AYala Land, SM Group, and on World Bank/UNDP-funded projects;

6. His firm has been involved in the planning of more than 12 billion square meters of land area and the design and architecture of more than seven million square meters of building floor area and in undertaking high-profile large-scale projects in 33 countries, including the Rockwell Center, seven SM malls, five Robinsons malls, Sta. Elena, Manila Southwoods, Bam Public Schools, The Country Club, Urban Planning in Dubai, Makati Urban Design, Marikina, Puerto Princesa, Subic and Clark, among others;

5. He led his firm to become the first and only architectural, urban planning, interior design, and landscape architectural firm to have been certified by TUV of Germany for integrated ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications;

4. BCI Asia, Southeast Asia and China’s leading construction information provider, has awarded Palafox Associates the coveted BCI Asia’s Market Leader in Architecture in the Philippines for six consecutive years, 2005 to 2010;

3. His firm is the first Filipino architectural firm included in the Top 500 Architectural Firms in the World of the London-based World Architecture. In 2006, Palafox Associates ranked No.94 in the Top 200 of World Architecture, the only Southeast Asian architectural firm included in the list.

2. He is a recipient of the People of the Year Award (2010) from People Asia magazine and BizNews Asia’s The Best of the Best in 2010.

1. In 2011, he became the first and only Architect, Urban Planner, and Environmental Planner to be elected as President of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP). MAP is a 60-year-old management organization whose 740 members represent a cross-section of CEOs, COOs and other top management practitioners from the largest local and multinational companies operating in the Philippines. MAP also counts some top management educators and government officials as its members.