First 17 Registered Architectural Firms in the Philippines

The Standards and Inspection Division of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) recently announced the seventeen (17) architectural firms found to be fully compliant with the requirements for registration as an architectural firm as of 13 September of this year in accordance with R.A. No. 9266 (The Architecture Act of 2010).

Complying with Sec. 37 of R.A. No. 9266 are:

1 Arch-Haus Asia Consultant, Inc.
2 ATCC Architects
3 M.B. Segovia Design Studio (MBSDS)
4 The Environments Collaborative Planning and Architecture, Inc.
5 Asian Architects
6 Daniel C. Go and Associates
7 Mario Nabor Design Associates/Architects (MNDA/ Architects)
8 Jose Siao Ling and Associates, Co. (JSLA)
9 F.C. & L.D. Santos and Partners Company (F.C. & L.D. Santos)
10 R.G. Chan and Associates Architects Engineers (RGC&A)
11 Ferrer-Pagsanjan Architectural Design and Allied Services, Co. (Ferrer-Pagsanjan AD& AS, Co.)
12 Cuasito+Perez Architecture (CP Architects)
13 Ulysses Nolan C. Paredes Architectural Services (ATELIER A+D)
14  Ead Nasol Architects-Interior Designers
15 CRM Design Group, Inc.
16 HBO+EMTB Philippines, Inc.
17 JRM Design Consultants

Sec. 37 of the Architecture Law prescribes “Limitation to the Registration of a Firm, Company, Partnership, Corporation or Association – The practice of architecture is a professional service, admission to which shall be determined upon the basis of individual personal qualifications. However, a firm, company, partnership, corporation or association may be registered or licensed as such for the practice of architecture under the following conditions:

(a) Only Filipino citizens properly registered and licensed as architects under this Act may, among themselves, or together with allied technical professionals, form and obtain registration as a firm, company, partnership, association or corporation for the practice of architecture;

(b) Registered and licensed architects shall compose at least seventy-five percent (75%) of the owners, shareholders, members incorporators, directors, executive officers, as the case may be;

(c) Individual members of such firm, partnership association or corporation shall be responsible for their individual and collective acts as an entity and as provided by law; the registration of architectural firms with the PRC. “

The initial list of PRC-registered architectural firms may eventually be a basis for determining which firms may lawfully engage in group practices in the country and may also become a basis for pre-qualifying architectural firms for government projects.

It may also be a basis for possible investigation of the illegal practice of architecture filed against non-architects or of potential violations of R.A. No. 9266 made by Philippine-registered and licensed architects (RLAs) themselves.

By 2011, the PRC and/or the Professional Regulatory Board of Architecture (PRBoA) may already commence with official notifications for mandatory registrations of architectural firms of RLAs since more than 2 years have already elapsed since the PRBoA Resolution governing the mandated compliances with Sec. 37 took effect.

Failure or refusal to register an architectural firm may potentially lead to charges of violation of Sec. 37 or of charges of the illegal practice of architecture by RLAs i.e. administrative and/or criminal violations against RLAs or non-architects.