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Yolanda Reyes becomes ARCASIA Chairperson

Abstract: United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) representative, Yolanda Reyes, has been appointed chairperson of Asia's peak body for architecture.

Architect Yolanda Reyes of the Philippines has been appointed Chairperson of the Architects Regional Council Asia (ARCASIA), the region's peak organization for architects, for 2005 and 2006. Other new office bearers include Architect Balbir Verma of India as Zone A Deputy Chairperson, Architect Duangrit Bunnag of Thailand as Zone B Deputy Chairperson and Architect Nobuaki Furuya of Japan as Zone C Deputy Chairperson.

The Secretariat of ARCASIA moves to Manila with the appointment of Architect Yolanda as chairperson. She and other UAP representatives, Ar Robert Sac as Secretary and Ar Ana Mangalino Ling as Treasurer, will run the ARCASIA Secretariat for two years, culminating in the organization of an Asian Congress of Architects in the Philippines in late 2006.

Architect Reyes' first duties as the chairperson include promoting ARCASIA and its magazine, Architecture Asia, in China. She will speak at a design seminar in Guangzhou arranged by R+T next month then proceed to BCI Asia's Top Ten Awards ceremonies in Hong Kong and Beijing, where she shall meet representatives of the largest design institutes and architecture firms in Mainland China and Hong Kong SAR.

Architect and Environmental Planner Yolanda specializes in architectural design and facility planning. She finished her BS degree in Architecture  in  1975  and  her MS degree in  Architecture  in  1986  at  the  University of Santo Tomas College of Architecture and Fine Arts and Graduate School respectively. She earned her PhD academic units  at the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of the Philippines. She was Dean of the UST College  of  Architecture  and  Fine Arts for nine years,  a  past  National President of the United Architects  of  the  Philippines for two terms,  Chairperson  of  the  Architects Regional Council for Asia   Committee   on Architectural  Education (Asia). Presently, Member of the Commission on Higher Education-Technical Panel for Engineering, Technology and Architecture Education, and   the UNESCO-UIA Architecture Education Validation Committee. Architect Reyes was elected  first lady Chairman of the ARCASIA for 2005 and 2006.

Under her leadership in the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), the efforts and 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, a UAP headquarters that is well on its way to completion, a revision into a more relevant version of the Architecture law governing the practice of the profession in the Philippines, which was enacted into law in March 2004, a comprehensive written history  of the organization, the growth in the membership, the documentation of Heritage Structures, the finalization and eventual approval of the Architectural Code of the Philippines as the referral code of the National Building Code, 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.

Even as she assiduously applied herself to the development of the organization and the architectural profession, Architect Yolanda D. Reyes never lost cite of her academic persona. As Dean of the College of Architecture and Fine Arts of the oldest university in the Far East, the University of Sto. Tomas, she successfully helped UAP achieve its corporate objective of making higher education more accessible to professionals through the UST Graduate School's Distance Learning Program. She is particularly sensitive to the educational needs of the architects who reside in the far regions of the country and where no graduate education institutions exist. To date, many of the architects are in near completion of their graduate degrees through this mode.

The same dual roles as academician and professional enabled Architect Reyes to convene an international conference on the theme "Sustainable and Humane Cities 2000", which featured lectures, presentations and workshops conducted by acknowledged authorities from different countries on the subjects of planning, architecture, environment, urban housing and conservation of socio-cultural heritage. The conference led to the adoption of the "Humane Cities Agenda 2000" and the establishment of the Humane Cities Center based in Manila at the University of Santo Tomas, which will be the executor of follow-up action to implement the protocols of the conference.

It was also under Architect Reyes' stewardship as Dean when the University of Santo Tomas College of Architecture and Fine Arts was evaluated, rated and proclaimed "Center of Excellence" in the year 1999, the Philippines government through the Commission on Higher Education.

Her awards and commendations include Award for Architecture in Design for the Caleruega Dominican Retreat House project located at Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines by the United Architects of the Philippines in 1996, Outstanding Kapampangan for Architecture, Province of Pampanga in 1993, The Outstanding Thomasian Alumni Award (Architecture) given by the University of Santo Tomas in 2002, Arkitektura-Patnubay Award given by the Office of the Mayor, City of Manila, Parangal Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan in 2000 and inclusion in the "Who's Who List Dictionary of International Biography" (27th Edition).





Chairperson     Ar Yolanda David Reyes, Philippines (UAP)

Deputy Chairmen

ZONE  A     Ar Balbir Verma, India (IIA)

ZONE  B     Ar Duangrit Bunnag, Thailand (ASA)

ZONE  C     Ar Nobuaki Furuya, Japan (JIA)

Honorary Secretary     Ar Robert Sac, Philippines (UAP)               

Honorary Treasurer     Ar Ana Mangalino Ling, Philippines (UAP)

ACAE Chairman     Ar Jayantha Perera, Sri Lanka (SLI)

Deputy Chairman     Ar Rui Leo, Macau (AAM)
For Practice                                   

Deputy Chairman     Ar Chong, Korea (KIRA)
For Education                                                                                

Advisers     Ar Chito Alcordo, Philippines (UAP)     &     Ar Syed Zaigham Jaffery, Pakistan (IAP)

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