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Felino A. Palafox, Jr.

Felino A. Palafox, Jr.

FUAP, PIEP, APEC Architect, Harvard GSD, Intl Associate AIA
Fellow, CTBUH
Principal Architect-Urban Planner, Palafox Associates
President, Palafox Architecture Group

Architect and Urban Planner Felino “Jun” Palafox Jr. has 43 years of experience in architecture and 41 years in planning. He was educated in Christ the King Seminary, University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines, and Harvard University. For continuing education, he took up an Advanced Management Development Program for Real Estate and attended seven other special courses, including:

  1. Architecture and Sustainability: Integrating Built and Natural Environment
  2. Master Planning and Sustainability
  3. Urban Retail Planning Principles for American Towns, Cities, and Commercial Center
  4. Leading Civic Change From Within: A Case History of the GSA’s Design Excellence Program
  5. The Art of Leadership
  6. Transforming Practice
  7. AMDP Alumni Program: What Have We Learned About Property Cycles

Arch. Palafox has lectured in Harvard University, MIT, and in 18 other countries in Asia, Europe, and North America. His extensive travels allowed him to observe 1,000 cities in 63 countries.

He also actively participated in conferences, lectures, seminars and fora organized by international groups, of which he is an associate/member, like the American Institute of Architects (AIA), U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Urban Land Institute (ULI), and the American Planning Association (APA). He is the Country Representative for the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

On July 1, 2013, CTBUH headquartered in Chicago has elected Architect Palafox as one of its two new Fellows worldwide. Architect Palafox was also cited by Forbes Asia Magazine as one of the 48 Heroes of Philanthropy in Asia, one of four in the Philippines.

Arch. Palafox led and managed his firm Palafox Associates in the planning of more than 16 billion square meters of land and the design and architecture of more than 12 million square meters of building floor area in 38 countries. The firm has also received more than 200 awards and recognitions in the past 25 years, most notably as the first Filipino architectural firm included in the Top 500 Architectural Firms in the World of the London-based World Architecture Magazine in 1999, the only Southeast Asian architectural firm included in the list. For 2012, Palafox Associates ranks 89th in the list of the world’s largest practices and Top 8 in Leisure projects. BCI Asia has awarded Palafox Associates BCI Asia’s Market Leader in Architecture in the Philippines for nine consecutive years, from 2005 to 2013. In 2014, Palafox Associates organized its five architectural studios into Palafox Architecture Group, Inc.

Arch. Palafox has been recently elected as President of the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI Philippines) for 2015. He is the first architect-urban planner president of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) in 2011 and the immediate past president of the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners (PIEP). He is a Fellow of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP).


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