Congratulations to Jun Palafox who will become a Gusi Peace laureate in November, 2011 in the field of architecture and urban planning.
|World Renowned Filipino Architect|
On 16 March 1950, Felino Palafox, Jr. was born in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte. His father, Dr. Felino Palafox, is a UST Medical Alumnus and his mother is Natividad Albano.
At the age of 13, he entered the Christ the King Seminary where he had a Classical Secondary Education. He graduated from the University of Santo Tomas in 1972 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture. Two years later, he obtained a Master’s Degree in Environmental Planning at the University of the Philippines through a scholarship from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). In 2003, he graduated in Advanced Management Development Program (AMDP) for Real Estate at the Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
He worked at the Planning and Development Office (PPDO) of the Department of Public Works Transportation and Communication (DPWTC). He was a Project Officer for UNDP Manila Bay Region Strategic Planning Project, and a Senior Planner/Team Leader for Development Planning of the World Bank-funded MMetroplan (Metro Manila Transport Land Use and Development Planning Project) - a joint project of the Government of the Philippines and Halcrow Fox of London.
In 1975, he married Wilma Villanueva; they had their first daughter (Chin) a year later. In 1977, at age of 27, he was name-hired to work in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, at the Town Planning Department of Dubai Municipality. He collaborated with multinational and professional staff for four years. Karmi, their second daughter was born in Dubai in March of 1981.
Their last child, Philip Khalil was born in Manila in 1982. Upon Architect Palafox’s return to the country, he worked with Henry Sy, Sr. of the SM Group of Companies and with the Ayala Corporation where he was an Architect, Urban Planner and Assistant Vice President of the Technical Planning Staff. Eventually in July 1989, he founded Palafox Associates where he works both as an architect and urban planner. Among his first clients were the Sys, the Ocampos, Taipans and Sheiks.
He has led Palafox Associates to be included in the Top 500 Architectural Firms in the World (London-based World Architecture Magazine-no. 94 in 2006); awarded BCI Asia’s Leader in Architecture for 7 consecutive years, and the only ISO 9001 and 14001 certified design firm in the Philippines for Architecture, Planning and Design by TÜV Germany. He is registered as an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Architect.
He is 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, and Most Outstanding Resident for Community Development given by the City of Makati. Recently, he was included in People Asia’s People of the Year (2010) and BizNews Asia’s The Best of the Best in 2010.
He is also an active officer of various organizations: Environment Committee Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce, 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, Member of the National Real Estate Association, Lifetime Member of the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners, Fellow of the United Architects of the Philippines, Member and Chairman of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce Philippines-UAE Business Council; international associate/member of international organizations like the American Institute of Architects, U.S. Green Building Council, Urban Land Institute, Congress for the New Urbanism, American Planning Association, and the International Council of Shopping Centers; and Country Representative for the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat - all based in the USA.
Throughout the 22 years of Palafox Associates, he continues to guide his company with the utmost of integrity. In 2011, he was elected President of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), a 60-year-old management organization whose members represent a cross-section of CEOs, COOs and other top management practitioners from various multinational companies in the Philippines. As the President of MAP, he proposed to undertake the theme “MAPping a Culture of Integrity,” which aims to address corruption for good governance, criminality for better peace and order, and climate change for protection and enhancement of the environment.