Who Are Some Famous Filipino Architects?

Leandro Locsin, Ildefonso Paez Santos and Pablo Antonio are just a few modern Filipino architects of note. Other famous Filipino architects include Juan Nakpil, Francisco Mañosa and Carlos Santos-Viola.

Locsin was born in 1928 and died in 1994. He was an artist as well as architect, and his work adapted Western architecture for the Filipino lifestyle. He is known for his use of concrete, floating volume and simplistic design. In 1990, he was named National Artist of the Philippines for Architecture. His works range from churches to airports, and his most important contribution is the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Santos is known as the Father of Philippine landscape architecture. His work blends green spaces and natural elements with urban spaces. Santos was a pioneer in the field and was named National Artist for Architecture in 2006. One of his most famous works is the Makati Commercial Center. He was also commissioned to revitalise Paco Park in Manila.

Antonio is known for his use of clean lines, strong shapes and simplicity. A pioneer of modern Filipino architecture, he was named National Artist of the Philippines in 1976. He designed several buildings for the Far Eastern University in Manila, as well as several theaters, including the Ideal Theater. Antonio often used natural ventilation systems and sunscreens to make the buildings more practical for the harsh Filipino climate.