Noted architect Philip H. Recto (BS Arch ’70) was conferred the Likha Gold Medal Award by the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) last April 11, 2019. This is the highest UAP architecture award and is given to illustrious architects in recognition of their impeccable moral character, highest standard of professional and ethical conduct, excellence and prestige in the practice of the architectural profession, and distinguished contribution and service to the UAP, the community, government and country. As of 2019 only 14 architects have been conferred this prestigious award out of more than 44,000 Filipino architects.
Previously, Arch. Recto was also bestowed the 20008 PFPA Professional Excellence Award by the Philippine Federation of professional Associations which is affiliated with the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). He was chosen from among nominees of 43 professional organizations representing more than one million registered professionals in the country. Earlier, he was presented the 1998 Outstanding Architect of the Year Award by the PRC and 1999 “Araw ng Maynila” Mayor’s Award of Honor for Art and Culture.
Arch. Recto was also bestowed the 2012 UPAA Distinguished Alumni Award in the field of Architecture and the 1999 UPAA Professional Award in Architecture. In 2000, the Philip H. Recto Design Excellence Award was established at the UP College of Architecture in order to recognize outstanding thesis. To date, it has 176 awardees, 33 of whom were facilitated to undergo a 2-year post baccalaureate training at prestigious architectural firms in Singapore, Hongkong and Shenzhen, China.
At present, he is the Principal of Philip H. Recto Architects, responsible for many landmark buildings in the country such as the 61-story Corporate Finance Plaza and the 54-story One Corporate Centre in Ortigas Center, the One San Miguel Avenue office building and The Avantgarde Residence in Ortigas Center, the 20-story De La Salle University-Br. Andrew Gonzales Hall in Manila, St. Paul College in Pasig, the Manuel M. Lopez Development Center (now known as First Pacific Leadership Academy) in Antipolo City, the PNOC head office bldg.. in BGC and many others.
Arch. Recto is also the board member of The Museum at De La Salle University-Manila since 2006.
Source: Philip H. Recto Architects