The United Architects of the Philippines is the premier professional organization of architects in the country, dedicated to advancing the architectural profession and fostering excellence within the industry. UAP revealed its initial lineup of speakers for the highly anticipated 49th National Convention under the dynamic theme “Amplify.” Scheduled to take place from April 18-21, 2024, at the SMX Convention Center Manila, it promises an assembly of influential minds and industry leaders.

A Gathering of Luminaries

Photo of the UAP 2023 National Convention plenary session at PICC.
From the 2023 UAP NATCON.

The convention will showcase an impressive roster of speakers from prestigious local and international firms and organizations including Foster + Partners, Norr Group, Unreal Engine, Tim Fu Studio, and M Moser Associates. Notable personalities from Royal Pineda +, Palafox Associates, and LLG Architects Design Studio will also grace the event, ensuring a diverse and enriching experience for all attendees.

Theme and Focus

Photo of the UAP 2023 National Convention plenary session at PICC.
From the 2023 UAP NATCON.

“Amplify” stands as the central theme, emphasizing the enhancement and expansion of ideas and discussions within the architectural realm. The convention aims to elevate these discussions, ensuring they have a significant impact both locally and globally. Manila is set to be the epicenter of these transformative conversations, serving as a beacon of innovation and inspiration in architecture.

Event Highlights

Kickstart NATCON49 with a bang on Wednesday evening at the opening welcome VIP reception. This exclusive event offers limited tickets, so grab yours quickly to mingle with peers over drinks and entertainment.

Day 1 – Amplify the Opportunity of the Future

Embark on a futuristic journey with Day 1’s focus on AI, Blockchain, the Metaverse, and more. This day is a deep dive into how cutting-edge technologies are merging with architectural brilliance, offering a glimpse into the innovative future of design.

Day 2 – Amplify Knowledge and Information

Dive deep into architectural excellence on Day 2, where industry leaders share case studies and insights. It’s a day to challenge conventional wisdom, learn from the construction of iconic structures, and draw inspiration from the entrepreneurial spirit of leading architects.

Day 3 – Amplify the Voice and Rights of Filipino Architects

Day 3 is dedicated to championing the rights and roles of Filipino architects. It’s a powerful call to action, spotlighting their vital contributions and advocating for their professional rights.

Each day concludes with a themed social gathering, building up to the grand UAP at 50 Pre-Party with Parokya ni Edgar live in concert.

Day 4 – Explore Architectural Marvels

Immerse yourself in the local culture and architecture with four distinct tours led by UAP chapters. THese include The New Clark City Tour and explorations of historical and modern architectural gems.

Check out the full schedule below:

Schedule of Day 0 & 1 for the United Architects of the Philippines' (UAP) National Convention.
Schedule of Day 2 for the United Architects of the Philippines' (UAP) National Convention.
Schedule of Day 3 for the United Architects of the Philippines' (UAP) National Convention.

Join the Movement

UAP NATCON 49 ignites the movement to amplify architecture’s role in shaping our world. It’s an opportunity to engage with groundbreaking ideas, network with professionals, and contribute to the global architectural dialogue.

Register now to secure your place at the 49th UAP National Convention 2024. For registration and more details, visit their website. Join the United Architects of the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center Manila. Be part of a global conversation that aims to reshape the future of architecture.

Photos provided by UAP.

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