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The United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) was born on December 12, 1974 out of the noble vision of unifying the three (3) existing architectural associations at that time - the Philippines Institute of Architects (PIA), the League of Philippine Architects (LPA) and the Association of Philippine Government Architects (APGA).

Through the concerted efforts of the officers and members of the three organizations, the vision officially materialized on March 26, 1975, where the UAP was registered with the Philippines’ Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

On May 12, 1975, the UAP was granted Certificate No. 001, the first professional organization to be accredited by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

The PRC is the central agency of the Philippine Government charged with the licensing and regulation of professionals and the professions, as well as the Accredited Professional Organizations (APOs).

Since its registration, UAP has received many awards, including the highlyacclaimed PRC’s Most Outstanding Accredited Professional-Organization. To date, it is still the first and only APO to win the award six times in the Award’s twenty three-year history. These were in years 2002, 2007 and 2008 2011, 2014 and 2017. The award is presented annually to recognize the achievements, services and commitments of the APO to the profession.

For its volunteer works, UAP was chosen in addressing housing problems, urban degradation, environmental conservation and promotion of volunteerism for socio-economic development; the UAP was a Regional Nominee to the “Search for Outstanding Volunteers” by the Philippine National Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) in its celebration of National Volunteer Month last December 2005. PNVSCA takes the lead in advocating and recognizing the contributions of volunteers to nation-building and international cooperation.

In 2004, by virtue of the Republic Act No. 9266, otherwise known as the “Architecture Act of 2004” and upon confirmation of the Professional Regulation Commission, UAP becomes the Integrated and Accredited Professional Organization of Architects (IAPOA).

In April 2010, in celebration of the Earth Day, the UAP, through its advocacy group “Green Architecture Movement”, was awarded the 2009 Father Neri Satur Award for Environmental Heroism - the only accredited professional organization in the Philippines to receive such a prestigious environmental award.

Last November 2010, the UAP has been bestowed the EAROPH 50th Golden Jubilee Award in recognition of its substantial contribution to the advancement of Planning, Development and Management of Human Settlements in the Philippines. The Award was given in celebration of EAROPH's 50th Anniversary and the 2010 Congress in Adelaine, Australia.

Today, UAP aims to become a prime organization of professional architects and to be responsive to the needs of its professionals, profession, professional product while preserving the UAP-IAPOA’s larger, enduring role as a vanguard of architecture profession where knowledge and innovation are created, transmitted, and preserved; and to be actively seeking balance in all of these roles, even in the face of the uncertainties and the rapidly changing forces that surround the Filipino architects.

With both feet into the threshold of a new century, UAP, now 42 years old, reaches out bravely into the future with the courage and inner strength it has acquired in its past. It is confident that at the core of its very existence, the steel bar of UNITY, around which all and everything revolve, will strengthen the organization even as it looks forward into celebrating its GOLDEN JUBILEE eight years hence. Indeed, as the days turn into months, and months to years, it should be each member’s pride to belong with – and, with joy, serve – the United Architects of the Philippines.