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Q: What is UAP?

UAP or the United Architects of the Philippines is the duly accredited bonafide professional organization of architects in the country.

The History of the UAP

In 1933, the first architectural organization in the country was organized by a handful of architects under the Philippine Architects Society (PAS). On September 2, 1945, the name was changed to Philippine Institute of Architects (PIA). Fifteen members of the PIA seceded and formed the League of Philippine Architects (LPA) in 1950. The total number of registered architects at that time was about 350.

On February 19, 1955, the board of the two organizations, PIA and LPA, conducted a series of meetings to discuss ways and means towards a possible merger. At the same time that these meetings were being held another organization for architects was born: the Association of Philippine Government Architects or APGA.


In the 1960's the need for an official voice for architects throughout the country brought together once again the PIA and the LPA, and now joined by the APGA to study ways in uniting the three organizations. The architects have unknowingly laid the groundwork for what was to occur next. In 1973, PD 233 was passed creating the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) whose mandate is to accredit a sole organization representative of a profession being practice in the country.

In December 10, 1973, the boards of the PIA, the LPA and the APGA met jointly and made a historic resolution to implement the common desire to unite the three organizations into one body. Two days after on December 12, 1973, the Constitution and By-Laws of this new organization was approved. The resolution made by the joint boards was ratified by a joint general meeting of members of the three organizations on December 16, 1973 at the Architectural Center, Ayala Avenue, Makati.

The new organization was named United Architects of the Philippines chosen from a long list of 78 options. At the end, the central concept of "unity" won over.

An Interim Board was created to guide UAP in this period of transition. They were to hold office until the formal election of the first Board of Directors.

On May 12, 1975, UAP was issued Certificate of Accreditation Number 001 by the PRC for having satisfactorily complied with all the requirements for accreditation. This made UAP the first professional organization officially recognized by the Republic of the Philippines.

On December 12, 1975, the first Board of Directors of the UAP was elected. LPA and APGA, as they committed, ceased all their activities. On October 19, 1978, the twenty-six past presidents and fellows of the PIA formulated and signed a resolution expressing full support to the UAP.

The UAP has grown since making many leaps and strides led by many able men and women of the profession

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