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Q: Why should I join the UAP?

1. UAP is your official link with the Government

UAP is the duly accredited bonafide professional organization of architects in the country. The PRC is mandated to accredit only one representative association for each profession.

Letter of Instruction 1000, issued on March 20, 1980, orders and directs all government agencies and any of their instrumentalities to give priority to members of the Accredited Professional Organizations (APOs) in the hiring of employees and in the engagement of professional services. It also orders and directs all government agencies to support the APOs and their members in their efforts to organize, host, sponsor or represent Filipino Professionals in national, regional and international forums, conferences and conventions of a nature relative to their profession.

Also through UAP's Committee on Legislation and Codes of the Commission on Governmental and External Affairs you have a voice in the proposal of new laws and in the lobby for legislation of bills favorable to your practice.

2. UAP addresses your major concerns as an architect.

Whether it is your practice, your concern for the environment, your concern for our country's architectural legacies and other multitude of concerns, the UAP is working for you through its numerous commissions and committees.

3. UAP is your avenue towards professional growth.

The UAP offers numerous seminars and materials through its Professional Development Center both at the National and Chapter Levels.

The UAP is also developing its own up-to-date library of architectural books, anthologies, international periodicals and scholarly papers for access by its members. Aside from this UAP also publishes its own material written by UAP members of diverse expertise.

4. UAP upholds ethical practice.

UAP was the one who initiated the practice of the Code of Ethical Conduct and Professional Practice. Not only that, UAP was also instrumental in the drafting of the "international" code of ethics adopted by the Union Internationale des Architectes (UIA). UAP has recently finished the Architectural Code of the Philippines which shall be a referral code of the National Building Code.

5. UAP is involved in the educational development of future architects.

Through its Commission on Education, the UAP is involved in the continuing enhancement of the quality of architectural curricula and faculty. It is in close linkage with the CODHASP or the Council of Deans and Heads of Architectural Schools in the Philippines and annually sponsors the Tripartite Conference among academe, the Commission for Higher Education of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports and the Professional Regulation Commission.

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