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NEB’s Christian Vasquez elected president of the United Architects of the Philippines Dubai Chapter

Christian Vasquez, business development executive and project architect at National Engineering Bureau (NEB), has recently been elected president of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) Dubai Chapter.

Having worked with UAP Dubai Chapter since its inception in 2010, Vasquez received overwhelming support in a landslide victory during the election, held on 25 May at the Swissotel Dubai.

“For over two decades the Filipino Registered and Licensed Architects and its allied professionals in the UAE has been involved in the nation’s building through various sectors of the construction industry,” Vasquez said, “namely design, project and construction management, interior design, technical support, landscaping, product representation and other services that highlight the highest level of competency, reliability and dedication.”

According to Vasquez, the UAP chartered organisation was established in 1975 to unify all Filipino architects and it aims to continue, maintain and develop the highest possible standard of services that the profession has to offer.

“UAP is a recognised institution not only in the local setting, but also in the international scene,” Vasquez said. “It is the legitimate national section representing the architects of the Philippines in the Union of International Architects, the founding institute of Architects Regional Council Asia, and is active in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation registry of architects.”

Currently, UAP has over 38,000 members within the Philippines and abroad, with over 600 licensed architects based in Dubai alone. During his one-year presidency, Vasquez will be tasked with overseeing the overall development and welfare of Filipino architects in Dubai.

“Each year, the UAP Dubai chapter organises education lectures and talks throughout the region to help architects maintain their licensure,” said Vasquez. “We recognise that continuing education in architecture is crucial to advancing and improving the profession — architects need continuing education to maintain competency to be globally competitive and game-changers in our industry.”