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Froilan L. Hong

Froilan L. Hong

FUAP, APEC

Specialties

+ Housing and Community Planning
+ Land Development
+ Waterfront Development
+ University Housing

Portfolio Highlight

+ Forensic Architecture

Archt. Froilan L. Hong has had a full professional life as an architectural practitioner and as an architectural educator. He is the Principal of F.L. Hong Architects & Associates (FLHAA) and was a full-time permanent faculty member of the University of the Philippines College of Architecture until his retirement in October of 2002.

Archt. Hong obtained his Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from the Mapua Institute of Technology and his Master of Environmental Planning degree from the University of the Philippines. He is likewise the recipient of a postgraduate Diploma in Housing, Planning and Building (obtained with distinction) from the Boucentrum in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Archt. Hong’s special expertise in housing and community planning had found expression and fulfillment in FLHAA projects in land development, waterfront development, and university housing. His firm is known for the design of institutional projects such as the Heritage Worship & Spiritual Formation Center of the Lord’s Flock Catholic Charismatic Group, the Calamba City Hall, the Higher Education Development Center Building, and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology & Seismology (PHIVOLCS), to name only a few in the array of projects spanning his practice of more than four decades.

In the project to rehabilitate the Asian Development Bank Headquarters Building, Archt. Hong introduced in the Philippine architectural scene, the concept of Forensic Architecture – the review and verification of the performance of existing systems conducted and supported by thorough scientific research, data gathering and analysis. In this project, Archt. Hong successfully used the inquiring scientific tradition of academic research to provide realistic field solutions to the problems of an existing building.

Archt. Hong has a deep and strong social conscience. As the 8th National President of the United Architects of the Philippines in 1987 and 1988, he made “shelter for the homeless” the centerpiece of his two terms of office. The project, “Mission: Kaligan”, was his administration’s response to the declaration by the United Nations of 1987 as the International Year of Shelter for the Homeless. During this time, the Filipino architects were awakened to assume a social role – to contribute to the solution of the housing problem using their expertise in planning and design. Many chapters responded to the call and adopted and implemented shelter projects in their own communities.

Archt. Hong continues to serve the United Architects of the Philippines even after having been its National President. He was the Chancellor of the College of Fellows in 1991 and he continues to accept even Committee work to this day.