Wednesday, August 12, 2015

January 2016 Architecture Board Exams Review Schedule

CCD announces the schedule for the review classes for the architecture board exams for January 2016. The review classes consist of the basic review (comprehensive consisting of all subjects in the exam), design review (with focus on Rule 7&8 of the NBCP and estimating), and the refresher class (consisting of review of common questions given in the board exams for all subjects).

Here is the revised schedule:





Early Bird Discounts and Discounts for UAPSA and UAPGA officers and members, as well as honor graduates and sons/dughaters of active UAP members are available. Group Packages at lower rates  is also available. Email to orbisccd@yahoo.com for more details. If you will enroll online, email obissccd@yahoo.com for payment details.



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Friday, June 19, 2015

WHO SHOULD SIGN?


Developments in recent years witness how the practice of architecture has been appropriated by many entities who are not academically trained or professionally qualified to engage in the practice of the profession.  This situation had eroded the local and international professional standing of the Filipino architect and has resulted in the architectural planning and design of buildings by unqualified entities who have no professional competence for the erected structures. 

It is high time that the Filipino public be assured that only individuals who have been properly educated, qualified and trained will undertake the architectural planning and design of buildings and be held responsible for such acts.

More than half a century ago just after World War II, RA 545 or the old Architecture law allowed non-architects to participate in the preparation of plans and specifications of buildings, which is the primary function of an architect to assist in the immediate rebuilding of the country. At that time, there were only about 350 architects in the Philippines. In 2004, there were about 17,000 registered and licensed architects representing an almost 500% increase spread out over a half century. And since the devastation brought about by the 2nd World War has been properly addressed already, it is but necessary to give unto the architects the performance of a function for which they were specifically trained.

Thus in 2004, RA 9266 or the Architecture Act of 2004 was purposely enacted to, among others, curtail the practice of non-architects signing architectural documents, which are not within their area of competence or expertise. 

R.A. 9266 is clear and categorical — only architects can prepare and sign architectural documents.  There are no ifs or buts about it.  The law does not provide for any exception. Only architects.  No one else can prepare or sign architectural documents.

This exclusivity is clear from the plain language of the said law.  Section 20(5) of the said law provides that “[a]ll architectural plans, designs, specifications, drawings and architectural documents relative to the construction of a building shall bear the seal and signature ONLY of an architect.” 
Further, to ensure that the exclusivity given to architects is actually implemented, Section 20[2] provides that building officials cannot accept or approve “any architectural plans or specifications which have not been prepared and submitted in full accord with” it, i.e., architectural plans which are not signed by architects.

A decade after the passage of RA 9266, not much has been achieved. Non-architects have continued to prepare, sign and seal architectural plans and documents and the real intent of RA 9266 in protecting and assuring the public that only Architects can offer and provide architectural services has not been realized. 

As professionals, architects have a primary duty of care to the communities they serve. Architects bring to society unique skills and aptitudes essential to the sustainable development of the built environment and the welfare of their societies and cultures. Given the public interest in a quality, sustainable built environment and the dangers and consequences associated with the development of that environment, it is important that architectural services are provided by properly qualified professionals for the adequate protection of the public. This need is further amplified by the recent natural calamities that the country has experienced. Resilient, sustainable and well-planned communities will greatly mitigate the effects of natural calamities in the lives of the Filipinos. Undoubtedly, architects will play a crucial role in the development new and existing communities to be resilient, sustainable and well planned. 

Moreover, the impending ASEAN integration has also manifested the need to prepare the Filipino architect’s qualifications to practice architecture in other jurisdictions. There is also a need to ensure that our laws on professionals are aligned with international and regional standards, as well as attuned to global best practices, if we are to preserve our competitiveness and foothold in the regional market. Based on international standards, architectural design, plans and documents properly belong to and are the domain of the architects.  

With an increasing number of architects totalling around 35,000 as of this year, the enactment of HB 5127 and SB 2623 will be a significant step in protecting and assuring the public that only Architects who possess the necessary skills, knowledge and expertise can offer and provide architectural services, as well as comply with the provisions of the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Agreement signed by the Government.

The provisions in the proposed bills are rooted on the training, competencies and functions of architects. In terms of academic requirements, architects are academically competent to practice architecture, and to prepare and certify architectural documents.  A typical architecture course has ten semesters of mainstream architecture (10 architectural design subjects, site planning, urban design and community planning, tropical design, graphics, visual techniques, etc.), and units in building technology and building utilities (mechanical and electrical systems, sanitary and plumbing systems, lighting and acoustics) and even structural systems.

Moreover, in order to qualify for the architectural licensing exam, an architectural degree holder must act as apprentice under a practicing architect for two (2) years. The board exam itself covers the same major subjects in a mainstream architecture course. All of these prove that architects are specifically qualified, through the proper education and training, to prepare and sign architectural documents.

In RA 545, architects were allowed to do structural designing for structures up to 4-storeys high. Under RA 9266, that scope was removed from the practice of architects as the specialization on that subject and practice belongs to other professionals.

And so, if you are going to ask "Who will Sign?", the answer is plain and simple. Architects signing for architectural plans and documents, engineers signing for engineering plans and documents which include structural, mechanical, electrical, sanitary, plumbing, electronics and auxiliary systems. And if you read the minutes in the congressional readings for RA9266, somebody remarked, "Ang para kay Pedro ay kay Pedro, at ang para kay Juan ay kay Juan".

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Review Schedule for January 2016 Architecture Board Exams

CCD announces the schedule for the review classes for the architecture board exams for January 2016. The review classes consist of the basic review (comprehensive consisting of all subjects in the exam), design review (with focus on Rule 7&8 of the NBCP and estimating), and the refresher class (consisting of review of common questions given in the board exams for all subjects).

Here is the schedule:


The Basic Comprehensive Class consists of 40 sessions: (PhP 8,500.00)
MWF Class (Section B1) - 6pm - 9pm
     - starts August 3, 2015 up to Nov. 27, 2015
Saturday Class (Section B2) - 8am - 6pm
     - starts August 8, 2015 up to Nov. 28, 2015
Saturday Class (Section B3) - 8am - 6pm
     - starts August 15, 2015 - Dec. 5, 2015

The Design Class consists of 6 Sunday sessions: (PhP 3,500.00)
Section D1 - 9am - 4pm
     - July 26, Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Section D2 - 9am - 4pm
     - Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Sep. 6
Section D3 - 9am - 4pm
     - Sep. 6, 14, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11
Section D4 - 9am - 4pm
     - Sep. 14, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18
Section D5 - 9am - 4pm
     - Oct. 18, 25, Nov. 9, 15, 22, 29
Section D6 - 9am - 4pm
     - Nov. 9, 15, 22, 29, Dec. 6, 13
Section D7 - 9am - 4pm
     - Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20

Refresher Class consists of 11 sessions: (PhP 3,500.00)
Section R-1 - Dec. 12 - 22, 2015
Section R-2 - Dec. 20 - 29, 2015
Section R-3 - Dec. 27, 2015 - Jan. 6, 2016
Section R-4 - Jan. 3 - 10, 2016

Early Bird Discounts and Packages at lower rates available. Email to orbisccd@yahoo.com for more details. If you will enroll online, email obissccd@yahoo.com for payment details.




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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

UAP is the IAPOA

The United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) is the duly accredited IAPOA (Integrated and Accredited Professional Organization of Architects) by the PRC.

This presentation was prepared by the Commission on Professional Practice under Ar. Peach Buencamino, uap, so that UAP members will be enlightened on how UAP became the IAPOA, why dues are to be paid, why should one be a member of a UAP chapter and why the UAP membership certificate is being required by the PRC in the renewal of PRC IDs.


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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

HB 5127 and SB 2623 gathers support from architects

In 2004, Congress enacted Republic Act No. 9266 or the Architecture Act of 2004.  This law categorically provides, without any exception, that only duly licensed architects can sign architectural plans and documents. To give teeth to this mandate, the law further provides that building officers cannot accept architectural plans and documents which are not signed by architects.  Congress thus removed the overlaps between the practice of architecture and the other professions, including civil engineering.

“Now that the devastation brought about by the Second World War (which allowed civil engineers to participate in the preparation of plans and specifications of buildings, which is the primary function of an architect) has been properly addressed, it is but necessary to give unto the architects the performance of a function for which they were specifically trained.”

HB 5127 and SB 2623 seeks to strengthen the Architecture profession, amending for the purpose certain provisions of RA 9266, otherwise known as the Architecture Act of 2004.

“Architects have been practicing their art and science since antiquity. The profession as we know it today has undergone extensive growth and change. The profile of architects’ work has become more demanding, clients’ requirements and technological advances have become more complex, and social and ecological imperatives have grown more pressing. These changes have spawned changes in services and collaboration among the many parties involved in the design and construction process.

As professionals, architects have a primary duty of care to the communities they serve. This duty prevails over their personal interest and the interests of their clients.

Members of the architectural profession are dedicated to standards of professionalism, integrity, and competence, and thereby bring to society unique skills and aptitudes essential to the sustainable development of the built environment and the welfare of their societies and cultures. Principles of professionalism are established in legislation, as well as in codes of ethics and regulations defining professional conduct.

Given the public interest in a quality, sustainable built environment and the dangers and consequences associated with the development of that environment, it is important that architectural services are provided by properly qualified professionals for the adequate protection of the public.”
The recent natural calamities that the country experienced have amplified the need for resilient, sustainable and well-planned communities. These kinds of communities will greatly mitigate the effects of natural calamities in the lives of the Filipinos. Undoubtedly, architects will play a crucial role in the development new and existing communities to be resilient, sustainable and well planned.

The passage of Republic Act No. 9266 (“R.A. 9266”), otherwise known as the Architecture Act of 2004 is a significant step in protecting and assuring the public that only Architects can offer and provide architectural services. It is envisioned to raise the level of Philippine architecture in order to develop a built environment that is resilient, sustainable and well planned, conducive for the advancement of the Philippine culture to help promote the country as a center for business, culture and tourist destination in Asia.

After a decade since its passage, however, the need to strengthen R.A. 9266 and harmonize other laws affecting the practice of architecture has become evident. R.A. 9266 has not been fully implemented by government agencies due to the fact that other laws have varying incompatible provisions. Consequently, the real intent of R.A. 9266 in protecting and assuring the public that only Architects can offer and provide architectural services has not been realized.

In addition, the impending ASEAN integration has also manifested the need to prepare the Filipino architect’s qualifications to practice architecture in other jurisdictions.

To protect public interest and to comply with the provisions of the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Agreement signed by the Government, this Bill seeks to strengthen the architecture profession in the country through the amendment and repeal of specific provisions and the introduction of architectural terms that will delineate the practice of architecture from other professions.


“It is high time that the Filipino public be assured that only individuals who have been properly educated, qualified and trained will undertake the planning and design of buildings and be held responsible for such acts.” 

The academic requirements of a civil engineering degree vis-à-vis an architectural degree demonstrate that civil engineers are not academically competent to practice architecture, nor to prepare and certify architectural documents.  A typical civil engineering course does not include a single unit of architectural design, planning or drafting.  On the other hand, a typical architecture course has ten semesters of mainstream architecture (design, planning, graphics, visual techniques, etc.), and units in building technology and engineering sciences similar to civil engineering. A civil engineering curriculum does not have the  same comprehensive design and planning subjects.

Moreover, the bill will not deprive CEs to practice as it is a requirement for all buildings that the structural plans and analysis are to be prepared by civil/structural engineers.

The United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), the Integrated and Accredited Professional Organization of Architects has urged lawmakers to pass the measure seeking to strengthen the architectural profession in the country and at the same time, comply with the provisions of the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Agreement.

House Bill 5127, authored by Reps. Susan A. Yap (2nd District, Tarlac) and Gary C. Alejano (Party List, MAGDALO) and Senate Bill 2623, authored by Sen. Antonio "Sonny" Fuentes Trillanes IV seeks to amend Republic Act 9266, otherwise known as the Architecture Act of 2004, in a bid to further delineate the practice of architecture from other professions.

RA 9266 explicitly provides that only Registered Licensed Architects shall practice architecture and as such shall exclusively prepare, sign and seal architectural plans and documents. Moreover, the Registered and Licensed Architect is the prime professional for the planning and design of buildings as internationally practiced. The said law was envisioned to raise the level of Philippine architecture in order to develop a built environment that is resilient, sustainable and well planned, conducive for the advancement of the Philippine culture to help promote the country as a center for business, culture and tourist destination in Asia.

According to UAP National President, Arch. Ma. Benita Ochoa-Regala, “UAP maintains that architectural plans and documents of buildings and structures are the domain of the architect based on law, academic training, professional competencies and government licenses issued to enable one to practice. We counter argue the statement of our allied professional that one cannot be disenfranchised if one is not vested with the right and interest to practice architecture such as the civil engineers. We respect the professional competency of the Civil Engineers with regard to the civil/structural design of buildings and structures, and as such we encourage them to do the same for our profession. Irrespective of the number of civil engineers in the country, we humbly submit that the architectural practice should be limited to architects”.

With the passage of these bills, according to UAP National President Regala, it will be an opportune time to establish professional accountabilities based on each of the disciplines involved in the construction and building industry, in the interest of public safety and welfare. This is also in line with the upcoming Asean integration by the end of this year, wherein our foreign counterparts may now practice in our country. It is incumbent now upon government to clarify any ambiguity in any of our professional laws.






House Bill 5127 – Amending the Architecture Act (Republic Act 9266)
Statement of the United Architects of the Philippines

As the official professional organization for Architects, the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) has consistently upheld the profession of Architects to the highest professional standards and similarly been at the forefront of protecting the rights of Filipino Architects.

By providing substantial legal definitions and an amendment on the practice of sealing architectural plans, HB 5127 is a beneficial and prudent measure. It is not only a step in the right direction, but a pro-active preparation for the ASEAN integration.   

The proposed amendments uplifts the profession of Architects, as the legal delineation strengthens the need to abide by legal requirements in the service of the highest values and practices imposed by the professional and ethical codes. 

As a pro-active step in the incoming ASEAN integration, this bill helps to ensure that foreign competition is limited only to this who meet the exacting standards of being a professional architect.

All of this ultimately bolsters commitment to the highest ideals of architecture for public interest and safety.

We request the support of Congress in the timely passage of HB 5127 not only for the greater good of the profession, but more so the public which will definitely be the ultimate beneficiary of all this effort. 





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Friday, February 27, 2015

Structural Conceptualization Quiz: Practical Questions


The newest addition to the series of Architecture Board Exam Reviewers. Here's a Quiz on knowledge of Structural Systems and Concepts. Most of the questions are situational and wide knowledge on construction practices would be of help.

There will be 10 questions picked at random from a database of more than a hundred questions.
Each time you take the quiz, there will be different questions appearing. Enjoy!!!
Password: orbisccd

Note: If you are using an iPhone, iPad, or any Android device, the flash quiz will only play if you have both an swf flash player and an adobe flash player plugin installed in your device. Otherwise, use the desktop or laptop which are usually already installed with flash player.
How to install Adobe Flash on an Android smartphone or tablet
HOW TO INSTALL FLASH ON AN ANDROID PHONE OR TABLET
Puffin Browser now supports the latest Flash Engine over the cloud for iPad, iPhone and Android devices.

Those taking the NCARB can also use this as ARE Practice Test Questions.

Take the Exam HERE.

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Practical Questions for Utilities


The newest addition to the series of Architecture Board Exam Reviewers. Here's a Quiz on knowledge of Building Systems: Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Sanitary, and Auxiliary systems. Most of the questions are situational and wide knowledge on construction practices would be of help.

There will be 10 questions picked at random from a database of more than a hundred questions.
Each time you take the quiz, there will be different questions appearing. Enjoy!!!
Password: orbisccd
Note: If you are using an iPhone, iPad, or any Android device, the flash quiz will only play if you have both an swf flash player and an adobe flash player plugin installed in your device. Otherwise, use the desktop or laptop which are usually already installed with flash player.

Those taking the NCARB can also use this as ARE Practice Test Questions.

Take the Exam HERE.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Cyril Harris Dictionary of Architecture and Construction - Utilities Part 1

The newest addition to the series of Architecture Board Exam Reviewers. Here's a Quiz based on Cyril M. Harris' Dictionary of Architecture and Construction 4th edition. This quiz will focus on Utilities terminologies from HVAC systems, mechanical, plumbing, sanitary system, electrical, acoustics, lighting to fire protection and other electronics and auxiliary systems

There will be 15 questions randomly picked from a database of 250 questions.
Each time you take the quiz, there will be different questions appearing. Enjoy!!!
Password: orbisccd

Click HERE to take the Quiz


Updated and expanded, this Fourth Edition of the most trusted reference in architecture offers the most comprehensive coverage of architectural and construction terms available. This classic dictionary now features nearly 25,000 definitions (including 2,800 new terms), 2,500 illustrations (including 200 new illustrations), and maintains its extraordinary visual appeal and easy-to-read page design. Prepared by a renowned architectural editor in association with expert contributors and incorporating the work of many standards groups, the book presents clear, concise definitions of terms in nearly 80 working areas. The Fourth Edition covers new industry terms which have emerged due to changes in engineering and building technologies, organizations, materials, and legal developments, and has been expanded to include more historic architectural styles. New terms include: Legal Architectural Barriers Act Wheelchair Accessible Materials Fibrous Concrete Latex Mortar Polymer-Based Stucco Concrete Compliance Conformity Refractory Mortar Organizations Building Research Establishment (formerly Building Research Station) of Great Britain ASTM Historic Architectural Styles Anglo-Palladianism French Victorian Isabellino Mudajar Mozarabic Neo-Rococo
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Here is an additional quiz which could be very useful to those who cannot attend regular review classes and supplement those who are attending review classes. Rule 7 & 8 of the Revised IRR of the NBCP is a topic not taught in schools but is a major topic in Day 2 of the exams.

The quiz comes with solutions for every answers. It has a database of more than 400 questions, including determining the development controls from the NBCP like Allowable Maximum Building Footprint (AMBF), Percentage of Site Occupancy (PSO), Total Open Space within Lot (TOSL), Impervious Surface Area (ISA), Unpaved Surface Area (USA), Floor to Lot Area Area (FLAR), Maximum Allowable Construction Area (MACA), Gross Floor Area (GFA), Total Gross Floor Area (TGFA), Building Height Limit (BHL), Allowable Maximum Volume of Building (AMVB), etc.

 New 2015 version includes questions from recent board exams


If you order Design and the other quizzes, it will be at a discounted rate of only P2,000.00.

You may also want to avail of the files in SWF format that can be played on a cellphone or tablet. It will be available in 50-question quizzes only. Just add P250.00 for a total of P2,250.00. To play the swf quizzes on phone, just upload an app for swf flash file viewer.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

How to become an Asean Architect (AA)


Who can apply?

An Architect who possesses the qualifications and professional experience requirements specified in Part B of this Assessment Statement may apply to be registered in the ASEAN Architect Register (AAR) and accorded the title of ASEAN Architect (AA)

Where to apply?

Applications can be sent to the Asean Architect Monitoring Committee of the PRC-PRBOA.
(Under the ASEAN MRA on Architectural Services, the Professional Regulatory Authority (PRA) of each participating ASEAN Member State or in the case of the Philippines, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) shall authorize a Monitoring Committee (MC) to receive and process applications of its Architects for registration as AA, and to maintain the AA Registry.) 

What are the qualifications needed?

Any Architect who:
a) has completed a 5-year recognized architectural program or its equivalent in a university or school accredited by CHED;
b) possesses a current and valid professional registration and licensing certificate to practice architecture in the Philippines issued by the PRC;
c) has gained practical and diversified experience of not less than ten (10) continuous architectural practice after graduation, of which five (5) years shall be after licensure / registration;
d) has spent at least two (2) years in responsible charge of significant architectural work;
e) has complied with the CPE/CPD policy of the Philippines at a satisfactory level;
f) has not been convicted or charged of any serious violation of technical, professional and ethical standards, local and international, for the practice of architecture or of any crime which involves moral turpitude.

Note: 
For the CPE, the PRC has set the activities that architects can take for their CPE. Those activities are counted as the Continuing Professional Education Unit (CPEU) and are divided into 8 items as follows:
1. Formal learning
2. Informal learning
3. Seminar, conference and meeting
4. Participation in professional activities
5. Service activities
6. Industry involvement
7. Contribution to knowledge
8. Patents
Different activities however have different weights of score attached to them. See details in the Committee Rules on Continuing Professional Education (CPE).

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK HERE

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Tutorials for Rules 7 & 8 of the NBCP


Due to numerous requests, a third session for tutorials on Rules 7 and 8 of the Revised IRR of the NBCP will be conducted by Ar. Rey S. Gabitan on January 4, 2015. Most of the questions in Day 2 of the Architecture Board Exams focuses on computations to determine the applicable development controls especially the AMBF, PSO, TOSL, ISA, USA, MACA, GFA, FLAR, TGFA and possibly AMVB.

The tutorials will also cover some estimating and the sample questions will be examples of recent board exam questions.

For more info, text or call: 0949-8304537 or email to orbisccd@yahoo.com or orbis.ccd@gmail.com.




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