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Saturday, May 28, 2011

UAP Career Development Center

The UAP has launched the UAP Career Development Center to augment the existing resources of those providing preparatory courses for aspiring Architects intending to complete the last obstacle in becoming full-fledged professionals.

The Center shall offer basic courses as outlined in the syllabus for the licensure exam provided by the PRBoA, like Professional Practice, Building Laws, Building Materials and Methods of Construction, History and Theory, Planning, Tropical Design, Green Architecture, etc. Architectural Design Courses shall include design strategies for different building types as well as familiarity with Rules 7 & 8 of the IRR of the National Building Code.

An innovation in the program are the study tours on a Lighting Application Center to determine the different lighting systems and its effects on surfaces, a tour on a Sanitary Systems Laboratory to familiarize with different piping materials and connections, tour on a Electrical Laboratory to understand electrical fittings, fixtures and connections.

A possible inclusion would be the construction visits to on-going projects to help those who have not much exposure to site activities really understand how buildings are being constructed. Lectures will be given while going to the different aspects of the construction.

For inquiries, please visit the UAP HQ. Limited slots only.
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Monday, May 9, 2011

Sec 35.3 IRR of RA 9266 "civil liability pay"

What is your view on the “civil liability pay” under Section 35.3 of the IRR of RA 9266 which says “the government architect-of-record shall collect an incentive pay to cover civil liabilities in the equivalent amount of 1.5% of the project cost of every project, provided it shall not exceed 50% of his annual salary which shall be paid upon full completion of the project”?

In view of the above provision, which of the following statements is correct?

1. The Architect of record shall be paid only once, regardless of the number of projects in a year, the total liability pay for all projects when computed, shall not be more than one half of his annual salary; or

2. The architect of record shall be paid for every project, and the maximum amount for every project shall not exceed one half of the annual salary… and all projects completed within the year, shall be computed separately. Thus if the architect completed four projects, and each with a project cost of P60M, the architect would collect 4 payments. For example, if the architect’s annual salary is P300,000.00, he will collect P150,000.00 for each project, and therefore collect four (4) separate payments each at P150,000.00.

I think that the civil liability pay should be given for every project, because the responsibility and liability by the architect is for every building. If you are tasked to design and manage four (4) projects simultaneously in different locations of the country, it also means that the responsibility are for each and every project. Therefore, the civil liability pay is given for every project, and not the sum of the four projects.

What do you think?
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Friday, May 6, 2011

CTBUH Annual International Student Design Competition

The Council on Tall Building and Urban Habitat is pleased to invite students from around the world to take part in the CTBUH 2011 Student Design Competition: Why Tall?

It aims to shed new light on the meaning and value of tall buildings in modern society from the perspectives of green, safety, and humanity.

Tall buildings are no longer just mere representations of modern cities; they are an integral part of our everyday life. They have expanded their role from providing space for commercial purposes to also include satisfying residential needs. They are fast becoming an important feat of human engineering, as they meet the growing demands of urban dwelling and reshaping the landscape of modern cities.

Now is the time to redefine the meaning and value of tall buildings in our modern society, by highlighting the aspects of green, safety, and humanity in tall buildings. In light of global climate change, public awareness of urban sustainability has forced designers to rethink and reinvent the role of the high-rise building type. They must contribute to the protection of endangered environments and offer sustainable alternatives to how cities operate.


Registration Deadline:
Friday, August 12, 2011

Registration Fee:

Project submission deadline:
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

1 First Prize: US $5,000 and a certificate
1 Second Prize: US $2,000 and a certificate
1 Third Prize: US $1,000 and a certificate
7 Honorable Mentions: Certificates

Selected entries will be exhibited at the CTBUH 2011 World Conference in Seoul, Korea.

•Participants must register FREE online to receive their registration number.

•All team members must submit proof of active student status. Email a scanned copy of your student ID or other verification to

•After your registration and student status has been approved, the CTBUH will issue you a registration number which will be necessary for the final submission.

•There is no limit as to the number of participants per team; however, each individual must be registered. Individual entries are accepted.

Fore more information, click here or visit the CTBUH website.

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Seminar-Workshop on Energy Auditing

The University of Santo Tomas Graduate School through its Center for Continuing Professional Education & Development (CCPED) will conduct a Seminar-Workshop on Energy Auditing on June 2 – 3, 2011, 8:00am – 5:00pm at the St. Antoninus Hall, UST Graduate School, EspaƱa Boulevard, City of Manila.

The course is designed to help building administrators and energy conservation conscious individuals establish an energy audit program for their facility and consequently promote energy-efficiency opportunities for small- and medium-sized businesses and non-profits in their respective communities. It will teach the participants how building energy systems operate and give them the skills necessary to measure performance of energy generating facilities.

The target participants of this course are plant, facility, and utility engineers, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, energy auditors, energy managers and staff, building administrators, faculty members teaching energy conservation programs, and graduate students in engineering.

The resource speaker of this program is Dr. Maria Natalia R. Dimaano, a Professor of the Chemical Engineering Department at the Faculty of Engineering and Professorial Lecturer at the Graduate School of the University of Santo Tomas. She holds a Doctor of Engineering degree from the Department of Nuclear Engineering of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan., Masters of Science in Chemical Engineering degree from the University of the Philippines - Diliman, and Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Santo Tomas. She has been teaching undergraduate and graduate Chemical Engineering and Chemistry students for more than 20 years.

The early bird participation fee is PhP 5,000.00/ participant for those who will register on or before May 20, 2011. This is inclusive of training kit, 4GB USB, snacks, lunch, and certificate.

For queries and reservations, please contact Tel. No. (+632) 406-1611 local 4030, Telefax No. (+632) 740-9732, Cell Phone No. 0917-824-1334, or Email at or

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