An Adamsonian has made it to an elite group of international architects coming from member countries of the Asia Pacific Economic Council (APEC).
Rommel Agulto, a BS Architecture graduate of Adamson University (1983), was inducted as the 40th Filipino member of the APEC Architect Project in ceremonies held during the APEC Architects Central Council Meeting last October 8-12, 2010 at the SMX Convention Center in Manila. Agulto is the first Adamsonian to become part of the prestigious organization.
In its official website, the APEC Architect project was formed as an initiative of the APEC Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDWG), one of several sectoral arms created to implement APEC programs. The project was endorsed by the HRDWG during the APEC meeting in Brunei back in 2000 as a “direct response to the Group’s strategic priority of facilitating mobility of qualified persons by developing a means for the mutual recognition of skills and qualifications.” By becoming an APEC architect, Agulto’s qualifications as an architect will be given due recognition in the 21 member countries of the APEC and he will also be able to practice architecture in those countries.
Agulto started out as a freelance architect after passing the board in 1985, designing several residential houses in and outside Manila as well as working as field adviser in a project at Clark Air Base in Pampanga. In 1987 he moved to Canada, where he worked his way from being a draftsman up to his current position as senior architectural technologist at Queens Quay Architects International Incorporated. Agulto also worked with award-winning Canadian architectural firms Parkin Architects and Murphy Hilgers Architects. He is a corporate member of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) and is currently serving as auditor for the UAP’s Ontario chapter.
In his years working and eventually settling in Canada (an APEC member economy along with the Philippines), he diligently studied the industries in Canada, learning the techniques and laws in Ontario despite not practicing as an architect as he lacked the professional license to do so. Nevertheless, his body of work and the Canadian certifications he earned showed his skill and expertise well enough for his application as an APEC Architect to be accepted.
“Unexplainable” is how Agulto describes his feelings in becoming an APEC Architect, adding that he was shocked and that the feeling was also similar to passing the board exam. “You’re expanding your knowledge in the field of architecture,” Agulto says as he looks forward to practicing in other countries.
Eight other Filipinos joined Agulto this year into the APEC Architect Registry. Their applications were evaluated and eventually accepted by the APEC Architect Monitoring Committee of the Philippines (AAMCP). The committee is formed by representatives from the UAP, the Professional Regulation Commission-Professional Regulatory Board of Architecture, and the Commission on Higher Education Technical Panel in Architectural Education. Yael Esperat