Member, APA, ULI, ICSC
Principal Architect-Urban Planner
Founder and Managing Partner
Architect and Urban Planner Felino “Jun” Palafox Jr. has 40 years of experience in architecture and 38 years in planning. He was educated in Christ the King Seminary, University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines and Harvard University. A registered APEC Architect, he founded Palafox Associates, the world-renowned architectural design and planning firm in the Philippines in 1989.
He led and managed his firm Palafox Associates in the planning of more than 14 billion square meters of land and the design and architecture of more than eight million square meters of building floor area in 37 countries. The firm has also received more than 200 awards and recognitions in the past 24 years, most notably as the first Filipino architectural firm included in the Top 500 Architectural Firms in the World of the London-based World Architecture Magazine in 1999, the only Southeast Asian architectural firm included in the list. For 2012, Palafox Associates ranks 89th in the list of the world’s largest practices and Top 8 in Leisure projects.
Palafox Associates became the first and only architectural, urban planning, interior design, and environmental design firm certified by TUV of Germany for Quality and Environmental Management Systems. BCI Asia has awarded Palafox Associates BCI Asia’s Market Leader in Architecture in the Philippines for nine consecutive years, from 2005 to 2013.
Arch. Palafox has been a recipient of several local and international awards. He is the first architect-urban planner president of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) in 2011 and president of the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners (PIEP) for 2013 and 2014. He is a Fellow of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP). He has lectured in Harvard University, MIT, Asian Institute of Management (AIM), and in 16 other countries in Asia, Europe, and North America.
Arch. Palafox is an international associate/member of international organizations like the American Institute of Architects (AIA), U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Urban Land Institute (ULI), Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), American Planning Association (APA) and International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He is the Country Representative for the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).
On July 1, 2013, CTBUH headquartered in Chicago has elected Architect Palafox as one of its two new Fellows worldwide this year. Architect Palafox was also cited by Forbes Asia Magazine as one of the 48 Heroes of Philanthropy in Asia, one of four in the Philippines.
Last June, he guest lectured on Smart Cities of the Future in Berlin, Germany. He also attended Conferences on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in London, Urban Land and Real Estate Trends in San Diego, California and ICSC best practices in Las Vegas.
Last July, he went back to Harvard for the seventh time for his continuing education. This time on Master Planning and Sustainability.