MANILA, Philippines - Palafox Associates was included in BD World Architecture Magazine of London's annual list of Top 100 architectural practices.
The firm, managed by principal architect-urban planner Felino "Jun" Palafox, Jr., ranked 89 on the list. It was the only Filipino firm included.
"The 23-year-old Filipino practice has doubled the number of architects it employs in the past year and has catapulted itself well into the bottom of this year's table," the magazine said.
World Architecture described Palafox as having built a reputation as a sustainable designer of everything from apartment blocks to churches and embassies.
The magazine also noted how Palafox made headlines for turning "property whistleblower." "He spoke out about the environmental and safety records of some developers -- and invited the public to inspect his projects, confident they would withstand scrutiny," it said.
For the past 22 years, Palafox Associates has done over 800 international projects, which include the masterplan of more than 12 billion square meters of land and the architecture of more than 8 million square meters of building floor area in 35 countries.