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Engr. Jose Aquino Sy

Engr. Jose A. Sy, a Structural Engineer for 28 years, is the President/CEO of Aromin & Sy + Associates, Inc., one of the country’s leading structural engineering design firms. A visionary in his field, his structural design experience includes a wide variety of projects such as high rise structures, commercial buildings, condominiums, hotels, banks and industrial plant facilities.

He is at the forefront of innovations in the construction industry, immensely bringing down the cost of structures, foremost of which are: optimum combination of high-strength concrete and high yield steel bars to achieve the most cost-effective design,; use of composite materials, such as post-tensioned structural steel; top-down construction of permanent retaining wall with soldier piles and tie back anchors, the first full-blown top-down construction of substructure in downtown Manila; performance-based seismic design using push-over analysis for seismic upgrade of an existing building; and the performance-based seismic design of a 54-storey building using Buckling Resistant bracings as outriggers.

This cum laude graduate, who placed 11th in the Civil Engineering Board Examination in 1979, is also a prolific researcher, lecturer and writer on structural designs, rehabilitation of earthquake-damaged buildings, computer-aided structural design and strategic application of new technology in high-rise development.

He was a Centennial Awardee for Civil Engineering by the University of Santo Tomas in 2007 and a recipient of the Jose Rizal Award for Excellence in Technology (Tsinoy Award) in 2006.

Engr. Sy is happily married to Yolanda C. Sy, a 1979 graduate of UST’s College of Architecture.


  • TOTAL Awards 2009 Souvenir Program
    28 February 2009, UST Plaza Mayor