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Archt. Carlos Arguelles

His pioneering efforts in Filipino architecture are concretized in the design of buildings, subdivisions and community plans that are suited to Philippine conditions. His designs have a distinct international style which must have been honed during his schooldays in the University of Santo Tomas (UST) and later at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he obtained his Bachelor in Architecture in 1941 and Masterate in Architecture in 1946.

Fresh from his studies abroad, he served as a professor in Design at the UST College of Architecture and Fine Arts. His remarkable achievements and performance in the college paved the way for his appointment as Dean of the UST College of Architecture and Fine Arts from 1954 to 1959. In 1973, he became a Trustee of the International School and a year later, a trustee of OB Montessori Center Inc, as well.

He was able to strike a balance between his academic life and professional practice. Some of the edifices attributed to him are the Philamlilfe Building in UN Avenue, DBP Building in Makati, the Philippine National Bank Building in Escolta, Manila Hilton and Holiday Inn.

For his involvement with a number of professional societies such as the American Institute of Architects and the Philippine Institute of Architects; socio-civic and religious organizations such as Rotary Chamber of Manila, Philippine Motor Association, Men of the Sacred Heart of the Sanctuario de San Antonio Parish and his contributions to the growth of Philippine architecture, he was a recipient of the Papal Award "Pro Ecclesiae et Pontifice" in 1996; "Centennial Honors for the Arts" from the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 1999: and recently the "Thomasian Centennial Award" from the University of Santo Tomas.

It can be said that Arch. Carlos Arguelles has, indeed, contributed immensely to the emergence of contemporary Philippine architecture.

Reference:

  • UST Alumni Association, Inc.
    TOTAL Awards Night and Alumni Homecoming Souvenir Program
    March 13, 2000
    Hotel Intercontinental Manila, Makati City
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