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The Great FEATI Experience

The College of Architecture (CoA) offers a five-year undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Architecture which provides basic training for the practice of architecture.

The BS Architecture curriculum has been designed with a complete coverage of all the necessary theory, design and architectural practice courses such as design, theory and history of architecture, together with construction, planning and professional practice. This makes the new curriculum of the College of Architecture at FEATI University in a distinct position when compared with other colleges and universities offering the architecture program.

Courses in basic engineering utilities and structural design are likewise offered to the students. Recently, this curriculum has been updated to include courses gearing towards the academic development of FEATI University architecture students in the arts, in sustainable architecture, in architectural conservation, and in technological advancements in the field of architecture.

In FEATI University, the students are exposed to the different types of architectural case studies, specifically focusing on architectural problems in the field of residential, civic, recreational, industrial, cultural planning and design, as well as town, city and regional planning. With the new courses being offered by the College, such as Environmental Architecture, Heritage and Cultural Landscapes and Water and Urban Development, the students will now be exposed to the different facets of architecture and design found in different countries. With the introduction of these courses to the curriculum, the students become culturally and morally aware of the significance of Heritage Architecture, not only those found in the country but also those found abroad. These courses are in line with one of the thrusts of the University, which is to prepare students for a global future.

The additional course on Utilities is primarily aimed at giving the student an introduction to building science, focusing on high technological advancements used in buildings. The additional course on History of Architecture, on the other hand, focuses solely on Filipino Architecture, which, unlike in the previous curriculum, was merely incorporated in the three History of Architecture courses that present a chronological sequence of the architectures found in different parts of the world.

With this set up, the College of Architecture of FEATI University is above and beyond the study of architecture. It works to become a credible springboard in the Filipino Architectural industry with highly qualified, educated and competent graduates.

CoA TGFE Activities

The Great FEATI CoA Experience is something more than academic in nature and it is seen as a holistic approach to handling students who are focusing on different perspectives such as those in actual practice and in industry immersion. These are events at the CoA that the students look forward to in their stay at the University; something that they are enthused to undertake every year, every month and every day.  The events are based on the programs set by the College related to college activities and homeroom activities.

PECHA KUCHA - The CoA conducts one Pecha Kucha (Japanese term for “chit-chat”) per semester wherein the students and faculty convene to talk about topics related to architecture and the arts. We see this as an opportunity for both the faculty and students to exchange ideas, thoughts, and update themselves with regard to the latest trends and topics in the industry that they can apply in their architectural design classes.

STUDENT PORTFOLIO PRESENTATION - Each term, students are encouraged to work on particular topics per course with the assistance of the respective faculty. Encouragement from the instructor plays a vital role in the inception of solutions because it stimulates the student’s critical thinking to look into current issues and translate it to future possibilities as a reaction to the different needs, processes and styles of architecture. The students are instructed and trained to do research, examine, evaluate and analyze information as part of the holistic design programming process. They are taught and advised to look into human behaviors, settings and to be environmentally aware of the needs of the occupants that are to be designed. As a result, the students are able to explore new concepts and ideas that enable them to strive for a greater comprehension in the discipline of architecture. At the end of the semester, they are asked to present their final plates for critiquing of guest panels from the academe and the industry, as well.

The Great FEATI Advantage

Studying architecture at FEATI University, with a personalized teaching approach, is an opportunity for students to hone their innate talents and skills, to fulfill their dreams and to build better lives not only for themselves but more so for others in the community.

1. The approach in teaching architecture in FEATI University is more on mentorship wherein the professors provide an effective, informal and flexible approach to leadership, supervision and professional and personal development of the students to prepare them for the real world.

2. The CoA provides an open and nurturing environment for both the faculty and students to give them opportunity to grow professionally and personally.

3. It has been a practice in the College that as soon as students enter a higher Architectural Design Level, practitioners from the industry such as architects, engineers, interior designers, suppliers, clients, and even government officials are invited to assess the capacity of the students to carry out their design solution and presentation, thus creating a realistic overview of what the profession has in store for them.

4. Faculty members are both academic and industry professionals with their respective specializations in architecture and have extensive experience in the field of practice particularly in design and planning, with some members belonging to various international architecture committees and/ or are working on their master’s degrees.                        

5. Traditional and modern drafting, rendering, and 3D scale modeling techniques are given priority to enhance students’ skills as preparation in meeting the needs and requirements of industries.

6. Guidance is provided to closely monitor the students’ academic performance and guide them throughout their stay in the University.

7. Seminars, workshops and local and international field trips are organized by the CoA to enrich the academic knowledge of the students.

8. The College identifies a core of talented and exceptional students who are tapped to act as mentors to their fellow students – as a big brother, a big sister.

The Great FEATI Partnerships


CONCEP is the acronym for CONSULTANTS FOR COMPREHENSIVE 1977. It was co-founded by two architect-planners, Leon Mayo and Nathaniel Von Einsiedel. Under the guidance of its founders, CONCEP has implemented a wide variety of architectural designs and urban planning projects.

CONCEP's mainstream projects involve designs for residential, commercial, institutional, recreational and industrial projects. From a wider viewpoint, CONCEP has supported the public sector’s requirement. Apart from physical design of public buildings, public sector projects include: development of institutional systems specially for rapidly urbanizing places; disaster risk reduction in a world with a drastically changing climate; heritage conservation for the promotion of culture and tourism; and environmental preservation for the generations.

CONCEP projects are of varying types, objectives, magnitude and scope. In support of its physical design work, CONCEP provides complementary technical content dealing with project feasibility, social development and both local and global development protocol when required. Overall, CONCEP’s goal and vision is to ultimately provide plans and designs that promote viable and sustainable places for concerned people and markets.


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The Great FEATI Reward

Opportunities are external factors that help the CoA achieve its goals and objectives. Identifying these items helps develop full awareness of the situation of the CoA that can assist in both strategic planning and decision-making.

1. New technology and knowledge in the study and practice of architecture that are continuously being developed and espoused abroad, i.e. Green Architecture and High Technology in the practice of Design in Architecture; Sustainability in Building Design to include conservation of historic and traditional buildings and landscapes, etc. are being taught to students.

2. The proximity and accessibility of several historic places near FEATI University make it conducive for the students to learn Philippine architectural history, which in turn aids in their visual and psychological growth as future Filipinos who are appreciative of history, lifestyle and culture.  All these knowledges are applicable to their design, history, theory and conservation projects.

3. The immediate Quiapo surroundings have great potential for urban improvements and redevelopment making it a good laboratory for the CoA to learn more about the realities of built environments and cultural developments in continuously developing and evolving old cities such as Manila.

4. The College has had distinguished Deans and Heads like Juan Arellano, who is a National Artist for Architecture, and Alejandro Arellano.  They are both known for their contributions in the development and evolution of historic Philippine architecture.  Juan Arellano designed the Metropolitan Theater and the Manila Post Office that were constructed in the Commonwealth Period.

5. The College has distinguished alumni who have been recognized and successful in the industry and in their respective fields, who are members of recognized architecture organizations, and who can help the College in the procurement of equipment or tools to improve and enhance learning outcomes of students or other forms of physical facility advancement of the College.

6. Graduates of the CoA have very high chances of employment abroad especially in the ASEAN countries and Middle East because of the high demand for urban planners and designers.

Career Opportunities

• Architect

• Project Manager

• Urban Designer or Planner or Master Planner

• Building Administrator or Building Official

• City or Municipal Architect

• Conservation Architect or Conservation Planner

• Specifications Writer

• Professional Color Renderer

• Graphics Designer or Consultant

• Interior Architect

• AutoCAD Specialist

• 3D Visual Consultant or Animator


CoA is gearing towards accreditation as an opportunity for learning and uplifting its standards. It is something worth looking forward to as a means of continuously improving and enriching the state of the College. The CoA sees it as a tool for certifying the competency and credibility of its program.

High Demand

The construction industry in the Philippines has been given special attention especially with the economic plan of the present government to build more infrastructures along with the booming real estate industry in the country. This signifies the creation of job opportunities to uplift the lives of Filipinos, hence, the demand for specialists in the fields of Architecture, Planning and Engineering is on the rise.

Return on Investment

Taking up BS Architecture in the Philippines would normally cost a student an average of Php500,000.00 to Php750,000.00 for five years. The salary of architects varies depending on the extent of knowledge and experience they have, where they work, the type of services being rendered, project type and the complexity of design or construction that they are handling. Just for reference on a simple residential project, the suggested fee of a licensed and registered architect is 10% of the project construction cost.

Sample computation of the Minimum Basic Fee for a 2-storey Residence:

Project Construction Cost of Php5,000,000.00 x 10% = Php500,000.00 Minimum Basic Fee

With this estimate, a licensed and registered architect can recoup the initial investment on his college tuition of Php750,000.00 with just two (2) residential projects of Php500,000.00 each.

The Great FEATI Legacy

The following are among the College’s notable alumni:

Arch. Enrique Olonan

• BS Architecture, FEATI University, 1974

• Principal Architect Enrique O. Olonan and Associates Architects (1975- present)

• Chairman of the Board/President at the Specified Contractors and Development, Inc. (2003- present)

• President, Sunrise Holiday Concepts, Inc. (1998- Present)

• Specified Management and Holdings, Co. (1995- to present)

• Chairman of the Board/ President at Solid Future Foundation, Inc. (2003- Present)

• Recipient of the Outstanding FEATI Alumni Award 2016

• National President of the United Architects of the Philippines (FY 2004- 2005)

• Chamber of Real Estate Builders Association, Inc. (CREBA INC.), Member (2009-present)

Arch. Renato A. Heray

• Established the icArchitecture & Landscapes, Design and Consultancy Services after 12 years of professional work experience overseas particularly in the fields of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Design, Project Management and Implementation. He is a Registered ASEAN Architect.

• Registered Architect

• Registered Landscape Architect

• Masters of Science in Environmental Studies Miriam College (2013 - 2014) units earned

• Masters in Tropical Landscape Architecture University of the Philippines (1998 – 2000) units earned

• Bachelor of Science in Architecture FEATI University (1980 – 1985)

• UAP National Office – SECRETARY GENERAL (2016 – present)

• Recipient of the Outstanding FEATI Alumni Award 2016

• Committee Chairman – World Architecture Day (2005)

• Committee Chairman - Environment & Ecology (2005)

• International Union of Architects (UIA)

• Philippine Association of Landscape Architects – Member

Arch. Domingo LL. Tablizo, Jr.

• FEATI University BS. Architecture Batch 1982

• Chief of the NBI Construction Management Section (CMS) (in-charge of all NBI infrastructure projects all over the country)

• Elevated to the UAP College of Fellows in the field of Public Service, 2003

• Immediate Past Bursar of UAP College of Fellows for 2 consecutive terms (2010-2011 & 2011 to 2012)

• Board of Trustee, UAP Foundation, Inc.

• For the last eight (8) years up to the present, he is the official representative of the UAP in two (2) Committees in the Supreme Court of the Philippines as regular Observer/member, the Bids and Awards Committee for Consultancy Services (SC-BACCS) and the Bids and Awards Committee for Infrastructure Projects (SC-BACIP) respectively

• One of the 8 Distinguished Artists of Daet, Camarines Norte, in the fields of Architecture and Literature, February 2008

• UAP Presidential Award of Excellence in crafting and repeal of RA 9266     (Architecture Law of 2004)

• Vice-President for Sales of the 12-year old North Diamond Industrial Corporation (NDIC), a small scale mining company and exclusive supplier of limestone minerals to the TEAM Energy Sual Power Plant, Sual, Pangasinan; the biggest Power Plant in the country.

Dean Juan M. Arellano

• He was the first Dean of the Department of Architecture in 1953. He is an outstanding Filipino Architect during the American period. He was sent to the United States at the Drexel Institute of Philadelphia. After graduating with a degree in Architecture in 1912, he pursued graduate courses at the University of Pennsylvania and at the Beaux Arts School in New York.

• For some time, Juan worked in partnership with his brother Arcadio, and together, they designed the Casino Español and Gota de Leche buildings. Later, he went on his own and joined the Bureau of Public Works as Assistant Architect at the Architectural Section. He headed the Board of Examiners for Architects in the years 1935, 1947, and 1948.

• From 1947 to 1948, he was the president of the Philippine Institute of Architects of which he became a Fellow. He was named Director of the National Planning Commission by President Elpidio Quirino and from 1950 to 1954, he served on the National Pantheon Board. In 1958, he received the Gold Medal of Merit for Architecture.

• Some of his notable works include The Metropolitan Theater, The Old Congress Building, Manila Post Office, Villamor Hall of the University of the Philippines System in Manila, Occidental Negros Capitol Building in Bacolod, and the Pre- World War II Jones Bridge.