Dubai’s population of design and construction professionals is massively organic and quite competitive.

With the city’s fast paced development and the ambitious sense of accomplishing projects, being an architect in Dubai is quite challenging.

Thus, continuously developing one’s self is a necessity to keep up with this progressive notion.

Consequently, belonging to a community that promotes professional growth is an additive to keeping with the current and future trends within the industry.

UAP-Dubai Chapter Board of Directors 2018-2019

The theater was filled with big-hearted humans who supported one another, and are collectively raising the bar on what it means to be a global Filipino architect.

The event commenced with a panel of speakers active in the Filipino community and veterans in their own fields, discussing the significance of being part of a professional community like the UAP.

The discussion revolved on the context of advancements, as well as challenges, encountered by architects in the last 10 years, and views of the evolving market trends and mindsets.

It was evident that technology played a great role in the development of skillsets of the professionals and that the continuing education to upgrade knowledge of these tools was important.

The discussion also touched on different socio-economic factors within the region and how these influence decisions that directly and indirectly impact career goals.

The main highlight of the Town Hall Meeting 2018 was the sharing of compelling stories of eight individuals — their life experiences, views, and minds as persons and professional architects.

‘8x8’ is a series of talks where the speakers were given eight minutes on a specific topic and the impacts of these concepts and ideologies on their career journey.

They talked about philosophies that molded them as successful professionals in their fields.

The talks accentuated on the personal context of determination, ingenuity and commitment.

As the practice of architecture is so diverse, the speakers were handpicked to represent different facets of the profession--design, technical detailing and management.

The team Core Creative, a special committee of UAP-Dubai Chapter, which had curated the 8x8 talks, created the objective of stimulating the minds of the listeners to advance their thinking as leading professionals in the United Arab Emirates.

Certain parameters were set by the team as to the tone and appropriateness to the context of the platform.

The concluding part of the event is a speech by UAP-Dubai Chapter president and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Country Representative Christian Romulo Vasquez.

Vasquez highlighted the accelerating pressures imposed on the industry by globalization and advancing technology that affect the progression of Filipino global architects.

He called each individual to act and move forward in seeking professional growth and global competitiveness.