Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
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  • Felino Palafox, Jr.

About Felino Palafox, Jr.

Architect and Urban Planner Felino “Jun” Palafox, Jr. has 43 years of experience in architecture and 41 years in planning. He has collaborated with some of the best designers, leaders, and developers in the world. A registered APEC Architect, he founded Palafox Associates, the world-renowned architectural design and planning firm in the Philippines in 1989.

Palafox Associates has been involved in the planning of more than 16 billion square meters of land and the design and architecture of more than 12 million square meters of building floor area in 38 countries. The firm has also received more than 200 awards and recognitions in the past 25 years, most notably as the first Filipino architectural firm included in the Top 500 Architectural Firms in the World of the London-based World Architecture Magazine in 1999, the only Southeast Asian architectural firm included in the list. For 2012,…


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About Felino Palafox, Jr.

Architect and Urban Planner Felino “Jun” Palafox, Jr. has 43 years of experience in architecture and 41 years in planning. He has collaborated with some of the best designers, leaders, and developers in the world. A registered APEC Architect, he founded Palafox Associates, the world-renowned architectural design and planning firm in the Philippines in 1989.

Palafox Associates has been involved in the planning of more than 16 billion square meters of land and the design and architecture of more than 12 million square meters of building floor area in 38 countries. The firm has also received more than 200 awards and recognitions in the past 25 years, most notably as the first Filipino architectural firm included in the Top 500 Architectural Firms in the World of the London-based World Architecture Magazine in 1999, the only Southeast Asian architectural firm included in the list. For 2012, Palafox Associates ranks 89th in the list of the world’s largest practices and Top 8 in Leisure projects.

Palafox Associates became the first and only architectural, urban planning, interior design, and landscape architectural firm certified by TUV of Germany for Quality and Environmental Management Systems. BCI Asia has awarded Palafox Associates BCI Asia’s Market Leader in Architecture in the Philippines for nine consecutive years, from 2005 to 2013. In 2014, Palafox Associates has organized its five studios into the Palafox Architecture Group, Inc.

Jun Palafox has been a recipient of several local and international awards, most notably as Ambassador for Peace from the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace given in New York, Outstanding Professional Awardee for 2012. He was also cited by Forbes Asia Magazine as one of the 48 Heroes of Philanthropy in Asia, one of four in the Philippines.

Jun Palafox is an international associate/member of international organizations like the American Institute of Architects, U.S. Green Building Council, Urban Land Institute, and the American Planning Association. He is a Fellow for the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. He was also the former president of both the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) and the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners (PIEP). He has lectured in Harvard University, MIT, Asian Institute of Management, and in 16 other countries in Asia, Europe, and North America. He is also an adjunct professor in Hotel Planning and Design at Enderun Colleges.

Jun Palafox holds a degree in Architecture from the University of Santo Tomas, a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of the Philippines, and Advanced Management Development Program in Real Estate from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

CTBUH Involvement

  • Regional Representative, Philippines (2009 – Present)
  • CTBUH Fellow (2013)
  • Past Roles:
  • Annual Conference, Presenter (Shanghai 2012; Middle East 2018)
  • Annual Conference, Session Chair (Shanghai 2014)

Events/Initiatives Involving Felino Palafox, Jr.

Record Numbers Convene at 2018 Leaders Meeting

Record Numbers Convene at 2018 Leaders Meeting

20 Oct 2018, Event Report – CTBUH Leaders convened on Day 1 of the 2018 Middle East Conference for updates on…

Regional Representatives Meet at 2018 Middle East Conference

Regional Representatives Meet at 2018 Middle East Conference

20 Oct 2018, Event Report – CTBUH Chapters, Regional Representatives, and Future Leaders Committees met during…

CTBUH Leaders Meet at Annual Awards Event

CTBUH Leaders Meet at Annual Awards Event

1 Jun 2018, Event Report – The first 2018 Leaders Meeting brought together CTBUH leaders from around the world…

Events/Initiatives Involving Felino Palafox, Jr.

Record Numbers Convene at 2018 Leaders Meeting
20 Oct 2018, Dubai – Event Report
CTBUH Leaders convened on Day 1 of the 2018 Middle East Conference for updates on the year's developments and to plan for 2019.
Regional Representatives Meet at 2018 Middle East Conference
20 Oct 2018, Dubai – Event Report
CTBUH Chapters, Regional Representatives, and Future Leaders Committees met during the Middle East Conference for a discussion on the Council's regional growth and global initiatives.
CTBUH Leaders Meet at Annual Awards Event
1 Jun 2018, Chicago – Event Report
The first 2018 Leaders Meeting brought together CTBUH leaders from around the world to provide mid-year updates on the Council's major initiatives.
CTBUH Leaders Connect at 2017 Conference
29 Oct 2017, Sydney – Event Report
The Annual Leaders Meeting was held the day before the start of the CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference, bringing together the Council’s leaders.
2016 CTBUH Leaders Meeting Report
16 Oct 2016, Shenzhen – Event Report
The Annual Leaders Meeting was held this year in conjunction with the 2016 Conference in China, bringing together the Council’s leaders from around the world.
CTBUH Leaders Discuss Ways to Broaden Council Membership
15 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Event Report
The leadership of the Council convened in the Leaders Meeting to participate in discussions about how to widen the Council’s reach and effectiveness.
Board of Trustees Names Two Fellows
1 Jul 2013, Chicago – CTBUH News
Two individuals have been named as Fellows of the CTBUH: Ahmad Abdelrazaq of Samsung C&T Corporation and Felino Palafox Jr. of Palafox Associates.
Global Representatives Workshop, Shanghai
18 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Event Report
CTBUH leaders and representatives from around the world gathered to discuss on-going initiatives and better ways to serve members and grow the Council.
BSA Twin Towers Installs CTBUH Signboard
13 Feb 2012, Mandaluyong – Event Report
The BSA Twin Towers recently inaugurated a CTBUH signboard recognizing its position as the tallest twin towers in the Philippines. CTBUH Chair Tim Johnson attended the ceremony.
Korea Chapter 2010 Conference
27 Aug 2010, Seoul – Event Report
The Korean CTBUH Conference 2010 was held at Seoul Olympic Parktel Olympia Hall and hosted by the CTBUH Korea.
CTBUH 2009 Annual Leaders Meeting
21 Oct 2009, Chicago – Event Report
Preceding the CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference, 55 leaders within the CTBUH organization gathered to discuss current developments, progress on projects, and new ideas and initiatives.

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Felino Palafox, Jr. Related Resources

Private Sector-Led Vertical Urbanism in the Philippines

21 Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai
Felino Palafox Jr., Palafox Associates

Track 28: Other Developments in Asia Q & A

21 Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai
Presentation Questions & Answers

Seoul Conference 2011 Track Session 17: Q&A

Oct 2011 – CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference
Jin-Wook Kim, Seoul National University; Stefan Krummeck, TFP Farrells; Robert Lau, CTBUH; Felino A Palafox Jr., Palafox Associates; Luis Diego Quiros, University of Maryland; Keith Brewis, Grimshaw;

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Philippine Megalopoli: Manila, Cebu, and Davao

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
Felino Palafox Jr., Palafox Associates

Manila Megalopolis 2021 and Beyond: A Vision Plan Towards Vertical Urbanism

26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City
Felino Palafox Jr, Palafox Associates

San Juan City, Sustainable Smart City on the Rise: A Case Study

16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings
Felino Palafox, Palafox Associates

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Felino Palafox, Jr. Related Videos

Private Sector-Led Vertical Urbanism in the Philippines
21 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Felino Palafox Jr., Palafox Associates
This presentation exhibits the capacity of private sectors in initiating vertical urbanism and urban development in the Philippines. Private developers have led the successful development of the Makati Central Business District and the Rockwell…
Track 28: Other Developments in Asia Q & A
21 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Presentation Questions & Answers
Track 28 speakers including: Felino Palafox Jr., Palafox Associates ; Joseph Colaco, CBM Engineers India; Girish Dravid, Sterling Engineering Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd.; and Christopher Groesbeck, VOA Associates Inc. take questions from delegates…
Seoul Conference 2011 Track Session 17: Q&A
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Jin-Wook Kim, Seoul National University; Stefan Krummeck, TFP Farrells; Robert Lau, CTBUH; Felino A Palafox Jr., Palafox Associates; Luis Diego Quiros, University of Maryland; Keith Brewis, Grimshaw;
Question & Answers session for Track Session 17.
Tall Buildings In Metro Manila Are Safer Than Low Rise Structures
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Felino A Palafox Jr., Palafox Associates
Palafox Associates encourages Vertical Urbanism, Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat that has strict implementation of the building code. Based on studies, 2% of tall buildings will collapse in an earthquake with 7.2 magnitude while 40% of low-rise…
Seoul Conference 2011 Track Session 12: Q&A
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Felino 'Jun' Palafox, Palafox Associates; Takehito Takahashi, Takenaka Corporation; ; Kaizer Rangwala, Rangwala Associates; John L. Wong, SWA Group; Ming Zhang, MulvannyG2 Architecture; Stefan Krummeck, TFP Farrells
Question & Answers session for Track Session 12.

Felino Palafox, Jr. Related Papers/Research

Philippine Megalopoli: Manila, Cebu, and Davao
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Felino Palafox Jr., Palafox Associates
Metro Manila is the main economic driver of the Philippines contributing an average of 33% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product despite it being relatively one of the smallest regions (0.21% of land area) in the country. According to a population…
Manila Megalopolis 2021 and Beyond: A Vision Plan Towards Vertical Urbanism
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Felino Palafox Jr, Palafox Associates
Manila, one of the fastest growing cities in the world, grows by 60 persons per hour. Infrastructure, growth centers, and integration have never been more necessary. The Manila Megalopolis 2021 and beyond, a concept plan for the Manila Bay-Pacific…
San Juan City, Sustainable Smart City on the Rise: A Case Study
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Felino Palafox, Palafox Associates
Reforming a city is a monumental task, one that requires a strong political will, an engaged populace, and a smart plan. When Palafox Associates was tasked in creating a Comprehensive Land Use Plan and Zoning Ordinance (CLUPZO) for a small and…
Private Sector-Led Vertical Urbanism in the Philippines
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Felino Palafox, Palafox Associates
The paper demonstrates the capacity of the private sector in initiating vertical urbanism and urban development in the Philippines. Private developers have led the successful development of the Makati Central Business District and the Rockwell Center…
The Global Impact of 9/11
Sep 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue III; Leader Interviews by Jan Klerks, CTBUH
Just as many Americans still remember exactly where they were when they heard the news that US president John F. Kennedy had been shot, most people will likely remember what they were doing on September 11, 2001.