Making an Impact: Anthology Design Architecture and Design Festival

The event serves as an incredible collection of the best and the brightest architects in the country and acts as a crucible through which a better kind of architecture can be pursued.

  • January 25, 2019

  • Photos from Anthology Festival

President Rodrigo Duterte’s Build Build Build program aims to make everyday lives better by improving the infrastructure within our cities. This USD180B government investment is projected to bring down the costs of production, improve rural incomes, encourage countryside investment, and foster a more efficient movement of both goods and people.

The role architects play in this program, and within the greater community is imperative in creating the blueprints that serve as the foundations of a nation we envision up to several generations after us. With 75 flagship projects on the pipeline, including six airports, nine railways, three bus transits, four seaports, and 32 roads and bridges, design professionals are bestowed the responsibility to shape the cities that in turn shape the buildings, the ultimately shape our lives.    

Three years ago, Anthology Architecture and Design Festival was founded to promote the idea that architecture matters. Its main drive is both to create awareness about the value and importance of architecture in our communities and to elevate the level of the built environment in our nation by showcasing the best of Philippine design and presenting to the world the ideas that Filipinos are capable of. 

On February 15-17 2019, The 4th Annual Anthology Architecture + Design Festival will take place at Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila and anticipates around 7000 attendees. The festival is a place to forge debate and provide a broad and inclusive platform that questions, provokes, inspires, innovates, and educates on all aspects of architecture in our lives. 



It will bring together 125 local and international leading architects, urban planners, developers, government officials and thought leaders from various disciplines to spearhead “The Golden Age of Philippine Infrastructure.” This platform is an effective incubator for fresh ideas about the built environment. By understanding the past, critically interrogating existing situations, presenting current thinking, new ideas arise, allowing us to propose informed solutions for the future.

The festival is jam-packed with a myriad of events. The highlights are Anthology Talks and Shelter Dialogues. Anthology Talks is a series of 60-minute lectures by seven local and twenty foreign architects and designers. The Philippine representatives include Bong Recio, Cathy Saldaña, Edson Cabalfin, Jojo Tolentino, Kenneth Cobonpue, Terence Yu, and William Ti. They are joined by international design luminaries Ole Scheeren, Aaron Betsky, Qingyun Ma, and Tezuka Takaharu to name a few.


Shelter Dialogues is a series of dialectic panel discussions consisting of five to six leaders in their respective industries. Day One looks at conversations about architecture on a macro-scale, from Nation Building, Future Cities, Infrastructure, Asian Cities and Sustainability, to be lead by a star studded cast including Pinky Webb, Karlo Nograles, Tomas Lorenzo, Royal Pineda, Paulo Alcazaren, Rebecca Plaza, and Buds Wenceslao. Day Two looks at the practice of architecture with topics on Heritage, Art and Process lead by Toby Guggenheimer, Dom Galicia, Steph Kienle, Anna Sy, Jorge Yulo, Jason Buensalido, Cynthia Almario and Buck Sia. Day Three looks into the profession with topics on Client-Architect Relationships, Philippine Architecture, Global Practice, Technology and Education. Hans Sy Jr, Gelo Manosa, Conrad Onglao, Meloy Casas, Sylvester Wong, Choie Funk, and BluPrint deputy editor Roumel Itum will lead these talks, among others.

In partnership with leading institutions and world renowned practices such as Arup, Aecom, Arcadis, Bruce Mau, SHAU, and SoFa, Anthology Workshops will be carried out in small class sizes for a more in-depth pedagogy on topics on transport design, design process, sustainable façade design in the tropics, quantity surveying, and project management.


To stir up excitement and celebrate radical architectural ideas, the festival has teamed up with Lotus Central Malls Inc. to launch a competition to design an events pavilion in Silang, Cavite. The winning proposal will be awarded Php150,000 and the opportunity to work with the developer to bring ideas to reality by constructing the pavilion. Further, Anthology has launched a Photography Competition where participants can submit entries for three categories: Impact Architecture, Interiors, and Exteriors. Winners will receive a Huawei P20 Pro. Studio 100’s Ed Simon, BluPrint’s in-house photographer, will be one of the judges.

Together with the country’s leading universities, Anthology has launched two student competitions. The first competition, Frame, gives students the opportunity to showcase their school spirit by constructing a pavilion. Winners will receive Php50,000. The second competition—Live Design, invites students to respond to a brief that will be given on the spot. The winning proposal will be awarded Php100,000. 

The Suppliers Gallery will showcase some of the most exciting products and technologies available in the market today. This includes products from Hanergy, Rapid Steel, Sunland Building Solutions, Omni, Boysen, Cenit, Globalhome, Scavolini, Mazzini, Diamond Concept, World Home Depot, Atlanta Pipes, Zhu Bamboo, Accentik, Schuco, Fabtech, Domus, HMR, SDW, Landlite, Focus Global, ABC, Emerald Vinyl, and Wallcrown.

Anthology Architecture + Design Festival will open and close with fellowship galas supported by One Mega Group’s Bluprint Magazine and Pino Design Magazine. It is co-presented by Plaza + Partners Inc., WTA Architecture and Design Studio, UAP Manila Metro Chapter, Intramuros Administration, and The City of Manila. B ender

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