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Arbitatt: Pictures and slideshows of architecturally interesting buildings from around the world, features on current projects (submissions accepted) and biographies of famous architects.

Archibot: Architecture portal. Includes select list of online resources, forum and news headlines from around the net.

Archihub: A forum for architects and designers to share their knowledge and discuss architecture.

Archinform: International architectural database listing thousands of built and unbuilt projects. 20th-century architecture is the main theme.

Archiseek: Architecture forums, planning news, architectural competition announcements, and guides to the architecture of selected countries and cities. Read more of this post

Don Salvador Benedicto Mini-Resort Project


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I especially wrote this blog for friends and family about the Don Salvador Project on our Lot. Please Comment so I can adjust or defend and we can think about it. Please keep the password I give you and you can visit this site, in case you’d be interested to see it again.

I will be posting a more significant write up and video when I see a greater clarity in this project. For now, I want to keep it low key. If you believe that sharing this link and password would help my Company,  Archian Designs in finding a future client, you may share this link and password. Read more of this post

Bamboo Architecture: Green School, Bali


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Architect Feature: Green School in Bali, Indonesia

Environmentalists and designers John and Cynthia Hardy wanted to motivate communities to live sustainably. Part of that effort was to show people how to build with sustainable materials, namely . They established the Green School, and its affiliates: the Meranggi Foundation, which develops plantations of bamboo plants through presenting bamboo seedlings to local rice farmers; and PT Bambu, a for-profit design and construction company that promotes the use of bamboo as a primary building material, in an effort to avoid the further depletion of rainforests.
The Green School, a giant laboratory built by PT Bambu, is located on a sustainable campus straddling both sides of the Ayung River in Sibang Kaja, Bali, within a lush jungle with native plants and trees growing alongside sustainable organic gardens. The campus is powered by a number of alternative energy Read more of this post

The Advantages of Hiring an Architect


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Do you really need to hire an architect ?

Filipino architects wear many hats in many building design and construction projects. They may create the design, make the drafts, select the materials and supervise the entire work process. For other projects, an architect’s role may be limited to drafting the blueprints.

You can go for some cost-saving options but they don’t always work out for everyone. Here are the alternatives and their advantages and disadvantages:

1. Buying a Stock Building Plan
Architects and home designers create stock building plans for mass marketing through magazines, catalogs and websites.

Advantages: It’s easy to find stock plans for houses in a wide variety of sizes, styles and budgets. If you can find stock blueprints similar to what you envision your dream house to be, you can hire an architect to make necessary alterations. This will help save money because changing an existing plan is always less expensive than designing a house from scratch. Read more of this post

How to Maximize the Budget for Your Dream House


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Do you already have an idea how much building your home in the Philippines will cost? Before you peg an amount, think it over again because your residential construction project may actually cost lesser than expected. Here are some tips to help you cut costs without compromising the comfort and beauty of your future home:

1. Estimate Early
Before you get too far ahead in the planning process, make some early estimates that will help you make important building decisions. Estimating the building costs will allow you to modify your plans to suit your budget.

2. Beware of Cheap Building Lots
The cheapest lot might not be the most affordable. Your costs will increase if your construction team needs to blast through rocks, clear away trees or provide extensive drainage. Also, don’t forget to include the cost of installing public utilities. Oftentimes, the most economical building lots are those in developments with access to electricity and water.

3. Keep Your Design Simple 
When you have your architect design your future home, choose simple shapes because
triangles, trapezoids and other complex forms are difficult and expensive to build. Square or rectangular floor plans will help you save costs. Avoid cathedral ceilings and complicated roofing.

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4. Build Small
If you compare costs per square foot, building a big house may seem like a bargain. After all, even the smallest house still needs plumbing. But the bottom line is, smaller houses are still more affordable to build and more economical to maintain.

5. Build Tall 
The most affordable houses are compact. Instead of building a sprawling single story house, it’s a good idea to build one with two or three stories. A taller house has the same amount of living space, but the roof and foundation will be smaller and the plumbing and ventilation will also be less expensive in multi-story homes.

6. Know How Much Space You’re Paying for
Before choosing a plan for your new home, find out how much of the total area is actual living space and how much are just “empty” spaces like the garage, attics and wall insulation.

7. Put Quality Over Flashy
Invest your hard-earned money in quality construction materials that will bear the test of time. Don’t be a scrooge when it comes to features that can’t be easily changed. Forget about the fancy doorknobs, faucets and light fixtures: you can always upgrade them later.
When it comes to storage, solid wood cabinets are elegant, but you can achieve that “designer look” on your kitchen and bathrooms without blowing your budget. Open shelves and stainless steel cabinets with frosted glass doors are good options.

Why Hiring an Architect Saves You Money


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If you’ve been working hard all these years as an OFW, building your dream house is one of the best investments you can make. An OFW’s dream house represents the fruits of your labor and the sacrifices you’ve endured during your time spent away from your family.

So should you hire just anyone to design and build your home?

A well-conceived residential construction project can be built more efficiently and economically. Let’s face it, building your home in the Philippines is not going to be a walk in the park. House design and construction is a long process that can be messy and disruptive if not done the right way.

That is why hiring a Filipino architect is a wise investment for your money and not an added cost when you design and build your home.

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First of all, architects plan the project with you. As you get more ideas on how you want your house to look, your architect can make changes on paper much less expensively than when construction is already underway without an architect’s supervision.

An architect’s thorough drawings and specifications make it easier for contractors in the Philippines to accurately price and build your home. He/she regularly visits the construction site on your behalf to ensure that your project is being built according to your specifications.

Architects work with your budget and help you select the appropriate materials and workmanship at a fair price. Choosing materials and finishes that are beautiful and durable at the same time will help you save on frequent maintenance and replacement costs. A good architect always stays updated in the latest advancements in roofing, brick work, floor tiling, paint finishes, etc.

And, if you decide to sell your residence in the future, a sturdy and well-designed house has a higher resale value.

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5 Points to Consider in Building Your Home in Cagayan de Oro


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Building your new house in Cagayan de Oro City doesn’t start with the pouring of the foundation. A house is a work of art and is the product of the blood, sweat and tears of the entire construction team. But before the actual construction, it all starts with you. Costly mistakes during home design and construction could be avoided if you plan ahead of time.

Here are 5 Important Points to consider in Building Your Home in Cagayan de Oro. Read more of this post

NAAB Accredited US Architecture School Programs


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This is the most complete listing on the Internet of all the Accredited Architecture Programs in the USA for March 2011.

It was put together piece by piece – by following links from University Home Pages to their architecture schools, using our search engine Search ArchSearch.

Achitecture School/ University American Accreditation
Architectural Engineering – Penn State Architectural Engineering – Penn State
Architectural Institute of British Columbia Architectural Institute of British Columbia
Architecture, University of Miami Architecture, University of Miami, Florida, USA
University of Arizona – College of Architecture ArchiWEB: University of Arizona – College of Architecture USA School
Andrews University – Dept of Architecture Accred. Architecture Prog., Michigan, USA B Arch
Arizona State University – School of Architecture Accred. Architecture Prog., Arizona, USA B Arch, M Arch, MS
Auburn University – School of Architecture Accred. Architecture Prog., Alabama, USA B Arch
Ball State University – Dept. of Architecture Accred. Architecture Prog., Indiana, USA B Arch, M Arch
Boston Architectural Center – School of Architecture Accred. Architecture Prog., Massachusetts, USA B Arch
California College of Arts & Crafts – Dept. of Architecture Accred. Architecture Prog., California, USA B Arch
California State Polytechnic Univ. Pomona – Dept. of Architecture NAAB Accreditited Architecture Program California USA B_Arch M_Arch
Carnegie Mellon University – Dept. of Architecture NAAB Accreditited Architecture Program Pennsylvania USA B_Arch
The Catholic University of America – School of Architecture NAAB Accreditited Architecture Program Washington, DC USA B_Arch M_Arch
Clemson University – College of Architecture NAAB Accreditited Architecture Program South Carolina USA BA M_Arch
Cooper Union – Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture NAAB Accreditited Architecture Program New York USA B_Arch
Cornell University – Dept. of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. New York USA B_Arch M_Arch
Drexel University – Dept. of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Pennsylvania USA B_Arch
Drury College – School of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Missouri USA B_Arch
Florida A&M University – School of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Florida USA B_Arch M_Arch
Georgia Institute of Technology – College of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Georgia USA M_Arch
Harvard University – Graduate School of Design NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Massachusetts USA M_Arch
Illinois Institute of Technology – College of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Massachusetts USA B_Arch M_Arch
Iowa State University – Dept. of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Iowa USA B_Arch M_Arch
Kansas State University – College of Architecture, Planning & Design NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Kansas USA B_Arch
Kent State University – School of Architecture & Environmental Design NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Ohio USA B_Arch
Lawrence Technological University – College of Architecture and Design NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Michigan USA B_Arch M_Arch
Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Dept. of Architecture MIT NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Massachusetts USA M_Arch
University of Miami – School of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Florida USA B_Arch
Miami University – Dept. of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Ohio USA M_Arch
Mississippi State University – School of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Mississippi USA B_Arch
Montana State University – School of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Montana USA B_Arch
Morgan State University – Institute of Architecture & Planning NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Maryland USA M_Arch
New Jersey Institute of Technology – School of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. New Jersey USA B_Arch M_Arch
Rnsselaer Polytechnic Institutemicheal – Architecture Rensselaer Accred. Architecture Prog. B_Arch M_Arch M_S
North Carolina State University Architecture Dept. NAAB Acredited Architecture Program North Carolina USA V_Arch M_Arch
North Dakota State University – Dept. of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. North Dakota USA B_Arch
Norwich University – Division of Architecture & Art NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. North Dakota USA B_Arch
The Ohio State University – Austin Knowlton School of Architecture & Art NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Ohio USA M_Arch
Oklahoma State University – Graduate School of Architecture & Art NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Oklahoma State University USA M_Arch
Parsons School of Design – Dept. of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. New York USA M_Arch
The Pennsylvania State University – Dept. of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Pennsylvania USA B_Arch
Prairie View A&M University – Dept. of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Texas USA B_Arch
Pratt Institute – School of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. New York USA B_Arch M_Arch
Princeton University – School of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. New Jersey USA M_Arch
Faculdade Arquitectura – Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa Architecture School Lisbon Portugal
Rhode Island School of Design – Division of Architecture & Design NAAB Accredited Arechitecture Program Rhode Island USA B_Arch
Rice University – School of Architecture NAAB Accredited Arechitecture Program Texas USA B_Arch M_Arch
Roger Williams University – School of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Rhode Island USA B_Arch
Savannah College of Art and Design – School of Building Arts NAAB Accredited Architecture School Georgia USA B_Arch
Southern California Institue of Architecture NAAB Accredited Architecture School California USA B_Arch M_Arch
Southern Polytechnic State University – School of Architecture NAAB Candidate Accredited Architecture School Georgia USA B_Arch
State University of New York at Buffalo – School of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. New York USA M_Arch
Syracuse University – School of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. New York USA B_Arch M_Arch
Technical University of Nova Scotia – School of Architecture CAA & CACB Accred. Architecture Prog. Nova Scotia Canada M_Arch
Temple University – Architecture Program NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Pennsylvania USA B_Arch
Texas A&M University – College of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Texas USA M_Arch
Texas Tech University – College of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Texas USA B_Arch M_Arch
Tulane University – School of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Louisiana USA B_Arch M_Arch
Tuskegee University – Dept. of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Alabama USA B_Arch
University of Arkansas – Dept. of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Arkansas USA B_Arch
University of Arizona – College of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Arkansas USA B_Arch M_Arch
University of California, Berkeley – Dept. of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. California USA M_Arch
University of California, Los Angeles – School of Architecture & Urban Plan NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. California USA M_Arch
University of Cincinnati – School of Architecture and Interior Design NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Ohio USA B_Arch
University of Colorado – College of Architecture & Planning NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Colorado USA M_Arch
University of Detroit Mercy – School of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Michigan USA B_Arch
University of the District of Columbia – Dept. of Architecture & Eng. NAAB Candidate Architecture Program Michigan USA B_Arch
University of Florida – Dept. of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Florida USA M_Arch
University of Houston – College of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Texas USA B_Arch M_Arch
University of Hawaii at Manoa – School of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Hawaii USA B_Arch M_Arch
University of Idaho – Dept. of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Idaho USA B_Arch
University of Illinois at Chicago – School of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Illinois USA B_Arch M_Arch
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – School of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Illinois USA M_Arch
University of Kansas – School of Architecture & Urban Design NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Kansas USA B_Arch M_Arch
University of Kentucky – College of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Kentucky USA B_Arch
University of Maryland – School of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Maryland USA M_Arch
University of Michigan – College of Architecture & Urban Planning NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Michigan USA M_Arch Joint Degree Program with Cranbrook Academy of Art
University of Minnesota – College of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Minnesota USA B_Arch M_Arch
University of Nebraska – College of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Nebraska USA M_Arch
University of Nevada – School of Architecture NAAB Canidate Architecture Program Nevada USA M_Arch
University of New Mexico – School of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Nevada USA M_Arch
University of North Carolina – College of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog.s North Carolpina USA B_Arch
University of Oklahoma – College of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog.s Oklahoma USA B_Arch M_Arch
University of Oregon – Dept. of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog.s Oregon USA B_Arch M_Arch
University of Pennsylvania – Dept. of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Pennsylvania USA M_Arch
University of Puerto Rico – School of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Puerto Rico USA M_Arch NOTE: Site/Page is in Spanish
University of Souther California – School of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. California USA B_Arch
University of South Florida – School of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Florida USA M_Arch
University of Southwestern Louisana NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Louisana USA B_Arch
University of Southwestern Louisana NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Louisana USA B_Arch
University of Newcastle, Australia – Faculty of Architecture Undergraduate courses and research in Architecture, Construction Management, Quantity Surveying, Building, Problem Based Learning, Professional and Continuing Education, etc.
University of Tennessee – Knoxville, School of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Knoxville Tennessee USA B_Arch
University of Texas at Arlington – School of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Arlington Texas USA M_Arch (& BS_Arch)
University of Texas at Austin – School of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Austin Texas USA B_Arch M_Arch
University of Utah – Graduate School of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Salt Lake City Utah USA M_Arch
University of Virginia – School of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Charlottesville Virginia USA M_Arch
University of Washington – Dept. of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Charlottesville Virginia USA M_Arch
University of Washington – Dept. of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Seattle Washington USA M_Arch
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee – School of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Milwaukee Wisconsin USA M_Arch
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University – School of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog. Blackburg Virginia USA B_Arch M_Arch
Washington University – School of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog.s St. Louis Missouri USA M_Arch
Wentworth Institute of Technology – Dept. of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog.s Boston Massachusetts USA B_Arch
Woodbury University – Dept. of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog.s Burbank California USA B_Arch
Yale University – School of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog.s New Haven Connecticut USA M_Arch
Philadelphia College of Textiles – School of Architecture NAAB Accred. Architecture Prog.s Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA B_Arch

History of Philippine Architecture


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The first inhabitants of the Philippine Islands arrived between 300 and 200 B.C. They were of Malay-Polynesian descent. The people lived in groups of 30-100 families in societies known as barangay. They were mainly an agricultural and fishing people, others were nomadic. Trade with mainland asia, especially China, was established by these people. In the 14th century, Islam was introduced. Then in 1521, Magellan stumbled upon the islands in his attempt to circumnavigate the world. This was the introduction of the Philippines to the western world. What followed was 300 years of rule by the Spanish and the acceptance of Roman-Catholicism, Read more of this post

The Quest for Filipino Architecture


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Repost From Philippine Daily Inquirer

Due to the Filipinos’ love for Country and Nationalism, there is an enduring issue that keeps coming up in the mind of the young Filipino Architect: the Question of having a Filipino Architectural Identity. Oftentimes, the simplest questions are the most difficult to answer.

I submit that we lack a strong architectural identity. This may be due to the numerous events that influenced our country. There are Moorish influences in Mindanao, Spanish influences in the Visayas and Luzon, and Modern American influences in Read more of this post