PROS Architects and Planners

Manuel T. Mañosa, Jr., FUAP, FPIEP

Board of Directors

Urban and Regional Planning
Urban Design

Trained in architecture, public administration and urban planning, Mañosa had his early apprenticeship in the Manila office of Rivera and Arguelles. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Santo Tomas he trained in planning departments of Spain while doing advanced studies at the Cuidad Universitaria de Madrid. He completed his Master of Science in Architecture at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. Mañosa proceeded to Puerto Rico for a planning and public administration degree at the University of Puerto Rico. Upon his return to the Philippines, he organized what was then known as the Mañosa Brothers, Architects-Planners. In 1976 he helped formed the Planning Resources and Operations Systems, Incorporated where he was its President from 1976 to 1997.

Mañosa has proven his talent in housing, resort development, urban administration and planning, land reclamation design, campus planning, mixed use development as well as in community planning. He developed his mentorship in architecture at the Manuel L. Quezon University where he was design professor. He is a long-time planning consultant of the Augustinian Fathers and of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines. Travel grants were awarded to Mañosa; among the more memorable ones are those for Russia, China and Sweden.

He was appointed as Commissioner of the Manila IV Centennial Commission in 1969; Vice Chairman, Senate Study Committee on Land Planning, 1969 to 1971; Member of the National Society for Seismology and Earthquake Engineering of the Philippines since 1978; Chairman, Technical Aid, Housing and Transportation Commission, Philippine Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled in 1980 to 1986; Member of the Board of Architecture from 1972 to 1975; and Member of the Board of Trustees of the Cultural Center of the Philippines since 1995 to 2005.

Under Mañosa's name are numerous awards for his contribution to architecture and planning. He became a Fellow of the Philippine Institute of Architects in 1972; a Fellow of the United Architects of the Philippines in 1975. His alma mater, the University of Santo Tomas, has named him the Most Outstanding Thomasian for Excellence in Design in 1976. In 1978, he was a recipient of the Apolinario Mabini Rehabilitation Award as Architect of the Year. Also in 1978, another award of Patnubay ng Kalinangan sa Larangan ng Arkitektura, Republika ng Pilipinas, Lungsod ng Maynila. He was awarded Architect of the Year by the Professional Regulation Commission in 1981. In 1990, he became a Fellow of the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners. He was bestowed the Likha Award and Gold Medal (highest distinction and honor to a Fellow) in 1996. He was awarded the Outstanding Professional of the Year 2003 in the field of Environmental Planning by the Professional Regulation Commission. He was a Fellow of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Architect in 2008. The Philippine Institute of Architects and the United Architects of the Philippines awarded him a Gawad Gintong Likha in 2012.