LEANDRO V. LOCSIN PARTNERS
 

History

 
 
 

Leandro V. Locsin
& Associates
1955
 


Leandro V. Locsin
& Partners
1978


Leandro V. Locsin
Partners
1997

 

 

 

Leandro V. Locsin Partners is the current incarnation of an unbroken and continuing architectural practice founded in 1955 by Leandro V. Locsin (†), Philippine National Artist for Architecture. The firm is credited with having helped shape Manila’s skyline and architectural landscapes. One of its earliest commissions, a high rise apartment building on Ayala Avenue, set the architectural idiom for subsequent buildings on what was then the frontier of urban development and what has become Manila’s premiere business district.

 

The firm’s influence goes well beyond Ayala Avenue. From its drawing boards have sprung notable work such as the Chapel of the Holy Sacrifice at the University of the Philippines, the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex, the 1970 Philippine Pavilion in Osaka, the Philippine International Convention Center, the Manila Hotel redevelopment, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the Manila International Airport, The first Citibank Building, the Makati and Philippine Stock Exchanges, the Anvaya Cove Resort Community, and the Ayala Museum (old and new).

Since 1955 the firm has designed over 33 public buildings, 75 commercial buildings, 6 hotels, 13 churches, several country clubs and museums, and more than 100 residences in the country's most exclusive communities.

The firm's most comprehensive project to date is the New Istana Nurul Iman State Palace and Seat of Government for the Sultan of Brunei in Bandar Seri Begawan. Encompassing a total floor area of approximately 200,000 square meters, the palace has the distinction of being the world's largest presidential residence.

With a staff that includes 40 dedicated architects and designers, the firm continues to immerse itself in the design traditions of the Philippines and Asia along with key developments in design theory, sustainability, and contemporary technology. The reconciliation of these aspects - vernacular contexts and western processes - is strongly reflected in the firm’s work.