Awarded National Artist for Architecture by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2009, Architect Mañosa is now one of the five National Artists in the same category. Born in Manila to a family of architects, “Bobby” graduated at the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in Architecture in the year 1953 and become a licensed architect a year later. He also finished a landscaping course at Tokyo University in Japan and founded Francisco Mañosa & Partners, a design firm composed of his architect brothers.
Francisco Mañosa is an influential architect renowned for using indigenous and native materials like bamboo and nipa in contemporary architecture design. He explores the use of these materials and applies current technological trends to transform them into a new dimension in order to meet both functional and aesthetic needs of the design.
“The most outspoken champion of Indigenous Filipino Architecture” (Mimar, 28, June, 1998)
“Three factors make architecture truly Filipino, Filipino values, Philippine climate and the use of indigenous materials” -Francisco Mañosa