Author: akalakotarsier

Architecture in an Urban Sketch Setting

Architecture in an Urban Sketch Setting

Around 2010, is a transition in the design firm I’m in. In this period, rendered 3D started to replace manual drafting. As much as possible, my boss did not want to remove manual sketches to prepare us for upcoming board exams but even the professional regulations giving body removed it as part of the examinations. Even clients are more pleased with the lure that 3d perspectives give. Since then manual sketches were out of the picture.

event poster

Source: Event Poster of UAPS

After more than half a decade without practice, I read this announcement from UAPS (United Architects of the Philippines Singapore Chapter). It was 25th of March when me and my colleagues participated in a UAPS Activity entitled: Urban Sketch walk. Our organization arranged to join the Urban Sketchers Singapore in one of their regular sessions which was held at Sungei Road Thief Market Jalan Flea, Basa Market.  Same as the type of work I longed for years, the only difference is that instead of putting into paper what is non-existing it is the other way around, capturing the urban scape – manually.

on the go

Photo credits to UAPS

Upon alighting to the nearest bus stop, we saw some of the participants lined up on the streets seating with comfort while doing their sketches. While observing their work, I must say they are no first timer on this. In fact they can be considered pros already. I wonder how many years they have been doing this. A few blocks and we met Madam Tia Boon Sim, the founder of Urban Sketchers Singapore. She showed us her accordion sketchbook which she filled during her recent vacation in Japan. We were encouraged by her dedication to her artwork. She not only captures tourist spots on her get-away but also her train and plane rides as well.

artworkMdm Tia Boom

Photo credits to UAPS

The moment of truth, our UAPS Officers handed a piece of A3 water colour paper. We decided to go to a nearby parking area to select our prospect. There are passers-by but they are cooperating, they don’t make much of destruction to us. Unluckily I was not able to finish my work; some of our friends also shared the same sentiment.  Time was not enough or I simply lack preparing techniques to quickly finish a work in a limited time. Well yeah… reasons.

Our artworks were collected and the top 3 voted by UAPS members were donated to a charity event (more of this story on the next post). There are seven of us in the group but it is amazing to see the differences in the manner of capturing our respective subject. I also noticed some uniqueness in approach between architects and artists.

photo op

Photo credits to UAPS

 It felt so inspiring that day and a bit frustrating at the same time because I could have performed better. So I decided to capture another perspective and do it at home. I’m showing this because I don’t want to close this article with frustration, so here it is.  The procedure in making this from preparation to self-evaluation will be elaborated on succeeding article. Feel free to send in your comments to the enhancement of this article.

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A Friendly Reminder to Filipino Professionals

A Friendly Reminder to Filipino Professionals

Have you checked the expiration date of your license? Our hard earned Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) ID expires every 3 years as mandated by our law to regulate the practice of our profession. We are easily reminded because validity expires on our birth date itself. So check your wallets and take a glance at your precious PRC identification card.

Whether nearly to expire or will still take years, just in case you missed the news or important announcements, I think you better click on the link below. By the way, when was the last time you visited the PRC website? Well guilty as charged I only visit it during renewal period.  If you could have noticed it is scattered all over the web page. There is an additional requirement for Filipino Professionals before we can get the New ID? Drum roll please, this is the CPD credit units.


screen shot from PRC official website

CPD or the Continuing Professional Development, in my understanding, is the government’s way to encourage professionals to seek further development in their careers. It is significant in the evolving changes happening around us, technology is the best example. Not only the Philippines, but also our neighboring countries need CPD in the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) community wherein foreign nationalities will have the privilege to practice  their professions in different  places in our region like Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and others.

While I am browsing the webpage and looking for more information about the CPD, I saw the revise guidelines wherein there are two sets of downloadable PDFs. One is 2013 and the other is 2016. I suppose these are two significant years in the implementation of this law. Annex A of the 2016 Guidelines, assuming that this table superseded Annex E of 2013, states the number of credit units per profession.

Referring to the table above, a professional Accountant is required to earn 120 credit units, an Aeronautics Engineer need to earn 45 credit units in 3 years and so on. That is if your license will expire on January 2019 onward, but if earlier, there is a pro rate equivalent for 2018 and 2017 which you can refer below.


screen shot from PRC official website

CPD is challenging in the part of the government and our countrymen, but that is where we are heading – globalization. I assume other countries experienced difficulty as well when they started implementing new laws like any other statutes they wanted to implement.  There are issues that still need to clarify which other professions took already to the streets. There are grey areas that need to be assessed patched up to avoid any rooms for dispute and corruption. We are a democratic country, we voice out to concerned department and organizations that can help us shed light in this issue. Ending this article is a question in mind…  Are we ready for CPD? If not now, then when? Hope we can all cope with the challenge.

Feel free to send in your comments for the enhancement of this article.