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Prof. Nene Pimentel exhorted the 822 new architects who took their oath as members of the national organization of architects last March 20 at the Manila Hotel to do their best and excel in their profession.

<p style="text-align: justify;"> Pimentel was the guest speaker at the induction ceremonies upon invitation of the Chair of the Professional Regulatory Board of Architecture, Amando N. Alli, and Board members Angeline T. Chua-Chiaco and Marietta B. Segovia.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong><em>Reflect customs</em></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He emphasized that as Filipino architects, they should reflect the nation&rsquo;s customs and traditions in their architectural designs.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He urged the national organization of architects to engage the various leagues of local government by executing appropriate memoranda of agreements that will bind them to construct local government buildings that capture the Filipino spirit and way of looking at life.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;The professor also added that the inductees should not be content with &lsquo;just getting by in the exercise of your profession.&nbsp; &nbsp;Innovate. Do your own thing.&nbsp; Only in that way would you truly merit the adulation of your family, your friends and your country.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong><em>Difficult times</em></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> The challenges of architects of today, Pimentel said, cannot be more difficult than those faced by designers of Taj Mahal in India in the 17th century or of the Potala Palace in Tibet in the 7th century. These two structures are up to this day considered masterpieces of beauty in the architectural world,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong><em>Easier today</em></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> The architects of today, Pimentel told <strong><em>Paglaum</em></strong>, &lsquo;have the advantage of the new technologies like the internet that enable them to do extensive research into the realm of what is possible in their profession.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;The success of the architects of today,&rdquo; he added, &ldquo;depends on the intensity of their passion to design things of beauty and functionality.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Pimentel also paid tribute to the &ldquo;able women of the country who made-up 36 percent of the new passers of the recent architectural examinations.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Prof. Pimentel, the main author in the Senate of the Republic Act No. 9266, the new architectural law, also said that there was no cause whatsoever for the engineers and the architects to sue one another over the provisions of the Act. &ldquo;It is clear that Act provides that plans and designs for horizontal structures are for engineers to do and for those vertical structures are for architects to design and approve.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</p>


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