Filipina nominated for ‘Architect of the Year’ award in UAE

  • Architect Christine Espinosa-Erlanda was nominated for the “Architect of the Year” award in the annual Middle East Architect Award
  • She was also nominated for the “Big 5 Women in Construction” Award
  • Erlanda graduated in the Philippines and then moved to Dubai 11 years ago

A Filipina architect based in Dubai has been nominated for two major awards in architecture, including the “Architect of the Year” award in United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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Architect Christine Espinosa-Erlanda was nominated for the “Architect of the Year” Award in the 12th annual Middle East Architect Award that will be held on November 20. She’s also among the finalists for the “Big 5 Women in Construction” Award in the 2019 Women in Construction Awards.

Erlanda, who is now an associate architect in UAE for 11 years, attributed her success to the mentors she had met along the way. She is now working for the Godwin Austen Johnson.

“Now I am part of building the future of the Middle East, designing and working on noteworthy award-winning projects, master plans, heritage, residential, commercial, hospitality, and heritage projects, turning visions into reality,” the architect said as she traced back her career from her humble beginnings in Tondo, Manila.

According to a report, Erlanda graduated from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and worked as an intern at the Manila City Planning and Development Office.

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Being a Filipino, she shared, helped her to cope with the challenges of working abroad; saying “We, Filipinos are like water; versatile and can adjust to any shapes or form.”

“Filipinos have the hunger for development and better future. We are not bounded by our race, gender nor financial situation. We, Filipinos, need to lift each other up, raise our flag and show the rest of the world our ingenuity, resilience and skills, all of those  while radiating with the sincerest smiles,” Erlanda said while baring that she smiles a lot.

She also shared that her mission as an architect is “to design and build something valuable that will last.” The Filipina architect also said that being part of the industry that creates and shapes the present future cities keeps her close to her mission.