Architectural and Engineering Design
UNA is a creative play on “you and [the] architects”, with the idea that architecture is a creative journey that is best shared with the clients and potential users.
“Una” is also the Filipino word for “first” – embodying innovation and excellence.
The team believes in the strength of evolution both in practice and in design as a response to a constantly changing world; that designers should continue to look for new, innovative ways to solve problems and create good design.
John Raymund N. Topacio, RMP
Topi’s professional experience started with renowned architectural firm JSLA Architects – a company consistently belonging to BCI Asia Top 10 Architectural Design firms in the Philippines since 2006. At JSLA Architects, Topi honed the fundamentals of the trade, especially architectural detailing and construction.
He then joined Mañosa and Company, Inc. (MCI), a multi-awarded architectural and design firm established as a pioneer in Filipino architecture by its founder, the late Arch. Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa – the latest National Artist of the Philippines for Architecture. Topi was able to broaden his experiences in the profession by handling several of MCI’s projects from conception to construction. His high level of performance, strong management and leadership skills, excellent client relationship and extensive involvement in key projects like the Supreme Court Complex, Antique Convention Center and Likha Residences Alabang led to his promotion to Head of Production of MCI’s Architecture Department.
Topi represents the group’s guiding force, always determined to pursuing new ideas, delivering the work in the best quality and encouraging others to drive towards a common goal.
Latest Completed Project
“Getting UNA to design our space was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made!"
“Getting UNA to design our space was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made! Nico and I knew right from our first meeting, that our little box was in good hands. We were very specific with what we wanted, and the team paid close attention to incorporating all our requests and non-negotiables into the design. Extra grateful to Arch. Topi for going above and beyond in ensuring that the design specs were executed according to plan. Our Grape Box really is everything we wanted, and more, thanks to the entire team!"
Nico Suarez & Kaye Salud