Rogelio Villarosa

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Rogelio Villarosa is a renowned architect, who topped the Architect Licensure Examination in 1954 after graduating from Mapua Institute of Technology on the same year.

Weeks after his graduation, he was tapped to design the building of his friend’s uncle. Despite the meager salary, he still wholeheartedly worked on the project. He lives by the mantra: “in loving work, there is honor” and this is manifested in every architectural work that he designs.

He began his career by being an apprentice to Arch. Felipe Mendoza. After this brief stint, he moved to Clark, Pampanga to work as the architectural coordinator of the US Federal Government. He was then appointed as Job Captain by the Philippine Institute of Architects (PIA) to spearhead the construction of the Capitol Buildings. A couple of years later, he was assigned to manage the construction of the National Library of the Philippines along Kalaw Avenue in Manila. He had a huge responsibility of overseeing every aspect of construction and this boosted his confidence to put up his own architectural firm.

Shortly before the completion of the National Library, one of the architects, Francisco Fajardo introduced him to the Arch. Gabby Formoso, who was widely known as the “society architect.” The latter was interested to get Villarosa as his associate and he accepted the role. Arch. Formoso had entrusted his office to the hands of Villarosa. They worked together for a decade until he left in 1972.

In April 1972, he founded his own architectural firm, Villarosa Architects (formerly Rogelio G. Villarosa Architects), which has been consistently part of BCI Asia’s Top 10 Architectural Firms. His integrity, core values, and work ethics have been valuable to the success of his architectural firm. They have built lasting relationships with their clients. They handled projects for National Bookstore and Filinvest for 44 and 46 years, respectively.

He believes that the key to his success and longevity is grounded on his main philosophy: “To be able to live a fulfilling life, one must find joy in waiting and must make the most out of it. Grab every opportunity by the neck before it passes you by.”


  • Llona, Miguel. “Work with Honor: Rogelio Villarosa shares the secret to his success and longevity.” BluPrint Website, Accessed on January 07, 2021.



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