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OUTSTANDING CATEGORY

RAYMOND HERNANDEZ
PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT


H1 Architecture
5F Finman Centre, 131 Tordesillas St., Salcedo Village,
Makati City 1229
+632 846 1256


It started with a simple dream. Raymond always knew what he wanted since he was young – to dream of imaginative buildings and cityscapes and make a career out of it. He started this dream back when he would draw abstracted notions of a city during his mealtime breaks back in grade school up until he found himself joining an international architectural design firm that exposed him to the design and planning of actual pieces of a city. It is through this design firm that he enthusiastically learned about the workings of large scale built environments. He was given an opportunity to become a part of a team that designs and presents to clients across Asia and the Middle East. After 2 years of relevant experience, he developed a more comprehensive understanding and deeper passion in creating architecture with an international perspective. This drove him to dream up of creating his own platform for the development of his unique perspective on global architecture. It was there that he met his mentor, who eventually became his business partner.

Theirs was a partnership built on differing mindset. Through his drive, determination and ambition, Raymond co-founded his own company at the young age of 26 with his mentor Juan Serina. He was young, fearless and optimistic. Coupled with his mentor’s breadth of experience, and maturity – their contrast in perspective and personality became the formula and drive behind a common passion, which bore them H1 Architecture in 2007.

It was a story of resilience founded in opportunities and limitations. H1 Architecture started with only 4 members in their company. Their early years reflected the partner’s excitement and a hunger to prove themselves against the giants of the industry. It was a partnership driven by strong passion, heart and idealism, which was equally met with challenges in its industry’s complexity and limitations. They eagerly took every challenge, forced themselves to draw the impossible – study its abstract and find ways to translate every vision into something tangible. These qualities propelled their team to grow quickly. During only their fourth year of operations they were awarded with the prestigious BCI Asia Top 10 architects Philippines award which showcases the contribution and influence of the architectural firm in the country. Consequently, they were awarded with 2 more of the same award during the course of their 10 year operations. They’ve also grown from a team of 4 to 80 professionals in 10 years.

Their strength is in their difference. H1 Architecture is a company with a single minded focus and purpose – ever since they started they never spent time and energy in marketing strategy nor creating a sales and marketing team. All of the time spent in the office is all about improving the quality of thinking and solutions that improve architecture and the built environment. Their focus is only on two things – Foremost is generating inspired and relevant ideas through disciplined research, observation and methodical brainstorming. They have organized a dedicated think tank to collect, dissect, understand and formulate different ideas that eventually turn up in the different projects of H1. It allows the team to have a deeper understanding and focus on relevant concepts allowing them to create impactful and effective solutions. Equally as important is improving the processes of implementation through the gathering of best practices from its pool of talented people, consultants and well experienced clientele. The goal is to stretch out the boundaries of the possibilities in architecture, master planning and design in order to uplift people’s lives. Currently, H1 architecture enjoys the privilege of working on various large scale high profile developments that range from complex mixed-use development Masterplans, Residential and Office buildings, Hotels and Resorts, Shopping Malls, Casino and Entertainment developments from most of the top developers and development operators in the country.

A powerful purpose that stretches and moves boundaries. Looking at the wider and greater picture is part of Raymond’s personal outlook, he believes that having a deep understanding and appreciation of a profession or a discipline gives an individual a powerful tool to positively impact humanity in general. This belief allows them to redefine the essence of a project. It stretches out the definition of success in every undertaking. Everything then becomes more considered, there’s more value in a product if a solution is formulated to solve different points of view. In the case of H1, they take pride in coming up with design solutions that first and foremost satisfy their Clients brief but it usually goes beyond it, with the scale that they’re usually tasked to work with it now becomes a responsibility and opportunity to endeavor to create greater positive impact to the site, surroundings and people. The future is their platform for boundless creativity. Talking to Raymond will easily make you realize how passionate he is with his profession, and how he strongly believes that the work that they produce goes beyond 2-dimensional drawings and beautiful facades.

To his team, he is an example of a man who is working with a purpose – his work ethics and enthusiasm has become infectious. His commitment is the definition of dedication. He sees limitations as challenges, and transforms them to possibilities – a mindset that is translated into H1 Architecture’s unique identity. Ten years into their company and he is still the same passionate, idealistic, enthusiastic individual. If any, his experiences has made him more confident, bold and ambitious. Now more than ever their company is eager and ready to expand their boarders and contribute their uniquely formulated identity and insights into the greater international architectural scene.

OUTSTANDING CATEGORY

RAYMOND HERNANDEZ
PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT

It started with a simple dream. Raymond always knew what he wanted since he was young – to dream of imaginative buildings and cityscapes and make a career out of it. He started this dream back when he would draw abstracted notions of a city during his mealtime breaks back in grade school up until he found himself joining an international architectural design firm that exposed him to the design and planning of actual pieces of a city. It is through this design firm that he enthusiastically learned about the workings of large scale built environments. He was given an opportunity to become a part of a team that designs and presents to clients across Asia and the Middle East. After 2 years of relevant experience, he developed a more comprehensive understanding and deeper passion in creating architecture with an international perspective. This drove him to dream up of creating his own platform for the development of his unique perspective on global architecture. It was there that he met his mentor, who eventually became his business partner.

Theirs was a partnership built on differing mindset. Through his drive, determination and ambition, Raymond co-founded his own company at the young age of 26 with his mentor Juan Serina. He was young, fearless and optimistic. Coupled with his mentor’s breadth of experience, and maturity – their contrast in perspective and personality became the formula and drive behind a common passion, which bore them H1 Architecture in 2007.

It was a story of resilience founded in opportunities and limitations. H1 Architecture started with only 4 members in their company. Their early years reflected the partner’s excitement and a hunger to prove themselves against the giants of the industry. It was a partnership driven by strong passion, heart and idealism, which was equally met with challenges in its industry’s complexity and limitations. They eagerly took every challenge, forced themselves to draw the impossible – study its abstract and find ways to translate every vision into something tangible. These qualities propelled their team to grow quickly. During only their fourth year of operations they were awarded with the prestigious BCI Asia Top 10 architects Philippines award which showcases the contribution and influence of the architectural firm in the country. Consequently, they were awarded with 2 more of the same award during the course of their 10 year operations. They’ve also grown from a team of 4 to 80 professionals in 10 years.


H1 Architecture
5F Finman Centre, 131 Tordesillas St., Salcedo Village,
Makati City 1229
+632 846 1256


Their strength is in their difference. H1 Architecture is a company with a single minded focus and purpose – ever since they started they never spent time and energy in marketing strategy nor creating a sales and marketing team. All of the time spent in the office is all about improving the quality of thinking and solutions that improve architecture and the built environment. Their focus is only on two things – Foremost is generating inspired and relevant ideas through disciplined research, observation and methodical brainstorming. They have organized a dedicated think tank to collect, dissect, understand and formulate different ideas that eventually turn up in the different projects of H1. It allows the team to have a deeper understanding and focus on relevant concepts allowing them to create impactful and effective solutions. Equally as important is improving the processes of implementation through the gathering of best practices from its pool of talented people, consultants and well experienced clientele. The goal is to stretch out the boundaries of the possibilities in architecture, master planning and design in order to uplift people’s lives. Currently, H1 architecture enjoys the privilege of working on various large scale high profile developments that range from complex mixed-use development Masterplans, Residential and Office buildings, Hotels and Resorts, Shopping Malls, Casino and Entertainment developments from most of the top developers and development operators in the country.

A powerful purpose that stretches and moves boundaries. Looking at the wider and greater picture is part of Raymond’s personal outlook, he believes that having a deep understanding and appreciation of a profession or a discipline gives an individual a powerful tool to positively impact humanity in general. This belief allows them to redefine the essence of a project. It stretches out the definition of success in every undertaking. Everything then becomes more considered, there’s more value in a product if a solution is formulated to solve different points of view. In the case of H1, they take pride in coming up with design solutions that first and foremost satisfy their Clients brief but it usually goes beyond it, with the scale that they’re usually tasked to work with it now becomes a responsibility and opportunity to endeavor to create greater positive impact to the site, surroundings and people. The future is their platform for boundless creativity. Talking to Raymond will easily make you realize how passionate he is with his profession, and how he strongly believes that the work that they produce goes beyond 2-dimensional drawings and beautiful facades.

To his team, he is an example of a man who is working with a purpose – his work ethics and enthusiasm has become infectious. His commitment is the definition of dedication. He sees limitations as challenges, and transforms them to possibilities – a mindset that is translated into H1 Architecture’s unique identity. Ten years into their company and he is still the same passionate, idealistic, enthusiastic individual. If any, his experiences has made him more confident, bold and ambitious. Now more than ever their company is eager and ready to expand their boarders and contribute their uniquely formulated identity and insights into the greater international architectural scene.