Manila, Philippines

Alain Waha

Global Head, Digital Transformation

Alain is the global lead for BIM and Digital Transformation at BuroHappold Engineering. Reporting to the Global Design & Technology Director, Alain’s work since 2014 has been to institutionalize BIM across this global practice, and to implement technology initiatives. He is also works with digital startups in #proptech and automotive.

Alain joined the construction industry in 2008 after a career in Aerospace and Automotive. Since entering the AEC sector, he held roles as CEO of VC backed BIM services firms where he delivered BIM transformation and digital implementation. His experience now spans the breadth the AEC sector in term of supply chain, geography and projects. This includes VDC in the Middle-East, Design projects in Europe, and Supply Chain enablement in the United States.

Alain is a regular invited speaker at Digital Transformation and industry events such as BUILTWorlds, BILT, AutoDesk University, Ecobuild, and is an advisor to the Institute of Civil Engineers digital initiative.


Rexter Retana

Digital Delivery Manager

Rexter is the Digital Delivery Lead (Major Projects) of Mott MacDonald Singapore spearheading BIM for the Changi Airport Project for the engineering consortium. He is also an accomplished engineer with an emphasis on applied technology for design and engineering project delivery. Over his 10 years’ experience, he worked on a broad portfolio of building and infrastructure projects while establishing a presence in the community through leadership involvement with BCA and other efforts to advance BIM adoption in Singapore, Hong Kong and other parts of the region.

Rexter is a Member of the Structural Engineering Institute, Associate Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Professional Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Building Information Modelling. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in BIM Management with First Class Honours. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in Engineering with emphasis on the application of Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Computing and Big Data Analytics in Construction.


Edmond Dantes R. Asis

Associate, Head of Buildings Group - Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Ltd. (Philippines Branch)

Edmond is an Associate of Ove Arup & Partners HK Ltd. He is the leader of the Buildings group which comprises of the structural, building services and building information modelling (BIM) departments. Arup is one of the leading engineering consulting firms in the world and is a pioneer in tall building design worldwide.

Edmond’s career in Arup has gained him experience at different stages of design from scheme design to detailed design and construction, having worked in Arup’s Philippines, London and Hong Kong office.

He is a proficient structural engineer with a wide range of experience in the structural design of various developments with main expertise in seismic. He is also the current office’s skills leader. As part of this role, he is spearheading the digital transformation of the office. His approaches in structural design considers a wide range of automation from structural parametric modelling, the use of computation design optimization approaches, development of design to BIM automation and development of design automations such as automation in modelling and post-processing of Perform3D models.


Anthony Lapierre

Regional BIM Manager (Manila - Middle East Team)

Anthony is an accomplished BIM Implementation Expert with 16 years of experience in architecture/construction and ten years in leadership roles, managing a range of large-scale, complex and iconic projects in North America, the Middle East, and Asia.

In his capacity of Regional BIM Manager in the Arcadis Global Excellence Center of the Philippines, he is responsible to oversee the implementation of BIM for a 500+ workforce, delivering projects all over the world.


Sylvester Timothy Wong

Vice President, Asia

Sylvester Wong is a 20-year veteran of multidisciplinary planning practice across the Greater Asia Pacific.
With degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, (a BA in Architecture and a Masters of City Planning), a certified planner since 2002, LEED AP since 2007. He left his native San Francisco Bay Area for Asia in 2001, focusing on economic strategy, design of resilient, smart, and healthy cities, and sustainable development.

His landmark work ranges from Beijing Finance Street, to the Shanghai Riverfront, from Hong Kong’s Central Waterfront to Singapore’s ITE campus, Economic Cities of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Airport City of Mumbai and techparks of Banglore; Eastern Economic corridor of Thailand, Saigon West, Putrajaya; and of course at his adopted home in the Philippines, Clark City and broader advisory for BCDA.

Formerly with SOM, HOK, Woods Bagot and Gensler, and now at AECOM, his regional mission is to get cities ready for the future.


Ernesto S de Castro, PhD

President & CEO

An ASEAN Engineer, Structural Engineer, Civil Engineer, Project Manager, Construction Arbitrator, and Educator, Dr Ernesto de Castro is a product of Lehigh University (Pennsylvania, USA) and the University of the Philippines (Diliman). He is currently the President of ESCA Incorporated and ESCA International, and Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of ESCA Knowledge Academy.

Dr de Castro is the Immediate Past President of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers. He is also the Past President of the Confederation of Filipino Consultants, the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines, the Society of Philippine Accredited Consultants, the Construction Project Management Association of the Philippines, and the past Chairman of the Philippine Technological Council.

With his formula of People and Technology to build the future, he is also the strongest advocate for the wider adoption of BIM and digital technology in Engineering and construction in the Philippines.


William Ti, Jr.

Principal Architect

Architect William Ti, Jr. is one of the Philippines’ most celebrated designers who has successfully led the conceptualization and completion of various types of developments including residential, commercial, office, hospitality, industrial and master-planned communities. The founder and currently the principal architect of WTA Architecture and Design Studio, he has propelled the firm in winning various awards and global recognitions for design acumen that is very evident in his projects.

With 15 years of extensive design and management experience, Architect Ti is a strong advocate of social architecture which promotes a more humanist and socially relevant practice of architecture. The work of WTA in its first decade is characterized by the sole purpose of creating spaces that catalyze a greater humanity; spaces with an understanding of the inhabitants within their contextual environment. Apparent in their product is a position against subservient repetition; their work is defined clearly as a response to site, materiality, amenity, scale and culture. Architect Ti’s dogged determination to design for the benefit of greater good is the very essence of an inspiring precedent not solely for the industry, but nation as a whole. In his own words, “good architecture is not a random accident that exists beyond logic or purpose; successful spaces are arrived at thorough careful deliberation.” Also distinct and almost thematic in his projects is the response to creating socially relevant architecture and serves as a versatile space for a multitude of functions and is both susceptible and resilient to future change.

As a visionary and game changer, Architect Ti has always had the desire to elevate the standards of design, and as such, he has been at the forefront of honing the talent that is innate in Filipino designers through educating, modelling and mentoring. He has consistently been part of design competitions as a judge and coach, and has recently joined the academe teaching architecture. He is also a columnist of a major publication and hence, uses this as a venue to inspire and propagate information and new ideas on design.

In the international arena, he has made waves when he and his firm represented the Philippines in the World Architecture Festival. His over 100-manpower complement firm continues to expand with a plan to open an office in China is in the works. International projects are also in the drawing board. This significantly proves how he persists to make contributions to the growth of architecture in the region.

A graduate of the National University of Singapore, Architect Ti is a firm believer in sustainable planning and the advantages of urban living, he tries to imagine a better-curated more design-focused society where beautiful things and pleasant environments are ubiquitous, even in the densest city centers.


Abelardo M. Tolentino, Jr. FUAP

President & CEO

Recognized as one of the pillars of the progressive practice of architecture and design in the country, Architect Abelardo M. Tolentino, Jr. is Aidea’s Founder, CEO and President. His 32 years of experience in the industry has earned him global recognition and catapulted Aidea as a premier architectural firm placing consistently in the World Architecture 100 for nine years, ranking its best thus far at 47th in 2018.

He is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas for his architectural study. To further his expertise in running the firm, he took the Elevating Finance & Operations at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. He is also an alumni of the Harvard University – Graduate School of Design where he completed his studies for the Advanced Management Development Program in Real Estate in 2017.

Over the years, he has been given several awards and recognition for his work and contribution in the design industry. In 2007, Architect Tolentino was an Ernst and Young Innovation Entrepreneur Awardee and one of the Outstanding Thomasian Alumni in 2008. He was also given the distinction of Ani ng Dangal for Architecture and Allied Arts by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts in 2013 and was also conferred as a Fellow of the United Architects of the Philippines in 2015. In 2017, he was chosen by the Professional Regulation Commission to receive the Outstanding Professional of the Year Award in the field of architecture.

He is also an APEC and ASEAN architect as well as a member of the Singapore Institute of Architects, Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat, Urban Land Institute, Council for New Urbanism, US Green Building Council, Philippine Green Building Council and the Society of Environmental Graphic Design.

With a practice that spans over 90 cities within 60 countries in 5 continents, Architect Abelardo Tolentino is truly a visionary and world class architect.


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