Carmelo Casas


President and CEO

"Wholehearted dedication to achieving company goals"

Arch. Carmelo Casas' international career started when he joined Eric Cumine Associates in August 1978 as assistant architect where he got involved in Harbour City projects. In 1980 he moved to Palmer and Turner (HK) as Design Architect where he got involved in major landmark projects in Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia. By 1985 he joined Architects Hawaii Far East (AHFE) as project architect for various hotel projects in China, among which are Furama Hotel in Dalian, and the Behai Hotel in Behai, China. He became an associate shortly and became the youngest partner of the firm in 1987.

He co-founded RECIO+CASAS (HK) Ltd. in Hong Kong on October 1988. Arch. Casas was responsible for major design projects in Hong Kong, Macao and Mainland China. Together with Arch. Jose Pedro Recio, they set up a branch office in the Philippines in 1990 to spearhead their involvement as Design Consultant of the Pacific Plaza project at Ayala Avenue, Makati. In 1992, Arch. Casas established RECIO+CASAS Ltd. in Thailand to participate as Design Consultant for various hotel, office and residential projects, namely the Thailand Stock Exchange Building, The First Pacific Building, Phuket Yacht Club, and the Queen's Park Casa by Land & House.

In August 1996, after 18 years in Hong Kong, Arch. Casas decided to return to the Philippines to lead the development of Pacific Plaza Towers in Fort Bonifacio, joining forces with his partner who came back 4 years earlier. From then on, the firm grew as a result of a wide range of clients who sought their expertise in high rise residential and office building design as well as master planning.

Today, after two decades of diversified architectural projects, the firm formerly known as RECIO+CASAS has decided to have a new name and a fresh identity that is CASAS+Architects. The firm holds up ideals in architecture, urban and master planning, and interior design, meeting the varying demands of the current market. The firm keeps abreast of the times through applications of the latest technologies and innovations readily available in this day and age where sustainability and resiliency to change is the name of the game.

Arch. Casas earned his Bachelors degree in Architecture from the University of Santo Tomas in 1976 and passed the National Board Examination in 1978, with an overall ranking of 7th Place.