NS Incorporated, whose main proponent is the designer Luis “Chito” with over 35 years of combined experience, is a product of the Asian Development Bank Headquarters (ADB) project in Metro-Manila, Philippines. Among others he was nurtured and became close associates of Medi Nasrabadi and Craig Kronenberg of Skidmore Owings Merill (SOM). After ADB. he undertook high profile projects working together closely with colleagues and peer, addressing the needs of different clients, who are mostly property developers, a task requiring special design skills. Heeding a gaining clamor to assemble the combined strength of experiences in different fields of practice, he finally decided to put up this vibrant company. now most popularly known as NSI.
Teamed up with new and former design Associates to back-up every endeavor, this team could stimulate and recreate exciting, sophistIcated architectural ideas. The superb comblnatIon can only be geared to one goal and end-product – achieve excellence.
Medi Nasrabadl of SOM played an important role in moldIng the way Chito & Associates would think & act in dealIng with project analysis and design peculiarities. Such outlook alleviated with ease would be structural, mechanical, and aesthetical conflIcts since resultant resolutions offered were borne from international work experience. Aside form SOM, he had worked in collaboratJon with a number of foreign-based firm, i.e. Steelman and Partners, Aedas, K&A Designs, Glenn Texeira Inc., Kenzo Tange & Associates, Miyake Masaki and others.
NS Incorporated is a strong service-oriented firm that strives its best to give new dimensions to its personal commitment as attuned to the client’s requirements. As mentioned before, the ultimate and primary goal is to achieve excellence through trustworthy service and a sustained high-confidence level felt by the client. This is made possible by firstly, effectively preparing the medium of communication as in sketches, diagrams and ultimately models. Surely, project models convey excitement to the prospective developer or end user, bridging the gap between the non-technical and the technical individuals. This common language is put to good use, making everyone understand the architect’s design intent – the functionality of the given spaces, the pros and cons of the size of the structure, and the impact of the aesthetic facades to the adjacent skyline and natural environment. To solidify the understanding of both designer and client, we eventually endeavor to produce clear drawings in different stages of the schematic, design development and finally, the construction documentation in CADD.
We constantly work with other important designers in the industry as well. Though the project may appear simple, in all phases of the design development, it is S.O.P. that we work in collaboration with mechanical, electrical, sanitary. structural engineers, lighting and landscape designers/consultants. As the saying goes, “no stone is left unturned.” Every aspect of the design is scrutinized. modified, dressed down or worse, deleted should the initial findings translates to inefficiency. dysfunctional and being inappropriate. The length of actual manhours time consumed in the project is deemed irrelevant as long as the end results are the best design schemes the firm NSI can offer to the client.
Further, we offer our professional services by way of involving ourselves in the construction phase of the project. Should the client venture into optional value-engineering processes. NSI is more than willing and is qualified to assist in the progressive evaluation of the ever-continuing construction modifications
Luis ” Chito” P. Santiago
LUIS P. SANTIAGO was the owner and CEO of TWLS Consultancy and Design Services. a firm put up to mainly address existing defects and recommend rectification or rehabilitation of aging or problematic building structures. Hisworkwas to investigate, assess. evaluate and suggest rectification alternatives by introducing new design or modification to existing structures. His work would usually progress into up-grading dilapidated, old design schemes to modern, attractive face-lifted facades.
He had formerly worked for a Dutch construction company, Ballast Nedam Groep. as an architectural quality-control inspector, gaining valuable experience in actual implementation of quality control techniques. using European standards. In 1987 he went on to be an Architectural Clerk-of-Works under the stewardship of Kinhill Mclachlan Joint Venture. an Australian construction management entity commissioned to oversee the construction of the new Asian Development Bank Headquarters in Manila. In 1994. he was recruited to join the firm. Pimentel Rodriguez Simbulan and Partners (PRSP) on a contractual assignment as a field architect. eventually elevated to the status of Associate and later. Associate Partner. His main assignment was to interpret drawings and address intricate construction peculiarities at the project sites.
“Architect Chito,” is a familiar figure when it came to the day-to-day action at the construction site Many issues have always been laid to rest after his brief interaction with the Construction Managers, foreign and local engineering Consultants, the Contractors and Clients. End result was the speedy implementation of resolutions to conflicts arising from inadvertently uncoordinated and incomplete documents. Being the field architect to several prominent projects has honed his skills in attaining many win-win decision making situations. He was guided by his mentor, Medi Nasrabadi, formerly of SOM, while both were involved or construction of the Asian Development Bank project and other high-rise condominium ventures.
MAPUA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY.
College of Architecture 1973
PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION & AFFILIATIONS
Registered Architect in the Philippines PRC 4191
United Architects of the Philippines (IAPOA): 8082
Mapua Alumnae Association
Philippine Green Building Council (PGBC)