Architect and Designer Ronald Gabriel Brings Pride to Filipino Architects

The City of Arabia in Dubai is one of Ronald Gabriel's pride as an architectural designer. He and his former boss William Yuen jointly designed the city plan. It houses the world's largest shopping mall - The Mall of Arabia. | Homerun Nievera, Publisher | Filipino Architect and Designer Ronald Gabriel was recently interviewed by World Executives Digest publisher Homer Nievera in a trip to Hong Kong. Gabriel revealed his stellar 30-year career as an architectural designer of high-end properties in Hong Kong, Macau, China, the Middle East, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and the United States.

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Architectural Designer Ronald Gabriel

Currently based in Hong Kong, Ronald Gabriel was able to establish his career as an architectural designer for low-rise and high-rise residential development, retail malls, mixed-use townships, hospitals and school buildings. Gabriel’s projects were from architectural and interior conceptualization, schematic design and design development, detail design and planning, detail construction document preparation to site management.

Architectural Designer Ronald Gabriel was part of teams in award-winning design projects such as:

#1 Shanghai One Corporate Avenue, Shanghai

shanghai one corporate avenue
Shanghai One Corporate Avenue, China
  • The First Honor, Shanghai Municipal Design Award (2008)
  • Magnolia Excellent Building Award, Shanghai Government, PRC (2006)

#2 Modrenagh, Hong Kong

Modrenagh, Hong Kong
  • Asia Pacific Property Awards – Best Architecture (Multiple Units) (2009)
  • Asia Pacific Property Awards – The First Honour (Residential Category (2007)

#3 Hong Kong University – The Centennial Campus and University, Hong Kong

HKU Centennial Campus
HKU Centennial Campus, Hong Kong
  • LEED Platinum Certification

Gabriel started his career in the Philippines at the then prestigious RR Payumo and Partners. In 1992, he moved to Hong Kong and worked at Hsin Yieh Architects & Engineers.

By 1995, Gabriel moved to Ronald Lu & Partners where he says he gained a lot of experience in architectural and interior design, rendering and design development. At Palmer and Turner Architects and Engineers Ltd., Gabriel was exposed to working with master architects and planners such Architect Bing Kwan and Architect William Yuen from 2000 to 2006. This was the year when his designs first gained recognition in various award-giving institutions.

Gabriel took on a brief gig in the United States with Bassenion Lagoni Architects from late 2008 to early 2009 before returning to home.

Back in Hong Kong, Ronald Gabriel’s stints at Wong & Ouyang Architects & Engineers from 2006 to 2008 and again from 2009 to 2016, allowed him to grow his experience in architectural and interior 3D renderings.

His gig at Leigh & Orange in early 2018 brought him key experience in shopping mall projects, mix-use and transit-oriented development. Here, his skills in 3D renderings were enhanced with Lumion, Advanced Photoshop and Sketch up.

By late 2018, Gabriel’s return engagement with Palmer and Turner allowed him to further his skills. These, he said, were in architectural and interior design, presentation and detailed design development of residential, commercial and institutional projects across Asia.

Today, the highly-acclaimed Filipino Architectural Designer, is poised to scale bigger heights. He set his sights on more exciting projects that will further expand his talents. Gabriel is looking into maverick firms that will flex his talents as an architect and designer who can do end-to-end project development and management.

Gabriel said that he is really proud of being a Filipino architectural designer competing with talents in Hong Kong and elsewhere.

Ronald Gabriel finished BS Architecture from the Mapua Institute of Technology in 1986 and passed the Philippine Board in 1990. More details on Ronald Gabriel and his work are on LinkedIn.