The Firm

Santaromana Designs/CASA Arkitektura Design Group is a “House of Architecture engaged in the planning and management of Architectural and Interior Design, Engineering, and Construction Management Services. It is, by acceptable standards of the profession, a “House of Architecture.”

Composed of dedicated Filipino Professionals with an aggregate experience of almost thirty years, the firm subscribes to a strong policy of service with integrity and excellence.

The firm specializes in institutional, educational, and commercial design as well as first class residential and resort development. Expertise includes the preparation of pre-feasibility studies with the objective of effectively achieving pre-design development goals.

Since its founding in 1986, the firm has now progressed to providing the services on Architectural Design, Interior Design, Environmental Planning and Project Management under the leadership of architect Francis Xavier L. Santaromana, founding partner of the multi-disciplinary group CASA Arkitektura.

All this, backed by a roster of satisfied clients, is F.L. Santaromana Designs/CASA Arkitektura Design Group.

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Francis Xavier L. Santaromana, fuap, piid, piep 

Founding Partner / Principal Architect / Interior designer/Environmental Planner

Ar. Gio Franco G. Santaromana, UAP

Partner / Design division head

Key Design Group:

Ar. Andrew John Tecson
Department head – Project Management

Ar. Jonathan P. Ignas
Dept. Head – Design division

Ar. Alexandria A. Soriano
Dept. Head – Design/Planning

Ar James Tipay
PM Group

Ar Conrad Rongallo
Project Architect

Genevieve Laggui
Operations Manager

The Architect/Interior Designer/Environmental Planner

Elevated to the College of Fellows (United Architects of the Philippines) 2012                              

PRC Interior Designer of the Year Nominee 2012 & 2104

Formal Education

University of the Philippines
Bachelor of Science in Architecture

University of the Philippines
Masters in Architecture

Asian Institute of Management (AIM)
Executive Management Program Graduate

Professional Registration

Licensed Architect (Fellow; United Architects of the Philippines), Licensed Interior Designer (Philippine Institute of Interior Designers), Licensed Environmental Planner (Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners)

Professional Background

2013 to Present : 

Founding Partner
CASA Arkitektura Design Group

1986 to Present : 

Principal Architect/Interior Designer
F.L. Santaromana Designs/CASA Arkitektura
Principal Designer/General Manager

2004 to 2006 : 

Kinetic Worldwide Media (Creative Outdoor Media Management)
VP Operations

2000 to 2004 : 
Poster Publicity Philippines (Creative Outdoor Media Management)
Country Manager

1993 to 2011 : 
Faculty; Professor
Design Studio Lab Head
UP College of Architecture, Diliman

1993 to 1997 : 
Technical Consultant
Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC)

Technical Consultant
Presidential Management Staff (PMS)


United Architects of the Philippines-Integrated and Accredited Professional Organization of Architects (Makati-CBD Chapter)
Fellow, 2012 Corporate Member
Past President, 2002-2003

Philippine Institute of Interior Designers

Corporate member, 2000
PRC Professional of the Year Nominee 2012, 2014, & 2016 

MADE (Metro Bank Arts and Design Excellence) Competition Committee Chairman 2014 & 2015
Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners, 2016
Rotary Club of Manila Bay                                                      
Charter Member 1995                                                                    
Past President 2012-13


Architectural and Allied Training, Seminars, Expositions and Workshops


Institute of Social Order, Ateneo de Manila University, Q.C. April 2016

LIGHT SHOW WEST (Seminars on Lighting Products, Systems, Environmental Impacts)

Los Angeles Convention Center, LA, California USA October 2011


Shanghai, China 2010

Architectural Tour on Green Building (Products,Systems, & Projects) by Hunter Douglas

Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands, October 2008

Inter-University Regional Conference on Asian Megacities
Annual conference
– University of the Philippines 2008
– Seoul University, Korea 2007
– University of the Philippines 2005
– Tsinghua University, Beijing, China 2003

Preservation and Conservation of Historic and Heritage Sites

Architectural Institute of Japan (10 Key Cities 2002 )

Training in Allied Fields

Outdoor Media Management (Environmental Graphics & Wayfinding/ Signages)
Philippine Representative/ Executive Officer
Poster Publicity International, Warwick, London 2002

Administrative Training & Management Workshop
Philippine Representative/ Executive Officer
Poster Publicity International, Malaysia, 2004

Electronic Mapping Software Workshop/ Training
Philippine Representative/ Executive Officer
Kinetic Worldwide Media, London 2006