Since its inception on the 8th of December 1977, the Philippine Association of Landscape Architects (PALA) remains as the national organization representing the profession of Landscape Architecture in the country. A member association of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), PALA is responsible for the advancement of the profession as an instrument of service in improving the quality of life within a better natural and built environment.
PALA also assists in raising the standard of education through accreditation of Landscape Architecture Programs in Philippine colleges and universities. As of now, only three schools were accredited: Bulacan State University, University of San Carlos, and University of the Philippines. All of which offer bachelor courses with U.P. Diliman offering its sole masteral course.
To be able to use the title “Landscape Architect” and practice Landscape Architecture in the Philippines, one must be licensed by the Professional Regulation Commission. The Board of Landscape Architecture conducts a thorough examination for licensure and handles professional discipline procedures.
1962-63 The first wave of Filipino landscape architects trained in the United States arrives. Among them are:
1971 A Department of Landscape Architecture, offering a four-year undergraduate course, is established at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, largely through the efforts of Ildefonso P. Santos Jr.
1977 December 8, Nine charter members found the Philippine Association of Landscape Architects (PALA) at the Architectural Center Club in Makati City, with the assistance of Zvi Miller of IFLA and Campbell Miller of ASLA. The charter members are:
1978 September, PALA is unanimously elected as a member of the International Federation of Landscape Architects during the 1978 IFLA Regional Conference in Salvador, Brazil.
1983 The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) recognizes Landscape Architecture as a profession.
1985 March, The Regional Center for Tropical Landscape Architecture is established at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.
1985 May, The Specialty Board of Landscape Architecture conducts its first licensure examinations.
1989 PALA hosts the 27th IFLA World Congress at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila.
1999 June, PALA holds its first national convention at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel in Mandaluyong City.
2001 Republic Act 9053, the Landscape Architecture Bill, was signed into Law, thus creating an independent Board of Landscape Architecture.
2003 The University of San Carlos in Cebu opens the Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture program, a four-year undergraduate course, through the efforts of Omar Maxwell Espina, dean of the College of Architecture and Fine Arts.
2004 November, PALA holds its second national convention in Cebu City.
2006 February, PALA holds its third national convention at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.
2006 June, Ildefonso P. Santos Jr. is recognized as a National Artist for Architecture and the Allied Arts, by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts