100 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Medardo Cadiz – Architect Extraordinaire
You may not know it, but highly acclaimed Filipino architect Medardo Cadiz, and his group Cadiz International, are the prolific masterminds behind some of the most remarkable architectural developments in the UAE. As the driving force behind projects like the newly renovated Burjuman Center, Manar Mall in Ras Al Khaimah, and the awe-inspiring RAK Palace Majlis building, Medardo has several new developments launching later this year including the Deira Fish and World Market. “It’s magical what’s happening in the UAE. All the creative people, including the Filipinos, are busy innovating ideas and producing exceptional works that celebrate the multi-cultural makeup of the country,” Medardo attests.
As for his international projects, he and his group just opened the new Samasta Hotel/Lifestyle Village in Jimbaran, Bali – which was recently voted one of the top five best hotel/lifestyle and shopping developments in Bali. Also within the region, they and their Indonesian client won in the “Gold in Retail and Lifestyle” category from the prestigious FIABCI World Prix d’Excellence Awards in Paris France, for their work on the Serpong City and Bekasi Center.
To be successful in the industry, it is most important is to be able to forge long-lasting relationships with clients, according to Medardo. Having strong ties with clients like the northern U.A.E. Rulers and Crown Princes, Cadiz shares: “Have an entrepreneurial spirit. Do more listening than talking. Learn the client’s social and cultural values, their business goals and personality traits.”
With his wealth of experience, Medardo has taken several young Filipino architects under his and his firm’s wing, mentoring creatives to become confident in expressing themselves in the global arena: “After working several years at our firm, the alumni of Cadiz International go out into the world to become successful architects in their own right. For that, we are very proud.”
Photography by: Minileo Cadiz
Illustrado 100 was made possible by sponsors: Giordano, Liali Jewellery, Mitsubishi UAE- Al Habtoor Motors, Michael Cinco Couture, Mapúa Institute of Technology, Centro – Amwaj Rotana Hotel , Max’s Restaurant Middle East and GVER – Your Friendly MarketPlace for Sharing
Co-Sponsors: Herschel Supply Co., Rove Hotels, The Medical City – Dubai , Filipino Institute UAE, MPQ Tourism, JAMES Travel and Tours Dubai, Off the Hook Seafood Restaurant, The Original Barrio Fiesta Restaurant – Dubai and Tapa King UAE.
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