Cita, as she is fondly called by her colleagues and friends, holds many distinctions in her career as an architect and environmental planner built on solid educational foundation.
In secondary education, Cita Rosales was a scholar and adjudged upon graduation in 1954 as the most valuable senior being conferred the Angel Castano Gold Medal by her alma mater. After a short stint at the University of the Philippines, she went to MIT in 1956 where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Planning in 1960. Thereafter, she pursued a degree in Civil Engineering that was cut short in the 4 th year when she became a recipient of the prestigious United nation’s Fellowship that earned for her a Diploma on Tropical Architecture at the Architectural Association in London. (While in London, she attended short courses in Structural Design for Architects, Tropical Developments, as well as individuals studies in Housing and Planning.) In the intervening period in 1962, she earned honor for MIT by garnering 7 th place in the licensure for architects administered by the Professional Regulation Commision (PRC).
Upon her return to the Philippines, she became a Professor at Mapua School of Architecture in 1964,a position she held until she took a leave of absence in 1972.
Approaching architecture in a more holistic sense, Ms. Rosales enriched her practice by combining architecture with planning, mass housing and human settlements, as well as indulging in interior design, environmental management, and even landscaping. In 1995, she was accorded the title of Environmental Planner with Registration Number 008 by the PRC. Eventually, she became a member of the Board of Environmental Planning, PRC.
Her practice in Architecture and Environmental Planning stretches from being part of A.J. Luz and Associates and, a partner at the Manosa Brothers. She was a post-graduate instructor with a little Training Specialist II at the UP-ISSI. She was the managing partner of C.L. Rosales & Partners, Architect, Planners and Consultant since 1975.
She became a member of the Panel for Negotiations of the tripartite PIA, LPA, and APGA and hoc Committee for Unification into One Architectural Organization. Henceforth, she was recognized as one of the “Fathers of UAP” despite being the lone woman in the committee. In the succeeding years, she served in various positions in the UAP and was its Chancellor of the College of Fellows.
Architect Rosales was the founding member and officer of the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners and the PIEP College of Fellows. Likewise, she had been the President of the Council of Consulting Architects and Planners of the Philippines (CCAPP), and Board Member of the Confederation of Filipino Consultants (COFILCO).