The Tukod Foundation focuses on advocating for the creative genius within every Filipino by establishing opportunities for them to learn, understand, and appreciate Filipino Design, Architecture, Culture, and more through both physical and conceptual spaces. We aim to be a support to the national call for a cultural reawakening, a global call for decolonization, and the call for every Filipino to find hope in their people and land.
Established in 2000, the Tukod Foundation is the legacy of the National Artist for Architecture Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa who named the foundation Tukod, referring to the support in Filipino traditional houses. Tukod aims to embody this idea of supporting and opening new windows of possibilities for the Filipino community, and our pride of place. In his philosophy of architecture needing to stay true to itself, its land, and its people, he is known as the Father of Neo-Vernacular Filipino architecture, a practice we believe that extends beyond buildings and structures, but into the necessary cultural revolution needed today. It is the idea of utilising vernacular and traditional local creativity, for regional and global transformation, and that is what we are fostering here at TUKOD.