MEET: Carlos A. Santos-Viola - The man behind the Iglesia Ni Cristo church designs

 
Carlos Antonio Santos-Viola was one of the very first graduates of the College of Architecture of the University of Santo Tomas in 1935.
 
Notably, Carlos passed and placed 10th in the board examination for architects in 1938.

He also taught architecture at the college where he graduated, and helped found the Philippine Institute of Architects in 1938.
 
Santos-Viola worked in the office of Juan Nakpil after graduating.
 
He is best known for designing and building churches for the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) religious group.

His designs were primarily based on functionality that was built with integrity, adorned with 20th Century geometric forms garnished with Gothic and Baroque lines. 
 
His first exposure to the INC group was executed under Juan Nakpil's company through the Bishop's Palace in San Juan, Manila. INC gave the subsequent project directly to Santos-Viola.
 
Carlos was a lifelong devout Roman Catholic. He ministered for the Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Quezon City and was frequently invited to join the INC but repeatedly denied the invitations due to ideological differences.
 
Cubao. Quezon City
Angeles, Pampanga
 
Cebu City



 
San Pablo City, Laguna

Bago Bantay, EDSA

San Marcelino St., Manila
 
Tondo, Manila


Paco, Manila
 
Cavite







Iglesia Ni Cristo Central Office Building, Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City 





Iglesia Ni Cristo Central Temple


All photos from: ARCHITECT CARLOS A. SANTOS-VIOLA, FPIA Family 

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