A team composed of 3rd- and 4th-year Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS Arch) students of the UE College of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design (CFAD) was hailed as the Grand Winner of the 2023 Worldbex Projéto Ideas and Design Competition!
This was held last March 19, 2023, at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
Under the group name Cadre Arkitektura, the UE CFAD team was composed of Aries Neil Lomansoc, Arielle Dela Fuente, Nancy Kaye Sidayen, Julian Viernes, and Andrei Kenn Villanueva, under the mentorship of the UE CFAD Architecture Program’s Officer-in-Charge, Ar. Jan Michael De Olazo. They bested 51 participants from 25 architecture schools in the Philippines.
Projéto is an inter-school competition for architecture programs nationwide, organized by Worldbex Services International, that challenges the creative aptitudes of participating groups of students across various schools. Each year, the competition provides different concepts that aim to solve current building and design problems in the country. This year, the theme was “The Athenaeum: Conceptualizing a State-of-the-Art Public Library Using Parametric Design.”
The UE CFAD team did not disappoint as they entered the competition’s final 8 and eventually secured the top spot with a score of 89.38%.
All of the competition’s entries were evaluated by Ar. Ian Fulgar (Founding Architect of Fulgar Architects) and Ar. Christopher De Guzman (Founder and CEO of Delab Collaborative Inc. and Creative Studio) during an online live presentation held last January 15.
UE CFAD’s Cadre Arkitektura proposed a public library design and development project titled “Bay Sinug,” that is meant to be strategically situated in Sulu, and which aims to complement modern and traditional functions of a library while considering the current social, cultural and historical contexts of its proposed location.
According to their design brief, the project is inspired by the Tausug Houses (Bay Sinug) with the goal of creating a comfortable and wholistic learning space for people living in Sulu. The proposal also spoke of creating a space that is enticing, relatable, and will not create a sense of alienation among the users. Backed with substantial research and data, the group identified their proposed project location as the Province of Sulu, the province having been identified as having the lowest literacy rate and highest poverty incidence rate in the country.
The photo here, shot at UE Caloocan’s Chua King Ha Galleries, shows the members of Cadre Arkitektura with CFAD Dean Don S. Amorsolo (fourth from left) and College Secretary Ronwell Jason L. Bacani (far left) (from second from left) Andrei Kenn Villanueva, Nancy Kaye Sidayen, Ar. Jan Michael de Olazo, Aries Neil Lomansoc, Arielle Dela Fuente, and Julian Viernes.
Congratulations, Winning Architecture Warriors!