December 18, 2020
The Architecture Department of the School of Engineering and Architecture (SEA) successfully hosted a Joint conference for its 17th National Architecture Week Celebration on December 12, 2020. This was held in cooperation with the United Architects of the Philippines – Alaya Chapter, the UAPSA-HAU and in partnership with the HAU School of School of Professional Education and Lifelong Learning (HAUSPELL). With this year’s theme, “The N(e)AW Normal: Shifting Norms in the Practice of Architecture”, Architects from the academe, industry and students convened virtually to discuss the concerns and challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic to the practice.
With a total of 175 participants and online viewers (both on Zoom and Facebook Live), this is one of the department’s well attended online gatherings with professionals and students.
The National Architecture Week Joint Conference and Webinar was hosted by Mr. Avel H. Antonio (HAUSPELL) and Ar. Jenine Andrea S. De Luna (Architecture Faculty). Dr. Filipina I. De Guzman, Dean of SEA welcomed all the participants and Ar. Miguel Paulo A. Quiambao, the president of the UAP-Alaya Chapter, formally opened the joint activity.
The event focused on the discussions and presentations by the 3 Webinar speakers – Alayan Architects and Faculty members of the Architecture Department of Holy Angel University. Ar./En.P. Shalla Gayle B. Billano discussed about redefining and repurposing Architectural Spaces – a paradigm shift for a better normal. She highlighted design techniques in planning residential buildings responsive to a pandemic. Ar. Justin R. Santos, on the other hand, delivered his lecture on diagrams of spatial responses to the next normal. He presented some of his architectural projects that transcend time and architectural style. Finally, Ar. / En.P. Tarcisius T. Tiotuyco, presented “Clark's Resiliency Amidst the Pandemic: Planning and Implementing the COVID 19 Response Plan for the Ecozone.” His presentation featured Clark Development Corporation's ballgame that addressed the COVID-19 crisis and its plan moving forward. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the speakers highlighted that Architects should be more conscious on how architectural design will dictate people's experience on spaces in a post-pandemic world. With these changing norms brought by the pandemic, Architects should propose standardized design solutions to mitigate pathogenic risks and, concurrently, provide architectural design solutions that will satisfy the distinctive needs of their clients, the community, and future generations.
An open forum to accommodate questions from the attendees was also conducted after the discussions. Questions, in particular, included: how will the new normal in the post-COVID-19 world affect the way architects think with their designs? How did the pandemic affect the architecture profession and clients? What are the changes and improvements that should be placed in the current design standards moving forward? All questions were addressed by the webinar speakers.
Finally, Ar. Franz Allan M. Rodriguez, the Program Chairperson of the Architecture Department, awarded the Certificates to the panelists and formally closed the event. The preparations for this online joint conference and webinar were made courtesy of UAPSA-HAU headed by Ms. Lianica Manalo, the SEA-Architecture Administration and the HAUSPELL.
As part of the school’s tradition to celebrate the annual National Architecture Week, the event was successful despite conducting it online, for the first time. This initiative of the Architecture Department and SEA was anchored on its commitment to strengthen the school’s partnership and linkages with its industry partners and professional organizations.