The Philippine Star
2016 Philip Recto Awardees for best theses named
Seven graduates from the University of the Philippines College of Architecture under dean Mary Ann Espina received this year’s Philip Recto Design Excellence Awards for best thesis.
The awarding ceremonies took place during the 56th commencement exercises of the UP College of Architecture held on June 26.
Three architecture graduates were chosen for their outstanding theses. They are Carlo Martin Llanto with thesis entitled “The Maker Hub: Creative Industry Incubator”; Joaquin Benedetto Ollero with thesis on “Life Crossing, a Commercial and Recreational Bridge” and Stephanie Alimurung with thesis entitled “High Up/ha-yop/: A Vertical Zoo of Philippine Endemic Animals.”
Four landscape architecture senior students with their respective theses were also recognized: Charl Justine Darapisa with thesis entitled “Indayog sa Musika ng Kalikasan: Preservation of Natural Soundscape Using Mimetic Biophony and Revitalization of Kawit, Cavite’s Wetland Areas as Vital Component of Ecological Infrastructure”; Auriga Joy Rosell with thesis on “Novice Grounds: Designing Behavior Settings for Playground Facilitation of Social Competence Development in Children”; Sancho Cagulada Jr. with thesis entitled “Sea Sentinel: Enriching the Ternate Coastline Through Green Mariculture and an Ecological Resurgence Complex” and Celine Anne Tiu with thesis on “Tejeros Historical Park: Utilizing Narrative Theories in Park Design to Aid in the Memorialization of Andres Bonifacio and the Tejeros Convention.”
Established in 2000 by the UP College of Architecture, the annual Philip Recto Design Excellence Award program recognizes outstanding architecture and landscape architecture theses.
To date there is a total of 164 awardees, 33 of whom have also received training at renowned architectural firms in Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Australia made possible through the award program.