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.

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