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Archi recognizes best undergraduate theses


Celestial (center), flanked by Saloma, Espina and CA faculty.

(March 7)—Accolades came early on March 5 for six students whose design theses were considered as the best in the College of Architecture (CA) during the launch of their annual Haraya Week (March 5-8) at the CA Complex.

For the BS Architecture student theses, best design thesis went to Lea L. Celestial for her project entitled “Philippine Animal Rehabilitation Complex.”

The second and third best design theses were “Focolare: Carpentry Training and Furniture Production Center” by Miguel Francisco Alapan and “Kampo Uno Rescue Training Facility: Performance Habituation through Stress Stimulating Architecture” by Terence M. Reyes, respectively.

The three architecture design theses worked around the theme of “service-oriented architecture,” counting among more than 80 innovative architectural works exhibited as part of the festivities.

For the B Landscape Architecture (LA) works, John Jay Amar had the best LA design thesis entitled “One Legazpi Waterfront: An Integrated Waterfront Park System as an Approach towards a Sustainable and Active Urban Edge.”

Second and third were Rona N. Acharon for her project entitled “Mayumo Ecomuseo: An Interpretive Filipino Ecomuseum Landscape for the Historical Revitalization of a Heritage Zone” and “Highway to Courage: Memorializing Bataan Local War Heroism and Sacrifices” by Maria Czarina Abello-Estrera,” respectively.


Amar (center), flanked by Saloma, Espina and CA faculty.

All recognized design theses received a special chancellor’s medallion, conceptualized by CA Dean Mary Ann Espina and designed by Arch. Edra Belga.

Speaking at the launch, UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma expressed his confidence that the CA is “helping UP fulfil its role as a public service university.”

Haraya is an annual week-long celebration of the college, highlighting the works and accomplishments of architecture and landscape architecture students during the past year.

Part of the exhibit includes the works of students who have successfully defended their thesis projects. The best theses are based on consistently high academic performance for their design classes for the past academic year.

Other activities for Haraya Week 2013 include job fairs, career talks and a film showing. A special activity, dubbed as “Arki-Libre,” are faculty providing free consultation on architectural concerns.—AKR