Archive for September, 2010

First Diagnostic Plate for Architectural Free Hand Drawing.

My skill enhancement major subject this term under Architect Karlo Agassa

This is my illustration of the Lobby of School of Design and Arts (De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde)

= It was supposed to be a Reflected Ceiling Plan but then I realized it will be dull if I will illustrate a vague floor plan type of drawing so I decided to compose an image from what I really saw when I stood up in that given spot and then I looked upward: This view caught my character. Lines that form parallelism but functions as different embellishment to each element of the balcony – type designs.

We were asked to set ourselves and look wussy and suppressed by different passerby each minute but it was a great experience to illustrate “Static” views from simple images than come up to ourselves while seeing things differently. The perception is different in each one where every individual has his own “Composition” and form analysis. This is what I have learned from my first meeting with Agassa.


Architecture was buildings, forms, blocks and structures, but just at first. I though it is a planar construction of usable and comfortable shapes that we could go into; however, it is surprisingly more than everything.

I have learned a lot of things during my first three – month stay in my school and I’m proud that I can mention who my mentor was. I then had a more vivid picture on what Architecture really was. It is designing and planning patterns that are beyond from what is expected by our clients. Philosophies, principles, standards, conditions, operations, emotions and character are the prerequisites: Architecture is about who we are while being surrounded by each one’s similarities and differences.

From my own learning, As a future designer, I would design structures that are unimaginable to the visual and intellectual power of every person. I want to let people from different status feel that I am addressing them: Forms are the definition of what one can do to be reverent. I will design buildings that will represent the Filipino society and the reasons why we are unique.

I shall implement Techno – Modern, Expressionist forms in my designs that will suit the current urban development plans. I will contrive natural components that would adhere to my beliefs that foretells: “We should all be equal in most of the ways we find to be.” Being a naturalist – artist, I want to apply plans that will pass the standards of being Eco – Friendly and support the present project regarding the preservation of the nature and preventing the occurrence of  natural disasters that are mistakes of the human multitude. My plans would be more of mixed expressions and combined emotions. As a musician, I would provide concepts that feels like a “Riff” to my guests/audience who will look at my designs where testimonies could be round and repeating; but above all this, my structures are stories from different experiences in our life.

If given a chance, I will project more complex designs that will remind people of their culture and belief, in the most innovative way. All of my proposed designs shall have a uniformity but remaining clarity. My blueprints shall be the symbols of each one’s belief and as future architect, I will serve as an adept to continue the mission of my mentors and models: to be a pioneer of newer design languages. Of course, it is my advocacy to form and build exact elements according to our visualizations to fit human dimensions and special client targets for people to have easier living. I will be an aid to humanity for function and in developing new ideas for their convenience and so, form/design then follows.

My design is the unexpected. I will have my own vibrant representations and harmonies. They will bounce back as descriptions and memories to all of my audience. I shall assure that people who will look up to my designs will see the impossible plans and feel that these plans embrace themselves because of awe and unified satisfaction.


Contours, “Mentorship”, cantilevers, distortions, symmetry & balance, awe, reverence, power, control, unity, story, elegance, transparencies, monochromes, discipline and character: These are the words forming my language of Architecture.