Category: New Experience


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.

People think Architecture is just illustrating buildings and wanting to design a different block from the others. I was shocked to think that it is more than what I expected.

Architecture is a resounding language for people who see and appreciate what it really is. We see evidence of brilliance that evoke different harmonies to numerous people and as designers, it is our duty to share what we believe and feel through our designs. For me, as a student, it is a continuation of the timeline of the every detail in each structure we see every single day.

Based from what I have learned and experienced in the earlier weeks of my current course, I now understand that Architecture doesn’t follow a certain tradition of designs and fixed proportions; rather, we, as designers, are bound to find our own form, style and legitimacy. Making something rise is not just stacking rectangular blocks of concrete: it is performing with spiritual and emotional inclination which actually acts out in our plans.

It is neither a simple process nor an easy kitsch. It is letting people emerge in what they see up high and what mood they feel whenever we show our creations. We form and build exact elements according to our visualizations to fit human dimensions and special client targets for people to have easier living. We design new things and aid humanity for function and in developing new ideas for their convenience and so form/design follows. We have inspirations of knowing the history and masters of Architecture and because of this, we have the freedom to choose on whom to look up to and influence our designs by their flashy – creative and modest ideas before. We are here studying to continue what was planned before and it is a mission to be pioneers of newer design languages. We have means and different reasons of fortifying our beliefs and it will be within us to apply them so people can recognize the importance of what we are doing.

If given a chance, as an architect, I would like to contrive plans that will evoke reverence and awe to the people who will see my designs. I will materialize the things that others tend to think that building my patterns are impossible to solidify. I want my audience to be surprised and feel that I, as a member of the human society, am powerful beyond my own capacities of imagination. I would project more complex designs that will remind people of their culture and belief, but I would stay away from traditional operation of previewing my structures and let my knowledge in technological development dominate. All of my designs shall have a uniformity but with remaining clarity and they should unite with the current post – modern techno patterns that we see in developed urban places. I will adhere to my philosophies but let my clients express what they really want to see and share to his/her guests. Architecture and design is more of developing something like a relationship and takes more than to be an adept in designing because I believe that we do our work not to delight only ourselves but most especially the multitude who can’t distinguish art as life.

I expected less but now I can distinguish that Architecture is a harmony that has its own resonance to all the audience. Designs bounce back as descriptions and memories. As a future architect, I shall assure that people who will look up to my designs will be shocked to see the impossible plans embrace themselves because of awe and unified satisfaction.