Two faculty members of the College of Architecture joined other researchers from other architectural schools across the country to present their respective studies in the 15th Annual Conference on Architectural Research and Education (ACARE) held on August 22 and 23, 2016 in Iloilo City, Iloilo. The conference was organized by the Council of Architectural Researchers and Educators (ARCHCARE) and the Department of Architecture of University of San Agustin in Iloilo, and had for its theme, “UMWAD: Developing the Future without Forgetting the Past.”

Ar. Michael Abuan, presented his paper, “Converging Social Classes through Humanized Urban Edges” under the Urban Design Session. His study discussed the use of responsive design principles in bridging socio-cultural separation experienced in dilapidated or blighted urban spaces. The paper pointed out that to humanize spaces, the design needs to go back to the basic features of humanness: identity and belongingness in a community.

Ar. Felicisimo Tejuco, Jr., presented a proposed heritage trail in his paper, “Commemorating the Heroism of the Second World War (WWII) through a Heritage Tourism Master Plan.” Initially, six major destination trails, which celebrate heroism and valor, were identified. These sites include the UST campus, Manila American Cemetery and the Heroes’ Cemetery in Taguig, Capas National Shrine, Mount Samat Shrine of Valor, and the Island of Corregidor in Bataan. In his paper, Tejuco made recommendations for the master plan to include further coordination with the Department of Tourism, local planners, and the administrators of WWII sites.

UST has been actively participating in this annual conference since the initial event was held 15 years ago. The conference was attended by more than 100 researchers, professionals, academicians, and students. Aside from Abuan and Tejuco, Ar. Claudia Isabelle Montero, another faculty member of College, attended the two-day conference. The conference was capped by an Ilonggo Heritage Tour, which included one of UNESCO’s four earthquake Baroque churches, the Miag-ao Church.