Asst. Prof. Mary Ann Venturina-Bulanadi, MACHS of the Department of Interior Design was featured in the November 2017 MyHome magazine, under Designer Profile. The feature on Bulanadi focused on her championing of Filipino art and architecture. In the interview, Bulanadi paid homage to her mentors and influencers in interior design, namely Edith Oliveros, Manny Castro, Leo Almeria, and Nardy Aquino. She said, too, that in designing, conceptualization is the most important aspect—one that requires the involvement of heart and soul of the designer as well as the client.
Bulanadi likewise gave three tips for homeowners: 1) tell your designer what you like; 2) have coordination meetings to solve problems on site; and 3) trust and communicate openly with your designer.
The interview and feature were off-shoots of the Philippine School of Interior Design’s 50th anniversary exhibition, in which Bulanadi’s booth showcased the adaptive reuse of the Joyiera Room of Bahay Nakpil, which showed two advocacies: “adaptive reuse of historic spaces” by converting usable spaces for contemporary use; and “promoting the use of Philippine contemporary art in Filipino homes and other interior spaces.”
Bulanadi teaches at the College of Fine Arts and Design and is a researcher of the Research Center for Culture, Arts, and the Humanities.