CD-Arki highlights community design towards service learning at AUN symposium

Academic staff from the College of Architecture discussed community engagement in architecture education at the ASEAN University Network – Architecture Design Education and Research in ASEAN (AUN-ADERA) e-symposium on June 23 and 24, 2022.

Through a series of paper presentations and panel discussions, the event was an opportunity to share how community engagement was incorporated with architecture design education and pedagogy. On its first day, Architecture faculty members Asst. Prof. Henry Felix E. Herrera, Asst. Prof. Antonino N. Tobias IV, and Ar. Raymond P. Clarin presented their paper titled “CD Arki: Community Design towards Service Learning” under the first session “The Big Picture”. The presentation recounted the activities and involvement of the Architecture Community Development Office (CD-Arki), an arm of UST SIMBAHAYAN, in the municipality of Nagcarlan, Laguna.

CD-Arki presented the various infrastructure, livelihood, and community engagement projects as part of the community development efforts of the institution. The presentation showcased hands-on and engaged experiences that gave architecture students a deeper learning of architecture and community building. The presentation concluded with a recommendation that such activities be incorporated in the architecture curriculum as a service-learning approach.

On the same day, Architecture faculty and Pedagogy Lead Ar. Caryn Paredes-Santillan Ph.D. moderated the second session titled “Macro to Micro: Scales of Engagement”. The session involved presentations from Indonesia, Japan, and Malaysia.

Organized by the National University of Singapore and Chiang Mai University, the e-symposium saw participants from nine countries and 14 universities.

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