De Viana of Architecture discusses spatial, design guidelines during Spanish Colonial Period


UST College of Architecture faculty member Ar. Lorelei D.C. de Viana, Ph.D., discussed “Regulating Colonial Spaces” in her lecture held on March 26, 2021. She was one of the featured speakers in “Obras Arquitectónicas en Ultramar” organized by the University of the Philippines – Diliman College of Architecture.


De Viana talked about the spatial planning and design guidelines in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial times. These were guided by the Spanish government’s perception of what an orderly, beautiful, secure, and moral Spanish colonial outpost in Asia was supposed to be. The said design policies then shaped the architecture and built environment during the period.


In celebration of the Art and Culture Festival 2021 of UP-Diliman, the UP College of Architecture organized “Obras Arquitectónicas en Ultramar,” which centered on the Arquitectura Mestiza and the Built Environment in the Philippines through an online exhibit and weekly webinars throughout the month of March.


Besides De Viana, speakers of the webinar series included Instituto Cervantes de Manila Director Javier Galvan, Prof. Gerard Lico, Ph.D., of UP-D College of Architecture, and Dr. Pedro Luengo of Universidad de Sevilla.
“Regulating Colonial Spaces” may be viewed through the Facebook page of UP-D College of Architecture or through this link: https://www.facebook.com/upcadiliman/videos/2982018042026605

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