Mapúa student bags 3rd place in ArchiNEXT young designers’ competition


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Mapúa student bags 3rd place in ArchiNEXT young designers’ competition

A Mapúa University student placed third out of the 187 competitors from 29 schools and universities in the ArchiNEXT: HCG Young Designers' Competition.

ArchiNEXT is a nationwide contest for architecture students in designing sound and sustainable masterpieces.

The theme for this year’s competition is UGNAYAN: A Community Multiplex Interactive Space, wherein contestants should design an ideal architectural area where people can meet and interact to share their knowledge and culture.

Cyris Joaquin B. Rigor, a 4th year BS Architecture student from Mapúa was recognized for his entry that displayed a “reflective response,” or an interaction between a built environment and nature.

Its concept highlights the social responsibility of technological innovation and its importance to architecture.

According to Rigor, as technology improves various aspects of life including architecture, it is their social responsibility as designers to help accelerate the transition of the society to a more sustainable future.

“By integrating sustainability, we can show that it is possible to do this without compromising traditional concepts yet capturing the latest technology,” Rigor said.

His design featured ecological techniques such as undulating green roof canopy that harvests rainwater for flood protection, extensive use of solar power, and solar trees combined with a mist cooling system.

He also added a glass flower dome, which he considers special from this design, as it improves the user’s overall experience by stimulating their senses.

Mapúa University congratulated Rigor explaining that the win was indicative of the quality of its architecture program that incorporates a “green” curriculum.

Mapúa School of Architecture, Industrial Design, and the Built Environment Dean Gloria B. Teodoro said that the University included more sustainable development principles in their program after recognizing the impact of structures in the environment since Typhoon Ondoy in 2009.

ArchiNEXT Young Designers' Competition (AYDC) is a two-part program composed of competition and scholarship, in partnership with the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) and the Council of Deans and Heads of Architecture Schools in the Philippines (CODHASP).

Rigor received a cash prize worth P30, 000.


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