/ 10 November 2020

A STUDENT of the Mapua University placed third in the ArchiNEXT: HCG Young Designers’ Competition.

In the competition that had the theme “UGNAYAN: A Community Multiplex Interactive Space”, contestants were required to design an ideal architectural area where people can meet and interact.

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

“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,” Rigor said.

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

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.

Rigor added a glass flower dome, which he considers special because it improves the user’s overall experience by stimulating their senses.

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

The contest was participated by 187 competitors from 29 schools and universities.