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Thesis Journey: The Golden Ticket to the Real World

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Whatever It Takes

Almost 6 months of hard work for the main thing to be nailed before the final march on March. I gave all I got- soul, heart, sweat and blood. I was drained, always tired, always hungry, and always thirsty for energy and ideas. There were nights that I was being haunted by nightmares of thesis as I sleep… times when I contemplated about the defence scenarios. Times when out of the blue, I just felt worried about tomorrow knowing my time was already running out.

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Panic Attacks

Since it would be the last plate before I graduate, I wanted to get a subject that would mark in this time of my life as a student. I want to remember all the sting and hard knocks from this experience and to do that, I should make it like a self-inflicted scars beneath my flesh. I chose to challenge myself, to get a complex and complicated in nature kind of project with sensitive and broad scope. Indeed, selecting a prison facility as a thesis was never a piece of cake. 

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[It is a feast of most of what I’ve learned through 5 years of  BS Architecture from housing, to hospital, religious facilities, school, office, sports facilities, security planning, landscaping, court rooms and everything in between.]

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There were times that crying was all I could do to release all emotional, physical and intellectual stress. I thought I was weak. I was weak enough to lose hope on myself, in life, in God. But I have realized that it was I who will decide in my future given that I am fortunate enough for the resources I need through my parents, that I hold my victory with Christ helping me all right the way through. I’d always tell myself, “gawa lang ng gawa, hanggang kaya.” But thank God,  I got through my endorsements and deadlines on time with just believing in myself that I can. 

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On Setting Expectations and Getting Disappointed

Nobody told me not to be too much hopeful of great outcomes. Perhaps I must have gotten so much confidence for my work and effort. Although not aiming for an uno, I knew in the back of my mind that I would pass my thesis and get a considerable grade because, I gave all my best and I know everyone did too. But I sacrificed many things just for this- Semestral Break, Christmas Break, etc. However, due to intricacy of planning A LOT of spaces considering the best circulation possible, I unintentionally sacrificed the aesthetics (which is indicated in the consideration of having the concept of Utilitarianism). The time to get all things done was very limited and it was all used for the planning part. Given that I focused more on designing the most effective plan for a prison facility, my work was judged about its building character which I didn’t give much attention to. Defending the only tricky question they asked from me was a pretty slap on my face, it was the only question the head juror asked from me and he was leading me to just agree with him and wouldn’t open his mind to take my concept, so I gave him what he wanted to hear. I must be thankful for that though, na at least, yun lang. On the other hand, I am grateful that there were no major questions about the planning, circulation and program – so hard work paid off on this part. 

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Well, thesis defence session went out smoothly, there were only few questions asked, far from considering it as guisado, and fortunately,I got through it with no sweat. Since defence turned that way, I was hoping for a very good grade.

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Thank God, I got a good grade, minus the very. It is unusual to receive a blank jury comment/s area on the grading sheet, so I was a little surprised and flattered, or maybe they were lazy to put some. I am also thinking that it is possible that they do not have sufficient ideas regarding my project so they gave me that grade.  Honestly, it was hard to accept that I didn’t reach the target grade that I wanted, but I’m still lucky to have passed it considering the complexity of the project, just like designing hospital facilities, it is also considered a suicide. Some remarks were also hard to accept most especially when the impact of it is a little degrading and personal. Honestly, it still hits me inside until now. . Acceptance is the key and will always be the key. Yes, it damaged me however I am also considering it as an inspiration for to prove the world wrong of what I can do in this career I’m taking.

The main thing is, I am graduating very soon, and that is nothing but bliss.

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Thesis Tips for the next post!

  03/12/14 at 12:07pm
Class picture earlier with 5ar2 :) #doodlesandphotos #ust #archofthecenturies

Class picture earlier with 5ar2 :) #doodlesandphotos #ust #archofthecenturies

  07/29/13 at 10:53pm
A quote from ARCH. GENE FLANCIA
An outstanding product of UST-College of Architecture and one of the most influential professors in UST.He also teaches in Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID). You are so lucky if you are/were/will be handled by this master who is also known as Ironman.
He got inspiring works, experiences and tips that will encourage you to do well in your works and to aim for success in the near future as an architect/designer.
He is a good source of knowledge because he is well-experienced man and a professional. And from his words, we can say that he is definitely thriving in his career.
Vision Magazine, 2012

A quote from ARCH. GENE FLANCIA

An outstanding product of UST-College of Architecture and one of the most influential professors in UST.He also teaches in Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID). You are so lucky if you are/were/will be handled by this master who is also known as Ironman.

He got inspiring works, experiences and tips that will encourage you to do well in your works and to aim for success in the near future as an architect/designer.

He is a good source of knowledge because he is well-experienced man and a professional. And from his words, we can say that he is definitely thriving in his career.

Vision Magazine, 2012

  09/06/12 at 10:51pm
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If I had known about this before, I would have considered a math-less course. I really never liked Math. What was I thinking, really
Jose Siao Ling
Vision Magazine, 2012 

If I had known about this before, I would have considered a math-less course. I really never liked Math. What was I thinking, really

Jose Siao Ling

Vision Magazine, 2012 

  09/06/12 at 09:58pm
My very first plate in Interior Design.
Primitive Store
Antre means cave
I got my inspiration from primitive culture of living in caves and treehouses. This one is my most favorite among the plates I have done with this subject. Well, i got a so-so grade here and i was kind of disappointed when I saw the mark, nevertheless I accept the challenge to improve.
Related plates can be viewed here

My very first plate in Interior Design.

Primitive Store

Antre means cave

I got my inspiration from primitive culture of living in caves and treehouses. This one is my most favorite among the plates I have done with this subject. Well, i got a so-so grade here and i was kind of disappointed when I saw the mark, nevertheless I accept the challenge to improve.

Related plates can be viewed here

  09/06/12 at 09:39pm
My early morning drink. I’ve been drinking a lot of Cobra especially this past 2 weeks. I need it to stay awake for hours and be productive. Coffee doesn’t work for me though energy drinks contain caffeine too. Anyhow, Cobra is really effective to me. Mom said it’s bad for the liver, maybe i’ll just suffer the consequences soon. One more week and this goddamn plate will be over.

My early morning drink. I’ve been drinking a lot of Cobra especially this past 2 weeks. I need it to stay awake for hours and be productive. Coffee doesn’t work for me though energy drinks contain caffeine too. Anyhow, Cobra is really effective to me. Mom said it’s bad for the liver, maybe i’ll just suffer the consequences soon. One more week and this goddamn plate will be over.

  07/25/12 at 10:09am
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Yes, a very nice thought of Andoy Lagman. I remember Arch. Mercado underscored that Architecture is not only about Art but it is also the Science of building structure. It is the combination of Engineering and Design. Whereas Engineering pertains merely to Science of Building while Design is Art of Building. You see, Architecture students get more complicated programs that those two. Interior Design is included in our curriculum. We have subjects that are associated with Engineering. We got plumbing, electrical, mechanical and strength of materials and mind you, it is not just a crash course. We spend semesters and semesters dealing with those. All subjects mentioned needs to be considered while we work on the design, the aesthetics, the function and the beauty of every structure we conceptualize. 
And you gotta love us. We need love, we need hugs! We get not only the most stressful but also demanding school and home works. We don’t get enough sleep every night plus we get 100% tired from thinking and putting it to paper by means of drawing. It’s like a Full-body workout.

Yes, a very nice thought of Andoy Lagman. I remember Arch. Mercado underscored that Architecture is not only about Art but it is also the Science of building structure. It is the combination of Engineering and Design. Whereas Engineering pertains merely to Science of Building while Design is Art of Building. You see, Architecture students get more complicated programs that those two. Interior Design is included in our curriculum. We have subjects that are associated with Engineering. We got plumbing, electrical, mechanical and strength of materials and mind you, it is not just a crash course. We spend semesters and semesters dealing with those. All subjects mentioned needs to be considered while we work on the design, the aesthetics, the function and the beauty of every structure we conceptualize. 

And you gotta love us. We need love, we need hugs! We get not only the most stressful but also demanding school and home works. We don’t get enough sleep every night plus we get 100% tired from thinking and putting it to paper by means of drawing. It’s like a Full-body workout.

  07/24/12 at 09:49am
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But not lately. I’ve been staying up til morning, not to watch sunrise, but to do my plates. These nights of tribulation for sure will be over soon but then it still stresses me to think of how i will ever to go through it without even failing.
Sleep is for weaklings. Sleeping is a grave sin when the deadline is just around the corner. This is the life of an Architecture student. To pass Design means giving up social life and bed life. Sacrifice.
Let the sleepless night begin. Most critical week in my school life, so far.

But not lately. I’ve been staying up til morning, not to watch sunrise, but to do my plates. These nights of tribulation for sure will be over soon but then it still stresses me to think of how i will ever to go through it without even failing.

Sleep is for weaklings. Sleeping is a grave sin when the deadline is just around the corner. This is the life of an Architecture student. To pass Design means giving up social life and bed life. Sacrifice.

Let the sleepless night begin. Most critical week in my school life, so far.

  07/19/12 at 12:04am
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NOOBSHIT
This plate was kinda rushed since it was not my priority among my plates. There are Design and BT which are heavier than Interior Design Subject. We are told to make an interior perspective of a Record Studio, with Art Nouveau as inspiration. Art Nouveau is French term for “New Art” and associated with the concept of nature. Avoiding right angles is the key to achieve this design style.
Anyway. I dont think I designed this one well. My work lacks life and doesn’t comply that much with the demands of the theme. I was too lazy to even complete all the components and add entourage. One word to describe the lighting, fail. LOL 
Sketch-up and a sucky renderer, Twilight.

NOOBSHIT


This plate was kinda rushed since it was not my priority among my plates. There are Design and BT which are heavier than Interior Design Subject. We are told to make an interior perspective of a Record Studio, with Art Nouveau as inspiration. Art Nouveau is French term for “New Art” and associated with the concept of nature. Avoiding right angles is the key to achieve this design style.

Anyway. I dont think I designed this one well. My work lacks life and doesn’t comply that much with the demands of the theme. I was too lazy to even complete all the components and add entourage. One word to describe the lighting, fail. LOL 

Sketch-up and a sucky renderer, Twilight.

  07/17/12 at 11:03pm
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LIFE AS AN ARCHITECTURE STUDENT

Some professors would not allow computer-aided drawings on lower batch, they would require manual drawings and/or free-hand drawings. But since I’m in fourth year and took CADD classes already, we are now allowed to use any medium we want for presentations.

Before, I used to bitter over my mates who use sketch-up, then trace it on a paper for perspective presentations while I do my perspectives manually, with full effort. Mom would always say that it’s better to keep practicing manual sketching since a good architect should know how to draw. It’s the best way how to express your ideas, also, much more impressive for clients.

But not with the generation today. We have a lot of softwares we can use. Easy, accurate and quick, hassle-free as they say. I used to have these programs in my laptop for years, and didn’t even bother to check it out. My laptop was reformatted just recently and I lost all of them. And lately I felt the need of having them again so i downloaded all that doesn’t require a crack. 

Of course, what topped my list is the most user-friendly software, Google Sketch-up 8! TBH, this was the first time i tried it. I also downloaded a sketch-up plug-in, Twilight, for rendering. I felt so much joy in my heart when I saw the outcome. i actually spent of hours and hours to complete this sketch. Rendering is the hardest part, or maybe because it was the first time to do it. Here’s the outcome, with so much failure with the lights.

(A spot perspective of my High-end Bathroom, a plate for my Interior Design Subject.)

 

The most suitable personal caption for this photo would be “Hey, not bad for my first try!” even though you may not agree.

This was given as seatwork so I won’t risk passing a computer-aided presentation so this is what I’m going to pass to my instructor:

It’s not that yellowish in real life, btw:)

  07/04/12 at 10:54am
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