Here’s my Third year, first sem schedule!
Man, I don’t know how to feel. Why is Design so weird?!?! And super sayang ng uniform ko ever Monday and Wednesday. Geez. HAHA! I also just want to find really good parking because my classes start after lunch O__o :<
Theory of Architecture 1 with Sir Ferdinand Dela Paz!
I always look forward to having TOA1 because one, Sir Dela Paz is really funny. Two, Sir Dela Paz shows us really fun things which leads me to three, TOA is very interesting!
So anyhoo, these photos show the things (I dont really know what to call them) that Sir dela Paz made us do. First, he asked us to make shapes and things from a list out of Bristol board. (Thank you Alex because you made everything for me hihihi) Then in class, he asked us to form things out of everything. :)
It has something to do with the principles of design and how they work. These plates showed us exactly that. :)
Every college looks forward to their college week for one reason only. NO CLASSES. HAHAHA! Kidd!
Anyhoo, for this years college week, classes were asked to design the hallways! We were asked to design our part of the hallway with Roman Architectural styles (correct me if I’m wrong, blockmates I kinda forgot hahaha) Alex, Reg and I painted the first background for the “window” part of our hallway using airbrush! (Thank you Father Alex for teaching us how to use the airbrush hihihi) then our president told me that we need another background for another window and so Stephan helped me with the second (not shown huhu)
After some time with the class hallway design, I got tired of that and so I went with Richard to help Sir Aguilar HAHA We designed a classroom where the competition plates will be showcased! Do you see those stick figures on the wall? I drew those. HAHAHA While Richard and Magao cut them!
Then, RJ asked me if I wanted to put up a business with him during Arki week where we sell cupcakes! I was pretty excited about that because I looove baking hihihi We baked in my house for the first day of the sale. We baked 4 different kinds cupcakes HAHA Then for the second day of the sale, we baked in Alex’s house! It was reallyyyy fun! It was a lot of hard work too but mostly fun hihihi
If you’re not doing anything for Arki week, say you’re a freshman, you’ll definitely get bored. Just stay at home and catch up on some sleep! You can also watch the thesis deliberations for the fifth year because you will definitely learn from there! ;)
Renaissance Architecture for HOA2 under Ma’am Norma Alarcon
This time we were asked to get three castles! I chose Rosenburg from Denmark, Schwerin from Germany and Luxemburg from France!
Edit: Notice how my roofs are colored? I did the same with my first HOA2 plate. I guess to keep the style alive? I wonder if anyone noticed…
In Architecture, you need to help others.
There are competition plates and everyone takes a part of it. How? You design one. Your first design plate for the semester is more often than not, a competition plate as well. Winning this competition may not give much effect while you are a student but will definitely give impact when you’re looking for a job already. I dream to at least place in this competition one day but for now, helping my friends with theirs is enough,
This is how it works, a number of students will be chosen in your class when you submit all your plates. These students will compete with the other students that were chosen from other classes. Then, a few more students will be chosen off that bunch and compete for first, second and third prize.
This sem, three of our closest friends got in! Trina, Camille and Lorraine! Everyone in the barkada helped them out! While the three of them concentrate on their plans, we help them with their scaled models. That’s the thing when you get entered in the competition, you need a scaled model to present to the judges. Their plans were very complicated and so it was pretty hard to make their scaled models but it was fun!
We slept over in my house again to make their scaled models. We stayed up as long as we could in our building, Beato Angelico. We stayed until 10pm there once! We were the last ones out! HAHA! In the end, Camille placed (her scaled model is the blue and green one in the photo)! We felt like we won! We were so happy, we couldn’t believe it! HAHA Felt so rewarding! So even if you don’t get chosen to be part of the competition, don’t me idle! Look for someone that you could help! It feels really good even if they don’t win! You’ll win friendship and I think that’s better. :)
Building Techniques 1 under Sir Alli
BU1 is all about plumbing. Yes, you read that right. Plumbing, plumber, tubero, pipes, fittings and fixtures. At first I though, this is silly! Why in the world am I learning about this?! I even thought, psh this will be easy! Just a couple of pipes, that’s all!
Well, it’s not easy. You will be given handouts for this subject. Handouts that look like books. Do you have friends who’re english majors? Have you seen their readings? Something like that. Those handouts are filled with different kinds of pipes, fittings, fixtures and plumbing systems.
It’s like it never ends. I never knew that there were so many pipes and they all have their own purposes. They even have sizes and specifications that are just too much to handle if you don’t really pay much attention to the things that are in your bathroom.
To be honest, I didn’t really have much trouble with this subject. In fact, I excelled in our preliminary exams for this subject and because of that, I skipped a quiz at will just to play Kinect with my friends. :| WARNING: DON’T DO THAT. Since I did that, I jeopardized(? hahaha) my grade in BU1 but let’s not talk about that HAHA
Tip? Don’t get overwhelmed especially if you get Sir Alli as your professor. He definitely says a lot and draws a lot. So much that you feel like it’s hopeless to remember everything. Think of this subject as Pipedreams. You know, that old school game where you form pipes into each other so that the water wont spill? HAHA Pipedreams Extreme! It’s actually pretty simple if you think about it. Just put pipes in your bathroom and in all of your sinks! Connect them to the sewage system that’s just outside your lot. Drainage system? Connect all the drains to each other then connect it to the drainage system. That kind of easy.
You will be asked to draw the systems and it’s easy too! Just a couple of lines curves on the floorplan! Just seems so hard but it’s not, I swear.
Just don’t get overwhelmed. That’s the secret.
Is it weird that I don’t post about my Design classes even if those clases are the most important ones? HAHA Maybe because up until now, I’m still having trouble with it. I’m not failing or anything close to it, it’s just that Design is so hard and time consuming that after I finish it, I don’t even have enough energy to document and talk about it anymore. HAHA
Design is the principle course in Architecture. This is where you are trained to design structures. This is where you are trained to think like a real architect. This is where you hone both your thinking and drawing skills.
Architecture looks so easy to other colleges but what they don’t know is that they depend on us and our design to do their daily tasks. We have to think of a way so that they can use their facilities in a convenient way. Strategically placing restrooms sounds so easy but if you think of the whole floor, it could be hard sometimes.
I am amazed with my fellow students who excel in this particular subject. They really will be future architects with their skill! I always find myself saying “HINDI KO NGA MAIISIP YUN EH!” whenever I see their design plates because to be honest, their brains are like, destined to think about design solutions and mine is just a normal brain. HAHA!
I’ve taken up 4 Design classes now and I can say that I have definitely improved if I compare my plates now to my first design plate. I need to progress more if I want to graduate and think of a proper thesis and be on the same level as most of my batchmates though HAHA! My professor from Design 4, Sir Gelo Aguilar, told us that Architecture in UST will definitely become harder and we need to be stronger physically, emotionally and mentally to overcome everything and graduate. It scared me out of my wits! But I have to try and strive if I really want this. I will reach Design 10 and graduate this college! I swear bear!
History of Architecture 2 under Ma’am Norma Alarcon is awesome.
My HOA1 experience wasn’t exactly amazing because our professor was… Meh let’s not talk about that HAHA Ma’am Alarcon is known to be one of the greatest professors not only because she’s been teaching in UST for the longest time but also because she really knows what she’s teaching and she knows how to teach!
She opened my eyes to how beautiful Architecture is back then and has instilled in my heart Architectural styles and techniques that make me seem so nerdy whenever I talk about them with my non-arki friends. HAHAHA!
This is our first plate. We were asked to find three Gothic cathedrals from different countries and draw them on a piece of Snow White paper (go to Joli’s to find out what this is hahaha). We had to find a common element within our chosen cathedrals and draw those as well.
I chose the Burgos cathedral from Spain, Chartres Cathedral from France and Limburg Cathedral from Germany! I chose the Rose or Wheel window as their common element. :)
Not my best plate though haha I could’be done better :-“
Tip: If she gives you a month to finish a plate, use the 30 days! Don’t do it a day or two before the deadline. HAHA!
During CFAD week, Kin, Stephan and I were going down the stairs and we ran into one of the most fun and funniest professors in the college, Sir Rizalito Mercado! Everyone who has been under him knows how great it is to be part of his class!
It was funny because it looked like he got out of his way to take a photo with us because after we greeted him he told us, “WE NEED A PICTURE HERE!” then he started dragging us to this wall the CFAD students designed and we wore these colorful afro wigs that match the wall so we could take a picture HAHA It was really funny and it’s amazing how Sir Mercado is so close to his students and he never fails to make us feel special. We miss you, Sir Mercado!
Being under Father Alex Bautista could be the greatest thing that happened to me in UST Archi. He is an amazing professor and taught us a lot of things. He also required us to learn how to airbrush which the other classes did not have the privilege to do so.
It’s very expensive and hard to use but once you invest on it and learn its techniques, you’ll love it and be able to use it in the future to make excellent projects.
Learning is always the trickiest part especially if you have a deadline. My friends and I had to sleepover just so everyone could learn and use the airbrush to finish their plates.
That night, I had 7 of my friends over so we can do this VT plate. It was so hard especially because we had trouble with the paint, the board, the airbrush itself and the freaking frisket. The frisket is what you use to mask everything when you airbrush so you can paint by part. I think we bought a really bad quality frisket and so everyone had trouble that night.
We felt so high already because we kept smelling paint (we weren’t really high haha) and it was already around 3-4am. We had this honesty hour where we just shared random things and we kept teasing everyone already. But when the thought of our deadline (which was a few hours away) sinked in, we all panicked which made everything worse. But then a saving grace in the form of an SMS arrived. Classes were cancelled that day and we were all relieved because we were so sure that our plates will not be done that day! We took that chance to sleep and relax for a while. HAHAHA That was priceless and I can never forget that. When we woke up, we invited over the rest of our classmates over to do it together. We were more than 10 in my house and we were all airbrushing away! HAHAHA
I used my airbrush to finish my last plate for VT3 with Father Alex and in the second semester too! I bet carrying this ability around will be very convenient!