Technological Institute of the Philippines

T.I.P. QC wins big at ArchiNEXT2019

The grand winner of this year’s ArchiNEXT: HCG Young Designers’ Competition (AYDC) once again came from the Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) Quezon City.

Nemesio Ugaddan, Jr., a third year Architecture student, was announced as the competition’s grand winner during the National Convention of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) held on April 12, 2019 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Along with the title, Ugaddan received Php100,000 in cash prize and an internship in his chosen firm.

T.I.P.–Q.C. had roughly 60 entries in the competition this year, which earned them the “Most Participative School” Award and Php 5,000 in cash prize.

ArchiNEXT is an annual competition that challenges the creativity and talent of young students to design sound yet sustainable architectural masterpieces.

This year, 405 entries from schools across the Philippines qualified for the contest with the theme, “Anyuhay: An Adaptive Reuse toward Structural Rebirth.” Winners were decided according to the following criteria: innovativeness, character, social impact, and eco-friendliness.

Ugaddan’s winning entry entitled “Fusion: An Integrated Terminal Cum Commercial” imagines the old Philippine National Railway (PNR) Paco Station as Manila’s Grand Central Terminal with the old building transformed into an art gallery showcasing the structure’s preserved art murals and with parks, trees, skylights, and solar panels installed.

“I learned a lot in joining this competition,” said Ugaddan. This is the first architecture contest he had participated in. “From analyzing the problem to coming up with the final design, I realized that it takes a lot to translate your ideas into paper but if you give your full dedication and heart to the project, nothing is impossible.”

Last year, ArchiNEXT’s grand winner title was bagged by T.I.P. Q.C. student Mike Spencer Cerbito. He also received the Best Presentation award while two (2) more T.I.P. QC students took the 9th place and the Most Innovative Design Award.