I am in the intersection of architecture and art. Exploring how indeterminacies and emotions create space in architecture, and developing self-initiated projects that engage feelings through the lens of my diasporic Filipino identity.
Architecture student based in the San Francisco Bay Area. More ︎︎︎
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I am in the intersection of architecture and art. Exploring how indeterminacies and emotions create space in architecture, and developing self-initiated projects that engage feelings through the lens of my diasporic Filipino identity. Architecture student based in the San Francisco Bay Area. More ︎︎︎






Wayfinding
Site: 1100 Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
Program: Local government unit, non-profit organization unit, arts and culture center

Year: Fall 2019
Studio: 7 Tectonics and Structure
Faculty: Karen Seong, Jen Tai, Simon McKenzie, Mei Liu (Structures: Systems Investigation)
Balikbayan boxes* were sent from the United States by my family back to the Philippines filled with goods and the idea of the American dream. These boxes are a manifestation of “coming home” of the Filipino diaspora and the actualization of our dreams.

Wayfinding is a place that guides immigrants to achieve their American dreams by forging their still evolving identities in the US. The center creates a platform for immigrants where they can get support in the formal immigration process and other areas of acculturation including language, culture, and employment while establishing relationships and connections in the local community of San Francisco.
Through the use of a patchwork of spaces throughout the building, the immigration process of assembling a new way of life is reflected. The language of layered transparency across the spatial patchwork provides personal and visual connections between spaces. Curved planes generate intimate spaces carved out from the layers of programs while embracing and leading users as they meander through the building.

*Balikbayan box is a carton shipped to the Philippines from another country by a Filipino who has been living overseas, typically containing items such as food, clothing, toys, and household products.