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EDUCATION University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI | 2016 - Present Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning Master of Architecture Candidate (May 2018)

University of Santo Tomas

Manila, Philippines | 2008 - 2013 Bachelor of Science in Architecture (5 year) Thesis - “The Lighthouse: A Cultural & Recreational Telecommunications Tower”

LICENSE Registered Architect of The Philippines 34413 Architectural Licensure Examination January 29, 2015

EXPERIENCE Archion Architects Metro Manila, Philippines | 2013 - 2016

Position: Senior Architect Tasks: Develops overall concept together with principal architect and partners in charge of project, preparation and development of pre-design requirements (space programming, requirements evaluation, initial assessment of project), preparation and development of schematic drawings & design development drawings, management and quality control of contract documents, design presentations, site oculars, and coordination with allied professionals Selected Projects & Scope: • Philippine Statistics Authority Office Tower | Lead Architect • The Metropolitan Museum - Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas Design Competition | Lead Architect • Alabang Solo Condominium Tower | Lead Architect • BALE - Building Accessible and Livable Ecologies Design Competition | Lead Architect • Greenfield Baguio Hotel | Schematic Designs & Design Development Drawings Production • Arnaiz Residence | Schematic Designs & Design Development Drawings Production • Taguig City Hall Satellite Office - SM Aura | Lead Architect • Trinidad Residence Punta Fuego | Lead Architect • SM Aura Public Seating | Lead Designer • Dumaguete Commercial Center & Beer Factory | Schematic Designs to Contract Documents Production • Miriam College High School Building - Nuvali Campus | Contract Documents Production • Ospital ng Makati (Makati City Hospital) Interiors | Schematic Designs to Contract Documents Production

Private Practice

Metro Manila, Philippines | 2013 - Present Tasks: Develops overall concept, preparation and development of pre-design requirements, preparation and development of schematic drawings and models, preparation of design development drawings, management and quality control of contract documents, design presentations, site oculars, and coordination with allied professionals Selected Projects & Scope: • Stilt House (Dionisio Residence) | Lead Designer in Collaboration with VVZ Architects • Leeds Academy Preschool | Lead Designer for Interior Fit-Out • Esguerra Residence | Lead Architect

Joey Yupangco & Associati

Metro Manila, Philippines | March - June 2011 Position: Intern Task: Develops overall concept with principal architect, preparation of space programming and area requirements, preparation of schematic drawings & design development drawings, and physical & digital modeling preparation

AWARDS & ENGAGEMENTS Outstanding Thesis Award “The Lighthouse: A Cultural & Recreational Telecommunications Tower” | April 2013 1.00 GPA (100% Grade) | 1 of 7 recipients in batch of 320 Share. Inspire. Empower. Speaking Engagement for Undergraduate Architecture Thesis Students - Community of Achievers Association of the University of Santo Tomas | 2013 Periodical Publication BluPrint Magazine “Architecture Education” - Thesis works of Architecture Students (Special Issue 2 2015 Pages 70 - 73) Commentary Publication BluPrint Magazine “What Graduates Wish They Were Taught in Architecture School”

AFFILIATIONS National Organization of Minority Architects Students (NOMA - Detroit Chapter) Member | 2016 - Present United Architects of the Philippines Makati CBD Chapter Member | 2015 - Present

SKILLS Digital: Proficient - AutoCad | SketchUp Intermediate - Rhinoceros | Revit 3D Modeling and Rendering | Adobe Illustrator | Adobe InDesign | Adobe Photoshop | Google Layout Novice - Vray | Lumion Analog: Laser Cutter Proficient | Physical Model Making (Foam, Board & Wood) | Hand Sketching Languages: English (Native) | Tagalog (Filipino



The Lighthouse

A Cultural & Recreational Telecommunications Tower


SM Aura Public Seating

An Exploration on Modularity and the Enthralling Effects of Illumination


Solo Tower

The Amalgamation of Circulation and Technology


Stilt House

A Distilled Expression on the Vernacular Tagalog House



Building Accessible and Livable Ecologies


The Metropolitan Museum Recomposition of a National Treasure


PSA Tower

Dynamic Geometry Interlaced in Formal Function


Institutions: In Between Spaces

An Exploration on Programmatic Developments of Spaces Both Formed and Intended


Flat to Fold

A Freestanding Brise-Soleil on Modularity and Multiplicity



Experiments on the Rendition of Spatial Affects with the Flatness of Planarity

The Lighthouse

A cultural and recreational telecommunications tower


Filipino architecture is a style and philosophy that is misrepresented and challenged on a daily basis. The birth of architecture in the Philippines is said to be a direct product of the influence of foreign colonizers. That being the case, the concern and desire to develop cultural identity has always been a persistent problem nationwide. The Lighthouse, an undergraduate thesis project that I proposed, aims to develop cultural identity in the form of “mixed typology” development as a beacon of progress and future design that skillfully represents Filipino architecture and Manila as a world class city.

Conceptualized by drawing inspiration from the tetrahedron and the equilateral triangle, The Lighthouse makes use of two geometric figures that represent a multitude of ratios, patterns, forms, and functions. This balance in geometry and rational proportion are related to Filipino ideologies and characteristics; from the three different typologies amalgamated into the project - the cultural, recreational and commercial sectors - to the development’s orientation as a direct interpretation of the national flag. These nationalistic concepts fused together with structural expressionism and parametric design, showcase a vivid representation of Filipino architecture of the 21st century. 02

MIXED ICONOMISM Located along the Pasig river, the life line of Manila, The Lighthouse aims to revive, redevelop and reinvigorate the immediate area . While the 336 meter high observation deck proudly showcases the three main business districts of Manila, the development is also home to several attractions.

Attractions such as the theatre, function halls, commercial strip, and art gallery represent the nature of the Filipino people generating form from the various nodes and intersections of the cardinal points around the site. The structural concept draws inspiration from the simplistic design vertical supports strengthened by horizontal members plus the addition of perforated steel sheets in the form of a helix to counteract windload.





One major issue in the development of this project and it’s numerous functions is the proper segregation of areas in horizontal zones and vertical tiers, a consideration clearly addressed as seen in the floor plans and site development. While the axial nature of the development clearly promotes walkability and simultaneously creates a storied pathway towards the tower’s base from any point of the site.


SM Aura

Public Seating


AURORA This project called for the development of modular public furniture while simultaneously creating a captivating experience that will assure visitors of the commercial center to linger within the premises longer. The enthralling effect of proper accent lighting has lead to the design of solid sculpture made of acrylic stone integrated with strip lighting. The synthesis of the project’s organic form while fused together by light, similar to the Japanese art of Kintsugi, resulted in a centerpiece system that exudes modularity and flexibility while embodying the captivating effects of light and aura much like how the commercial center - its setting was designed.

High Back with Y-Bend Module

2 - Seater Module

8 - Seater Light Tree Centerpiece Module

3 - Seater Y-Bend Module

Floor Lamp Module



TECH-CIRCULATION Manila’s growing problem of land scarcity has lead to numerous vertical developments. Although these developments seem to solve the need for more space, the high density of people per square kilometer has greatly affected transportation and infrastructure within the city.

Due to the dependence on private

transportation of Manila’s residents, parking space is a major consideration in the development of any project. With so much energy and resources expelled on parking floors, vehicular ramps, lighting and air moving mechanisms; the idea of re-imagining circulation and parking was necessary to develop this project with the total land area of a mere 1040 sq.m (11,194 sq.ft.) together with a limited floor area ratio restriction of 12. The idea of vertical circulation for parking has greatly diminished the required construction area for parking while keeping the circulation factor at a minimum of 14% of the entire floor plate. This efficiency has produced a tremendous impact on energy and resource saving. Although the systems and processes of how to use vehicular elevators are not yet perfected for varied use, our cooperation with the development of the electronic systems and programming integrated with these mechanical systems will eventually lead to more elegant solutions. Truly, technology centered design is the now of architecture.


Drawing inspiration from the great automobile era during the art deco period, the variations in linear patters intersected with 45 degree angles at various points creates a evident feeling of transit. This psychological effect creates a rapid movement in areas where space is limited and where the interior architecture plays a crucial role in influencing movement upon its users. These patterns and accents carry throughout the development in forms of architectural detailing, lighting accents and even spatial geometry.




Single Slope Roof

Living Volume

Social Volume

Service Volume


Vernacular architecture in the Tagalog region of the Philippines

can be classified as one typology - a light wooden house on stilts that is usually found by the mountain side or in a valley The Stilt house aimed to embody that typology while interjecting the idea of functional volumes as fundamental building blocks of the functionality of the structure.

The simplicity and segregation of spaces aimed to manifest

the distilled and minimal concept while artfully translating the form of vernacular Tagalog architecture to a modernist version of residential design fit for the local climate.

The openness and lucidity were both direct products of the

site, orientation, and immediate natural surroundings. Basic concepts of sustainable architecture were applied throughout the project, which aided the new residential project to coalesce with the evident and dramatic landscape that surrounds it. 14


LIVABLE AND ACCESSIBLE The goal of this design competition was to create a community where the masses residing in the gentrified slums in Metro Manila could live and thrive. Taking this goal to heart, BALE aims to create a mutual relationship between the end users, environment, and the built environment. This constant interrelation of all three entities would determine the success of the development of being livable and sustainable for years to come. Analyzing the site, the physical setting of the project played a major role in the development of the master plan. The master plan which is divided into three phases, generates its form from three nodes of polarization. These nodes place the chapel and town hall, park, and playgrounds respectively, while maintaining its distance within the radius of walkability. Steering away from any massive structure, the clustered configuration of the residential buildings minimize heat gain and promotes an open space network that is integral to the character of the community. Accessibility in this project is not a mere requirement but also an experience that adds to the sense of place or Genius Loci that BALE aims to achieve.

SUSTAINABLE The spiral configuration of the plan aids in the creation of a fluid and defensible residential cluster while leaving an epicenter that generates numerous sustainable concepts. One applicable concept is the Venturi Stack Effect - an advantageous passive cooling technique that takes effect when hot air rises and new cold air is drawn due to the change in pressure. A related concept to the stack effect is the Coriolis Effect; which generates a deflection in the circulation of wind within each cluster that also contributes to passive cooling. BALE strives to be the epitome of comfortable living, a place wherein proper and simple architecture can greatly improve the quality of life of the community’s future residents.




PUBLIC ORIENTED Resurgence in the arts has lead the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank), to develop a new home for the Metropolitan Museum of Manila. Although exciting, museums defy the idea of sustainability especially in the local setting. To counteract the notion of museums lacking financial viability, the design intended for a much more interactive lifestyle park like experience rather than the typical parametric, massive, and sculptural structure. By freeing up the ground plane and providing garden and commercial spaces for the public, visitors could opt to enjoy the development without actually having to visit the museum per se. Circulation is an integral part of museum design. The intention of the vertical portals, which draw inspiration from the Teteh - ladders of vernacular Filipino homes, creates various nodes that stimulate visitors to explore the building in different ways every visit.


PATTERNED Patterned after the artifacts displayed by the Metropolitan Museum, the precision cut sun shading devices intend to create shadow play that constantly changes the aesthetics and experience of the interior. These sun shading elements which sit a top glass “diamonds� are reminiscent of the typical indigenous villages found in the Philippines. The proportions of these Ifugao hut like structures vary in size to stimulate the illusion of depth since the primary challenge of the competition calls for an idea on how to reverse the linear block like mass that the narrow project site willfully suggests.



MOVEMENT Progression is the desired trait that the Philippine Statistical Authority strives to exude. By creating a structure with a basic but efficient floor plate interlaced with a facade that embodies both the principles of symmetrical design - for the significance of authority - and asymmetry - expressing movement - the intended design of the project serves to be a benchmark for future government offices. The positioning of the angled solid masses countered by glazed fenestrations on the opposite side accounts for the perfect incorporation of natural light and also minimizing heat gain.


In-Between Spaces Arch 552 - Institutions Studio Instructor: Prof. John McMorrough


TANGENTIAL Life in middle school is a time where internal development takes place. Taking this concept to heart, the Clauge middle school of Ann Arbor should exude evolution, connection, uniqueness, and multiplicity. Based on the postulation of platonic forms as a basis for an antithesis of potential form, the extension of significant points in basic geometry develops a tangential connection between figures. As a result, the aggregation of forms, zoning of activities and proportioning of program function produced linkages between these geometric forms and, because of the uniqueness between objects, have ultimately formed unintended courtyards of various shape and size. Circulation, therefore, transverses adjacent to both exterior and interior of the structure forming a continuous loop within the whole structure.


Cell Accommodations






The context of the project and it’s site initially creates a segregation between vegetation and the suburban fabric. As such, the amalgamation of the forms produced creates a significant illusion of an urban frontage and fabric to act as a mediator between the two bifurcated elements. The location of the project on site suggests the formation of a private green oasis completely detached from all external elements surrounding the site. With the concern of producing a facade that is a physical manifestation of the underlying intentions of the floor plan and the unique volumes formed, the striation of color bring both identity to each polygonal form independently and as a logic that unifies the entire structure.

An affect this scheme strives to embody is adaptability as a product and derivative of the open spaces or the courtyard. The unintended and non-compulsory formed spaces of these courtyard comprise the resulting identity of the edifice, while also creating a multiplicity of possibilities for coherence and adaptation. Ultimately, the intended design of this school relishes the awkwardness that is middle school and the in-between spaces formed producing an environment ample for the development of growth and change.

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Flat to fold Arch 537 - Fabrication Collaborators: Julie Choe, Don David, Nancy Cheng

To design a brise soleil that originates from a single sheet of metal that embodies

both modularity and multiplicity was the challenge for this project. Originating from the honeycomb pattern, we then decided to create units that vary in length and depth to provide both stability for the free standing wall unit and ample apertures for light and shadow play. The fabrication process was also considered in the design where the cutouts on the side planes create opportunities for tool access and an added layer for light and shadow play. Ultimately, this project is an exemplar for simple elements in design, material and execution that produce the effect of modularity and multiplicity.


REPRESENTATIONS Arch 516 - Visual Representation

Drawing inspiration from the Rietveld Red and Blue Chair, where both plane and color defines the De Stijl chair, this exercise decomposes these elements to create the play of space through two dimensional linework and axonometric projection. The edge conditions that project volume through an optical illusion of discontinuous termination create the Penrose effect. Also, the tones of grey act as referential surfaces of repositioning visual understanding while concurrently adding to the depth of the entire composition.

The representational experiment on phenomenological and literal transparency draws from Alvaro Siza’s Mimesis Museum and Galacian Centre. By trying to encapsulate the phenomenological sense of place in two different works of Alvaro Siza, this triptych exercise begins with the superimposition of the two interior images into a soft collage rendition. As the drawings progress into actual reinterpretations of the planes, volumes and spaces formed by the original palimpsest of Siza’s work, the challenge evolved into deciphering how to properly terminate and create lines, phantoms and shadows integral to developing such a space that reflects both interior spaces seen in both axonometric projection and interior perspective rendering.


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Architectural Portfolio + CV 2017 | Victor Dionisio  

Victor Emmanuel H. Dionisio | Selected works 2017 | University of Michigan - Master of Architecture Candidate 2018

Architectural Portfolio + CV 2017 | Victor Dionisio  

Victor Emmanuel H. Dionisio | Selected works 2017 | University of Michigan - Master of Architecture Candidate 2018