It was determined and was mutually agreed upon that the College will provide interventions for the following (conceptual) projects:
- Architectural and landscape design for Tayak Hill Ecological Center
- Landscape and urban design of selected strategic resource sites within Rizal Town
The technical assistance project was seen as a good opportunity for the students to engaged actual projects and actual client. It was also a way for the College to fulfill the mandate of the University to provide technical assistance (extension) services to organizations and communities outside the University. Subsequent meetings were facilitated and coordinated later on by the Extension Program through the supervision of Asst. Prof. Olivia Alma Sicam (Extension Program Director). The classes and supervising faculty members included:
- LA 132 (Landscape Architectural Design) under Asst. Prof. Jose Dan Villajuan and Asst. Prof. Jose Antonio Bimbao
- AR 55 (Tropical Design) under Asst. Prof. Nicolo Del Castillo
- AR 162 (Urban Design) under Asst. Prof. Maureen Anne Araneta, Asst. Prof. Maria Faith Varona and Asst. Prof. Kelvin De Chavez.
Academic Field Activity. An academic field activity (AFA) sponsored by the Municipality of Rizal was conducted last February 3, 2018, in order for the students and faculty supervisors to ascertain actual site conditions within Tayak Hill and in other sites of interest in Rizal Town. The AFA was led by Mayor Antonino Aurelio himself, as he personally welcomed and accompanied the UPCA contingent around their municipality.
One of the faculty supervisors - Prof. Del Castillo notes in his e-mail to the faculty the concrete milestones of the project, as well as the importance of such extension work:
Excerpt from Prof. Del Castillo’s E-mail:
“The classes of LArch 132 (under Jose Antonio Bimbao & Dan Villajuan), Arch 162 (under Maureen Araneta & Faith Varona) and Arch 55 (my section), tackled various concerns of the town. Arch 162 presented urban design possibilities. LArch 132 presented more detailed possibilities in various locations in the town. Arch 55 and LARch 132 presented various iterations of how they can build a showcase MRF for their (so far) lone tourist attraction (Tan-aw Park, a forest reserve amid the foothills of Mts. Banahaw and Cristobal).
When we presented the works of our classes to Mayor Antonino Aurelio and town officials last 18 May (F), their response was that of elation and surprise. They expressed that they never knew how rich their town was in terms of possibilities with their resources. In short, the students' presentations gave them new dreams, new possibilities, new aspirations for their town. This reaction is where I would say we draw our fulfilment from.
In turn, I was enlightened with the realization that we could do this on a regular basis. Having accomplished our teaching targets with our classes, we have also hit two more targets -- serving our people, and provided students with design and research topics that are real and not hypothetical.”