Why I teach

See, I want to change the world. (Well at least to make it a little bit better because I have lived.) There’s a certain energy that fills a classroom of curious, hungry minds. I’m hoping to inspire and spark a curiosity that leads to learning, not by merely transferring information from sources to ears. I don’t want to just inform, I want to engage people while helping them transform into who they want to be. I need to help these individuals connect their own dots. I’d like to think that I am introducing them to crucial aspects of life and design through well-digested series of topics and I try my best to create a classroom environment that allows the creative to BE CREATIVE. Hopefully, I’d inspire people to take control of their own education. Schools should not only prepare students for tests. Schools should prepare students for life.

How can you really help someone who doesn’t want to help themselves? I am aware that I cannot teach everything (nor do I know everything) but I try and make them see possibilities – better versions of themselves and what this world could be.

Yup! I’m currently teaching at the University of Santo Tomas, College of Architecture. Honestly, I’d rather be associated more to teaching than being a person in front of the computer doing CAD work. Mentoring has got to be the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done. So for those of you asking: “Ma’am, what subjects are you teaching?” Here’s a roster (emphasized below are subjects I’m currently handling):

First Semester
Graphics 101 (1st Year)
Design 1 (1st Year)
Design 5 (3rd Year)
Design 7 (4th Year)
Architectural Interior (4th Year)
Site Planning (3rd Year)
Professional Practice 3 (4th Year)

Second Semester
Graphics 102 (1st Year)
Design 2 (1st Year)
Design 4 (2nd Year)
Design 6 (3rd Year)
Design 8 (4th Year)
Fundamentals of Urban Design and Community Planning (3rd Year)
Professional Ethics (3rd Year)
Professional Practice 2 (3rd Year)
Research Methods in Architecture (4th Year)
Housing (5th Year)

Mid-Year Term
Theory of Architecture 2 (2nd Year)

Passion is infectious. Imagine a world filled with people who love what they’re doing while making a difference. I want to help create an environment that encourages people to ask the right questions and be enabled to do something about it.

I don’t think this would be the only thing I’d be doing now that I’m transitioning again after my MA in Interior Design. I’m seeing how architecture could work in different situations from the scale of things to the scale of the city. I am so interested in how architectural solutions can be implemented at the edge of design knowledge. In a sense, I am trying to find my space in the entire sphere of solutions, my own battlefield where I could contribute. I see a disparity between the industry, profession and education and I see tertiary education as a viable step to solving this big laboratory of change that we call a country.

I found that my life became more colorful when I’m teaching. I’ve met some of the most interesting people through my students. It’s inspiring and it keeps me on my toes. I love learning and sharing even if you’re not my class. See you in school!

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2 thoughts on “Why I teach

  1. Your students are very lucky to have you, a professor who is devoted and truly enjoys sharing her knowledge to the students. Just by reading your blog I can already feel how much you love your students. I would be very happy if ever I get the chance to meet you po in person and listen to your lectures.

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