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Benildean Architects work and play in an environment where uniqueness is appreciated, talents are nurtured, and ideas are valued.

Is architecture the soul of a civilization?

Purposeful Design. Historical and environmental knowledge, critical thinking, and artistic vision. The Bachelor of Science in Architecture program brings together fundamental concerns in the contemporary culture through its global networks of institutional collaborators. Ensuring that the students will have the necessary tool to design purposefully towards inventive and sustainable solutions, delivered by a diverse collection of mentors, expands the traditional definition of architecture.


Our Capstone projects show real-life learnings in real-world applications


Annual Portfolio Review

Po.Re is the annual showcase of the finest works the Benilde Architecture Program has produced in the previous academic year. The said event is held during the first term of the academic year to inspire the freshmen students through the works of their upperclassmen. Po.Re instills a portfolio mindset in our students, wherein every output must be done to the best of their abilities. This encourages students and mentors alike to think creatively, branch out to different subjects, promote discourse, and widen their perspectives.


The Social and Academic Guild for Architecture (SAGA) is a professional collegiate organization founded for the purpose of research, unification, augmentation, appreciation, and academic development of the art and science of architecture. This organization has strived to shape the minds of its constituents to be creative and innovative designers in the field of architecture through multiple modalities. However, the foundation of this organization still remains to be about building bonds and fortifying connections between batches to create a single family of Benildean Architecture minds.


A Journey with Ar. Harvey Vasquez, Dean of the School of Environment and Design

Global Summer School – Manila Node 2020

Part of Manila’s distinct features is its esteros or river inlets that weave through different parts of the city. These waterways are a part of Manila’s rich history, from being a platform for transportation and commerce in the early days, shifting to being just merely an inoperative backyard. This change in the dynamics of cityscape has affected its population, especially communities living along the esteros and riverbanks. Esteros no longer function as they used to, overpopulation and the practice of irresponsible garbage dumping are the main culprits to the problem, creating hazardous and unlivable spaces in which these communities are stuck with.

And so, the question, is there still hope for the esteros? What changes can be done to alleviate inhumane living conditions that plague the people of Manila?

We chose the city of Manila as our site because its dichotomous built environment perfectly depicts two substantially hindering conditions of the Filipino people: Post-colonialism1 and Neo-liberalism2. We as a Filipino people constantly experience the tensions of our colonial background infringing on our daily life, rendering us unable to escape its cultural handicap. Ironically, we simultaneously and repeatedly try to liberate ourselves from our own colonial history. This Rhizomic3 cycle continuously rebirths new forms of our colonialism. This lack and quest of a homogenous Filipino “identity” is an old and flawed paradigm that is unending. Instead, we must ask ourselves, how do we disengage from these old paradigms?

THE CITY WITH TWO NAVELS – 16th Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

Benilde Architecture Program
School of Environment and Design
De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
950 P. Ocampo St., Malate, Manila, Philippines 1004
(+63) 8230-5100 local 3921