Arkitektas: Celebrating Women in Architecture

In honor of Women’s Month, the Professional Practice 2 classes, led by Architects Roger Andre Aguilar and Marie Donna Mabaquiao, orchestrated a poignant event aimed at shedding light on the experiences of women navigating the traditionally male-dominated realm of architecture.

Taking place on March 20, 2024, at the Luisa Medel Little Theater in La Consolacion College Bacolod, the event welcomed three distinguished practicing architects to share their invaluable insights.

Architects Dawn Arañez, Jennifer Benedicto-Iral, and Stella Darvin-Legaspi graced the occasion as guest speakers, each bringing forth a wealth of experience and wisdom garnered through their journeys in the field.

When asked about the challenges they faced as women in the practice of architecture, the responses echoed a common narrative of perseverance in the face of adversity.

The speakers shed light on the transformative power of female perspectives in architectural practice. They emphasized the inherent empathy and sensitivity that women bring to design processes, often resulting in more inclusive and sustainable built environments. Through their projects, they championed the integration of social and environmental considerations, challenging conventional norms and paving the way for a more holistic approach to architecture.

It became evident that while women continue to face formidable obstacles in the field of architecture, their contributions are indispensable in shaping a more equitable and innovative built environment. Through dialogue, advocacy, and solidarity, these trailblazing architects are forging a path towards a future where diversity and inclusion are celebrated as catalysts for progress and excellence.#