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Lumina Pandit

Arch. Yolanda Reyes

Twenty-six years of competently practicing her craft has made Arch. Yolanda Reyes a renowned personality in Philippine architecture. Credited under her name are two milestone achievements as an architect and an educator.

Architect Reyes was the first female dean of the then UST College of Architecture and Fine Arts (CAFA), where she served for nine consecutive years from 1991 to 2000. Through herdeanship, CAFA was awarded the title Center of Excellence by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). She also exerted effort in strengthening the College's linkages with international academic institutions like the Univer¬sity of Western Australia, Centenary College in New Jersey, National University of Singapore, Greenwich University in United Kingdom, Soshazia College in Osaka, Nipon Institute of Technology in Tokyo, and the Deutscher Academischer Austauschdienst in Germany.

Another landmark in her career was her election as the 14th and the first lady National President of the United Architects of the Philip-pines (UAP), a bona fide organization of architects in the country. Architect Reyes' accomplishments in the association focused on three masterate programs, namely: Professional Development for Global Competitiveness, Professionalizing Assistance to the Members, and Promotion of Common Projects for Nation Building.

A true-blooded Thomasian, Architect Reyes was schooled at the University from elementary until her postgraduate years. Following her stint as UST-CAFA dean, she con-tinues to take active part in various professional groups like the UNESCO-Union International des Architects (UIA), Architect Regional Council for Asia (ARCASIA), and the Asian Congress of Architects in Education, among others.

Reference:

  • UST Alumni Association, Inc.
    TOTAL Awards 2002 Souvenir Program
    March 22, 2002, UST Medicine Auditorium