Loyola Architecture Club Featured in National Journal
Loyola Academy's chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) was featured as the high school highlight in the winter issue of Crit Magazine, the national organization's student journal.
The feature included an interview with Loyola chapter officers President Anthony Michi ’18, Vice President Veronica Fischer ’18, Secretary Kathy Ulowetz ’18 and Attendance Officer Sebastian Rodriguez ’19, conducted by Maria Syed, a student at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Discussed in the interview were the work and current projects of Loyola's AIAS chapter, including the restoration of San Pablo Apostol de Cabagan, a 300 year old Catholic church in the Philippines. Students explained how they have had the opportunity to collaborate with advisor and San Diego architect Joseph Pazcoguin and how they’ve used technology to bridge the geographical gap of the project.
"Everything was done by email…and it could sometimes take weeks to make contact with the San Pablo community because of the lack of technological accessibility," the students said of the challenges they faced. "...It could put us weeks behind schedule, and sometimes we would have to reprioritize until we could get what we needed from the Philippines."
The students also commented on the two major committees working on the restoration project: the AutoCAD Committee, which is responsible for all two-dimensional graphics as well as producing the 3D models of the newly reconfigured chapel and Museum of the Cagayan Valley; the second is the Retablo Committee responsible for the design of a new retablo for the altar to replace the one missing since the Second World War.
AIAS Loyola was the first AIAS high school chapter, beginning in 2000. With this long tradition of excellence, the students also shared their ideas on just what makes for a good student-run organization at the high school level: meaningful projects and engaging work.
The chapter meets weekly. For more information, please contact Mr. Cleland at firstname.lastname@example.org.