Architecture has the fascinating ability to influence the success and failure of society—depending on the quality of work produced

Architecture has the fascinating ability to influence the success and failure of society—depending on the quality of work produced. If proper thought is given, cities are transformed into self-reliant ecosystems, with all worldly needs accessible to everyone. If done improperly, the city becomes a mess of different personalities, competing with each other to build either the most artistic or cost-effective structures—blind to the implications they have on the urban fabric of the cities they reside in. In the Philippines for example, this growth has led to uncontrollable development that has displaced public activity, a lack of integration between the city and public transportation has traffic escalating for the last decade. Changing these conditions requires collaboration between many different stakeholders and as an architect, I can only try to become someone who is up for this challenge.