Research & Teaching

Teaching

"Teaching because life is all about learning"

Courses taught at the College of Architecture University of the Philippines Diliman

from 2020 till current term

Arch 4. Architectural Communication IV: Introduction to Computer-Aided Design and Digital Visualization
An introduction to basic computer-aided design approaches, expressions, and techniques in architectural study and presentation. This includes the use of information and communication technologies for analysis, architectural programming, design, and facilities management. An introductory understanding in the use of computer aided design (ProgeCAD) and 3D visualisation (Sketchup) are covered. Through diagnostic esquisses, exercises, and term projects, students are expected to be able to communicate architectural design more effectively through digital visualizations using the basic computer-aided design software.

Arch 5. Architectural Communication V: Digital Visualization in Architecture
An introduction to advanced computer-aided design approaches, expressions, and techniques in architectural study and presentation. These include an introductory understanding of the use of Photogrammetry tools (Visual SFM, MeshLab, Blender), 3D modelling software (Rhino), and Building Information Management (ArchiCAD). Through diagnostic esquisses, exercises, and term projects, students are expected to be able to communicate architectural design more effectively through digital visualizations using the advanced computer-aided design software.

Arch 31. Architectural Design V: Site Context and Architecture
Design exercises highlighting the role of context in the creative process of the built environment. This course aims to enable the student to design efficiently taking into consideration the implications of the socio-cultural activities of man; efficient use of materials, and energy conservation; and relate these factors to the nature of the site

Arch 32. Architectural Design VI: Architecture, Technology and the Environment
Design exercises emphasizing the relationships among architecture, technology and the environment, while
addressing economy and sustainability concerns. This course aims to enable the student to design efficiently taking into consideration the implications of the
socio-cultural activities of man; efficient use of materials, and energy conservation; and relate these factors to
the nature of the site.

Arch 55. Design with Nature: Tropical Design
Design exercises emphasizing the relationships among architecture, technology and the environment, while
addressing economy and sustainability concerns. This course aims to enable the student to design efficiently taking into consideration the implications of the
socio-cultural activities of man; efficient use of materials, and energy conservation; and relate these factors to
the nature of the site.

Arch 205. Tropical Architecture
Tropical Architecture is the systematic analysis of tropical design elements found in tropical climates and regions, and recognizing how these elements affect the design process. The course leads students to the planning and design strategies of structures within the constraints of the
hot, humid type of climate and other tropical climate types as well (hot, dry climate).  As part of the assessment, the course challenges the students to create or analyze architectural forms influenced by a regional design approach.

Archi 231. Urban Design Principles
Taking off from the urban design course series in the undergraduate level, this graduate course goes further by tackling such concepts in relation to other disciplines. Serving as an overview of urban design, students can be directed to more specialized topics covering the physical dimension of neighborhoods, districts and cities. Urban design is both a product and a process that results from the confluence of a varied set of physical, social and temporal factors. An understanding of the historical and theoretical foundations of urban design as a planning process and field of practice accounts for sound design decisions on the uses of the public realm. Aesthetic principles as well as socio-cultural basis of design are covered in this course. Students who would be working on the thesis topics under the urban design studio laboratory will take this as the first qualified elective course. It can also be taken as a qualified elective by students following other studio laboratory that need to be contextualized within a larger geographical sphere.

Archi 232 Environmental Issues in Urban Design
The course recognizes the two-way relationship between buildings and the environment that they become part of. Focus is on the mitigation of possible adverse effects of one on the other. Lecture topics include design interventions aimed at protecting both the building and the site environment. Cases to be discussed highlight approaches to achieving sustainable design. The course will easily be related to the other studio laboratories in the Master of Architecture Program.

Courses taught at the College of Human Ecology University of the Philippines Los Banos

from 2014 - 2019

Department of Community and Environmental Resource Planning

  • CERP 101 Fundamentals of Human Settlements Planning
  • CERP 122 Conservation of Natural Resources
  • CERP 131 Planning Theory and Practice
  • CERP 133 Human Settlements Planning and Theory
  • HUME 198  Practicum

Department of Social Development Services

  • HUME 1 Introduction to Human Ecology
  • HUME 3
  • SDS 10 Introduction to Social Development
  • HUME 190 Special Problems in Human Ecology
  • SDS 11 Community Study in Human Welfare
  • HUME 103 Social Policies
  • HUME 199a Seminars in Human Ecology
  • SDS 200 Department Coordinator for the undergraduate thesis of the department

Undergraduate thesis topics advised:

  • Indigenous Knowledge and Disaster Resiliency
  • Upscaling M-Learning Adoption
  • Gender Politics among Indigenous Tribes
  • Dynamics of Disaster Resiliency among the Elderly

De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde
Architecture and Multimedia Arts Program

2014-2015; 2016-2018

FEATI University
College of Architecture, Architecture Program

2013-2015; 2016-2018

Architectural Design I (ARCDES1), Architectural Research (ARSERCH), Building Utilities 3: Lighting and Acoustics (BUILDU3), Construction and Project Management (SPECZ-3), Architectural Design Theory II (THEDES2), and Tropical Design (TROPDES). NATSCID Human Factors in Design

Materials of Construction (AR224), Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning (AR522), Basic Computer Aided Design & Drafting for Architecture (CAD1), Advanced Computer Aided Design, (CAD2)

Research Focus

Sustainable and resilient communities
Wetlands, wetland centres, and the built environment
Architecture for socio-civic progress

Publications

REFEREED PUBLICATIONS

  • Salvacion, A., Devanadera, M.C., Paro, F., Lecciones, A.J., and Eligue, J.C. (2021). Vulnerability and Resilience to Flooding in the Philippines: A case study in Marinduque, Philippines using GIS-based Approaches. Vulnerable and Resilient Communities. Taylor & Francis/Routledge. (under review).
  • Lecciones, A.J., Serrona, K., Devanadera, M.C., Lecciones, A., Yu, J. (2021). Creative approaches in engaging the youth towards sustainable waste management and wetland conservation. In: Stefanakis, A. and Nikolaou, I., eds., Circular Economy and Sustainability, Volume 2: Environmental Engineering, 1st ed. Elsevier, pp 720.
  • Devanadera, M.C., Lecciones, A.J., Lecciones, A., Prudente, M.C., and Quintos, J. (2019). Case Study 9: Green Filters Project. In: Langergraber, G. Dotro, G. Nivala, J. Stein, O., eds., Wetland Technology, Practical information on designing treatment wetlands, IWA Scientific and Technical Report No.27, 1st London: IWA Publishing, pp. 120-121.
  • Lecciones, A.J. (2015). Agricultural Innovation: Options for Appropriate Technologies in Responding to Climate Change. Asia Pacific Adaptation Network, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), January 2015.

NON-REFEREED PUBLICATIONS

  • Lecciones, A.J., Lecciones A. (2017). Youth EcoCamp Training Manual: A guide for conducting the SCPW Youth Ecological Camps. Pasig City: SCPW, pp. 187.

PUBLICATIONS FROM OTHER RESEARCH WORK

  • Lecciones, A.J. (2015). Tourism Carrying Capacity of the Las Piñas – Parañaque Critical Habitat Ecotourism Area. Unpublished study. University of the Philippines Diliman.
  • Lecciones, A.J. (2007). Developing a Framework for Applying Energy-Efficient Technologies in the Building Envelope of Housing Developments. Unpublished undergraduate thesis. University of the Philippines Diliman.
  • Lecciones, A.J. (2012). Capital assets in community-based disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation mainstreaming in Ticao Island, Philippines. Unpublished graduate dissertation. Royal Holloway, University of London.

Aaron Julius M. Lecciones
Licensed and Registered Architect
Planner, Designer, and Educator.