As a modernist and award-winning architect for various design competitions, she dreams of elevating the status of the Philippines as a hub of avant-garde design and thinking. Driven by love and passion for what she does, it has become country through modern architectural innovations.
Nikki Buensalido is an associate architect and vice-president for Business Development, Human Resource, Finance, and Administration of Buensalido Architects. A champion and advocate of Philippine Architecture, She and her team take Filipino sensibilities and combines them with global mechanisms, contemporizing it in the process.
Was there a particular moment in your life that stirred the desire to choose architecture?
I liked art and painting when I was a little girl. I used to have painting exhibits and I also enjoyed tinkering with objects and making things with my hands. At first, I honestly thought architecture was just all about painting and drawing that’s why I picked it as a university course. However, it was in my third year at university that I understood what it was really all about. At one point, I was questioning if the profession was for me. It was when I won a competition at school and then was awarded the Rector’s Award, Magna Cum Laude, and the Outstanding Thesis Award that really encouraged me that I was on the right track.
Are moving with the times, or simply trying to react to current architectural trends?