Filipino youth urged to preserve heritage buildings for sustainable community

Multi-awarded Architect Gerard Lico urged the youth to help preserve the country’s heritage.

Lico, in a recent lecture, touched on the factors that affect the decision-making on conserving structures, such as religious and historical significance, architectural merit and character, rarity, identity and contribution factors in society.

The curator explained that good conservation aims for minimum intervention in the historic fabric of an edifice. He likewise added that elements should be repaired rather than replaced.

To lead the community toward environmental and social sustainability, the art historian shared his expertise on the tedious process of rehabilitating cultural sites with the creative students under the Architecture and Interior Design Programs of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) School of Environment and Design (SED).

This approach will also improve the physical conditions of places, increase economic growth, strengthen emotional bonds, and provide a better quality of life for the people.

He shared his insights to the students at the Benilde Design+Arts (D+A) Campus.

Lico is an educator at the University of the Philippines (UP)-Diliman College of Architecture. He is a prolific author of notable publications including Edifice Complex: Power, Myth, and Marcos State Architecture; Deco Filipino: Art Deco Heritage in the Philippines; and Arkitekturang Pilipino.

He has been involved in the restoration of important landmarks, such as the Manila Metropolitan Theater, the Rizal Memorial Coliseum and the facilities of the UP Diliman. 

He also served as a consultant for planning initiatives for other local and ancestral grounds across the country.    

He was awarded the 2022 Outstanding Professional of the Year by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). The Embassy of Italy in the Philippines recognized his remarkable contributions to heritage architecture during the 1st Italian Design Day in the Philippines.

With the purpose of raising awareness of saving national attractions as a viable practice, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) continues to feature renowned professionals to give talks. Among the invited lecturers in the past are outstanding architects namely Michael Manalo, Roz Li, Dominic Galicia, interior designer Leo Almeria and the late architect Augusto Villalon.