Estudio Damgo: First Filipino Design-Build Studio

by Foundation University Vetted since 2012 Site Visit Verified


Senior architecture students at Foundation University in Dumaguete, Philippines get hands-on experience leading the design of a new daycare center for a remote village from community concept through construction.

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Architecture is undervalued in the Philippines and largely overlooked at a time when extreme growth demands creative, sustainable solutions (the Philippines ranks fourth worldwide for population density and growth). To revive student interest in architecture and build appreciation for the craft, Foundation University has launched the first design-build studio of the Philippines. Architecture students will have hands-on experience leading a community project from design through construction.


In its first year, "Estudio Damgo" students are leading the design of a new daycare center for a remote village. Malaunay residents will gain a beautiful new classroom for 30 of their youngest students while ten college seniors gain invaluable job skills in design, community participation and construction. Both students and community benefit from the design-build studio: one achieves great career experience while the other learns the process and benefit of working with an architect.

Long-Term Impact

Estudio Damgo will choose a new community project every year - engaging local community in good design through the provision of a structure that showcases cultural relevance, innovation, and sustainability. Our goal is for all architecture students to earn first-hand experience with construction and community design while providing the community a long-term, valuable asset they would never have gotten otherwise.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Estudio Damgo Facebook Page
Foundation University Website
Newspaper Article about Estudio Damgo Instructor

Organization Information

Foundation University

Location: Dumaguete, Negros Oriental - Philippines
Website: http:/​/​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Amy Villanueva
Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental Philippines

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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