I want to use beautiful images and words to recenter the marginal, and make the arcane inclusive. I am passionate about visual culture and city building, and I shape myself into different roles and disciplines to meet their evolving needs.
My research has recently focused on the art and architecture of the Philippines through a diasporic lens. My broader interests lie in contemporary and historic forms of transcultural exchange. I occasionally maintain an independent illustration practice in parallel with my research, which thrives on diverse collaborations in academia, foresight strategy, food and hospitality, and more. I work with architectural firms to develop strategies for communication and publishing.
I am committed to bridging gaps - between grassroots art communities and institutions; between Southeast Asia and the diaspora. I have facilitated a number of inclusive and experimental drawing and architecture workshops in Canada and the Philippines. Recently I completed a graduate thesis on my dad's ancestral house, assisted on the curatorial team of an exhibition critically examining the former Spanish Empire at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and worked with the Living Architecture Systems Group to build immersive meshwork sculptures and connect international researchers. Currently, I am working on research projects related to large language models and public art mentorships.
My previous internship experiences in the architectural field have taken me to New York City, Melbourne, Mexico City, Prague and Bali.