IDr. ADRIAN PEREZ DEL MONTE, USC-SAFAD’s Doctoral Student at the University of Florida and Associate Dean Margaret Portillo (UF) -presented with the 2021 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR BEST STUDENT PRESENTATION
University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning student Adrian Perez Del Monte and Associate Dean Margaret Portillo were presented with the 2021 Award of Excellence for Best Student Presentation, the Interior Design Educators Council announced recently. Perez Del Monte is a Fulbright Scholar and Ph.D. Candidate with a concentration in interior design whose research interests include design acculturation, vernacular architecture and spatial and behavioral mapping.
“I am earnestly grateful for the recognition,” said Perez Del Monte, who along with Portillo, engaged with the research team in developing the study, collecting the data and analyzing results that they both presented at the IDEC national conference. “In this day and age, it is easy to believe that your work can quickly go unnoticed. Getting recognized during this extraordinary time is incredibly encouraging. I am elated and will continue to develop the skills needed as I continue my personal and professional journey. As an international student, I am grateful for being seen and appreciated.”
The presentation was entitled, “Public & Private, I & We Space: Exploring a Typology of University Library Spaces.” Perez Del Monte and Portillo shared with IDEC their research on ways a university library can evolve its form, space and practice while simultaneously offering a safe oasis on the college campus. The timing of the study was fortuitous because it captured a period which featured a more heightened focus on the built environment. Their study revealed ways to increase student opportunities for choice and control in their library spaces, aimed to enhance focus, collaboration and even creativity.
“Adrian and I enjoyed presenting this project and the spirited discussion that ensued,” Portillo said. “He has been an asset in every phase of the study and deserves much credit for this recognition.”
During the past two years, Perez Del Monte has served as a graduate assistant on the project along with co-PIs Portillo, Associate Professor of Interior Design Jason Meneely, a team of four science library faculty and administrators responsible for assessment and the user experience in the Marston Science Library and UF library system.
“This would not be possible without the support and encouragement of our research team,” Perez Del Monte said. “I have the most profound respect and admiration for their tenacity and leadership.”
The mission of IDEC is the advancement of interior design education, scholarship and service. IDEC aims to support professional interior design educators at each stage of their career while providing interior design students the resources needed for educational and professional development.
Source: University of Florida website dcp.ufl.edu/news/adrianperezdelmonte
IDr Adrian Perez Del Monte, USC-SAFAD’s Doctoral Student at the University of Florida (UF) and Associate Dean Margaret Portillo (UF) – presented with the 2021 Award of Excellence for Best Student Presentation
JULIANNE MAE C. CADAMPOG: The BEST IN SCREENPLAY and the BEST IN MOVING IMAGES 1.
Receiving the award not only encouraged me to keep moving forward, but it is also a testament of growth. It’s quite tough to learn in an online setting, but I am challenged to strive to make the best out of the learning materials offered by our instructors and by online sources. Moreover, collaboration is key, especially with regards to film projects. The pre-production processes of conceptualization and screenwriting alone entail lots of discussions and decision-making discourses. It can be quite overwhelming for film students like me who are just starting my learning endeavors in the industry.
Our first semester projects from our Cinema courses highly encouraged a collaboration with our classmates. It was a great experience to be able to learn from others. A takeaway from those experiences is not to think that one cannot learn from classmates who are of the same age or year level. It’s really important to share ideas with others because it widens our horizon. Working with others also helps identify disparities and plot holes. As a wise person once told me, “You get to learn more from people who intimidate you”. We are gifted with different skills and talents and so, exposure to an environment with varying levels of these will nurture growth. The overall experience has also led me to form bonds and relationships with peers.
I am grateful for the school administration for acknowledging the students’ efforts. It shows that they bore witness to my growth in my courses and respective field. I am also just as grateful to my instructors who are supportive and encouraging. They take the time to answer my inquiries and give me the opportunities to learn and experience more. In my opinion, recognition, no matter how small, assures students that we are indeed learning and that our instructors and school administrators are able to provide us with a well-rounded learning environment.
When doing food photography, I am always driven towards a ‘less is more’ approach. This helps the subject to stand out even more, rather than the ‘extras’ screaming for attention. In the real world, it’s easy to get lost in the process especially when you have a lot of ideas— want to add this or that, to do this or that. And to be clear, I am often like that. However, attending several workshops and learning from the great minds of SAFAD Fine Arts Department, I learned that having a system can ensure a smoother workflow.
I believe that the most important part of doing every project is always the process because not only do you learn from it, but also you get to know yourself better. Right after the instructions of Mr. Radel Paredes for our Production Design plate, I immediately went to a nearby surplus store to look for ceramic plates and saucers that will best complement the styling I envisioned. While the rest of the props were sourced out from my mom’s kitchenware collections and dad’s scrap materials. I want others to know that they don’t need expensive props and backgrounds. Just be resourceful.
Ever since I prefer to work with natural light. It gives natural and crispiness to most of my photos, however, natural light may not be the norm in commercial food photography because it is constantly changing. For this plate, I intentionally used natural light to evoke a more rustic impression and vibe. To add dynamism to the composition, I incorporate human interaction—I poured a cup of maple syrup into the pancakes.
I am not sure what moved the jury to give me an award. I just gave my heart and soul into it and took it as an opportunity to improve my works better. TO ME, THIS AWARD IS AN AFFIRMATION!
For more samples of my works, please visit my portfolio on Instagram at istudyobylouie.)
Maria Angelli Lazarte: the “BEST IN FILM PROPOSAL” and the “BEST IN FILM EDITING“
While working on my film proposal, I thought it was important to think of it as not just a course requirement. I worked on it thinking that I was about to pitch it to someone. Working with this mindset actually helped me sort out what needed clarity or what needed more work. I kept looking at my project from an outside perspective and self-criticized if it was in lack of something. In our producer’s and director’s workshop classes, we’re always taught that in the development stage of filmmaking, one has to be fully prepared. Every detail not just in the creative process but also in the managerial and financial must be accounted for. Our instructor, Mr. Diem Judilla, guided us on the whole process. It was an honor when he told me that the material itself is pitch-ready at film labs.
The editing award meanwhile came as a surprise for me. I’m personally not technically competent with the software we utilize in class. I believe my classmates are much more adept at it than I am. Our professor, Mr. Kris Villarino, told me the way I direct really “shaped the editing” of my film. He has been so helpful from the beginning and up to telling us what we need to improve with every film review. It really helped me grow as a film editor.
I have since been so honored with the recognition I got from the administration.
I personally like to think they gave it to me not just because the project I made was “good” or “okay”— but because I did my homework right.
Kester Bennett HAMOY: The BEST IN DIRECTING, The BEST IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
Awarded during Libkas SAFAD DESIGN WEEK, University of San Carlos, April 2021
Those awarded achievements were outputs from our class. I was serious in trying out the cinematic concepts and techniques––the effect it would bring towards the viewer or audience. No matter how rudimentary those techniques were, it was very interesting to practice and play with them for achieving certain effects in people
I was, above all, obsessed with creating an atmosphere or a mood. It was very important for me to sustain the established feeling and be consistent with everything. This is why I spent a lot of time staying idle and simulating the scenes in my head; whether they would fit or not. It is certainly one of the perks when making films virtually by yourself.
I don’t really know what merits the school administration found important in my work. I can only say that the things I had worked hard on, in my opinion, produced the results that I wanted. I think it is because of the image, which is a challenge especially when you don’t have the proper equipment.
So I had to “DIY” a lot of stuff, like all of my other classmates. I spent a lot of time placing and positioning things in different places for it to actually look satisfactory.