College of Architecture, University of the Philippines 

She is an architect, environmental planner and academician. She obtained her Doctor of Philosophy in City Planning from Seoul National University, South Korea, her Master of Science in Urban Development Planning from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, United Kingdom and her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of the Philippines Diliman. She also underwent training on Urban Development Housing at the University of Lund, Sweden.

She has been in academe since 1992 and as Professor of the University of the Philippines College of Architecture, she has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in the fields of housing, urban design, architectural design, infrastructure technology and public space management.   She now serves as the College Dean after serving in various administrative posts in the college and in the university. She has served as Director of the college’s Research Program, Integrated Graduate Program and the BS Architecture Program.  She has also been appointed as Director of UP Diliman’s Office of International Linkages.

Professional experience covers national and city-level plans and policy development projects of local government units and international organizations such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.  Notable body of work include the Comprehensive Land Use Plans for Ormoc, Leyte;  Palo, Leyte;  Mina, Iloilo; Badiangan, Iloilo and Atimonan, Quezon.  She led the Sustainable Sites group in the updating of the National Building Code of the Philippines to incorporate disaster risk reduction management and climate change adaptation; led the ADB’s advisory team in the preparation of an Urban Resilience Framework for the Reconstruction of Post-conflict Marawi City; and wrote the framework for the Assessment of Urban Renewal Areas, as Urban Planner for the Pasig River Rehabilitation Program.