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Architectural Activism: Julianne Guevara's Journey from Theory to Action

April 08, 2024

A recent graduate of the Department of Architectural Science, Julianne Guevara's journey intertwines her professional practice with her advocacy for societal change. Currently serving as an Intern Architect at LGA Architectural Partners, Julianne's work transcends design: it delves into the realms of neocolonialism, national identity, and ethnography, asking the question: Can architecture be a tool for resistance against imperialism and colonialism?

Drawing from her roots and experiences, Julianne's architectural narratives unravel the intricate layers of colonization, particularly focusing on the Philippines. She illuminates how the country's rich resources stand in stark contrast to the pervasive poverty engulfing the majority of its populace, a reality shaped by the enduring legacies of US imperialism, bureaucrat capitalism, and feudalism.

Central to Julianne's discourse is the critical lens of Franz Fanon, through which she scrutinizes architectural sites as embodiments of colonial assimilation. From the Spanish Baroque Church to the sprawling expanse of the Philippine Megamall, each edifice bears witness to a complex interplay of power dynamics and cultural narratives.

Yet, Julianne's activism doesn't confine itself to theoretical musings; it takes tangible form in her innovative use of zines. Experimenting with the medium's spatial configurations, she crafts ephemeral yet potent structures that transcend the traditional confines of architectural expression. These zines, with their folds and cuts, metamorphose into marketplaces, community hubs, and exhibition pavilions, embodying the ethos of accessibility and radicalism.

Julianne's work beckons architects to embrace a revolutionary culture, one that fosters hope and galvanizes communities into action. Through cultural interventions and architectural ethnography, she champions the documentation of community-driven spaces, amplifying voices long marginalized by mainstream discourse.

In the context of the Philippines' national liberation movement and aligning with organizations like Anakbayan, Julianne works with initiatives aimed at agitating, organizing, and mobilizing the youth towards genuine democracy and liberation. Her endeavors encompass a diverse array of activities, ranging from educational campaigns to protest actions, all underscored by a commitment to serving the people.

Through her melding of theory and praxis, Julianne challenges architects to reimagine their role in society, not merely as creators of space, but as catalysts for change. In her hands, architecture transcends its traditional confines, becoming an instrument for liberation and social justice. To learn more about her work and to get in touch, visit (external link)  or e-mail