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Ms&nbspMaria Cecilia Cruz
Ms Maria Cecilia Cruz

Full Name:
Maria Cecilia Cruz
Manila  Country: Philippines

Field of study: Architecture and History of Arts 
Degree type : 
2nd Cycle(4-6 years)
Year of graduation: 


University of Santo Tomas
Country: Philippines Town: Manila

Date of birth: 14 September 1991
Languages: Tagalog(Filipino) and English
Contact number: +639479791159

More than being an architect, I am an artist that aspires to do more than what my profession tells me to. Putting no limits to what I can do,I want to acquire greater knowledge about artistry and architecture, focusing more in traditional art that has been almost forgotten since the release digital artistry. I believe that to be an architect is to be an artist, a craftsman that can put imagination to reality, and more exposure to the different arts will only expand my imagination and skills.

Software Skills:
Adobe Photoshop
Autodesk Revit Architecture
Microsoft office
Google Sketch up
Pepakura Designer

Traditional art skills:
Drawing (mechanical/traditional)
Prop Making
Costume Design and Sewing
Paper art
Prosthetic make-up

Academic design project:

1st year

2nd year
Vacation House
Town House
Kindergarten School
Hospital (group)
NLEX Travel Facility, Gas Station and Stopover

3rd year
Condominium Building
Hospital (group)
Bus Terminal
University of Santo Tomas Quadricentennial Exhibition Hall
Evacuation Facility
Multi-level Urban Sports Complex (group)

4th year
300-bed Dormitory
Laguindingan International Airport
Taiwan Tower Competition (group)
University of Santo Tomas Campus (Group)
University of Santo Tomas Museum
Themed Mall
Interior Design for University of Santo Tomas MEdicine Building Lobby (group)

5th Year
Thesis Project

Competition design project:

1. University of Santo Tomas Quadricentennial Exhibition Hall
2. Taiwan Tower Competition (group)
3. Interior Design for University of Santo Tomas MEdicine Building Lobby (group)


1. 12 months OJT G.R.Cruz Architects

2. Freelance 3d Modeller (private clients)

3. Freelance Propworking, costumery, portrait art


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Criterias to contestualize the project
Scale* :
* : Our marine biodiversity is both an asset and a need for our people. Being an archipelagic country, most of our population get their livelihood in our seas. But the lack of awareness regarding conservation causes irreversible damage to the marine ecosyste
Interdisciplinary character (other interested fields):
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Project (block 1) - Objectives of the Project*

The Philippines is identified as the world's epicenter of marine biodiversity, located in the Southeast Asian marine biodiversity triangle, it is blessed with the richest concentration of marine life on the entire planet. Our marine biodiversity is both an asset and a need for our people. Being an archipelagic country, most of our country’s population get their livelihood in our seas. Many depend on the health of our marine ecosystem. But the lack of awareness causes these people not to take good care of our marine resources, further resulting to the destruction of the gem that upholds our name.
That aside, the Impact of Global warming on our ecosystem is only growing more and more evident and more and more severe as time pass. It has been so severe that it already changed some 100 physical and 450 biological processes 1. Worldwide, the rain falls more intensely, summer temperature is a lot hotter than normal, storms and typhoons are getting more severe, diseases travel easier, and the most disturbing effect; the global sea level is rising at a faster rate than what the experts predicted.
With that in consideration, this architectural thesis aims to answer to the problems of marine biodiversity conservation, and global warming adaptation in the Philippines. The goal is to explore the possibilities of integrating architecture with naval design and renewable energy to further producing a prototype design capable of adapting and coexisting with the environment particularly with the marine ecosystem.
The result of this research will be applied to the conceptual design for a resort and marine observatory that will be able to adapt itself with the environment and different environmental conditions without harming the marine biodiversity.
The provision of a type of Resort unique to our country should help improve our tourism industry; furthermore, its marine observatory along with the technology to be applied to the design should help improve the natural situation of our ever depleting natural oceanic treasure and hopefully boost people’s awareness regarding the preservation of our marine biodiversity.

project objectives

• To provide the country with an advanced resort facility that would boost the tourism market and at the same time enrich people’s awareness regarding marine conservation.
• To provide a prototype conceptual design exploring the possibilities of integrated architectural and naval design, and further producing a disaster-ready seascraper.
• To provide a resort facility specially designed for divers of Tubbataha and Marine Life enthusiasts. This is to serve both professional divers and non-divers’ needs and provide a marine observatory where even the non-divers can experience the underwater scenery.
• To explore different ways of adapting architecture to the ever-changing environmental state caused by the catastrophic events of Global Warming. And further create a conceptual design for the visualization of a sustainable floating resort which could further serve as a retreat/evacuation facility in case of a big disaster.

“The best way to live with water is to live on water”
-Koen Olthuis
The Philippines is an archipelago, meaning the country is surrounded mainly by water and is divided into numerous islands. With that, it is not uncommon to say that the most beautiful sceneries in the country is seen under its waters and the most beautiful underwater sceneries of the world is found within the Philippine territories.
It is only proper to showcase the Philippines’ most prized possession to the world in a way that we could give judgement to the natural treasure we are gifted with. And the best way to showcase the underwater scenery is to live with the seas of water and the best way to live with water is to live on water. Considering that living on water will not mean one would have to disturb the marine ecology, but rather adapt to it and enhance the environment for both the people and the marine life.

• To design a resort facility equipped with advanced innovation that would focus on and emphasize the structure’s function as a self-sustaining tourist magnet.
• To create a prototype conceptual design exploring the possibilities of integrated architectural and naval design and introducing an idea to challenge for today’s engineers and innovators, and further producing a disaster-ready seascraper.
• To design a resort facility specially designed for professional and non-professional divers of Tubbataha and Marine Life enthusiasts. Completely equipped with the proper facilities to serve both professional divers and non-divers’ needs and provide a marine observatory where even the non-divers can experience the underwater scenery.
• To design a structure that explores the different ways of adapting architecture to the ever-changing environmental state caused by the catastrophic events of Global Warming. And further create a conceptual design for the visualization of a sustainable floating resort which could further serve as a retreat/evacuation facility in case of a big disaster.

Project (block 2) : Progress, Methodologies and tools used for the Project*

Design Considerations


Energy Sustainability

Food Sustainability

Waste Management


Floatation and Stability

Security and Risk Management

Provision for Facilities

Accessibility and Zoning

Uniqueness and Aesthetic Quality


Overall Sustainability.

- Ensuring the long-term functionality of the project and the requirement for a self-sustaining environment is important for this Structure. Benefits of this techniques include cost-savings, environment care, higher profit, easier access to utility requirements and better quality work output. The overall sustainability of a structure is answered thru the level of its energy, food, sanitation, and environmental independency.

Regenerative Design System.

- Regenerative design system is a technique of planning that allows/promotes the structure to become a part of the natural environment. It is used mostly for structures of tourism to promote better relationship experience between man and its surrounding environment which further leads to better awareness for natural preservation.


- It is crucial for a recreational facility to be designed as a sanctuary. The main characteristic of a recreational facility is that it caters to human comfort and longing for relaxation and pampering. People visit these structures and spots to be able to escape from the urban community they have struggled in for a long time. And it’s only proper to treat them in a way that they won’t regret it but instead long for it.

Sensitive Interior Design

- Architecture design is not limited to the exterior aesthetic quality and character. To ensure the sanctuary experience for users, sensitive interior design must be applied. Holistic designers creatively blend colour, harmony, balance, proportion and style, resulting in a unique environment with a great sense of ‘place’.


- “When man builds, he must take both nature and society into account. With this concept – the ecological approach to landscape architecture-both the natural and man-made environment should be blended to produce a harmonius whole, so that while altering the ‘living system’, the vital inter-relationships between living and non-living things are not distributed. It is with this insight and understanding that the landscape architect plans his work.” -unknown

Accessibility/ Traffic Flow

- The traffic flow in any design is a crucial part of planning. The access for facilities for guests and services departments shall not be combined. The guest should have easy access to all the facilities provided for the public while all the facilities for both the guests and services should be accessible to all service personnel in a way that will not pose disturbance to the guests.


Water conservation, Recycling and


- Water conservation for this type of structure is important, Water is one of the most basic needs of people and as the structure is in the middle of the ocean, where the only water that is available is non-drinkable, accumulation and proper management for water supply is important.

Waste management

- Waste management for every type of structure is an important requirement. Every structure is encouraged to improve environmental efficiencies and one way to do this is by the proper management of waste.

Contamination of air, water and soil

- As the objective of this structure is to adapt with the environment, proper care for the surrounding environment and proper management of contaminants must be well taken into consideration.


Offer Unique Facilities

- A successful tourist destination is one with the most unique facility. People from all walks of life, without exceptions, always dreams of experiencing something different. And it is best to base “different” with the most high end of places. The wealthiest people on earth are always in search for places that would be worth all their money, and a place wouldn’t “click” if every other place else has everything it offers.

Kid-Friendly Activities/Facilities

- Whenever people go on vacation, it is most likely that they bring the whole family with them. Including kids of all ages. Child safety is one criteria that is required for every family friendly facility, but that doesn’t end there. Kid’s are hard to please, but giving them a sanctuary that they would call only available to them is a special experience for children.

Indoor and Outdoor Experiences

- Outdoor venues can host large and unique experiences and strengthen an institution's connection to its setting. While indoor venues can promote the feeling of containment and sanctuary. Both must be incorporated in a structure that promotes better human experience to give proper judgement to its supposed function

More than just that

- A structure must not be limited to the constraints of its building types. Making available other services and facilities would make it more in demand, as having almost everything people could wish for in one place makes a it function closer to Utopia.


Energy Efficiency: By utilising the latest technology, with careful design and construction considerations, the energy requirement will be reduced dramatically.

Renewable Energy: The use of renewable energy sources such as integral heat pumps and solar panels reduces Co2 emissions and, can get close to energy self sufficiency.

Selection of material: as much as possible, no chemically treated materials will be used in the construction process and informed conscientious choices will be made in the selection of products and materials.

High Performance: high-performance architecture initiative is an ongoing process of learning, analysis and implementation of innovative approaches to design in response to performance metrics of applied strategies. A long-term—instead of a short-term—view must be promoted, with buildings benefitting the environment, users and society.

High-performance architecture aims to advance beyond today’s accepted guidelines and standards classifications and towards truly environmentally neutral design, employing three primary areas of measure in determining the success of a project:

Environmental Impact: The building should have a reduced environmental impact measured in three areas: its effect on climate change, pollution and resource consumption.

Human Health: The building has to promote human health and quality of life. This is measured in two areas: performance and program.

Economy: The building should benefit society and provide added value to the community through several major areas, such as employment and income.

Conservation - The concept of sustainable floating architecture is to design without having to affect its surrounding environment and the ability to be completely mobile, changing locations and environments without leaving any negative impact to its previous location.

Project (block 3) - Results *


The nature is self-sustaining, different innovations and technologies have been based mainly on the processes of different elements in nature; creatures, plants, landscapes, waterscapes, and a lot more. To be able to design a structure that adapts well with its surroundings, one must consider elements of nature that blends well within certain environments. Further observation of nature and its elements will give better judgement and ideas in designing in the most natural way possible.

Studying how elements of nature works; like how the river connects with the sea, how the falls never run out of water, how trees help filter air and water and other processes of nature, is an essential part of this research as this would be the key to planning and designing the resort to follow the processes of nature. ¬

This technique of designing is called Biomimicry or Biomimetics. It is the examination of nature, systems, processes and elements to solve human problems. Biomimicry literally means imitation of nature, coming from the Greek words ‘bios’, meaning nature, and ‘mimesis’, meaning ‘to imitate’. This technique mainly focuses on nature as a concept in designing innovative technologies or architecture that answers to people’s needs and the aim to constantly mimic, if not surpass, the processes of natural sustainability.  


“How inappropriate to call this planet earth when it’s clearly ocean”

-Arthur Clarke

To surpass excellence in aesthetics and guest comfort. This resort’s mission is to let the guests experience the ocean in the most natural way possible. To give people the real possibility of escaping reality through a vacation detached from the land and closer to living in the seas with our marine life.


To bring to life people’s dream to know how it feels to live amongst the fishes.

Most of us dream of living underwater like the all famous gungans in Star Wars, or the merpeople in the movie “The Little Mermaid”. Most of us visualize ourselves, at some point of our lives, swimming, sleeping, or eating with marine life. The vision of The Pearl Atlantis is to make that experience possible.



Deep Sea Encounter - a feature where non-divers can explore deeper below the sea via a cage-like glass box descending from the structure.

Available from 8am-5pm daily

Marine Gardens – in-resort marine observatory featuring different types of marine life which can be seen in and around the Cagayan Ridge.

Open from 7am-9pm daily

Undersea observatory – attraction located lower in the floating resort[underwater] where people can observe larger marine species in their natural habitat.

Open to guests 24 hours

Sea Trek – an activity where more adventurous people can participate in. It could also be called underwater strolling, where you have the choice of walking inside a tank filled with marine life on the resort itself or be docked via boat to a less deeper coral site to explore.

In-resort trek available from 7am-9pm daily

Out-to-sea trek available from 10am-3pm daily

Diving Classes – available for people interested in diving lessons, one diving lesson lasts up to 2 days at one session per day.

1st session Diving lessons available every Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10am-3pm

2nd session Diving lessons available every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday from 10am-2pm

Diving Station – feature where only professional divers are allowed. They have a choice of diving on site or be docked via exploration boat to different diving sites within the perimeter. Divers would need their PADI certification to avail of this experience. Non certified divers can get their crash course on diving on site and get their PADI certifications with the 2-day diving program.

Available from 8am-3pm daily

Exploration Boats available by request from 8am-3pm daily

Spa Services – Massage, spa, and other wellness services are also available.

Wellness Spa open from 10am-12am daily

Glass Pools – numerous glass bottom pools can be located within the resort to let diver and non diver guests and visitors to feel like swimming with the marine life while swimming in fresh water pools.

Pools accessible from 6am-12am daily

Adult and Kiddie Pools – normal pools for adults and kids are also available for those who want to just relax in the water.

Pools accessible from 6am-12am daily

Catch of the Day – guests are given the chance to fish for themselves in the on-site fish pond filled with delectable edible fishes and have them cooked however they want in the resort restaurant.

Fish Pond open from 8am-8pm daily

Experience Sustainability – guests are given the chance to observe the on-site artificial farms, energy farms, and sustainability museum which features the techniques and technologies used in constructing the resort, the different marine life within the Coral Triangle and simple ways on how they can help in the conservation of Nature while being guided by a professional tour guide.

There is also a theatrical show at the end of every tour which centers on Marine Conservation and Filipino Culture.

Tour starts every hour from 8am-5pm daily


Resort/ Guest Services


Front Desk


Porter service

Foreign exchange counter

Mailing facilities

Phone booths

Left-luggage room

Safety deposit boxes

Telex transceiver facilities


Budget rooms [w/ bathroom and BIC]

-Twin [2 twin beds room for 2 people]

-Double Double [2 double beds for 2-4 people]

-Dormitory type

-4 double bunk beds

-2 double bunk beds

First class [w/ bathroom, WIC, living area]

-Double Double [2 double beds for 2-4 people]

-King [1 king sized bed for 2 people]

-Double Queen [1 queen sized bed, 1 double bed for 2-4 people]

-Queen-Queen [2 queen sized bed for 2-4 people, w/ bathroom, WIC, living area]

Luxury Suites [complete w/ bathroom, WIC, kitchenette, dining area, living area]

-Double Double [2 bedrooms with double beds]

-King [1 bedroom with king sized bed]

-Double Queen [1 bedroom with queen sized bed, 1 bedroom with double bed]

-Family Suite [1 bedroom with king sized bed, 1 bedroom with 2 double sized beds]


Camping Area

Diver’s Station

-Plunge station

-Dive shops

-Instructor’s/ Staff Area


Fitness Gym

Pool Areas

Spa and Massage

Restrooms/Shower area



-Viewing Deck



-Mini- Theatre


President's office [also accommodation]

Manager's Office

Accounting office

Sales and reservations office

Records storeroom

Storage room

Mini library

Conference room


Office Area

-Guest services office

-Staff lounge

-Security Office

-Housekeeping office

-Maintenance Office

-Risk Management Office


On-site emergency personnel

Laundry Area

Linen Area


Storage room




Staff Quarters

Shower/Locker rooms


Air conditioning [HVAC]

Electrical Room

Mechanical Room

Clean Water Receptacle

Water Recycling System

Plumbing System

Emergency Power [Genset]



-Prep Area

-Cooking Area

- Recieving Area

-Food Storage

-garbage room

-Equipment Storage

-Chef's Quarters

-Head Chef's Office

Function Rooms

-Multi-purpose hall

-Banquet Hall



-A la carte


-Pool Bar/cocktail lounge

-bake shop

-main dining room

-Staff Canteen

*additional space provisions for service core, wind and solar farms, electrical cycle units, handling units, and farming facility.

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