HANDStudio is led by partners Arch. Yonni R. Habúlan and Arch. Maricris B. Ngo, alumni of the University of Santo Tomas. Their aspiration to create programmatic and technically innovative Architecture drove them to create the Studio. Functioning as a design laboratory, the Studio gave them the freedom to explore the infinite possibilities of Design as it transcends social,cultural, and economical issues while steadily pushing the formation of a new archetype of Philippine Architecture.
Arch. Yonni R. Habúlan,uap is the co-founder of HANDStudio. Passionate about Architecture and Design, he constantly engages on intellectual and creative pursuits as a continuous education to better his craft.He is driven to create programmatic solutions to design issues while addressing the need to elevate the status of Philiipine Architecture and Design.
A recipient of the Megaworld Foundation Inc.’s Scholarship Program during his stay in the University of Santo Tomas College of Architecture, his skills made him a consistent Finalist in the College’s design competitions. He progressed by working for the offices of Lor Calma and Partners as a platform for honing his skills as a Designer. Under the guidance of the firm, he worked as an Architect-Project Designer wherein he handled residential, commercial, and cultural projects: notably as one of the Lead Designers of the Mind Museum in Bonifacio Global City where he was responsible for the conceptualization and design of the Life Gallery and it’s main exhibits as well as the Museum’s stark interior spaces.
A triathlon and music enthusiast, he obtained his Architectural license in 2010.
Arch. Maricris B. Ngo,uap is the co-founder of HANDStudio. She believes in an Architecture that is programmatic and functional, not directed by any styles or accustomed solutions. She strives to achieve an understading of how spaces can improve people’s lives and create sustainable built environments while constantly pushing for the improvement of Philiipine Architecture and Design.
A consistent Dean’s Lister at the University of Santo Tomas College of Architecture, She constantly explored ideas on Planning and Architecture. She went on to work for the offices of GF and Partners, focusing on the office’s commercial projects: wherein she was Team Leader for the Glorietta 1, 2, and 5 projects as well as a team member for the Greenbelt 5 Project as part of the Ayala Center’s Redevelopment. She also worked for ASYA Design Partner wherein she handled high-rise, mixed-use developments primarily under the SM Development Corporation’s SM Residences developments.
A travelling and photography aficionado, she received her Architectural license in 2009.