Programme: Landscape Architecture - MPhil/PhD

Start date: January 2017

Mode of study: Full time

Research title: Peri-urban Landscape Phenomena of Cavite, Philippines

Cathe is a PhD researcher at the University of Edinburgh. She has an academic, management, design, and research background developed from 12 years of experience with the design and higher education industry. She is an experienced academic and licensed Landscape Architect (PALA, IFLA, IFLA-APR) in the Philippines.

Her PhD work develops a landscape characterisation framework for landscape phenomena mapping in a Philippine peri-urban region. The interest on the topic was established when scarcity of texts recognising the existence and value of the landscape in Philippine regional planning and management narratives became a persistent challenge in her practice. Her PhD is envisioned to suggest landscape characterisation as the link to the persistent gap in the culture-nature interface that she found in Philippine planning narratives.

Her PhD journey advances her skills in:

  • Organisational Management of Public Engagement Dialogues, Oral History, and Evidence Synthesis/Systematic Reviews;
  • Landscape Research, Landscape Data Systematisation and Management,
  • Landscape Architectural Design, 
  • Peri-urban Planning (multidimensional landscape phenomena analysis) and,
  • [Cultural] Landscapes Characterisation through Multidimensional Mapping (Evidence Synthesis, Landscape Syntax Systematisation, Walking Narratives Applications, and Future Landscape Scenario Workshop Design and Facilitation)

Before her PhD work, Cathe has established skills in Landscape-based Workshop facilitation using multi-sector and grassroots-based, wellness-based, walking-orientated, and outdoor-orientated pedagogical tools,  Landscape-based Strategy Planning for relocated communities as the PALA-NCCA "Luntiang Pook" Project creator and academe-related activities as a student organisation adviser, Environmental Design Studio Laboratory head, and a teacher. 

Her PhD work is a dream that was made possible by the fantastic landscapes that inspire her daily - landscapes that are always in flux, never dull, and always compelling.