Photo from the ID 179 Class 2018

Which school should lead in integrat­ing public service in its undergraduate courses but the public service university itself, UP? UP’s Interior Design pro­gram is a trailblazer. Since more than 15 years ago, it has left the studio for its application course in order to embrace public service, an initiative that has given its students an edge over others.

The Avila family, ID 179 beneficiaries in Gawad Kalinga, Matandang Balara, Quezon City

In an era of soul-searching in UP in the early 1990s, the Interior Design (ID) program saw an opportunity to turn ID’s elitist image around. It started with an insight. To Interior Design Professor Adelaida Mayo, ID should be seen in the context of basic needs. “There’s food, clothing, and shelter. Architecture deals with shelter, but where is its soul? It’s in the space people use. It’s inside. The shelter will just be the shell of it,” Mayo concluded.