Edson Roy G Cabalfin
Edson G. Cabalfin is currently Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati. He received his Ph.D. in Architecture (Major in History of Architecture, Minors in Historic Preservation and Southeast Asian Studies) in 2012 from Cornell University. Under a Fulbright Fellowship from 2001 to 2003, he received his Master of Science degree in Architecture (Major in History, Theory, Criticism) from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to coming to the United States, he had received his professional B.S. Architecture (cum laude) and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of the Philippines in 1996 and 2001 respectively. He has previously taught in various capacities at Cornell University, University of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, Far Eastern University and De la Salle University – College of Saint Benilde. He has taught courses in architecture and interior design, history and theory of architecture, history of interior design, freehand drawing and rendering, materials and construction, professional practice, branding, research methods, Philippine arts and culture, and fashion design.
Edson’s design research in the last decade had focused on the interdisciplinary and transnational intersections of architecture history and theory, cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, and multi-disciplinary design. His research interests revolve around issues such as identity politics, colonialism and post-colonialism in architecture, gender and sexuality, power dynamics in the built environment, socio-cultural dimensions in design, public interest design, and heritage conservation, among others. He has published articles in various journals, book anthologies, and conference proceedings on queer spaces in the city, Art Deco architecture in the Philippines, colonialism and post-colonialism in modern architecture, informal settlements and the capital city, alternative modernities and national identity in Philippine vernacular architecture, architectural photography and American colonialism, architectural historiography, architectural education, and Philippine pavilions in international expositions. He is currently working on two book manuscripts: one on an introductory text on Filipino architecture for children and another on an anthology of essays on discourse of Filipino architecture in the last century.
A licensed architect in the Philippines, Edson previously worked under D.A. Silvestre + Associates in Manila and Cadiz International in Dubai and Manila. Under D.A. Silvestre, he was involved in residential, commercial and educational projects in Manila, Cebu, Batangas, and Davao in the Philippines. Between 2007 to 2009 as Senior Design Architect with Cadiz International, he was responsible for conceptual, schematic and design development of commercial, mixed-use, residential, and institutional projects in different parts of the world including Dubai and Ras al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates, Muscat and Salalah in Oman, Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, Tbilisi in Georgia, Penang in Malaysia, Jakarta and Surabaya in Indonesia, and Manila, Cebu, and Laguna in the Philippines.
Edson also runs his freelance multi-disciplinary design consultancy under Talyer Kayumanggi / Brown Workshop, which is involved in architecture, interior, graphic design, exhibition design, fashion, costume and set design, branding, art direction, and design research. Brown Workshop’s projects were primarily based in the Philippines during its early years but since then expanded its portfolio to include projects in New York, Philadelphia, Ithaca, and Cincinnati in the U.S., Vancouver in Canada, and Istanbul in Turkey.
- Ph.D. in Architecture, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2012 (Major in History of Architecture, Minors in Southeast Asian Studies and Historic Preservation).
- Master of Science in Architecture, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2003.
- Master of Architecture, University of the Philippines, Philippines, 2001.
- Bachelor of Science in Architecture, University of the Philippines, Philippines, 1998.
History and theory of architecture Socio-cultural aspects of the built environment Colonialism/Post-colonialism and architecture Power and politics in architecture Gender and architecture Southeast Asian architectures Philippine studies Heritage Conservation Human-centered Design Multi/trans/cross-disciplinary design including architecture, interior design, graphic design, fashion design
- Edson Cabalfin (2014). "Condensing the Country: Identity Politics in the Design of Nayong Pilipino (Philippine Village) and the 1998 Expo Pilipino". Espasyo: Journal of Philippine Architecture and Allied Arts, 1 (5).
- Edson Cabalfin and Nazanin Khodadad (2014). "Baila! Dancing Columns". Center, 19.
- Edson Cabalfin (2010). "Building Imperfection: Concept, Theory and Discourse in the Design of the SDA Building". Espasyo: Journal of Philippine Architecture and Allied Arts, 1 (2).
- Edson Cabalfin (In Progress). "Conquest and Resistance: Intersections of Colonialism and Modernity in Twentieth-Century Philippine Modern Architecture". Journal of Southeast Asian Architecture, 13.
- Edson Cabalfin (2010). "The Other's Other: Self-Exoticism and National Identity in Postcolonial Philippine Architectures, 1946-1998". Espasyo: Journal of Philippine Architecture and Allied Arts, 1 (1).
- Edson Cabalfin (2006). "Modernizing the Native: The Vernacular and the Nation in Philippine Modern Architectures". DOCOMOMO Journal (43).
- Edson Cabalfin (2003). "Intersections, Representations, and Exoticism: Reconfiguring the Historiography of Philippine Art Deco Architecture". Bulawan: Journal on Philippine Culture and the Arts (8).
- Edson Cabalfin (2001). "Usaping Nasyonalismo at Postkolonyal sa Filipinong Historyograpiyang Arkitektural: Ibayong Pagtuklas at Paggalugad" (Nationalism and Postcolonial Discourse in Filipino Architectural Historiography: Further Framing and Discovering). Bulawan: Journal on Philippine Culture and the Arts (3).
- Edson Cabalfin (2001). "Pagbalangkas sa Arkitekturang Filipino: Alternatibong Kritikal na Kategorya sa Filipinong Historyograpiyang Arkitektural" (Reframing Filipino Architecture: Alternative Critical Categories in Filipino Architectural Historiography). Humanities Diliman, 1 (2).
- Edson Cabalfin (2014). "Rampa: Dynamics of Queer Space and Sex Work in Quezon Memorial Circle, Philippines". In Jillian Cox and Jo Grzelinska (Eds.), Ways of Queering, Ways of Seeing Oxford, UK: Inter-disciplinary Press.
- Edson Cabalfin (2014). (In Press). "The Politics of Urban Form of Slum Settlements in Quezon City, Philippines". In Nnamdi Elleh (Eds.), Reading the Architecture of Underprivileged Classes London, UK: Ashgate Press.
- Edson Cabalfin (2003). "Mala-Baklang Espasyo sa Arkitekturang Filipino: Estetika, Morpolohiya, Konteksto" (Bakla-like Spaces in Filipino Architecture: Aesthetics, Morphology, Context". In Eugene Evasco, Roselle Pineda, Rommel Rodriguez (Eds.), Tabi-Tabi sa Pagsasantabi: Critical Notes by Lesbians and Gays on Arts, Culture and Language Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press.
- Edson Cabalfin (2015). (In Progress). "Rampa: Queer Sex, Surveillance and Spectacle at the Quezon Memorial Circle, Philippines". In Nnamdi Elleh (Eds.), Architectural Theory: A Global Perspective Princeton, NJ: Princeton Architectural Press.
- Edson Cabalfin (2012). "Native as Modern: Appropriating the Vernacular in Philippine Modern Architecture". BluPrint Magazine Manila: Mega Publishing.
- Edson Cabalfin (2008). "Drama Unfolding: The CSB-SDA Building". Tsuper Magazine, 1 (1) Manila: October 80.
- Edson Cabalfin (2007). "Space and Place in a Livable City". "You are Not a Tourist" Exhibition Catalogue Singapore: Curating Lab.
- Edson Cabalfin (2002). "Contextualizing Culture and Identity in Architecture: Postcolonial Development of Filipino Architecture. Arkitekturang Filipino: Spaces and Places in History (CD-ROM Multimedia Edition) Manila: National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
- Edson Cabalfin (2008). "Nation as Spectacle: Identity Politics of Philippine Pavilions at International Expositions, 1958-1998". Building Modernity: A Century of Philippine Architecture and Allied Arts, CD-ROM Edition Manila: National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
- Edson Cabalfin (2013). "World Meets Pinoy: Cadiz International, Filipino Creativity Abroad". BluPrint Magazine, 6 Manila: Mega Publishing.
Presentations & Lectures
- Edson Cabalfin (06-2013). "Condensing the Country: Identity Politics in the Design of the Nayong Pilipino (Philippine Village) and the 1998 Expo Pilipino. Ninth International Conference on Arts in Society, Rome, Italy.
- Edson Cabalfin (02-2013). "Rampa: Sex, Surveillance and Spectacle at the Quezon Memorial Circle, Philippines". Inter-Disciplinary Network Second Queer Sexualities International Conference, Sydney, Australia.
- Edson Cabalfin (04-2011). "Exotic Spectacles: Philippine Villages and Pavilions in American World's Fairs, 1901-1915". Association of Asian Studies and 7th International Convention of Asia Scholars, Honolulu, Hawaii.
- Edson Cabalfin (07-2010). "Nation as Spectacle: Politics of Identity in the Architectures of Philippine Pavilions at International Expositions, 1887-1998". International Workshop on Asian Countries as Exhibited At World Expositions, International Institute of Asian Studies, Leiden, the Netherlands.
- Edson Cabalfin (07-2008). "Bahay Kubo as Iconography: The Vernacular and the Nation in Postwar Philippine Architectures". Eight International Conference on Philippine Studies, University of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines.
- Edson Cabalfin (07-2007). "Nation as Spectacle: Identity Politics of Philippine Pavilions at International Expositions, 1958-1992". Fifth International Convention of Asian Scholars, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
- Edson Cabalfin (09-2006). "The Other's Other: Self-Exoticism and National Identity in Postcolonial Philippine Architectures, 1946-1998". Ninth International DOCOMOMO Conference, Ankara, Turkey.
- Edson Cabalfin (07-2006). "Constructing the Filipino Abroad: Politics of National Identity in the Architecture of Philippine Pavilions at International Expositions, 1946-1998". Nation, City, Place: Rethinking Nationalism Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
- Edson Cabalfin (04-2006). "Racializing Architecture: Photographs of Dean C. Worcester and Discourse of Race in the Philippines". 59th Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians, Savannah, Georgia.
- Edson Cabalfin (07-2005). "Conquest and Resistance: Intersections of Colonialism and Modernity in Twentieth Century Philippine Architectures". Fifth International Conference on Modern Asian Architecture Network, Istanbul, Turkey.
- Edson Cabalfin (05-2005). "Domesticating the Modern/Modernizing the Domestic: Translating Modernity in Post-Independence Residential Architecture in the Philippines". 7th Annual Southeast Asia Studies Graduate Conference", Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
- Edson Cabalfin (06-2004). "Romancing the Native: Discourses of Vernacular and Nationalism in Twentieth Century Philippine Architectures". 7th International Conference on Philippine Studies, Leiden University, Leiden, the Netherlands.
- Edson Cabalfin (04-2004). "Colonial Imaginings of Late 19th Century Philippine Architectures: The Architectural Photography of Dean C. Worcester as Modes of Transmitting Modernity and Colonialism". 6th Annual Southeast Asia Studies Graduate Conference, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
- Edson Cabalfin (02-2003). "Encounters, Mediations, Transformations: Identity Politics in Philippine Art Deco Architectures". International Graduate Student Conference of the East-West Center and School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Island Studies, University of Hawaii-Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Honors & Awards
- DAAP Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, DAAP, 2014 to 2014.
- Fulbright Fellowship, U.S. Department of State, 2001 to 2003.
- Sage Graduate Fellowship, Cornell University, 2003 to 2007.
- Awardee, 55 Design Heroes and Mentors of the Philippines, BluPrint Magazine, 2013 to 2013.
- Finalist, Curtains International Design Competition, Center for American Architecture and Design, 2013 to 2013.
- Finalist, Humanities Category, Ph.D. Thesis Prize, International Convention of Asia Scholars, 2013 to 2013.
- Junior Annual Meeting Fellowship, Society of Architectural Historians, 2006 to 2006.