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Nationalian tops the January 2022 Architect Licensure Exam


Nationalian tops the January 2022 Architect Licensure Exam

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Nationalian tops the January 2022 Architect Licensure Exam

NU’s Ar. Shaunn Remzzo T. Blanco, led the 1370 (out of 2205) board passers, taking the top spot with an overall rating of 83.50% in the January 2022 Architect Licensure

A son of a registered nurse and an architect, Shaunn dreamt to be an architect since he
was young, “When I was a child, I (only) wanted to build my mom her dream house. But
when I entered this profession, (I realized) it wasn’t just about building houses or structures, it is actually about creating these and the special experiences that everyone
would remember.”

His father wanted him to become an engineer, but he was always inspired and fascinated with what his father did. He then talked to his godfather who shared a lot of things about
National U. ‘’One thing I remember was when he talked about prestigious and famous
architects from NU, that’s when I realized that if National University was able to produce
those architects, then they can mold me into the architect I’ve always dreamt to be.”

After graduating in 2018, Ar. Blanco originally planned to take the ALE exactly after the required 2 years of diversified experience (June 2020) but because of the threat of the
Covid 19 pandemic, he decided to spend most of his time in learning through actual
practice in Visionarch and some construction site immersion with his father. He thought
that actual practice experience was his key factor in deciding whether to take the exam
or to wait more months until he is fully prepared.

Fast forward to 2022, the persevering student, who loves to join architectural design
competitions, topped the Architect Licensure Exam. When asked about his and his
parents’ reactions, Shaunn said, “The moment na nakita ko yung name ko sa list of
passers, hindi ko na chineck (topnotchers), friend ko pa yung nag inform sa akin that I
topped the exam. I was surprised. My mother cried, pero they always knew na kaya ko
ipasa. As for my father, they did not ask naman daw for this pero Top 1 pa daw ang
binigay ko, so they were surprised as well.”

When asked for his secret to his success in the ALE, he said, “Most important for me yung conditioning talaga physically, mentally and emotionally. Aside from reviewing, dapat mas nama-manage yung stress at anxiety. Na-realize ko na mas okay pang relaxed ako during the exams. So even sa paglabas ko ng exam room, I wasn’t really thinking of what I did wrong in the exam. Instead, I thought of it as a way for me to prove myself, regardless of the results.”

The new architect shared that the Nationalian core value that he believes he possesses
is integrity. He stressed that it is important in the profession because “integrity defines us and how we continue to uphold our ideals as architects.”

His advice to other professional board examinees, “They should study for their future practice and not only for board exam purposes. It will really be helpful if ganun yung
mindset to retain information.