Manuel L. Quezon University (MLQU) recently announced the appointment of Architect John Joseph T. Fernandez as its Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) and concurrent Dean of the School of Architecture (SOA) and School of Engineering (SOE). This strategic move aims to strengthen the university’s academic leadership and enhance its programs in architecture and engineering.
Architect Fernandez brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his roles at MLQU. As the principal architect of Fernandez Architectural Design, he has demonstrated exceptional skill and innovation in the field of architecture. With his extensive background in academia, he is well-equipped to lead the university towards academic excellence.
Prior to joining MLQU, Architect Fernandez served as the Dean of the College of Architecture at the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) for an impressive tenure of 10 years. During his time at UST, he also served as a faculty member, sharing his knowledge and passion for architecture with aspiring architects. In addition, he has taught at Colegio De San Juan De Letran and MLQU, further expanding his reach in shaping young minds in the field. In MLQU, he also served as Chairperson of the Academic Council.
In pursuit of academic advancement, Architect Fernandez completed the academic requirements for a doctoral degree in Development Studies from UST. Additionally, he completed a Professional Diploma Course on Conservation of Heritage Buildings at Lund University in Sweden, supported by a scholarship from the Swedish International Development Agency. He also holds a Master of Science in Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architecture both from UST. He was a CHED scholar at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, specializing in Public School Planning. This exposure to international perspectives and best practices further enriched his ability to lead MLQU’s academic programs and nurture the next generation of architects and engineers.
As the newly appointed VPAA of MLQU, Architect Fernandez brings a comprehensive set of skills and experiences to the role, enabling him to contribute to the university’s academic development and overall success. In his capacity as VPAA, Architect Fernandez endeavors to perform the following responsibilities:
- Provide academic leadership and planning. Architect Fernandez will provide visionary leadership in shaping and advancing MLQU’s academic programs. He will work closely with deans, faculty, staff and administrators to establish strategic goals and objectives, ensuring that the university’s academic offerings align with industry demands and emerging trends. By fostering a culture of innovation and excellence, he will contribute to the continuous improvement of teaching, learning and research at MLQU.
- Curriculum Development and Enhancement. With his extensive background in architecture and teaching, Architect Fernandez will play a pivotal role in reviewing and enhancing the curricula of the various degree programs of MLQU. He will collaborate with faculty members to incorporate emerging industry practices, technological advancements, and interdisciplinary approaches into the curriculum. Architect Fernandez’s expertise in architectural education will help ensure that MLQU’s programs remain relevant and produce graduates equipped with the skills and knowledge required in their respective fields.
- Faculty Development and Support. Recognizing the vital role of the faculty in delivering quality education, Architect Fernandez will prioritize faculty development initiatives. He will work closely with academic schools to identify professional development needs and opportunities. Through mentorship programs, workshops, and training sessions, he will foster a culture of continuous learning and pedagogical excellence, empowering faculty members to excel in their teaching and research endeavors.
- Student Success and Support. Architect Fernandez will champion student success and well-being as VPAA. He will collaborate with the Office of Student Affairs and Services (OSAS) to develop programs that enhance the overall student experience and promote student engagement. Architect Fernandez’s extensive teaching experience and understanding of student needs will guide the implementation of student support services, such as academic advising, career counseling, and extra-curricular activities, to ensure that MLQU students thrive both academically and personally.
- Accreditation and Quality Assurance. As a recognized figure in the architectural community and education sector, Architect Fernandez will contribute to MLQU’s accreditation and quality assurance efforts. He will collaborate with relevant accrediting bodies and regulatory agencies to maintain and enhance the university’s accreditation status.
- Collaboration and Partnerships. Architect Fernandez will foster collaborations and partnerships with other academic institutions, industry professionals, and government agencies to expand MLQU’s academic reach and create opportunities for faculty and students. By establishing strong connections with external stakeholders, he will enhance research collaborations, internship programs, and industry partnerships, facilitating real world learning experiences and creating pathways for student’s future success.
- Research and Innovation. Architect Fernandez will promote a research culture at MLQU by encouraging faculty and students to engage in scholarly activities and innovative research projects. He will support the Research and Publications Office, facilitate research funding opportunities, and promote interdisciplinary research collaborations.
Architect Fernandez’s appointment as VPAA brings immense potential to MLQU’s academic landscape. Through his leadership, expertise, and collaborative approach, he will contribute to the university’s growth and elevate its academic programs.