Religious Tropical Architecture: the churches of Leandro V. Locsin in the Philippines


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Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


The focus of this contribution is on the importance of tropical architecture in the work of Leandro V. Locsin, in the context of post-WWII in Asia. Based in the Philippines, Locsin is immersed in the Christian tradition – the main religion of a country that was dominated by the Spanish crown from the mid 16th-century to 1898, and where the Catholic Church remains powerful across much of the archipelago today. Attention is focused on Locsin’s religious buildings and projects, where he succeeded in giving a new treatment to the tropical architecture of faith-based structures, through the integration of climate considerations and the reinterpretation of vernacular architecture of the Philippines.

How to Cite

Girard, J.-C. (2021). Religious Tropical Architecture: the churches of Leandro V. Locsin in the Philippines. Docomomo Journal, (63), 76–79.



Author Biography

Jean-Claude Girard, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

(Delémont, Switzerland, 1972) Graduated in architecture at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in 1998. In 2007, he founded Jean-Claude Girard Architecture and from 2012 he is currently teaching architeture and construction in Geneva. In 2018, he took a doctorate degree at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne with a dissertation on Leandro Locsin.


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