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Meet Justin Zumel, a Filipino talent

Updated: Jan 18

Filipino talent is making a wave in the field of architecture. He recently won Volume Zero's MicroHouse competition. Volume Zero is an international design magazine website that strives to exhibit the worthwhile architectural and design work of numerous architects and designers all over the globe. His concept recognizes Manila's garbage disposal issue. Much more on plastic waste. The contest is about re-imagining the idea of urban dwellings and coming up with inventive solutions to the persistent problems of space crunch and the growing population in our cities.

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In 2018, his masterpiece "Clove" is recognized as an honorable mention in Eleven's International Space Competition on Martian Vernacular Design. Eleven magazines is also a distinguished publication in the architectural field.

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He is also featured by his employer, Brown Reynolds Watford Architects Inc, an architectural firm established in 1984 and well distinguished in its field. They serve clients throughout Texas from their Dallas, College Station, and Houston offices and the West Coast from their San Francisco offices.

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This recognition definitely requires a high level of skill, talent, and knowledge. Take into consideration that this is a worldwide competition and a lot of brains battled for this.

This talented man is Justin Zumel from Beaumont, Texas. His parent is Juan and Crescencia Zumel. Both of his parents are from Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Zumel's family migrated here to Beaumont on the year 1993.

..Images from an article in Beaumont Enterprise when they featured him for his murals painted in West Brook High School


His father, Juan Zumel or Manong Jun to his Filipino co-workers, is a man of few words, hard-working and down to earth. For him to say, "I have something to brag about!" will get your attention. And that is when he told us the about his son. He said he knew his son was gifted because he was already making impressive artwork at a very young age. And yes, he is suitable to be proud of his son! And as a Filipino, We are proud of you, too, Justin!

Thank you, Manong Jun, for sharing this achievement with our Filipino community!

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