Jan Balbaligo

  • Artist and Architectural Designer
  • London, UK / Lisbon, Portugal

(All images on this site are courtesy of Jan Balbaligo, unless credited)

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Jan Balbaligo is a British-born Filipina, Architectural Designer and Artist. Originally trained in Architecture, she decided to learn about the potential of natural materials, working with bamboo, willow, wood and cane.

Since 2006, she has travelled internationally working for the events and entertainment industry designing and building large scale artistic structures and stages, working independently or collaborating with other artists. She has been able to explore the world through art using her creativity, on a mission to promote natural materials to a wider audience and the commercial architectural field. She also gives building workshops to children and has been a guest critic and lecturer at academic institutions in London and the Philippines.

Jan has worked in Europe, Latin and South America, USA and Asia and is currently based in London and Portugal.


Part III - Diploma in Professional Practice in Architecture at University of Westminster

London, UK

Part II – Diploma in Architecture (DipArch) at London Metropolitan University

London, UK

Part I – Architecture (BA Hons) at London Metropolitan University

London, UK

Architectural Studies (BSc) at Bartlett School of Architecture

London, UK

Foundation in Art and Design at University of the Arts, Camberwell College of Arts

London, UK


Desert Sunrise Solo Photographic Exhibition

Gorilla Gallery San Marcos, Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

Desert Sunrise Group Photography Exhibition

ADAO – Associação Desenvolvimento Artes e Oficios Barreiro, Portugal

Urban DECAY Collective Art Exhibition

ADAO – Associação Desenvolvimento Artes e Oficios Barreiro, Portugal

RIBA Architecture Open Group showcase

POP Brixton London, UK

Showcasing entry for “The Process of the Architect – a sketchbook: ‘Work in Panama’


ARCHITECTURAL EXPERIENCE at the following UK Practices:

Architectural Assistant at Adjaye Associates

September 2022 – Present London, UK


Site Manager at Facit Homes UK LTD

December 2021 – March 2022 London, UK

Architectural Designer (Freelance) at Ruimte Design

July 2020 – Present London, UK


Architectural Materials Consultant at Atelier One

February 2020 – June 2020 London, UK


Architectural Assistant (Part-time and Full-time) at Knox Bhavan Architects LLP

2008 – 2013 London, UK


INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS at the following locations:

Project Co-ordinator at Waking Life Festival

July 2019 Crato, Portugal

Lead Designer and Project Co-ordinator at Cosmic Convergence Festival

2019 (3 months) Santiago, Guatemala

Lead Designer and Project Co-ordinator at Boom Festival

2018 (2 months) Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal

Constructor at Okeechobee, Lucidity, EDC and Global Eclipse

2017 (7 months) Touring in 4 states in the USA

Lead Designer and Project Co-ordinator at Boom Festival

2016 (3 months) Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal

Architectural Designer at Universo Paralello Festival

2016 (3 months) Bahia, Brazil

Constructor at Freqs of Nature Festival

June 2015 Juteborg, Germany

Lead Designer and Project Co-ordinator at Tribal Gathering

2015 (3 months) Palenque, Panama

Constructor at Boom Festival

July 2014 Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal

Constructor at Symbiosis Gathering

August 2013 California, USA

Volunteer Constructor at Boom Festival

2012 (3 months) Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal

Volunteer Constructor at Five Elements Festival

2012 Oerias, Portugal