TROY, Mich., Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Altair and The University of the Philippines have teamed to promote the development of next generation architects through the use of cutting edge simulation technologies in teaching, training and design projects. As part of this collaboration, Altair is providing free licences for its computer-aided engineering and design solutions software HyperWorks® and solidThinking®, to the Architecture Faculty of the University of the Philippines to be used in the University's first-of-its-kind Design Lab. The Altair design and simulation software and applications will serve as the backbone of the faculty's new Design Lab which will serve as a platform for undergraduate and postgraduate students to leverage on technologies to study new ideas that will improve the quality of lives in a highly urbanised environment especially in the design of disaster-resilient structures (houses, schools and evacuation centers, a common problem facing developing Asian cities including The Philippines. Altair Managing Director for ASEAN, Srirangam Srirangarajan, explained, "Today's architects play a key role in designing sustainable living solutions to address 21 st century issues such as climate change and clean energy requirements. Emerging technologies such as simulation software and optimisation techniques help architects solve complex designs and infrastructural problems, allowing them to develop impactful buildings and city designs, push new design frontiers and provide them with the right tools to create optimized and sustainable design solutions that will ultimately improve the lives of the people of The Philippines."