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Hansdika Agustinus – Universitas Parahyangan

Impressed by RAW’s system and framework of handling small to big projects, managing their timeline and additional supports from us, the summer interns. I committed to myself in giving my best performance in every project I will be involved, as stated in my Motivation Letter. The ambiguity of constant changes of context and concept may lower us down, withering the bold motivation we once had. That’s when people find positive distractions along the road to keep them moving.

Positive distractions in this case, are best found in the social behavior of RAW’s colleagues. Between each works we were assigned to, each deadlines we were chasing to, I gradually found comfort in discovering little but new events in the office. I took them home, kept them in time for self-reflection.

Every project and lecture I have been through, taught me how to integrate between ideas that come intuitively and spaces that form genuinely. The lessons vary from how to patiently listen and seek advices from my team leaders, how to present my concept in professional manner, and how to engage interactively in social ambience. In result of being responsible for what we draw is what they build. Overtime, I came to realize, all of those are all architects’ regimen, where dreams exist.

I found myself venturing a day job, travelling to a place that welcomes no outer physical experience, but rather a rich inner social experience. We can’t deny the fact of social factor as one strongest key to human’s existence and survival. What’s greater than one or two more, interweaving in laughter, locking themselves in friendship that may go somewhere or nowhere? The future is wide yet so demure, reluctant to be solved. But the present is so fetching, to elude I shall not.

These 60 summery days taught me many other sides in architecture, mostly about learning the dreams of others. Strolling around the neighborhood in the afternoon, observing the locals interact, discussion over a bite of morning toast or a late night dinner, have made such a blissful routine which let myself mature in life wisdom.

One will say I’m exaggerating, or one will praise, many opinions there and yon. But it’s my own dream, I have freedom to create one, in balance of the Thee has for me. Such a blessing I was given to be an intern in RAW. I admire dreams I learnt from Mr. Realrich, the Associates, and the inspiring architects who work there. I value countless dreams I learnt from numerous, overlooked conversations I encountered with. I cherish the camaraderie with my colleagues, some which may last and some which may last forever.

People will go miles away, but this place, the beautiful roseto won’t dare to move memories kept there, not a mile, not even an inch.

Thank you.

August 2015

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Oleh Realrich Sjarief

Founder of RAW Architecture

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