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Hallo there, I am Realrich Sjarief, an architect, writer, and monumental artist live in Guha with my wife and kids. I work in my studio : Realrich Architecture Workshop (well known by the name of RAW Architecture)

Seri Seminar Theoritical Hybrid

Seri SeminarTHEORETICAL HYBRIDKelas Teori Arsitektur LanjutProgram Studi ArsitekturUniversitas Pelita Harapan Lingkungan fisik bagi kemanusiaan hari-hari ini dihadapkan pada fenomena baru yaitu bagaimana manusia menjalani dinamika secara hybrid antara yang fisik dan digital, antara yang buatan dan alami. Disrupsi ini menyebabkan interaksi antar manusia mengalami perubahan karena antar manusia tidak lagi bergantung pada yang fisik. Untuk menggiatkan peran arsitektur, kami mengangkat isu arsitektur sebagai sebuah relasi yang bersifat hibrid (hybrid). Bagaimana pengembangan pengetahuan dan metode perancangan yang dapat menanggapi relasi ini? Berdasarkan latar belakang pemikiran di atas, Kelas Teori Arsitektur Lanjut […]

Hybrid Indonesian Architecture by Realrich Sjarief | Principal Architect of RAW Architecture

When Yann Follain asked me to join him in Making of Architecture TAB Series 2, I looked at several other presenters such as Goy Architects, Ply Studio Architects, and Chat Architects. They discuss the discourse of making in their regions. Some of them have even done cross-regional lessons in their architectural project. I had in my mind to reinterpret the word discussed in LSAI (Lembaga Sejarah Arsitektur Indonesia) at the beginning of the year. That word is “decolonization architecture.” These complex layers that enrichen Indonesia’s Architecture resulted from a hybrid […]

Meeting Craftsmanship Hermit – A Tactical Architecture Design

I will give workshop and sharing in Taylor University Malaysia. It’s first session for my being adjunct associate professor in there. I received invitation by Veronica Ng for the vision to share similar / contextual inspirations in South East Asia Region to redefine our own asian heritage. Here is the explanation for the session. Craftsmanship is the art of making, which involves traditional and industrial techniques. It is implemented and synthesized by people from multidisciplinary fields such as makers, engineers, design specialists, or even master artisans. The boundary between what […]

Batas itu dimana ?

Saya seringkali berpikir, di dalam segala hal yang di sekitar kita yang penuh batasan. Bagaimana caranya mengetahui titik kelemahan diri kita sendiri ? Segala sesuatu yang jadi kekuatan biasanya adalah kelemahannya sendiri. Segala sesuatu yang jadi kekuatan bisa jadi kekuatannya. Lalu bagaimana caranya mengetahui kekuatan dan kelemahan, supaya keduanya bisa saling berdialog. Saya akan mulai dengan preposisi : If you care about only your name, the limit is in the name itself. If you care only about other people’s name the limit is in the other’s people name in your […]

Guha by RAW architecture has been shortlisted in the business building category of Dezeen Awards 2021

Guha is shortlisted in the Dezeen Awards 2021 in business category ^^ Guha is a craftsman organic laboratory. It’s a building based on the transformation of experimentation of multiple materials. Thank you for Dezeen, and we are together with Sanya Farm Lab by CLOUD Architects, FRizz23 by Deadline Architects, Imatra Electricity Substation by Virkkunen & Co. Architects, and Nodi by White Akitekter. They are great architects that we admire and learn from (their framework, design approach, detail, and many more). After this, it’s a public vote ^^. Hopefully the process […]

Surabaya – In Father’s Workshop

Looking back, I was born in Surabaya, near the poor slum area where there were crazy people, prostitutes, and the gap between rich and poor. Our family lived on Jalan Dukuh Kupang Timur gang 13 no. 75. I grew up and played in several alleys adjacent to Dolly’s Gang, which signifies the gap between a paradoxical iceberg phenomenon related to the necessities of life and the city’s identity. I met one kid named Hamid every day, and he is a crazy toddler. Every time I pass him, I look at […]

Redefine Role

It took years to redefine the role and responsibility of people in the studio Realrich Architecture Workshop. Below, I have written 4 roles to simplify how we work as a team and my responsibility as principal. These 4 roles are 4 different worlds, the associate designer is a world of techne, a world of architecture methodology grammar. That is the world of a design methodology. The second world is administration which is the world of matters, currency, and reality. It consists of archives and a way to survive. On the […]

Semesta Kecil

Hari – hari ini saya menghabiskan banyak waktu bersama Laurensia di studio dan keluarga, sembari banyak mendiskusikan hal – hal terkait proyek bersama klien melalui zoom meeting. Pandemi ini memberikan banyak keresahan dari para peserta seminar dari dua webinar sebelumnya, ada banyak pertanyaan juga mengenai arah arsitektur di Indonesia kemana sebaiknya melangkah, bagaimana keadaannya, kenapa kok ngga maju – maju ? Hal – hal tersebut muncul di dalam keseharian saat ini yang berdasarkan keinginan untuk menyibak tirai ilusi dan mendapatkan kenyataan sebenar. Pertanyaannya apakah semudah itu ? Saya merasakan bahwa […]


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Sing like no one’s listening, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like nobody’s watching, and live like it’s heaven on earth.

I love to design architecture, read books about architecture and write books about it. I became an architect, writer, lecturer, and father of wonderful kids and a beloved wife. I spend most of my time with my kids and husband over at The Guild – Guha, and spending time to learn with another fellow amateur at Omah Library.

Hi, hope you do great, …

Life is just so beautiful and so special if you imagine. The breath that we have, the magic of the moments, look up the bluish Sky is so blue, trees are so green, the power of compassion as human show the incredible of what God given to us. I love my family, family is the small universe that I cherish and I love architecture so deeply, and I can not stop thinking about it for even one day.

I, Realrich was born on 16 January 1982 and my wife, Laurensia was born on 22 May 1982. we have been together in our marriage since 2011. At that time, we are in the same age who are in our 30’s. Some people said, Life is just begun at 30, that’s like what I thought. Probably it’s just a coincidence, or miracle, or unbelievable gift that me and Laurensia could be together. We believe it’s the destiny. Its the one that everybody will walk. Everybody have his or her own destiny, so do you, and so do us. Here is our destiny to walk our life together. It’s not such a fairy tale that we live on but such an ordinary life with love.

Like what Tom Jones wrote, it’s the September that we try to remember, when life was so slow and so mellow, the grass was green and grain was yellow, it’s one magical song that I do love most. So this is the story not about me, but also my dearest wife, family, and friends around the world of architecture, and maybe it’s about you somehow we are connected.

Just like one cab driver said to me “hey Realrich, do you know that good people meet good people, so don’t worry about life. Just do your best.” I deeply look forward to see you, hear your story, know you, and wish you the great happiness in life like what my family and me feel.



Ini adalah tempat belajar saya dan kawan – kawan yang menyukai arsitektur. Banyak diskusi yang terjadi di tempat ini.
Guha bertempat di Taman Villa Meruya. Tempat ini adalah tempat saya berkarya, tinggal bersama keluarga kecil kami.
Guha termasuk di dalamnya Rumah Buku adalah tempat anak – anak sekitar rumah kami bermain – main di dalam bentuk perpustakaan.

The Roseto | Paguyuban’s Spirit

I had learned that architecture is sacred, and is all about collaboration process. Our team consists of dedicated craftsmen, young designer, many of them are brothers, sisters, friends for life.

None of these was of more use to me than the call for long lasting relationship. If any Outlier wished to be successful in his place, we helped them to rise, which all who were within hearing answered yes to the bright future of all of my fellow family.

Then the nature will call of reciprocal rules, that every kind people deserve to be succesful, effort should be noted, and thanked for. It will be appreciated. That is the beautiful side of monumental architecture, that is creating memories for all of the people’s in.



Craftsmanship is an architecture tradition inherited by generations. It’s an ethos to connect yourself with tradition, tribes, past wisdom to contextualise with contemporary issues. I came from builders family, learning from my grand father who is naturally taught by experience and my father who is structure engineer. I have been surrounded by many craftsmen since I was a child. I learned design method from bare-foot experience or doing distant learning-reading case studies, and direct observations through experimentations in daily basis. I found out that critical craftsmanship is a way to connect 5 steps of designing total architecture.  context-theory-method-implementation-and the last one -evaluation especially in Guha, Piyandeling and in some of the published projects here. Doing evaluation is not easy, it’s about emptying your glass, knowing the shadow that you are facing in, and let the critical errors, collaborations, and gradual improvement. That move create grammars on Tectonic, Methodology, and Craft. 



Taksu is the unification about art and building science, it’s total architecture. It’s a holistic view or combination between way of universe and integrative approach to combine the disciplines. To appreciate architecture we need to understand other party perspective, knowing that every activity drives the forces in form making. At the end the product of architecture is a way multi dimensional. If you think about architecture, it’s so simple, human make a poetic shelter then, he put it in nature and we call it architecture. Taksu means that you start with promise first, that you have to design architecture sincerely for people who use it, you promise that you will explore, experiments, and doing it from the greater scale to micro scale. You drive it high until you get something new from the creativity universe. You promise to walk the creativity process mindfully with critical thinking. At the end, when you are in heaven of creativity, you have produced something. Please promise that you will stay humble, and still know nothing. 



Success is personal. It’s the story about one person grow. All of us have unique background that we can have relation to our own context, when we are foolish, when we feel anxiety, then we are required to overcome difficulties. Everyone is having a unique journey, the most important part is not the destination but the transformation. I failed in some part of my life, I learn by mistakes, learning that there is limit that one that you can control and another you can’t control. I just focus on thing that I can control in my everyday lift. The Fool’s progress is the story on how to overcome story behind the stage,  and what we can learn from it. Behind every success there must be trial and tribulation, struggle and hardships. In this story you will know  that behind every journey, there must be friends and companions, supports and promoters. Let’s listen to one another people journey.  To be successful you’ve got to work hard, to make history, simple, you’ve got to make it and interestingly at the end it’s not about you, it’s about collaborative works. Success is togetherness. Sometimes the secret is the journey with their loved one. 


Book Writing

Writing is a way to sharpen the mind. The mind is in bubble of abstraction. It starts with fantasy before it transform to imagination and comes to birth of the ideas. Look at the beautiful phrases to appreciate literacy. Those phrases sparks creativity, and reflection on ourself. I wake up in early morning everyday to write reflection journals. It’s a ritual that I love, then my family awakes, the inspirations comes. The clients came with such dream and expectation, the design starts with questionnaire. It’s their book, it’s a privilege to design them a home that they are comfortable with. I learnt from my beautiful friends, that to surround yourself with angels of words gives positive energy that is long lasted. In an ant theories, a hardworking animals that metaphors the reality of literacy, the book started by in touch with beautiful people as actors, beautiful souls as networks, clean heart, angelic act as theories. Theories found by wandering, criticising, or by wondering about some of the phenomenon. It’s breed of innovation. 

Book Writing | Long Life Learner

Writing and Reading book is about to know, and understand somebody’s heart. I read books as my daily routines, I learn from it, getting ideas, and It become my light or inspirations on my weekly routines. It’s place for me to learn that world of idea has unlimited boundaries.

I learn to write since I was in highschool. It become medium for me to reflect, evalute, and even transform my thinking to place that I never been there before. I started to know that in order to learn, I have to read, and I have to make notes. That notes become profound, then the notes become theory of architecture, some of it drive from fantasy, very personal. For me, writing is the personalisation of architecture.

I wrote books with several co-authors. I love to write alone or collaborate with a co-author. I learned that writing actually reflects on my life and respects other people’s perspectives during my lonely time. When I have an idea for changing perspective, I wrote that it’s far from the idea to show something. But, writing is a transformation of progress. What I love is that in writing, I can show the fragility of my self in unlimited phantasy, imaginations and defined realities as unlimited boundaries. I love to challenge myself by setting the boundaries, and crossing the boundaries. Writings create value by understanding, and questioning what’s fundamental. We can’t understand fundamental thing if we are not being human

Some of the book that I wrote inspired by session in the class with my students. I enjoy practicing and teaching students and learning from them. The session with the students is actually challenging three-way pedagogy. Three-way pedagogy is the intersubjectivity of them, me and one object that we are discussing. The interactions in the class brings memorable discussions. This brings the concept of Guha, the Guha is a cave, a place for learning. I learn by mistakes, by experimentation, be perfecting the skill. And the most fundamental thing is, if you want to learn, you need to teach.

Book Writings

Writing and Reading book is about to know, and understand somebody’s heart. I read books as my daily routines, I learn from it, getting ideas, and It become my light or inspirations on my weekly routines. It’s place for me to learn that world of idea has unlimited boundaries.

Book 01

The Guild

The first book is The Guild (2018). The book uncovered why The Guild is an introverted architecture. It was designed when you look at it, it’s introvert but when you enter it, it’s full of possibilities. It’s open-ended and explosive transformations. In this book, I wrote the book collaboratively with Anas Hidayat while Bangkit Mandela help us to edit the book intensively. Anas Hidayat wrote an essay about how The Guild consists of ambiguity, the paradoxes, the transformation of many trial and errors. The book concluded that, in The Guild, the people’s character, design, and clients are shown in its architecture, to acknowledge that architecture is so fragile yet so powerful.

Book 02

Architecture Philosophy for students

The second book is Architecture Philosophy for students (2018). That book was based on a class that I taught on several occasions in UPH and Omah Library. The course is divided into quizzes and worksheets to get to know yourself. Then, I continued with discussing Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Gadamer, Heidegger, Foucault, Wittgenstein, Sokal, and so many exciting thoughts that form avant-garde, contemporary, and vernacular architecture.

Book 03

Tan Tjiang Ay – Begawan Tjiptaning

The third book is titled Tan Tjiang Ay – Begawan Tjiptaning (2019). A book that I wrote with Anas Hidayat. The term Of Begawan Tjiptaning or Arjuna was used in the book to describe the strength of Tan Tjiang Ay of function in his method of design. He worked precisely to execute detail based on position. The form is platonic and ordinary, but the active parti is spoken by the precision of maintenance, economy, and ease of make. His work is an inspiration for several generations.

Book 04

Dancer House

The fourth book is Dancer House (2019). I wrote the book again with Anas Hidayat about the home of Mirza and Adhisty Kampono. In this home, I designed a combination of bio and culture philia language with concrete as structure. This work brings the philosophy that architects have souls. It nurtures the people, souls, inside.

Book 05

Architecture Theory for Students

The fifth book is Architecture Theory for Students (2019). This book was based on my teaching in several universities about architecture theory.  It started with the nature of architecture theory which is fluid, complex, and beyond the form. It created an understanding with limitations on itself, that the idea was fragile and humane. The teaching includes: Archetypes, Urban Design, Development of substantive and normative theory, and Developing Extreme Anxiety for students.

Book 06

Becoming an Architect

The sixth book is Becoming an Architect (2019). It is a book that was based on my teaching in a class about profession. The book actually studies the progression of understanding the profession, including the difference with vocation. The profession of the architect must nurture knowledge and generation. It defines the distance and natural learning process of an architect. It’s continued by discussing the nature of architects and other disciplines such as design specialists (landscape, interior, lighting), engineers, management construction, contractor, builders, and clients. It also has relationships with the government and site. 

Book 07

Gunawan Tjahjono – Maharshi Bisma

The seventh book is Gunawan Tjahjono – Maharshi Bisma (2019). This book was result from my collaboration with Anas Hidayat about Gunawan Tjahjono, a profound professor, teacher, father for many prominent Indonesian Architects. He was well known for his critical, creative thinking pedagogy that was taught directly by Texas Ranger’s predecessor, Charles Moore. This pedagogy challenges the traditionalist technical mind view and deconstructs the mindset of questioning the free form based on the individual gesture. His perspective was changing from personalization to the GAIA approach. Tjahjono experience shows a rich, complex postcolonial personal response such as questioning and educating discourse in the Indonesian architecture pedagogy.

Book 08

Tectogram – Tectonic Grammar

The eighth book is Tectonic Grammar (2019), which I also wrote with Anas Hidayat. He wrote an essay about archeological architecture, shown in Realrich Architecture Workshop works. The writing brought me the idea of assembly language, the thinking of 9 materials brings grammar in the making. The materials are stone, concrete, metal, gypsum, plastic, wood, and bambo. Eventually, the tectonics become grammars. This book is interesting because, the diagrams is documented after the creating process finished. The diagram is combined with the construction photo progress, and finished photo progress. It’s actually the post evaluation diagram which is used to elaborate more details in the further experimentations.

Book 09

Fee – Creating a healthy ecosystem

The ninth book is Fee, creating a healthy ecosystem (2019). I wrote the book with Johannes Adiyanto. He wrote an essay about the philosophy of profession, the 3 categories of different architects from I to them, I to us or only them. I described the discourse of Fee in the architect’s profession. The lesson is shown by the book that Fee in Indonesia reflects the low appreciation of people in architecture as a profession. The percentage, at least, needs to make sense and be reasonable with other countries.

Book 10

Methodology Grammar

The tenth book is Methodology Grammar (2020), which I wrote with Anas Hidayat. in this book, He wrote the introduction about tacit knowledge informing methods. I broke down the layers for know-how from the classical period to contemporary by reflecting on building technology, way of thinking, and mapping of forms, patterns, and forces in architecture.

Book 11

How to Write Architecture History for Students

The eleventh book is How to Write Architecture History for Students (2020). I wrote this book with Johannes Adiyanto as a way to accentuate the importance of understanding history. The narration stated that students need to have narration by themselves, love history, context, and finally understand the other frames based on facts. It’s about writing the structure that students can understand by themselves.

Book 12

Craftgram – Craft Grammatology

Craft Grammatology is the book to open the relation between personal to traditions, nest and workshop place in the creation of architecture, and unveiling the trap of stylistic movement. I wrote this book with my friend Johannes Adiyanto. This is a book to unify two books before that focussed in social relations on creativity work. In craftmanthip, we investigated how the master architects works to find their creativity. There must be secrets to their creativity works.  

Book 13

Alvar Aalto – The Magic of an Architect’s life

The thirteenth book is Alvar Aalto – The Magic of an Architect’s life (2020). This book was based on my pilgrimage and my wife Laurensia to the Land of North Finland. The trip is to retrace Alvar Aalto’s journey and works. It combined with research in Omah Library about integrative disciplines from plumbing – building utility to design product. And interestingly, the theme connects architecture and pandemics as context and result of the Total Architecture movement. These layers bring back design philosophy in Indonesia as Taksu, design by heart. An act of totality in design.

Book 14

Sustainable Design Strategy for Students

The fourteenth book is Sustainable Design Strategy for Students (2021). This book is based on my experience teaching about design by a spirit of locality. The book starts with a narration of the awareness of thread in the world. It’s all about the material as resources, energy, and water. Then sustainable design could be defined as a way to manage the resources through design from massing, building utility to sustainable details. The book consists of research of Pritzker prize winners, from Philip Johnson to Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, to explain the context of the form which actually has conditions, architect in their needs, building technology to address the sustainable strategy for their own specific context.




Lonely Path | Restrospective’s Spirit

I learned on critical and creative thinking, that both of the world needs a iterations of things. That’s architecture, it’s fluid, it’s complex, and full of surprises. if you learn one brilliant architect’s journey you will get amazed. I learn that my family is from builder’s family, it makes a huge leap as my understanding that architecture can use what available material around us. It forms a positive attitude, to absorb that is profound to open unlimited way of learning from context.

I learn from many great – great architects, namely Y.B. Mangun Wijaya, Le Corbusier, Laurie Baker, Carlo Scarpa, Maclaine pont, Antonin Raymond, Alvar Aalto and so other architects that are still living and fighting their vision and doing their mission by the effort of what they have done. I am inspired by them, and overtime I do pilgrimage, read autobiographies about their work. I can cried and touch by their effort to push their limit of humanity. They are complex, their archetypes bring complexity to the current world.

Correa wrote that there two way of learning, direct and indirect learning. I think both of them actually needs a compass of retrospective, way to know that we are part of bigger picture.

Actually this journey is about to understand our own shadows, personas, animas, animus, heroes, and so many archetypes that defines us. Jung probably right that there must me something magical that becoming background of the human’s mind and I think this is about transformation, and understanding that Architecture is so damn powerful.



This is the place where I put personal thoughts, and writings  about my journey on designing and understanding things. I believe that architecture is quite personal and so damn powerful. It starts with small universe of the context around us. 



Guha The Guild is the story of ecosystem in my residence, it’s a home where I experimented with people around me, designers, craftsmen, students. This journey brings an ecosystem, social relation. this is the archive of the social relations in our ecosystem.


realrich architecture workshop

Then we heard about architecture, it’s actually about protocol, method, theory, philosophy and imaginations. In this platform, I learn so much things to define what a rooted / radical methodology is. It’s complex combinations of disciplines.


omah library

This is my escape heaven, and I found my sincere friends, I called them intellectual to share their thoughts in this place. It’s run by sincere librarians who provide the connections between young and old people. The discourse happening in the library hopefully will start discourse on architecture in Indonesia.

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