“Grow old with me, the best is yet to come”

Born and brought up in Surabaya, a city of a hidden gem and much beautiful architecture preservation. I am a Jakarta based architectlecturer, and writer, writing on architecture. After completing my Bachelor’s in Architecture from Institute Technology of Bandung, I worked for Norman Foster in London. After that, I studied to get a master’s degree in Urban Design and Development from the University of New South Wales and being the recipient of the Planning Workshop International Award in 2011.

I have been practicing as an architect in the Realrich Architecture Workshop (Well known by name of RAW Architecture) since 2011. The practice has reestablished the long history of craftsmanship and collaboration in our builder’s family that has been lasted for 3 generations, 60 years of practice since Indonesia Independence. At that time the practice has no name. The relationship between the supervisors and staff was intimate and personal to service some clients. The practice is well known on trust, quality, and its authentic design innovation in the mastery of building construction in Indonesia. We have grown reputations on winning several International and National Architecture design awards including the prestigious National Gallery of Indonesia. My intent was clear, preserving what’s good that we have, and innovating in the current practice context. We have also worked for more interesting, and beautiful projects, open and limited competitions ranged from small scale product design to large scale mixed-use development and master planning.RAW is active in designing a residential building that has an interest in locality and craftmanship to define an architecture that is simple, humble, no pretension and has the quality of transcendence. RAW Architecture projects strive for uniqueness and humble character of local material. The idea of RAW is that every building which developed wholeheartedly will create such a timeless, surreal, and mastery quality in its simplest form, simplest approach.

Presently, I work as a full time curious personLearner and teacher, collaborate with students in University of Pelita Harapan, other national, and international university, my studio, library  and organisations in Singapore and Indonesia, to design, to write and to discuss about architecture.  I am currently running fellowship which has been attracting 50 people per year in South East Asia to learn architecture from basic to more layers of architecture craftsmanship.

Through my passion, I have strives to cover a range of topics related to architecture, and tried to bring forth ingenious architecture that makes a  unique and needs to be appreciated. My hobbies include plantings, reading, travelling, sketching, painting, and exploring new places . I am very passionate about art, philosophy, literary activities and ecology,



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