Bittersweet Memories in Design Experience

Architect as a profession protected by law has a responsibility to create a comfortable, safety-built environment which define a way to create good building. To define one good building is not easy, there are various factors such as how the innovation of a building system is addressed by, how the building responds to the philosophy, the urban-rural location, and the art context. These key factors will define the architecture based on our specific culture and climate which will be the key considerations on this short architecture course. The lectures host in one semester. The lectures has shaped basic understanding on how to think like an architect.

  1. Alvar Mensana
  2. Erick Kristanto
  3. Budi Pradono
  4. Gregorius Supie Yolodi
  5. Andra Matin
  6. Prof. Moh. Danisworo
  7. Achmad Noerzaman
  8. Andre Simapranata
  9. Darrundono Koesomodilogo
  10. Dicky Hendrasto
  11. Andra Matin
  12. Sibarani Sofian
  13. Suwardana Winata
  14. Yandi Andri Yatmo
  15. Gunawan Tjahjono
  16. Tan Tjiang Ay
  17. Daniel Sandjaja
  18. Irianto Purnomo Hadi
  19. Apep, Yu sin, Thamrin
  20. Budiman Hendropurnomo
  21. Muhammad Sagita
  22. Rudy Kelana
  23. Willis Kusuma

Bittersweet Memories In Design Experience – Alvar Mensana


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Alvar Mensana, a young architect who grappled with a variety of questions. Consistency in the search of architecture brought him to various places and find a lot of things. It started since he was an intern at one companies in America, to finally work with Frank Gehry. He has passed the bittersweet in design experience from the beginning until the end. And now he will share the experiences with us.


Kuliah dilaksanakan tanggal 12 September 2015.

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“If you were a son of mine, I wouldn’t want you to be an architect, because it’s a tough way to be in the world.”
– Peter Eisenman

As a young architects we often confused where to go after we graduated from the university. We will think twice about the desired workplace and also the way we practice. The earliest point in the face of this reality is actually the most crucial part in the search for the design characteristic of the young architects. Who we are, what has been done, how wishful thinking us to be confronted with the question of what, who, and in which we poured it all and able to directing us to be positive. The answers to these questions are sometimes answered well by the time. This is where persistence determination and ideals needed.

Bittersweet Memories In Design Experience – Erick Kristanto


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Erick Kristanto is an Indonesian born architect and design principal of Studio Kota. Erick has worked on various projects with different scale and complexity such as SSI Tower Jakarta, Baosteel tower Guangzhou, Office KL, Cliq Coffee and Infinite Cycle artwork Hong Kong. Erick’s practice focuses in specificity in architecture and discovery of new building typologies. At times he serves as a critic and guest speaker for local universities.


Kuliah dilaksanakan tanggal 10 Oktober 2015.

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As young architects, we often have a desire for an adventure. We wanted to explore what we studied in college, coming to a new place, adapts to new environment, local or international, observes new things and have fun on making mistakes. The youngster often get lost and forget their responsibilities towards the future. The others of them precisely were drowned in fears about the future, forgetting their ships that maybe will anchored in the beautiful island.

Erick Kristanto, an architect who choose to have a great adventure, exploring the most extensive and vicious oceans, looking for the most beautiful islands to anchor the ship. He graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago for his master degree and Parahyangan University Bandung for his bachelor degree.

His bittersweet experience started since he worked for several company in Jakarta, was an intern at one companies in America, to finally work with OMA Hongkong, Wi design and Bjarke Ingels Group before establishing his practice Studio Kota Architecture at Jakarta.

Erick said, ”Architecture is marathon not a sprint.” Need a consistency and preparation to reach your purpose, when you have decided to START, keep persevere until you reach the FINISH line!

Bittersweet Memories In Design Experience – Budi Pradono


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Budi Pradono is founder and principal of budipradono architects {BPA} cross-disciplinary studio established in 1999. He graduated with distinction in architecture at Duta Wacana Christian University, Yogyakarta (1995), and studied at Berlage Institute, Postgraduate Lab of Architecture, Rotterdam (2002-03). His works were published and exhibited worldwide and awarded with numerous prizes, i.e. Cityscape architecture award, Dubai 2004, Honorable mention of AR Awards for Emerging Architecture, London, 2005, Silver Medal and Honorary diploma from UIA at 11th World Triennial of Architecture Interarch, Bulgaria, 2006, and Shortlisted for WAF, Barcelona 2008


Kuliah dilaksanakan tanggal 19 Desember 2015.

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We have learnt from Budi Pradono, the person behind Budi Pradono Architects, a well-known architecture studio in Indonesia. Budi Pradono shared how was life story affected his whole journey on creating his own practice.

Started by how his childhood experiences, Budi Pradono brought us into his memory lane. He gave us a glimpse on how his perspective of doing architecture actually inspired by this story of his early life.

Through his difficulties and struggles in school and his adventure in Australia, Budi Pradono showed us that the most important aspect on how he survived the stream of obstacles is to never stop learning and DO-ing things that we felt we could. We should never underestimate ourselves. Luck is truly a readiness when opportunity comes, Budi Pradono’s way of life had become a solid evident of those.

Inspired by Tadao Ando’s journeys, Budi Pradono did love to travel the world, to study and learning from the master itself, therfore his studio Budi Pradono Architects (BPA) holds a unique perspective on how they perceive their work. From his story, it turns out that his experience when he was with Beverley Garlick Architects and Kengo Kuma, have fused into one big attitude for his studio.

His exploration in details and its significant attention to the site’s surrounding makes the whole point of BPA’s output in terms of their designs. He also stated the importance of maquette and 3d models in practice realm.

This discussion once again proved how one man experiences and sturdiness could actually gave birth into leading a professional, full-packed groups of unique skilled individuals. Also, one should actually fights the realm of fear to exceeds their talents. Well, Thank you Budi Pradono for your sharing, congratulation on Clay CIty, and we wishes all the best for BPA!

Bittersweet Memories In Design Experience – Supie Yolodi


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Gregorius Supie Yolodi born in Jakarta, graduated in Architectural Engineering Major from Parahyangan Catholic University in 1998. Had internship in Grahacipta Hadiprana in 1997. In the span of two years worked as project architect in Triaco Bali and partner in Tjipta Nuansa Kreasitama. Until finally in 2001, he established his own practice D-Associates with partner Maria Rosantina in 2003.


Kuliah dilaksanakan tanggal 26 Januari 2016, dimoderatori oleh Rezki Dikaputera.

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We have learnt from Gregorius Supie Yolodi, the person behind D-Associates, one of the leading architecture firms in Indonesia. Pak Supie shared how his passion in architecture become his most powerful force to drive the practices.

Started off with Pak Supie explained his projects throughout the city, mainly in Jakarta. He mostly talked about the experience when he and his team are in charge at the time, and how they dealt with problems and limitations. Every projects is unique and show a different approaches to complete.

Pak Supie talk about his initial forces in his story at the time he decide he would love to be in the realm of architecture until now, how the love is never ended. He also shared his experiences dealing with clients, fellow practitioner and other disciplines. He told us the importance of ”Integrity” in every aspect of circumstances. He showed in his practice, the application of integrity has been everywhere. It’s not just a mere attitude, but it’s the way of life.

Integrity, by means is how we will deliver to others, and it should be the one that drives us to achieve our goals. When asked “how we can retain our passion (architecture) ? We love the taste of it but could we never get enough of it?” Supie answered, that passion in architecture is not the taste, its the hunger itself.

Our passion is like our hunger, we need to eat proper, but it doesn’t meant we have to eat the same kind of food to relish the feels. We can see a lot of things either it’s architecture related or not, but it should relieved the need of our passion, well in this case, that passion in architecture.

Thank you Gregorius Supie Yolodi for sharing, we would love to have you back in OMAH again in the future, and we wishes all the best for D-Associates! 

Bittersweet Memories In Design Experience – andra matin


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Andra Matin – both the man and the firm, andramatin, are known for their clean and modern approach to architecture. The works of andramatin has been a constant reflection of contemporary take on traditional values, that are based on its context and its sensitivity to the environment. Aside from his architectural projects, Andra Matin is also one of the founders of Arsitek Muda Indonesia (AMI – eng: Young Architects of Indonesia), and has been a part of the progress in Indonesian architecture. He also have released books under a.publication that opens up discussions about architecture, along with being a frequent lecturer at universities, seminars, and architectural events both in Indonesia and in international events. His latest  installation titled Elevation has been granted a Special Mention Award at the 16th Venice Biennale, for its traditional sense and its contemporary take. Inspired by his great love of travel, Andra Matin continues to search out more knowledge and experiences, in order to further celebrate the architecture of Indonesia.


Kuliah dilaksanakan tanggal 26 Februari 2016, dimoderatori oleh Rezki Dikaputera.

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“Everything that live is changing, where the only thing that keeps unchanging is the change itself.”

On 26th February, Andra Matin came to OMAH Library to share his Final Project’s story and his thoughts about Indonesian Architecture. Andra Matin’s final project from Parahyangan University in 1988 is an archive building for architectural documentation and centre of apprenticeship workshop. This project’s main feature is axial formation and flowing metaphor of water. Located next to Fakultas Teknik UI, the entrance of building is a rotunda which connects hall and gallery, following classes and library. Due to its unprecedented work, his final projects session were concentrated on technical questions instead of conceptual and design intention. This design is a form of expression about his dream for ideal architectural documentation, also his personal interest on traditionalism.

He believes that Indonesian architecture must keep their authenticity and have natural ability to express its character, regardless of each architect’s style. He states that the example of this phenomenon could be seen in Japanese architecture, which dominated by (material-wise) wood, and playful inside-outside transition. This unifying awareness, can be achieved by good architectural record for public accessibility.

On Indonesian architecture Andra Matin remarks that his project most inspired by various form of Indonesian roof. He states that our foremost trail of form making were indicated by our climate-related roof. About 70% of Venice Biennale exhibition in 2014 were concentrated on Indonesian roof. That, he said, is a single prove of how rich our culture already. This also his basic approach on design, not necessarily started from the roof, but attention to climate challenge itself. He added that there should always be added value to each work we made, don’t just recycling and made-new of any historical work.

On growing as architect, Andra Matin believes in importance of apprenticeship for architectural carrier. For him, design articulation mostly gained from years of training. He encourage young graduates to practice for at least 5 years in a firm to strengthen their knowledge on related field through distinct projects. The architectural knowledge, he also said, consist of various interdependent skill, such as realistic design solving, material expertise, structural responsibility, and on-site management. These ability isn’t gained on university alone. On work ethic, he believes that we must be willing to invest our time in a place where we can grow, with totality and patience to learn.

Bittersweet Memories In Design Experience – Mohammad Danisworo


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Prof. Mohammad Danisworo was born in Semarang, April 2, 1938. He received his Bachelor degree from Bandung Institute of Technology in 1965. Following his study, Danisworo received a Master degree at the University of California, USA, in 1966. Unsatisfied of his knowledge in the field of urban planning, he has himself another Master degree (with Urban Design certificate) in the Urban Planning Department at the University of Washington in 1982. He was vice president of Encona Engineering until 1997. In 1994, he established PSUD (Pusat Studi Urban Desain). He is the founder and principal of PDW. He also is professor at ITB and TU Delft.


Kuliah dilaksanakan tanggal 18 Juni 2016, dimoderatori oleh Realrich Sjarief.

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Mohammad Danisworo is best known as the founder of Pandega Desain Weharima (PDW), a consultant firm he found in 1997 which focusing in strategic planning, urban and environment planning, urban and environment design and architectural projects. He also initiated several other institution regarding urban planning.

In his decades of experiences, his works span mostly as monumental public buildings, e.g. Ngurah Rai Airport Complex as well as Gambir and Monas Development. Another masterpiece of him is the now-demolished Kemayoran airport which was planned in order to improve the welfare of Jakartans. He takes into consideration in the importance of working people in both formal and informal sectors, motorists and pedestrians; into the comfortable distance between buildings. Therefore, he adds a point of interest that was uninterruptedly given, and also sidewalks in the width of 10 m in which shady trees were planted. All of us is privileged to learn his 51 years experience, 5 decade experience of Indonesian architecture.

Bittersweet Memories In Design Experience – Achmad Noerzaman


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Achmad Noerzaman graduated from Faculty of Architecture University of Indonesia and took his master degree at Institute of Economic. He started his career as a junior architect at ARKONIN, a multi-discipline company provide design architecture, structure, utility, and interior service. ARKONIN received The Best Ten Architecture Consultant from BCI Awards 2016. Currently, Pak Noerzaman is a president director in that company.

He has handled various projects in both small and big scales, such as office buildings, hotels, apartments, educational buildings, hospitals, shopping centers, sports facilities, transportations, and masterplan projects. He has won several design competition, such as 2nd place of Library Padjajaran University, 1st place of Airport of Samarinda, 2nd place of Activity Center University of Indonesia. He also Honorary Board Member of IAI DKI Jakarta, Member of TABG (Team Ahli Bangunan Gedung) Jakarta.


Kuliah dilaksanakan tanggal 10 September 2016, dimoderatori oleh Rezki Dikaputera.

Bittersweet’s reportage was written by: Umi Khasanah – Budi Luhur Architecture Student | OMAH Library’s Volunteer March-May 2019

VIdeo was edited by Umi Khasanah & Theresia Hanna Sanjaya

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At the beginning of the discussion session, Achmad Noerzaman discussed the history of the establishment of PT. Arkonin, where it was where he became a commissioner in it. He told, about the initial intention of establishing PT. Pembangunan Jaya which is the forerunner of the establishment of PT. Arkonin is to help the DKI Jakarta government in development without using state money because of the economy at that time which makes development itself rarely done.

He also explained the vision and mission of his office, according to him sometimes we can find where architecture is actually a problem for the environment. So from the vision and mission, it is expected that PT. Arkonin besides being able to innovate but also provide solutions to the influencers. According to him, the architect must also have innovation because there are other functions that can support the main function.

As an example of the construction of a stadium for the Olympics, there are some countries that lose because of the Olympics and have to renovate the stadium to spend a lot of money and maintenance, because according to him the burden of the Olympic administration is how the stadium can support after the Olympics are finished. Some buildings that innovate like in Sydney Aquatic that are intended for Olympics are made side by side with recreational pools, where when there is no Olympics the community can use recreational pools so that they can still bear the costs of maintenance. There is also in Seoul, the lower part of the stadium was converted into a mall, so this did not make the stadium die so it was still crowded. Innovation like this is what makes us aware that not all good works are successful in reality so that they are not in accordance with what was planned.

When starting a discussion about the project, he said there were several projects such as banks and offices that had their own identities that needed to exist so that people could recognize the building. And indeed there are also some offices that want the building to be a future heritage from what is now. For example, the plantation office project in Jambi, the client wants the same building as the Jambi traditional house. But he said if the building was made the same as it already was, there would be no reference to the new office building. But he still applied the elements of the Jambi traditional house to the building but in modern expressions. This is what makes the client’s view different that the office building there can look good in another form.

In the middle of the discussion, he said that he observed many developers where they should be developers who build for the community not only for themselves. Until the end of the discussion, he explained several other projects from his office starting in Jakarta, Bandung, to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, which is a hajj hostel there because of barren land and made a green city park. At the end of the discussion, there was a question from one of the respondents who asked the question: “To what extent are the different designs made with the final execution results?”. He said that the difference was up to 20-30% or more on special projects and for the most similarities between design and image according to him only during the competition. Bittersweet’s reportage was written by: Umi Khasanah – Budi Luhur Architecture Student OMAH Library’s Volunteer March-May 2019 Edited by Umi Khasanah & Theresia Hanna Sanjaya