Gunawan Tjahjono was born in Medan, 1945. He graduated from University of Indonesia in 1975, then studied for his master degree in UCLA which he finished in 1983 with a comprehensive final assignment titled “City as Museum”. Afterwards, he participated in designing the administration centre of University of Indonesia before he obtained his PhD from University of California, Berkeley in 1989. He then worked at Duta Cermat Mandiri (DCM) Indonesia and ENCONA. Now he is now a professor in the architecture department of University of Indonesia.