Indonesian architecture is dynamic and constantly evolving
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Indonesian architecture is dynamic and constantly evolving

As an architect, what fascinates you most?

As an architect, I am fascinated by the interplay between space, culture, and human experience. The ability to design environments that not only serve functional purposes but also resonate with the cultural and emotional contexts of their inhabitants is deeply inspiring. Each project offers a unique narrative, a story waiting to be told through thoughtful design.

What do you think are the first steps towards integrating a vernacular approach into contemporary design?

Integrating a vernacular approach into contemporary design begins with in-depth research and understanding of the local context. This involves studying traditional architectural methods, materials, climate and cultural practices. The next step is to judiciously adapt these elements to modern needs and technologies, creating a dialogue between the past and the present. It is about respecting heritage while responding innovatively to today’s challenges.

What is the current state of the Indonesian architectural sector?

The Indonesian architecture sector is dynamic and evolving. There is a growing emphasis on sustainability and environmentally friendly design, driven by the unique challenges and opportunities of our tropical climate. In addition, there is a growing appreciation for blending modern architectural practices with indigenous techniques and materials, reflecting our rich cultural diversity. The sector is vibrant, with a promising future shaped by both local and global influences.

What lessons would you like to learn from India?

From India, I want to bring back the deep respect for cultural heritage and the innovative ways it is integrated into modern architecture. India’s ability to integrate tradition into contemporary spaces while addressing urban and environmental challenges is truly inspiring. The country’s diverse architectural styles and solutions offer valuable insights into creating spaces that are both culturally rich and functionally modern.

How did Charles Correa inspire your architectural journey?

Charles Correa has had a monumental influence on my architectural journey. His work exemplifies how architecture can be deeply rooted in cultural context while pushing the boundaries of design innovation. His commitment to social responsibility and sustainable urban development has significantly influenced my approach to architecture. Being a part of the annual Charles Correa Memorial Lecture organized by Ambuja Neotia is an incredible honor. It is a platform that celebrates his legacy and fosters meaningful discourse within the architectural community. Sharing and learning in this space is both humbling and exhilarating.