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ARCHINESIA Week #4: ARCHINESIA ASEAN Architecture Seminar

ARCHINESIA Week #4: ARCHINESIA ASEAN Architecture Seminar

Will the definition and concept of the dwelling between the millennial and the past generation be the same? Do the needs for space among those generations or in the future still have in common? Or even each generation has own meaning to different needs for a house?

Many questions have arisen considering that current and future generations are overwhelmed with many conveniences due to technological advancement and social media. Not only that, the availability of land that is increasingly reduced and the cost of development continues to grow also become factors that make this generation have a different mindset and design completion about the house. Moreover, in recent years, new ideas have emerged about affordable homes, houses on a narrow land, also use the latest technology in home design.

‘Future House: Light, Fast, Affordable’ topic then raised on these issues. How is the home for the current generation and next? Will the Internet of Things (IoT) and the technology advancement influence design in the future? How do architects deal with these changes and needs? Will there be much different from the past generation considering the era has changed greatly?

Then, ARCHINESIA ASEAN Architecture Seminar presents five architects representing five ASEAN countries to share their thoughts related to the issue. Not only because of their cutting-edge building design but also because of their experience and critical thinking behind it or architecture firm they founded.

1.Lee Cherng Yih (Formzero, Malaysia)

Lee Cherng Yih, a Malaysian-architect who was born in Kuala Lumpur, 1978. He completed his architectural study at RMIT University, Melbourne (2002). Then, he started his career at Brearley Architecture & Urbanism (BAU Architects), Shanghai. Before he founded Formzero in 2012, Cherng Yih also has been worked in London and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Besides his experience as an architect, he also a lecturer. He taught at Taylor’s University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2014. Not only that but he also actives become a speaker in some public lectures or talks. Some of them are Discourse Panellist at MIID Reka Conference, Malaysia, Speaker of AA Asia Book Launch, Singapore, and Speaker of PAM Design Lecturer Series in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Along with his journey, Formzero also grows with many projects and awards. Formzero is an architectural research studio injected with the ideology of reengaging the architecture with a tropical landscape in the urban context. Their design approach focuses on challenging the conventional architectural typologies and the boundaries or urban realm. Some of their projects are Window House and Planter Box House.

2.Antoine Meinnel (Bloom Architecture, Cambodia)

Antoine Meinnel is a Cambodia-French architect who is now living in Cambodia. He finished his education at ENSA Versailles, France in 2001. After his graduation, Meinnel worked at several distinguished architecture firms. Among them are OMA, Rotterdam, and HERZOG & DE MEURON, Switzerland.

In 2014, he came back to Cambodia and became a freelancer. Then, in 2015 he established his own architectural firm with Joko Tandijono which is based in Phnom Penh and Bangkok, namely Bloom Architecture.

Preserving or inserting Cambodian culture is one of what Bloom Architecture do in their design. They also believe each building is shall be exemplary and inspirational. Not only that, but Bloom Architecture also empowers local talents. They had worked on various projects starting from hospitality and residential, heritage, retail and commercial, until landscape also masterplans. Some of Bloom’s projects are Atelier Kampot and Mekong House.

3.Chatpong Chuenrudeemol (CHAT Architects, Thailand)

Chatpong ‘Chat’ Chuenrudeemol got his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at U.C Berkeley (1994) and followed by his master at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (2000). During his college, he also has been worked at Fernau and Hartman Architects, Berkeley and Office dA (currently NADAAA).

After finished his study, he decided to come back to Bangkok, Thailand and established b/A/R (Bangkok Architectural Research) with Varoot Samalapa in 2004. In 2012, he began his own research-based architecture firm, CHAT Architects. He also set CHAT Lab up, known as Bangkok Bastard, a research organization who aimed an urban street typology that constructed and occupied by Bangkok’s local castoffs.

Besides that, he also a lecturer. He taught at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and now still teaches at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), also some universities in Thailand. One of them is Chulalongkorn University. He actives in some exhibitions, lectures, and become a moderator in many events.

His journey with CHAT Architecture brings off some projects also awards. Some of their projects are Ekamai House and SalaAreeya which become a finalist in the Design Anthology Awards 2019 for ‘Best Places for Residential Living’ category.

4.William Ti (WTA Architecture + Design Studio, Philippines)

William Ti is an architect and urban planner from Philippines who got his bachelor’s degree in 2002 at the University of Santo Tomas. Then, he received his Master at the National University of Singapore (2012). In 2007, William built his own firm, namely WTA Architecture + Design Studio. He also has written two books: Human Scale (2015) and Context & Intend (2017) that tells his own journey also WTA Architecture + Design’s journey for the past 12 years. Besides that, he also a festival director of Anthology Architecture and Design Festival.

William Ti believes that being an architect is bound to be quite a socialist. So, it is not surprising if social responsibility is embedded within WTA’s DNA. They are creating architecture that has a positive influence on cities and societies, whether it is small or big.

Through its 12-years journey, WTA offered the varied buildings, such as residential, hospitality, commercial, and offices. They also take part in some architectural competitions and do research. One of the results is the book stop project which got some awards. Among them is became a finalist in the World Architecture Festival 2016 and an Honorable Mention at American Architecture Prize 2016. One of their projects is C3 Residence.

5.Joe Willendra (W.Office, Indonesia)

Joe Willendra, an architect and principal of W.Office (WOFF). He studied at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2000) and University of California-Los Angeles (2004) where he graduated with distinguished award. Joe began his career at Lieber Cooper Associates-Chicago, then Skidmore, Owings and Merril-California. He also worked at Neil M. Denari Architects (NMDA) and Atelier Hitoshi Abe, California.

Besides his experience in architectural practice, he also actives become a lecturer, design competition judge, and speaker. Currently, he teaches design studios at Pelita Harapan University, Tangerang.

Founded in Jakarta, W.Office (WOFF) projects always demand innovative and evocative solutions towards the function, shape, and experiences. They see each project as a problem-solving with a peculiar design aesthetic. Since 2011, WOFF has been involved in various design projects, including Haliman House, Kayu-Kayu, and Asera One East. On the other side, this firm also attended some design competitions and art installations.


If you would like to hear their thoughts about the issue, the ARCHINESIA ASEAN Architecture Seminar will held at Saturday, April 4, 2020, at Nusantara Room 2, Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) BSD, Tangerang, Banten, Indonesia. Also, please join and follow our social media to get the latest information about ARCHINESIA Week #4!




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