22 February 2017
SoD UPH and Orange County Lippo Cikarang Presents World Class Architect, Kengo Kuma
School of Design (SoD) Universitas Pelita Harapan along with Orange County Lippo Cikarang presented a world class architect, Kengo Kuma, in a forum with themed: ‘Design for The Changing World’ on February 20, 2016, at D 501 and 502, UPH Karawaci, Tangeran

(left-right) Antony Liu from TonTon Studio, Kengo Kuma from Kengo Kuma & Associates Japan and AlwiSjaaf, Chief Development Officer PT Lippo Cikarang, Tbk.


School of Design (SoD) Universitas Pelita Harapan along with Orange County Lippo Cikarang presented a world class architect, Kengo Kuma in a forum with themed: ‘Design for The Changing World’ on February 20, 2016, at D 501 and 502, UPH Karawaci, Tangerang.

As the Design Advisor for the 1st Phase of Orange County Masterplan, Kengo Kuma explained about the latest design trend which will be applied for Orange County to address urban lifestyle in the future. On same the occasion, Kengo presented a variety of buildings in many countries such as Beijing, Japan, French, Italy and many more, as his product design. 


Kengo Kuma

Kengo, who is also a Professor at the University of Tokyo, always shown consistency in each of his designs, that is a construction harmonized with the natural landscape. His unique design has always collaborated with the use of local material. For example, one of his design for a public space in Japan was called ‘Doma’ or a semi-outdoor space, built using wood as the local material, with a concept of a single space which can be used for different community purposes. Kengo also applied this concept in his masterplan for Orange County, where he interpreted the theme of ‘Livable City’ which belong to Lippo, into a variety of design aspects which involved many aspects other than merely creating a physical space, but a concept which provides the sensation of “experience” that couldn’t be found in anywhere else. Moreover, his designs are made to adapt with the changes of urban lifestyle in the future.


This forum was attended by approximately 900 participants from various backgrounds such as students and lecturers, both from UPH and outside of UPH, observers, professional architects and representatives from property companies, with a hope that they could provide new insights and knowledge according to the theme of this event, ‘Design for the Changing World’.

This was stated by Alwi Sjaaf, Chief Development Officer of PT Lippo Cikarang, Tbk, who reminded everyone to understand the reason of their presence in this forum.

“All of us have to understand that we are here because we want to change, just like the theme of this event. But change could only happen when we change our point of view. When we think about change, it encourages us to do the things we need to do in order to achieve that change. Through this event, I hope that aside from witnessing a world class architect such as Kuma, everyone here would have the passion for change to happen around us, and even our nation,” said Alwi.

Alwi also added that he hopes that the young generation, as design and architecture students, could start to think about how they can contribute through their design in the future, in order for a better change for the environment.

On the same occasion, he also explained that this change is the one which has been sought by Lippo Cikarang through Orange County. Orange County itself is projected as the new CBD for the East Corridor, which is able to fulfill the needs of each individual in a single area through the implementation of four aspects. Among those four aspects are Walkable City – a comfortable and exclusive pedestrian path, Interlink Attraction – a mall designed for a variety of trends in the future, Flexibility – a mall and a futuristic space designed to accommodate urban lifestyle changes and lastly, 1 Stop Facilities –a design which creates an interesting space for people of all age which also includes various attractions children, teenagers, young people, adult and also the elderly; with this facility, everyone could be satisfied, be it their business, entertainment and even recreation matters.

Aside from Kengo and Alwi, there was also Antony Liu from Studio TonTon, who presented some of his projects.  Along with Kengo, Antony also emphasizes natural aspects in his architecture. For him, natural phenomenon or ‘framing the nature’ will always become his initial concept in designing a building. 


The whole event was a great opportunity for UPH and all participants to gain more knowledge and experiences. UPH Rector, Dr. (Hon) Jonathan L. Parapak, M.Eng.Sc., conveyed his gratitude for Kengo Kuma’s visit to UPH, to share his ideas in design.

“As a representative of UPH, I want to express my biggest gratitude to Kengo Kuma for being here and for sharing his knowledge and ideas. I’m very proud of our enthusiasm towards this event, for as we can see, we even fulfill two whole rooms to witness this event. Aside from that, I’m also very proud of SoD UPH significant development, both in upgrading workshop facilities as well as the great works produced by both lecturers and students,” said the Rector of UPH.

UPH Architecture has always thrived to keep up with the development of architectural practice. Here, students are encouraged to follow the development of architectural practice development in Indonesia and the world through the public lecture with experienced architects, with one of them being a Design Forum with Kengo Kuma.

As an addition, every year since 2007, the Architecture Department of UPH released a book, which contains students’ learning process, called ‘Archive’.


Lecturer of UPH Architecture along with Kengo Kuma (middle), Antony Liu (left) and Vice Dean of SoD, Julia Tan, BFA.

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