Jakarta. The fourth annual Indonesia Architecture Creative Forum took place at Sahid Jaya Hotel in Sleman, Yogyakarta, on Tuesday.
The festival, organized by the Indonesia Creative Cities Network, serves as a forum for communities, businesses, academics and government officials to meet and exchange creative and practical ideas that can be implemented in their respective cities.
Yuwono Imanto, chairman of the Indonesia Architecture Creative Forum (IACF) and director of paint producer Propan Raya, said this year's "Creativepreneur" theme aimed to inspire young Indonesian architects and spread ideas around the world,
"We want to share our passion with young Indonesian architects to protect and modernize Indonesia's architectural heritage. They have to go out into the world and become professional architects who will uphold Indonesian values in their work and design," Yuwanto said.
"For the IACF, we've invited the best architects in Indonesia. There is so much we can learn from them: how to start your own firm, how to have your work recognized and how to become a professional architect," he said.
Helen Rusli, one of the youngest speakers at the event, shared her experiences on how she became an architect and how she established her own firm.
"Becoming an architect is not as hard and does not require as much financial investment as people think," she said.
"We need the right 'tools' to build our own brands, and manage our networks."
Another speaker, Andra Martin, who is an established architect that has worked on architectural projects around the world, discussed some of his own personal projects and explained what it is like to work with a government-sanctioned projects.
"Compared to personal or company projects, government projects tend to be more challenging," Andra said.
"Government projects are very strict on time, budget and standards. For many architects, these limitations will not allow them to spread their creative wings. But this became a challenge for me. With the right approach, we can still uphold our ideals as architects and contribute something that is uniquely ours," he said.