Prof Yandi Andri Yatmo

Universitas Indonesia

Yandi Andri Yatmo is a professor of architecture at Universitas Indonesia. He obtained his PhD in Architecture, Master of Architecture and Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture from the University of Sheffield. His current works are primarily on design theories and methods and their relevance to design practice. Yandi was awarded the FuturArc Green Leadership Award 2019, Holcim Award Asia Pacific 2011, National Lecturer Award in 2012, IAI Jakarta Award 2012, and numerous design competition prizes at national and international levels. He is the chair of Association of Architecture Higher Education in Indonesia (APTARI), chair of Architectural Education Board for Indonesian Architects’ Institute (IAI), and the leader of architectural design research cluster at Universitas Indonesia. He is the co-editor of Interiority journal, and the curator for Tanahku Indonesia exhibition 2017, Architecture Fair 2016 at the National Gallery of Indonesia, and Jakarta Architecture Triennale 2015.

Materiality of the Bauhaus.


This paper discusses the Bauhaus pedagogical principles on materiality and craftsmanship and explores further possibilities to extend such principles in architectural design education. The critical role of craftsmanship in the Bauhaus curriculum is manifested through various workshops that exposed the students to the experience of interacting with different types of materials and techniques. The workshops reflected the critical role of craft and materiality in the formation of students’ creative design ability. Drawing on the critical role of craftsmanship and materiality in Bauhaus education, we attempted to extend the value of such learning process, by contextualizing the principles into the process of learning through traditional craftsmanship. This paper illustrates the learning approach to materiality and craftsmanship through making exercises based on Indonesian indigenous crafts. The craft workshops offered in Bauhaus mainly dealt with modern industrial materials and techniques. When craft learning is contextualized into indigenous context, different kinds of materiality emerge as a result of indigenous materials and techniques. The experience of dealing with a variety of materials used in Indonesia indigenous craft such as earth-based materials (soil, clay, sand, stone) and plant-based materials (grass, leaves, tree bark, tree sap) offer the students opportunities to understand the properties of materials and different techniques involved in the production of craftworks. The process of making becomes the process of interacting intimately with the materials, enhancing the sensibility and extending the vocabulary of the making, which are all important in the formation of design ability and creativity.