Mangunwijaya in Germany

Mangunwijaya in Germany

Friday, 10 May 2024
1 pm WIB (8 am UTC+2)
Y. B. Mangunwijaya in Germany

Lecture by Eduard Kögel, critic, publisher, content manager and curator in the field of architecture and urban development. Studio Eduard Kögel, Berlin, Germany

Moderator: Faiz Hamdi Suprahman, M. A., Universitas Islam Indonesia, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Meeting ID: 973 9233 3289
Passcode: UII

An Indonesian priest, writer, political activist, and architect, Mangunwijaya studied architecture at RWTH Aachen University in West Germany from 1960 to 1966, after which he returned to Indonesia. In his architectural projects, he sought to translate the universal principles of modernism into an authentic, indigenous expression. He can be seen as a forerunner in collaborative and sustainable architecture that responded specifically to the needs of the local environment.

In 1959, shortly after being ordained as a priest, the Indonesian Catholic Church asked Mangunwijaya to study architecture in order to reform the country’s church architecture, which had been shaped by its colonial past. From 1960 to 1966, he studied at RWTH Aachen University, where distinguished professors such as Gottfried Böhm, Rudolf Steinbach, Erich Kühn, Eleanor von Erdberg, and Willy Weyres taught.

The lecture is part of the workshop programme hosted by the Department of Architecture, Universitas Islam Indonesia, Yogyakarta, and open to the public. Please join!

Learning from Mangunwijaya


learning from mangunwijaya

3 May 2024 to 31 December 2024

Learning from Mangunwijaya focuses on the architectural heritage of Yusuf Bilyarta Mangunwijaya (1929–1999), an Indonesian Catholic priest, writer, political activist, and architect. Mangunwijaya’s architectural legacy was shaped significantly by his studies in Aachen, Germany.

This project examines the enduring impact of his ideas on current generations of Indonesian architects and their relevance to contemporary developments in the region. Through a student workshop, exhibition, documentary, and symposium, Learning from Mangunwijaya aims to contextualize his work in the present day and foster broad local, regional, and international engagement.

Sally Below, Moritz Henning, Eduard Kögel

Curatorial team:
Avianti Armand, Putu Ayu Pramanasari Agustiananda, Sally Below, Moritz Henning, Eduard Kögel, Setiadi Sopandi, Nensi Golda Yuli

Further infos here