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Yori Antar: Driven by the spirit of Nusantara in his design

Carla Bianpoen

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Wed, January 8, 2020  /  02:52 pm
Yori Antar: Driven by the spirit of Nusantara in his design

Iconic: The Great Mosque of Singkawang was designed using the region's renowned ceramics. (Courtesy of Yori Antar/-)

At an awards event at Teater Kecil hall in Taman Ismail Marzuki arts center in Central Jakarta on Dec. 16, the jury announced that architect Gregorius Antar Awal – better known as Yori Antar – had won the Jakarta Akademi Award for his role in highlighting local values and rebuilding traditional houses across Indonesia. Yori shared the award with poet Umbu Landu Paranggi from Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara for his role in promoting Balinese literature. The academy is the Jakarta city administration's advisory council on art and culture, first set up by then-Jakarta governor Ali Sadikin. The current members include prominent people in different fields, including Taufik Abdullah, Toeti Heraty Roosseno, Ajip Rosidi, Endo Sudanda and Ignas Kleden. As the first time the institution has given the award to an architect, it is quite a momentous occasion for both the acade...