Experiences of Community Building with Design and Planning in Indonesia, Mexico, and San Francisco
When: Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. 12-1pm.
Where: John A. Burns Hall, Rm 3012 (3rd floor)
Antonio Ismael Risianto was born in Amsterdam. He spent his early years in Indonesia and fled to the US with his family as a refugee in the 1960s. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, followed by postgraduate work at MIT, with a special degree in Housing and Human Settlement Design for Developing Countries. He worked several years as an architect and contractor in California and co-founded Asian Neighborhood Design, a community design center for-low income minority neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay area.
Returning to Indonesia in 1985, Mr. Risianto was confronted with the social realities of building communities amidst prevailing poverty. His mission became to design and plan high-quality urban spaces for the poor that provide better access to urban land and livelihoods. Over the years, he has worked with a wide variety of international development agencies (the World Bank, UN, Asian Development Bank), taught courses on community-based social architecture, and served as an expert advisor on humanitarian and environmental development initiatives to various national and local government agencies. He is currently working with CHL International, a not-for-profit organization that focuses on housing for the poor, based in Australia.