Ridwan Kamil is an award-winning architect and urban designer who was elected as Mayor of Bandung, Indonesia in September 2013.  There is much in what he has done for his native Javanese city that underlies his training and background as a designer. The remarkable way in which he has inspired and mobilized the people of Bandung is changing the face of local politics.


Long before his present position, Ridwan was a social activist committed to grass-roots urban design that empowers the urban poor. He founded the “Indonesia Berkebun”movement to build amateur gardens in cities across Indonesia and established many other social communities such as Bandung Creative City Forum (BCCF), Bandung Citizen Journal, and One Village One Playground Concept.His believes in the power of innovation, creativity and collaboration as key drivers to effect change and build up Bandung as the best city in Indonesia.


Trained at the Institut Teknologi Bandung and the University of California Berkeley, Ridwan spent his earlier years as an architect and his firm Urbane Indonesia’s many acclaimed projects include the Al Irsyad Mosque in Padalarang, West Java and the Aceh Tsunami Museum.


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