International Workshop on Wooden Architecture [IWWA] 2019


15 – 22 August 2019
Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia


Focus: Sumbanese Wooden Building, Wood Science and Their Carpentry

This series of workshop on wooden architecture 2019 will focus on Sumbanese wooden building (SWB), organic material knowledge and their cultural carpentry construction approach, in both its local and trans-local dimensions. It will adequate cover from the living traditions order of carpentry way. This workshop began in 2017 with the theme of Javanese wooden house. We planned to be held annually by taking various locations in the territory of Nusantara archipelago. We plan tentatively workshops with the subjects of Belitung wooden boat in 2020, Toraja wooden houses in 2021, Bulukumba wooden boat in 2022 and Nias wooden houses in 2023.

This eight-days workshop program is the result of a partnership between the Sekolah Tukang Nusantara (SETON) in collaboration with Department of Architecture Universitas Islam Indonesia-Yogyakarta and Department of Architecture Bandung Institute of Technology-Bandung. This workshop co-hosted by Indonesian Association of School of Architecture (IASA), Institute of Architects Indonesia (IAI) and Rumah Rempah Karya–Solo. It aims to promote the cultural and tectonics studies of wooden architecture and their construction approach in the region and internationally.

The workshop program will be taught by pool of experts. Its aim is to give participants a sound theoretical and practical knowledge essential for designing and constructing timber material and for selecting the most appropriate methods of traditional timber design. It will showcase the state-of-the-art action research on wooden architecture and cultural carpentry construction approach related aspects of tradition, construction methods and organic material used.

The workshop is organized around seven interconnected units covering the following subjects: (i) principles of SWB, forms, structure system and their construction; (ii) using organic material for building and their responsibility; (iii) properties of wood; (iv) factors affecting the construction of wood; (v) principles of timber joint; and (vi) the conservation of wooden buildings and (vii) structures, including wood working tools and machinery. The course includes an eight-days, a build of eight days to natural sites in Kampung Tarung, West Sumba and architectural excursion to cultural village in West/Southwest Sumba.

What is SWB?

1. A small single-story building of complicated, serving as a poor, rough, or royal house or palace.
2. A traditional dwelling, which maybe constructed of various local materials.
3. A dwelling of simple construction, especially one made of natural materials, as of logs, bamboos and grass.
4. A simple roofed shelter, consisting of two stacking roofs.
5. A local build this house by working together for a certain period of time without being paid.

Why Kampung Tarung?

SETON carried out an architectural excursion to Kampung Tarung in April 2017. SETON drew wooden buildings with measured drawings, surveyed how the community prepares building materials, and interviewed several senior artisans on the process of building wooden buildings on Sumba. Sumba is home to cultural villages that have exotic and unique wooden buildings. Kampung Tarung is one of dozens of indigenous villages that still hold firmly to Sumba culture, includes building wooden houses. The culture includes the search for building materials in customary forests, the selection of good days to build houses until the ritual before and after building traditional houses.

Figure 1. Fire in Kampung Tarung 2017
Photo Credit: Un-known.

The use of organic materials in Sumba’s houses makes it very risky for fires. In October 2017 there were fires in 28 wooden houses in Tarung village. By working together between residents and village elders, and with various assistances from many parties, the rebuilding of wooden houses in this village continues. Starting from the search for building materials in customary forests in early 2018, continuing the construction of wooden houses since July of the same year. They built wooden houses when they finished farming activities, March or April. May is usually to collect building materials that will be used in the construction of houses next year. Construction of these houses will end in October at the start of the rainy season. Until now, at the beginning of 2019, only 12 houses had been completed. So, there are still 16 more houses that need to be built customarily. We invite you join to be part of the rebuilding of wooden houses in Kampung Tarung in period July to October 2019.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply for the 2019 IWWA, you must:

• Be a full-time and advanced undergraduate (final year) or post-graduate student pursuing a full-time degree in Architecture, Archaeology, Heritage Studies, Civil Engineering, Forestry, or related fields; be an architect, a researcher/scholar, a building conservation professional and a building artist or a carpenter active (all subject) or culture/tradition lover in one of the above fields (see FAQs).
• Have a good command of English (English is the language of instruction).


Held over eight days at Kampung Tarung (West Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia), the program will be part of build full scale building located at there.

Figure 2. Kampung Tarung from Above, West Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara Province
Photo Credit: Un-known.

Figure 3. Kampung Tarung Scenery, West Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara Province
Photo Credit: SETON 2017

Figure 4. Kampung Tarung,
Photo Credit: SETON 2017


The workshop will include a one-day architectural excursion in the history-rich environs of cultural village and exotic beach in Sumba.

How to apply

• Online application form and instructions can be accessed here.
• Check out our FAQs for answers to commonly asked questions. If your question was not answered in the FAQs, kindly direct them to [email protected].
• Application deadline: 29 March 2019
• Payment deadline: 1 May 2019

Key features

1. Thematic courses on organic material, wooden building and traditional construction
2. Working with the folks
3. Architectural excursion


1. Sumba Wooden Building (SWB) & architectural excursion
2. Wood sciences, timber material properties and traditional construction.
3. Measured drawing, modelling and documentation
4. Working with the folks, meet and learning from the Sumba master builders


1. Working with locals on 1:1 construction
2. Documentation of object and methods
3. Architectural excursion to traditional settlements of Sumba


1. Documentation of wooden building: sketches/hand drawing, computer modelling and simulation, indigenous timber joints, etc.
2. Documentation products:
a. A book of Sumba Wooden Building.
b. Documentary video
c. Photo essay


A certificate of attendance and credits given by SETON will be awarded to participants who satisfactorily complete the course. Courses Performance Criteria are:
o History of Indonesian Architecture and Tradition
o Architecture and Society
o Building Material and Methods
o Architectural Communication

A certificate of participation and 67.5 credits given by IAI (Institute of Architects Indonesia ) for IAI members.

Course Fee

USD 500 (international participant) ; IDR 6.000.000 (local participant)

Travel, Accommodation and Living Expenses.

Participants will be responsible for their domestic/international round trip travel costs to and from the training venue, personal expenses and insurance. In order to cover accommodation and meals during the course participants will be covered by committee. Candidates are strongly encouraged to seek financial support from sources such as governmental institutions, employers and funding agencies.

Program Grant and Scholarship

Due to the shrinking budget, there is no grant and/or scholarship for this workshop program.


Yulianto P. Prihatmaji | [email protected] | Sekolah tukang Nusantara, Universitas Islam Indonesia
Aswin Indraprastha | [email protected] | Architecture Program, Institut Teknologi Bandung
Rony G. Sunaryo | [email protected] | Architecture Program, Petra Christian University
A. Robbi Maghzaya | [email protected] | Architecture Program, Universitas Islam Indonesia

If you wish to download a pdf. copy of the program e-flyer (announcement), please click here.


E-mail is encouraged. All correspondence concerning the above course should be addressed in English to:
Abdul R. Magzaya | [email protected] cc/ to [email protected]
Sekolah Tukang Nusantara (SETON)
Universitas Islam Indonesia
1st Floor M. Natsir Building
Jalan Kaliurang km 14 Sleman Yogyakarta 55584 Indonesia
Tel: +62-274-896440 ext. 3238
Fax: +62-274-895330

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4 pemikiran pada “International Workshop on Wooden Architecture [IWWA] 2019

  1. Saya adalah pengajar Arsitektur di salah satu universitas negeri di Kupang -NTT. saya jg anak Sumba. Saya berminat mengikuti workshop nya saja. Biaya peserta course sj bisa? Rumah saya jg tdk jauh dari kampung Tarung. Adakah kontak yg bisa sy tanyakan secara detail. tks

    1. Terima kasih saudari Rosvita atas ketertarikannya pada program ini. Untuk biaya program ini adalah paket seperti yang tertuang dalam informasi di web. Kami tunggu partisipasinya.

      Untuk pertanyaan dan lain-lain silakan menghubungi kontak e-mail yang tertera. Terima kasih.

      Salam tukang.

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