The FuturArc Interviews

Yasmeen Lari Kotchakorn Voraakhom Serina Hijjas Ganga Rathnayake Sonali Rastogi Ching-Hwa Chang Maria Warner Wong Writers’ Perspectives Assoc Prof Dr Zalina Shari I was among a few female Malaysian architecture students when my architectural journey began at the University of Humberside and Lincolnshire in the UK. But it took me until my practical training years […]

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Serina Hijjas

Serina Hijjas is perhaps one of the most dynamic women personalities on Malaysia’s sustainability front. Her internship with Foster + Partners in London had taught her the basic belief in technology, architecture, sustainability and collaborative thinking. Currently, she is Director of Hijjas Kasturi Associates, an architectural design firm founded four decades ago by her father, […]

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Ching-Hwa Chang


Ching-Hwa Chang is the founding partner and principal architect at Bio-architecture Formosana, one of the leading sustainable architecture practices in Taiwan. In addition to designing award-winning projects across Taiwan, she received the Taiwan Architecture Award in 2007 and 2009, with an honourable mention in 2014. For many years, she has inspired the next generation of […]

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Sonali Rastogi


Sonali Rastogi is an Indian architect and co-founder of Morphogenesis— an architecture and urban design studio based in New Delhi, which she started with her partner Manit Rastogi. Morphogenesis is one of the most successful contemporary architectural practices in India that has gained global recognition. Sonali is a graduate of Architectural Association School of Architecture, […]

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Maria Warner Wong


Maria Warner Wong loves trees and taking long walks in nature. As Design Director and Co-founder of Warner Wong Design and WOW Architects, she is no stranger to Green architecture and regenerative design, and her passion for the natural environment resonates strongly with her firm’s eco-focused projects and philosophy on sustainable architecture. Committed to promoting […]

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Ganga Rathnayake

Ganga Rathnayake

Talking to Ganga Rathnayake, Director and Co-founder of Robust Architecture Workshop (RAW), based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, feels like a ‘homecoming’. Perhaps it’s in the way she patiently and thoughtfully conveys her points of view that gives one a deep sense of comfort and ease. Ganga pursued her architectural education at the University of Moratuwa […]

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Kotchakorn Voraakhom

Kotchakorn Voraakhom

Kotchakorn Voraakhom is a landscape architect from Thailand. Her focus is on building productive Green public spaces that tackle climate change in dense, urban areas and climate-vulnerable communities. She is CEO and Founder of Landprocess and Porous City Network, as well as the Chairwoman of Climate Change Working Group of the International Federation of Landscape […]

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Yasmeen Lari


Yasmeen Lari is the first woman architect in Pakistan and the founder of the Heritage Foundation, a cultural and social entrepreneur organisation that she set up in 1980 with her husband Suhail Zaheer Lari. Yasmeen graduated from Oxford School of Architecture (now Oxford Brookes University) in 1963 and got elected into the Royal Institute of […]

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Anna Heringer


NK: Let’s start with your speech at the LafargeHolcim Forum in Cairo, 2019. On stage, you looked squarely at the CEO of LafargeHolcim, one of the world’s largest producers of cement, who was seated in the front row, and asked that his company raise the price of cement. What made you abandon the polite tone […]

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Prasoon Kumar


NK: Let’s talk a little about the big transition in your life. Why did you leave corporate life and set up billionBricks? PK: There were three stages of change that led to this. The first started when I was in university. Architecture education, for some reason, doesn’t view commercial architecture in a positive way. There’s […]

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