Erioseto Hendranata (known as Seto) is the Recipient of the SOM Foundation 2014 SOM Prize. Seto will travel to regions on three continents, in carrying out his winning Research Proposal on the notion of “Risk and Crises in the field of architecture and landscape as a natural or man-made event or process which impacts both the society and the territory it inhabits.”
Having grown up in a small coastal town of Cirebon, West Java – Indonesia, at age 12, Seto traveled outside the country for the first time, visiting Europe, where the cities made a strong impression on him. Following his studies at a local high school in Cirebon, Seto took further High School Level studies at St Andrew’s College, Cambridge UK, where he was inspired by his course in Arts & Design and the classical sculptures at the Cambridge Archaeological Museum. As his Father and Mother both have degrees in Chemistry and Management, and with a Brother who is a computer scientist, Seto notes that he is, “definitely the odd one in his family.”
Seto commenced his initial Architectural training at the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University (2005-2008), where he received a BSc in Architectural Studies (RIBA Part 1), and was honored with a First Class degree. Following receipt of his degree at Cardiff, between 2008 and 2012, Seto gained practical work experience at offices in both London and Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Enrolling at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010,Seto served as a TA in both the undergraduate and graduate schools while earning his M Arch degree, received in February 2014. He was awarded the Avery Leadership Award, and full-merit Scholarship Awards for his academic achievements at MIT.
Seto’s career aspirations include “learning and contributing as much as possible at the office of Diller, Scofidio & Renfro,” in New York, where he has been employed since February 2014. In the immediate future, he wants to be “a designer with a small atelier of 5-10 persons, with works which can address cultural and social issues.” Having had the opportunity to be a TA at MIT, he is also interested in being involved with teaching, as well as the practice of architecture.