ma-ru is a firm that develops architectural and interior projects that engage issues of culture and consciousness, nature and artifice, surrealism and pragmatism. We are a young thriving architecture and interior architecture design office based Jakarta, Indonesia founded by Zenin Adrian and Leila Veruschka Makarim. Our approach is that we see design as a convergent, interdisciplinary venture. Minimum form takes maximum effect with the goal to bridge the utopian and the pragmatic. Instead of separating aspects of architecture, landscape, history, social systems, and codes into their constituent disciplines, these agendas are simultaneously explored so that each discipline symbiotically gains from the other. In this way sustainability emerges as an integrated rather than additive result.
We also provide unified design services which allows client to have full access in all parts and scales of the design services. This is reflected by our wide experience in other design disciplines, i.e.: urban design, interior architecture and furniture design.
Our works has been published in various local and international publications. For example, we were featured in Young Asian Architects (German), A+U (Japan), iSH (Singapore), Indonesian Architecture Now, Elle Décor Indonesia, Laras, Majalah Renovasi, etc.
Zenin Adrian earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Universitas Parahyangan. He also underwent a formal education which saw him pursuing his Master of Architecture at the University of Toronto, Canada before finally finishing his studies at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.
He has won various national and international design competitions, ie, Merit Award for the International Competition of Gyeonggi-do Jeongok Prehistoric Museum, Gyeonggi Province, Republic of Korea, 1st place [Elegant Refinement]; Jakarta National Art Center Idea Competition; Indonesian Institute of Architect, Jakarta; Jury: Antoine Predock. Jakarta, Indonesia, etc. His works was also featured in books and magazines, ie: Young Asian Architects (Germany), A+U’s article: New Wave from South East Asia (Japan), Blueprint Asia Magazine (Malaysia), etc.
An avid writer, he also contributes his architectural writings to publications such as the Jakarta Post.
Together with his wife, Leila Veruschka Makarim, in 2007 he established MA-RU, a design office which not only operates in architecture, interior and product design, but also offer contracting and build services. Under his direction, MA-RU has engaged various construction projects with different types and scales.
Zenin has been the member of Harvard Club of Indonesia since 2007. He assumed Vice President of the club since 2016.
Leila Makarim is the CEO of MA-RU. She is responsible for the day-to- day responsibility for MARU’s operations, business development, expansion and diversification of MARU’s activities. Before joining MA- RU, she was a Senior Associate of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in the Corporate Finance and Recovery group (Lead Advisory). She was involved in M&A, privatization, and divestment projects in the area of property, oil & gas, banking, etc.