Marco Kusumawijaya is an architect and urbanist. He studied at Parahyangan University in Bandung (Indonesia), and at the University of Leuven, in Leuven (Belgium).
He co-founded the Rujak Center for Urban Studies (RCUS) in 2010 and has been its director since. RCUS’s mission is to assist cities and regions to change towards ecological sustainability, based on co-production of knowledge. RCUS does research, policy advocacy, as well as concrete projects in the field. Since 2013 RCUS owns and co-manages a sustainability learning center “Bumi Pemuda Rahayu” in Yogyakarta. This facility runs programmes that intersect arts, communities and ecology.
Personally he works also as consultant for architectural designs, urban and rural planning, and development projects with emphasis on community participation, ecological sustainability and creative engagement.
He has been involved with arts as producer and curator. He was chair and director of Jakarta Arts Council (July 2006 – January 2010). He actively writes and talks on most issues related to urbanism.
In April – June, 2008, he was a fellow at MAK Center for Art and Architecture in Los Angeles, and in September – November, 2009, at the International House of Japan in Tokyo.