Designing architecture that learns from nature. Giving local communities a new identity by nurturing them and reconnecting them with nature.



Michael Tanjaya is a 3rd-year architecture student, passionate about sustainable architecture and innovative building design. He’s interested in designing buildings that would create life and communities where they stand. In particular, conceptualising modern design through history and local architecture. He specialises in 3D modeling, conceptual design, and visualisation. 

Michael Tanjaya, BArch Architecture 




Nurturing the River Derwent

The theme of Unit 5B is 'Nurturing the River Derwent'. Here we worked with an historically renowned wireworks by the River Derwent, based between two SSSI areas in Ambergate to create sustainable schemes and architecture that would give the wireworks a new identity and purpose. 

The idea behind my project, "Learning Nature," is that architecture can learn from nature. This project originated from the idea of nesting, in which a local bird’s nest is sustainably constructed from local materials without endangering the ecosystem.

This project aims to facilitate and nurture the emerging art community, which will help the environment by creating art from recycled materials and bring the town of Ambergate closer to nature through the rewilding scheme, which will reconnect and bridge the woodlands separated by the existing wireworks. 



Design work



Explore Architecture and Built Environment


See more students' work

Explore exhibit!23
Study with us

Find architecture courses

View courses
Exceptional spaces

See where Architecture and Built Environment students learn

View facilities
Architecture alumni

See what graduates do now

Meet alumni