Personality profile: Jefry Apriyanto Tanjay

Jefry was born in Indonesia, moved to Singapore to study interior architecture, he then moved to Australia to undertake his bachelor of architectural design here at Monash. When entering into his first year he had 5 years of experience from Singapore giving him an advantage over the other students. This sparked the attention, he received outstanding marks and made a name for himself amongst the architecture cohort. He works as a barista at a café in the Melbourne CBD where he does coffee art for his customers. Jefry is determined to work in an architecture office next year. He loves model making and makes remarkable replications of realistic designs at a small scale. Throughout his course he has worked on improving his 3D modelling skills and is now proficient at Google SketchUp and also Rhinoceros.

Name: Jefry Apriyanto Tanjay

Preferred name: Jefry/Jeff

Age: 23

Place of birth: Pontianak, Indonesia.

Education: High Schools, Diploma (College), and Bachelor (2020).

Favourite architecture quote: “Architecture is about trying to make the world a little more like our dreams” – Bjarke Ingels.

Favourite building at Monash: Monash Caulfield Library.

Number of years studying at Monash: 3 years.

Favourite architecture experience: Local studio trip to Yarra River.

Favourite architecture book/magazine/movie: Big Time (Documentary on Bjarke Ingels)

Biggest architecture influence: B.I.G.

Reason for studying architecture: Ever since I was small, I knew that design or art is something that I want to do.

Favourite assignment: Studio.

Most helpful architecture lesson you’ve ever been taught: Always ask the question, ‘What If?’ – Dan Nyandega (FLUX Studio).

Most useful computer program for design studio: Google Sketchup, Lumion, and Photoshop.

Best trick to learn early at MADA: Do learn the basics of 3D Software before starting your architecture study in MADA.

Most useful drawing type for design assignments: Section and Model Making.

Hand drawing or computer modelling: Computer Modelling.

Favourite architecture theory or style: Form Follows Function.

What product do you use the most of on architecture work: ASUS (My laptop)

Favourite year of study at MADA: Second year.

What type of building would you love to design the most: Any (Mostly small to medium scale).

Do you prefer details or overall form: Details.

Preferred methods for stress management: Gaming or Streaming movies.


Jefry has achieved high academic results and responded to these questions with ease. A student who knows where he wants to go and is doing everything he can to get there. Next year Jefry is planning to continue studying at Monash and complete his Masters of Architecture. He is excited to have a desk and work in the collaborative masters’ studio. He is a feature student and is always willing to help out his peers, we need more Jefrys’ in every architecture year. Jefry’s work is available on his Instagram page: @mah.name.is_jeff look it up to find more!