MA-RU is an extraordinary design studio located in the bustling heart of Jakarta, Indonesia, and it's setting a blazing trail in the realms of architecture, interior design, urban design, and product design. It was founded and established by Zenin Adrian and Leila Veruschka Makarim. MA-RU's vision is to make the world a better place through design.
We view design as the epicenter of convergence—a thrilling intersection where imagination meets practicality. Instead of compartmentalizing design aspects like architecture, landscape, history, social systems, and codes, they blend them harmoniously to craft designs that are both sustainable and visionary.
But here's the real kicker: we go above and beyond. We don't just offer design services; we offer a unified design experience. Whether it's crafting urban masterpieces, curating exquisite interiors, pioneering groundbreaking product design, or redefining the future of architecture, MA-RU is your one-stop creative destination.
We extend our collaboration with other offices
In 2019, MA-RU collaborated with Veritas Design Group and embarked on a remarkable journey, taking part in the Indonesian New Capital Competition (Nusantara). One of our entries, "Kota Seribu Galur" (A Thousand Thread), landed in the prestigious Third Place! They had the honor of presenting this design to none other than President Joko Widodo and a panel of esteemed judges. It's not just about buildings; it's about creating a symbol of Indonesia's advanced civilization, a blueprint for environmental sustainability, and a legacy for future generations.
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. In 2017, he won the Good Design Indonesia Award for his product design "the DashDot", a ceramic granite ventilation brick. The same product also won GMARK from Japan. He lead the "Kota Seribu Galur" team for the Indonesia's New Capital and won third place in 2019. This leads him to become a member in the Urban Design Team for Indonesia's New Capital City. In 2021, he was the team leader for the Basic Design of Kemensetneg Building in the New Capital City (IKN).
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 was the Vice President of the club from 2016 to 2019. Since 2019 he is currently a member of the Board of Advisory.
Leila Veruschka Makarim
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.