The architectural workshop is an annual national gathering of architectural students in Malaysia. Each year, architectural learning institutions would take turn to host the event. It began in 1987 in UTM Kuala Lumpur. 26 years later in 2014, the architectural workshop was held in UiTM Seri Iskandar, called TIANGSERI. This is where The Anarchi made their first public appearance.
The Anarchi was conceptualized in the end of 2013 – one year before TIANGSERI took place. Co-founded by two postgraduate students, Atta Idrawani and Nadzrul Fauzi, it is a quest for reclaiming the soul of architectural workshops. After almost three decades, they viewed architectural workshops seem to have lost their relevance and somewhat detached from the real-world scenario which are already sinister and disconnected from the true, noble architectural values.
Traditionally every year, each school would send participants to the architectural workshop with unique themes, which deemed to be more dividing rather than bonding these students together. However, this is inevitable and therefore, is an opportunity. The duo began to formulate the fictional narrative to introduce the ideologies of The Anarchi to the targeted audience – the participants of TIANGSERI.