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Malaysian elected UIA president

From left: Outgoing UIA president Albert Dubler and outgoing secretary-general Michel Bamaki congratulating Esa on his presidency.

KUALA LUMPUR: For the first time in its history, the International Union of Architects (UIA) has elected an Asian architect as its 2014 to 2017 president. Tan Sri Esa Mohamed won with 141 votes against 88 votes on Aug 9, 2014.

According to Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM), Esa previously held the position of first vice-president and vice-president region IV in the organisation.

“I want every government and person on this planet to subscribe to our objectives and be aware that architects are responsible for creating built environments that are sustainable, stimulating and conducive to facilitate healthy living,” he said in his presidential manifesto.

Esa has been involved with the UIA since 1998 when he joined the Professional Practice Commission as the drafting panel member of Practice in Host Nation Policy. On top of his previous posts as president in council of PAM and chairman of Architects Regional Council Asia (Arcasia), his contribution to the advancement of architecture and the country’s development earned him several prestigious international awards as well as the title of honorary doctor in architecture by the University of Newcastle in 2005.

He has undertaken several mega projects in Malaysia, including airports, hospitals, universities, new towns, hotels and resorts, and residential and commercial developments. Globally, he has collaborated with various international firms from the United Kingdom, the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia, and has also completed projects in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, India, China, Tartarstan and Indonesia.

Currently, he is working on projects such as the Tun Razak Exchange (formerly the Kuala Lumpur International Financial District master plan); the Pagoh Educational Hub and town development the Kampong Baru redevelopment and implementation plan; and in Desaru town in Johor.


This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on August 22, 2014.

 

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