Rain roof project wins PAM architectural award

KUALA LUMPUR: The talents of budding architects were recognised by the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) at the PAM-Tan Sri Ar Chan Sau Lai Architecture Award presentation recently.

Chua Yheu Shen from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in the UK was named the winner for his KL rain roof project. The project is a response to tackle pollution and monsoons in Kuala Lumpur. It challenges the transport typology for buses and looks into the possibility of creating a cell that will excite momentum and generate an environment, with cycles of self-cleansing using rain. Chua took home RM25,000 and a winner's certificate.

In addition, four commendation prizes consisting of RM5,000 each were given to Mazlin Mohtar, Muhammad Qhaqarizmi Norhisham, Clifford Loh Jia Yang, Ho Meng Hng and Thor Eu Ric, as well as five prizes of RM1,000 each to finalists Yasmin Abdul Rahman, Nurlaila Izyan Mad Zin, Azharul Kaspol, Esmonde Yap Shiwen and Chuah Keat Wei.

The awards were presented by Education Minister II Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh on August 27.

The competition is open to PAM student members locally and abroad, who have just completed their architecture courses in the immediate preceding year, or who will be completing their courses in the current year.

The objective of the awards is to signify PAM’s and the benefactor’s commitments to excellence in architecture design by recognising outstanding achievements by students of architecture in design and to introduce these final year students to the profession and the industry.

This year, the contest attracted 31 entries from students in local and overseas universities, and colleges, including the University of Melbourne, Universiti Putra Malaysia, University of Tasmania and Universiti Teknologi Mara.

The panel of jury consisted of PAM immediate past president Saifuddin Ahmad, founder of the award Tan Sri Chan Sau Lai, PAM vice-president Zulhemlee An, PAM past president, co-founder and convener of the award Boon Che Wee, and PAM Education Fund board member Dr Tan Lim Teng Ngiom.

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on August 30, 2013.

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