The State of Quality of Works on Completed Projects

Topic: Quality of Work

Buying property is one of the most significant financial investments in our life. Unfortunately, at current times, it is almost impossible to buy a ‘disease’-free property. Often, property stakeholders faced with an unreasonable amount of pre and post-handover defects. Such issues stem from design, workmanship, and maintenance. Findings from ACSB inspections over the last decade shows that some of the common faults are cracks on walls, water seepage and leaks, electrical deficiencies, and the list goes on. It is disheartening that the building is sick even before occupancy, and regularly, property owners find themselves in murky waters due to investment in a poor quality property.

Who should they lay the blame on?

The developer? Or even the consultants?

Aren’t the Architects supposed to be the gatekeeper of quality and safety?

Do we not have sufficient building regulations to govern all building developments?

What can you do as a professional in this field or as a property stakeholder to mitigate further deterioration of building quality in Malaysia?

For a provocative discourse, show up at 3.30 pm, Level 3, UEM Sunrise Room.

The Secret Sauce: Recipe to be Competitive in Architectural Competitions

Juries are people, and people are predictable and unpredictable at the same. This ambiguity or constant swing between these two states of mind is the foundation of public comprehension and appreciation of design work. Anticipating and gauging this factor is the foundation of architectural creation intended for a design competition.

Anonymous, open and accessible design competitions are great levelers for young budding designers to compete on an even playing field with larger firms. It’s a venue for ideas of different school of thought to fight it out to resolve a common issue. It’s a validation platform for design ideas to be recognized and possibly realized.

This sharing session will feature a list of recommendations based on the speaker’s personal experience, after actively entering design competitions for nearly a decade. These recommendations will be reinforced by case studies, examples, and parables. The session is interactive and will end with a simple design positioning exercise.

Resilient Malaysia Through Smart Collaboration

Bahawasanya, Negara kita Malaysia mendukung citacita hendak; mencapai perpaduan yang lebih erat di kalangan seluruh masyarakatnya; memelihara satu cara hidup demokratik; mencipta satu masyarakat yang adil di mana kemakmuran negara akan dinikmati bersama secara adil dan saksama; menjamin satu cara yang liberal terhadap tradisi-tradisi kebudayaannya yang kaya dan berbagai corak; dan membina satu masyarakat progresif yang akan menggunakan sains dan teknologi moden.

PHD For Architects UPM/UM/UKM/TU

The aim of this session is to identify the factors that contribute to students’ timely graduation or best known as GOT (Graduate on Time). For fulltime students the requirement for GOT is 3.5 years for PhD and 2 years for master by research, and it will be double if the students doing it as a partime study. The session will give some views for potential postgraduate students to graduate on time. Strategies will be identified and factors contributing to graduating on time shall be discussed.

PHD for Architects UPM/UM/UKM/TU

The PhD in Architecture is an interdisciplinary program offered by both public and private universities. The program will equip the candidate with a common core of extensive, integrated knowledge focused upon all the facets of architecture as well as in the area of the built environment. The PhD program focus and diverse body of candidates from professionals makes it a stimulating environment for ambitious PhD candidates who wish to obtain a doctoral degree from any leading design academy/research institute. PhD candidates benefit from close interaction with researchers and educators and are well supervised throughout their education. The CPD Unlimited program on the 16th November shall give an insight from entry requirements and to range of topics that the candidates can pursue.

Malaysia External Cladding Full System Fire Test to BS8414

This paper looks at the newly setup SIRIM external cladding full system fire test facility in Malaysia according to BS 8414-1:2015 as a result of Grenfell Tower disaster with a fatality rate of 73 victims. Understanding of material science and their behaviour in fire has caught the attention of world construction industry and Government agencies of the current problem in laboratory testing which may not be relevant in construction industry application. Standards and Codes developed over the decade may not be appropriate to deal with rapid development and introduction of modern synthetic building materials which is highly combustible and may emit toxic gases which impede escape during a fire incident. This paper will relook at the fire behaviour of building materials, the thermal conductivity which fulfils Green Building index yet will not assist in fire propagation or with high smoke and toxicity index. Architects need to understand the fundamentals of fire compartmentation, fire resistant with proper product selection to prevent and avoid any potential lethal fire incidents.

Lighting in Sports Architecture


In Sports LED lighting there are specific requirements that may not be familiar to many lighting designers. During the design process it is important consider the following :

Uniformity : Easily explained as lighting spread evenly in a given area. It enables both the players and the spectators to easily follow the action, and it provides consistent lighting for the television cameras and photographers. Uniformity U0 is defined as the quotient Ēmin/Ē of minimum and average illuminance in the visual task area. The closer to 1 the better the uniformity.

Color : Colour measured in CCT , Correlated Colour Temperature. Many sports organizations specify the allowable correlated color temperature, designated CCT, for sports field lighting. For eg FIFA requires a cct ≥ 4000K & NFL requires 5600K (alternatively 5000K to 7000K).

Light Polution : Light pollution from stadiums and sports fields can be a concern, particularly for surrounding residential neighborhoods. This includes not only light that is reflected from the ground and illuminates the sky overhead, but also light trespass and glare from improperly shielded luminaires.

Visual Glare : Glare is the loss of visual performance or discomfort produced by an intensity of light in the visual field greater than the intensity of light to which the eyes are adapted. Simply put, glare occurs when too much light enters your eye and interferes with your eye’s ability to manage it. While it cannot be directly measured in the field, a glare rating metric, designated GR, can be calculated.

Type of Luminaire : In selecting the right type of LED lighting for ligthing designs we should consider the following prerequisites :

  1. Higher Efficacy : Lm/w , Lumens per watt
  2. Good reliable LED Chipsets.
  3. Good reliable DRIVERS.
  4. Certifications ( TUV, CE.. )
  5. IP ratings

I look forward in explaining these considerations & more . See you good people soon !

[tmp] Bencana dan Komuniti Orang Kelainan Upaya

Bencana & Komuniti Orang kelainan Upaya.

(30 minit)
Memahami konsep Pengurangan Risiko Bencana(DRR) melalui Pengurusan Risiko Bencana(DRM). Pengurangan risiko bencana(DRR) adalah konsep dan amalan mengurangkan risiko bencana melalui usaha sistematik untuk menganalisis dan mengurangkan faktor penyebab dan impak bencana. Mengurangkan pendedahan kepada bahaya, meningkatkan kapasiti masyarat dan sumber, pengurusan bijak tanah dan alam sekitar, dan meningkatkan kesediaan dan amaran awal adalah contoh-contoh pengurangan risiko bencana. Konsep DRR akan diterjemahkan kepada aktiviti-aktiviti yang melibatkan sesuatu komuniti. Kesan bencana dapat dikurangkan dengan menerapkan konsep DRR dalam setiap perancangan pembangunan. Apakah peranan semua ahli masyarakat dalam membentuk budaya DRR? Untuk mencapai masyarakat yang berdaya tahan, semua ahli dalam masyarakat mempunyai peranan masing-masing.

Peranan arkitek dalam Pengurangan Risiko Bencana(DRR).

(30 minit)
Pentingnya penglibatan arkitek dalam menjayakan usaha DRR kerana dapat membantu masyarakat yang terdedah kepada risiko. Dalam aspek komuniti OKU, komuniti OKU menghadapi cabaran untuk akses kesuatu tempat disebabkan halangan dan sebagainya. Dengan rekabentuk dan innovasi yang sesuai dengan keperluan komuniti OKU, dapat memperkasakan komuniti OKU dalam aspek persedian menghadapi bencana. Dengan aplikasi rekabentuk dapat menyediakan persekitaran yang baik kepada komuniti OKU.

Pengkongsian Pengalaman menerapkan konsep (DRR)

(30 minit)
Selama sepuluh tahun saya dalam bidang kemanusiaan, peranan saya mainkan dalam menjayakan konsep DRR adalah memberi kesedaran tentang pentingnya kesiapsiagan. Usaha DRR dalam bentuk kesedaran perkongsian ilmu tidak dapat di lihat dengan masa yang singkat. Sumbang perkongsian ilmu tentang DRR kepada masyarakat dapat meningkatkan kapasiti sesuatu masyarakat.

The Influence of Architecture on Social Relationships

Future Design + Communication Experience

by Natasha MH (2019)

Influence of Architecture
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How might we create thriving, resilient, sustainable cities that ensure citizens are happy and reduce mental health risks?

Architecture is not just about buildings, it’s about people. When it is about people, it is about relationships. The session pays tribute to Michael de Certeu’s notion of everyday places in urban planning. I will be highlighting how the next frontier for urban design is designing good mental health into cities. Architecture used to be about construction material and how design can cause physical injury. Today through understanding the social and daily experiences of urban dwellers and habits around social spaces, the question brings an important opportunity for urban design to deliver substantial value to public health. Of course, this isn’t a feat for architects alone which is why a collaboration of consciousness, resources and intelligence through a collective impact would be necessary.

Fire Safety Strategies for Modern Construction

2:30 – 3.30pm: Holding Room

Architects will participate in workshops in developing fire safety strategies for buildings in conceptual design for fire compartmentation, fundamentals of fire resistant, passive fire protection system design, specification and selection of passive fire protection systems, tenable evacuation route design, understanding of M& E facility requirements, responsibility of fire professionals, etc.