Thursday, 14th December 2017,7:07:06am

The Relocation, Conservation and Preservation of Kampung Teluk Memali Mosque in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Date: 19th August 2017
Speaker : Ar. Azim Aziz
Time: 9:00 am – 12:30pm
Venue: Dewan Presiden, Level 2 PAM Centre, Jalan Tandok, 59100 Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur

The main purpose of relocating Kampung Teluk Memali Mosque, a long abandoned century old traditional Malay vernacular mosque from Kg Gajah, Perak to a new area in Ipoh, Perak, where it can be preserved and reused by many in an area that is presently in need of a place of worship. It is also to preserve the rich architectural heritage of this unique and unusual mosque. More importantly, it is to let its function to be continued as a place of worship for the future generations of Muslims living in Perak and from elsewhere to experience the act of praying in a century old mosque. The exercise involved applying for approval from various authorities, seeking a new location, working with the people of the village and the new area. Most importantly, the work involved various consultants and professionals in studying the traditional ways of timber construction and at the same time to learn how to raise a donation from the public. The exercise also involved the dismantling of the timber structure and re-erecting the structure of the new site. It is hoped that with this restoration work, the mosque will still be in existence for many centuries to come.

Azim graduated from LSU in 1987, and worked at Jurubena Bertiga International for 5 years. While at JBIS he specialized in project management and managed many of the projects designed by the principals. With the experience gained from Jurubena Bertiga, Azim founded ATSA Architects Sdn Bhd with Zulqaisar Hamidin and Yee Teck Choo in 1992.Now, having in the 25 years of its establishment, ATSA Architects has become an established medium sized Architectural firm with approximately 70 staffs. Azim’s work includes broad experience in numerous building types and scales, including sustainable design for commercial and residential type buildings, as well as design for the arts and entertainment communities. Azim and his firm’s design philosophy emphasizes on client requirements and user experience above the imposition of any particular design. Azim’s goal is to produce innovative sustainable designs and to produce a structure that leaves a lasting impression on users and visitors. ATSA Architects believe in Architecture that is both progressive and innovative, that reflects its time. Architecture has to; however exist in relation to its particular context, climate and culture.

In 2011, Azim present his paper “Zeitgeist – The Spirit of Our Time’ to Worldbex Architectural and Construction Seminar in Manila. He also juried some of architectural competition held by local universities. On 17th May 2016 , he also present his paper in Spain entitled ‘'Execution of Contemporary Islamic Architecture Through Design: The Cyberjaya Green Platinum Mosque Project‘ He was also a DATUM Speaker during the 2016 DATUM Conference in Kuala Lumpur.

Ar. Azim recently published ATSA 2008-2011 Monograph, Selected Mosque from the Islamic World, Malaysia Mosque and The Future Mosque Design from the Beginning of Islam until Today. 50 Years National Mosque and Selected Mosque & Musola in Malaysia.

Along with his work at ATSA Architects, Azim was previously appointed as one of the Directors for Green Building Index Sdn Bhd - a wholly owned subsidiary of PAM and the Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia (ACEM), to administrate GBI accreditation and training on GBI Facilitators and Certifier.

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Architecture & Nation Building : Multiculturalism & Democracy

Date: 19th August 2017
Speaker : Prof. Dr. Mohamad Tajuddin Mohamad Rasdi
Time: 9:00 am – 12:30pm
Venue: The Puteri Pacific Johor Bahru, Jalan Abdullah Ibrahim, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor

The talk is based on my newly published book of a similar title. The book outlines firstly how architects must not ignore the values and rituals of the modern society that is strongly rooted in the traditional and religious beliefs of their race and culture. The modern rituals of the society interpreted within a democratic framework as well as the forces of economy will give many new ideas for spaces and forms to the designers who are concerned about building a nation through the design of structures and buildings. This book provides a more progressive outlook on how architecture can be creatively and meaningfully interpreted to provide the nation with a new and exciting useful architecture and an element that can be taken pride of by all the cultures of the citizenry. The first section deals with the idea of the community and its values as it impinges upon the planning and design of housing. The second section deals with relooking at how a national iconic symbol should be one that is inclusive and not exclusive of a single dominant culture. The third section presents a stirring criticism of cliché Islamic architecture that is exclusive, regressive, and wasteful. The book outlines some new perspective that can be taken in order to initiate a total revamp of Islamic architecture more suited to a civilized and inclusive society. The fourth and final section presents new directions in the architecture of educational institutions that would emphasize the students more than the administration

Professor Dr. Mohamad Tajuddin bin Haji Mohamad Rasdi is a renowned veteran academic at Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, UCSI University. He was Professor and Lecturer at the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Built Environment at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia for 27 years. He read his Bachelors in Architectural Studies and Master of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 1984 and 1986 respectively. In 1996 he was conferred a Doctorate in Architecture from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He specializes in theory and history of architecture with emphasis on the ideas of Islamic Archi-tecture from the perspectives of the Prophet Muhammad’s Sunnah (traditions) and the framework of early western modernist thoughts. He has published 43 books and articles on the subject of mosque designs, housing, Islamic architecture and national architectural identity based on the principles of Multi-culturalism and Democracy.

Dr. Mohamad Tajuddin was the Director of KALAM (Center for the Study of Built Environment in the Malay World, UTM). He is the Advisor and founder of MASSA, Center for the Study of Modern Architecture in Southeast Asia, based in Taylors University Col-lege. He has also founded and is the Advisor of the Center for the Study of Islamic Architecture from the Sunnah at the Universitas Islam Nagari, Malang, Indonesia. Dr. M. Tajuddin has written and given many interviews to local television networks RTM1 and TV3, newspapers such as Utusan Malaysia, New Straits Times, STAR and Sin Chiew Jit Poh. Apart from his main academic fields his ‘crusade’ is to bring changes to public policies and perception on cultural and value based design ideas in the realm of commu-nity architecture. He was a columnist for 4 years (2006-2010) and wrote in the monthly column ‘Architecture Inside Out’ in The Sunday Star.

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The Professional Consultant as an EXPERT WITNESS

05 August 2017
Speaker: Ar. Steven Thang Boon Ann
Time: 9:00 am – 12:30pm

Ar Steven Thang Boon Ann is currently PAM Council Member and Chairs the ADR Committee and Co-Chair both the Practice Committee and Conservation Committee. He also chairs the PAM Contract 2006 Review sub-committee. He has appeared many times in courts as an expert witness, and serves as advisor to parties that are seeking legal redress. He represents PAM and chair several technical committees in SIRIM and CIDB. Ar Steven Thang is a certified Adjudicator, certified Thermographer and a registered building conservator.

Topic: The professional Consultant as an EXPERT WITNESS

As a professional consultant in the building industry, you may at some time required to appear as an Expert Witness to assist the Court in civil suits. Expert Witness are independent professional or person with special knowledge or proficiency in a particular field that is relevant to the case.

Often ill prepared reports were subject to rebuttal and the Expert Witness subjected to hard examination by counsels. This short introduction talk will assist you to understand the process and how to become one. Looking at how counsel examine the witness and how you stand as an Expert Witness. What are the qualifications to be an Expert Witness? How do you prepare the reports and what the facts that you will need to rely on?

Often, professional consultants, after going through the case find themselves richer in knowledge and helps them on the awareness of pitfalls in their daily work.

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