Events & Seminars

"The TEN projectsā€¯

Dr Lai Chee Kien and Ar Ang Chee Cheong

Before 22 Feb
After 22 Feb

CLOSING DATE : 27 February 2019 or once seats are fully subscribed

Breakfast and registration starts at 8:30am

2 LAM CPD Points 

Non-Attendance Fee RM120.00

The Merdeka Interviews, a collaboration between Lai Chee Kien and Ang Chee Cheong, brings together for the first time in a single volume, 17 interviews with the key architects, engineers and artists who contributed to the landscape of Kuala Lumpur and its outskirts at the time of Independence. The ten projects – Merdeka Stadium, Merdeka Park, University of Malaya, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Stadium Negara, Muzium Negara, Parliament House, Masjid Negara, Tugu Negara and Subang Airport – endowed the capital city with key structures for a functioning nation, and created fervour towards the sense of citizenship in Malaysia
This collection of interviews, conducted by Chee Kien between 2001 and 2006 in various locations across the world, reveals not only the protagonists’ roles in shaping these architectural icons, but also the milieus, circumstances and larger historical contexts during which they practised. The publication of these interviews is relevant and timely as we look back in time to discover the courage and spirit that forged a nation of peoples from multiple origins in the first decade of Independence, and their impacts on the landscape of Kuala Lumpur today. As a group of voices, it tells not only a history of the nation’s architecture and buildings at its birth, but altogether the story of Malaysia.
The Architects, Engineers and Artists
Kington Loo                   Philip Chow               Ronald Pratt                    Baharuddin Abu Kassim
Hisham Albakri              W. Ivor Shipley          Chuah Thean Teng           Ho Kok Hoe
Waverney Jenkins          Cheong Lai Tong        Dudley Pritchard              Lai Lok Kun
Raymond Honey            George Atkinson        Ismail Mustam                 Lee Kwok Thye
Stanley Jewkes

Publication details :
The Merdeka Interviews : Architects, Engineers and Artists of Malaysia’s Independence 
by Lai Chee Kien and Ang Chee Cheong
Published April 2018 by Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia – Malaysian Institute of Architects.
 ISBN : 978-967-5264-20-7 (paperback)

Dr. Lai Chee Kien is Adjunct Associate Professor at the Architecture and Sustainable Design Pillar, Singapore University of Technology and Design. He is a registered architect, and graduated from NUS with an M Arch. by research [1996], and a PhD in History of Architecture & Urban Design from the University of California, Berkeley [2005]. He researches on histories of art, architecture, settlements, urbanism and landscapes in Southeast Asia. His publications include Building Merdeka: Independence Architecture in Kuala Lumpur, 1957–1966 (2007) and Recollections of Life in an Accidental Nation: Alfred Wong (2016). His 2015 work, Through the Lens of Lee Kip Lin: Photographs of Singapore 1965–1995 was awarded the Singapore Book Award for Best Non-Fiction Title in 2016. The co-authored work Building Memories: People, Architecture, Independence won Book of the Year 2017 in the same series.
Ar ANG CHEE CHEONG is an independent architect, curator and writer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is a registered practitioner with the Board of Architects Malaysia and participates in projects across all scales and ambitions. He maintains a broad interest in art, culture, politics, media and technology; and how they intersect with architecture, supporting a strong conviction in architecture as an agency for social cultural organisation and transformation. Ang was recently the Director and Chief Curator for the Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival (KLAF) 2017 and 2018 editions, overseeing an expanded programme incorporating conferences, major and collateral exhibitions, public lectures and activities focusing on architecture and the city, including being the Editor for the official KLAF catalogues, The Logbook, 2017 and 2018. He is currently the Editor for the bi-monthly Architecture Malaysia (AM) magazine.