Events & Seminars

World Architecture Day Symposium 2023 themed “Architecture for Resilient Communities”

Penang Town Hall, Penang
(Bangkok, Thailand),

(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia),



Ar Mei Chee Siong
(Penang, Malaysia)

Mr Tan Shih Thoe
(Penang, Malaysia)

Mr Lee Khai
(Penang, Malaysia)
Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia Northern Chapter

Fees Early Bird
23 Oct 2023
23 Oct 2023




Public Bank 3206 4267 02

Public Bank 3206 4267 02
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 25th October or once seats are fully subscribed

Registration starts at 8:00am

Non-Attendance Fee RM200.00

Breakfast, lunch and two (2) tea breaks will be provided. Food catering from Dandy Modern Food.

Synopsis :

With this theme, we seek to place particular emphasis on the capacity and responsibility of architecture to create viable community life and to further explore the relationship between urban and rural areas.

Uncontrolled urban sprawl all over the world threatens the global environmental, social and economic balance. This raises the issue of the efficiency and adequacy of conventional planning of environmentally and socially respectful architecture.

Efficient territorial and urban planning concepts and policies are to be explored to enable architects to develop innovative solutions and design viable buildings and public spaces for resilient communities, aiming to "humanize" all types of urbanisation, respect cultural heritage and restore the relation to nature and biodiversity.

Speakers :

(Bangkok, Thailand)
Patrick Keane is an architect based in Thailand, leading the progressive firm Enter Projects Asia and their pioneering take on hospitality design. EPA has taken the wave of wellness and sustainability from niche market to mainstream. EPA’s work has been showcased in over 40 industry publications globally by creating award-winning designs such as Spice and Barley Restaurant & Bar and Vikasa Yoga - picking up "Best of Year" in New York Interior Design and Dezeen London respectively for their unique ideas. In 2021 they were voted 'The most Sustainable Architecture Firm in Thailand'. 
Enter Projects Asia's portfolio now spans five continents, projects include (but are not limited to): Banyan Tree Phuket, Bangalore Airport India, a UNESCO Site for an eco-resort hotel in the Philippines, Luxury Safari Botswana and Co-working in Belgium. 
Patrick Keane will talk about "Grassroots Sustainable Concepts" that is an underlying theme in all of their projects as they shape the future.  These concepts include “going local” artisan skills,  “noble materials selections" and appropriate “ergonomic building forms" to economize building materials and reduce site wastage. Case studies for discussion will include Bangalore Airport garden city - the largest sustainable built space in existence as well as a Wellness Farm in South East Asia: growing from the earth, combining nature & architecture. 

(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Ar Lee Cherng Yih are from FORMZERO ARCHITECTURE will talk about “Redelineating the Border of Tropical Landscape”. Architects draw line to define boundary, but we draw to manipulate. Through three single family houses, Formzero explores and uses architecture as a tool to examine the relationship between urban lifestyle and tropical landscape. The talk will delve into multi-dimensional dilemma in which public and private realm intertwine with each other, garden and interior are inseparable, and boundaries are indistinguishable.

Mr Wiyoga Nurdiansyah is an architect based in Indonesia will talk about “Title: Rethinking the Local Architecture Context”. Resilient architecture is related to designing sustainable spaces, in that way, we can learn a lot from the strength of the local architectural context around us. We can try to rethink the local context through a new approach. There are 5 contexts, which then become the starting point in design:
The projects located in the city center must observe the urban context in their design. Through the urban context, we can choose a wider perspective in our design. We need to see the history of a city or the problems faced by a city and then translate them into new design ideas.
Generational changes create different ways of life. The mindset regarding efficiency and the high cost of living changes the thinking about the size of living space. Rethinking the user context, which has changed rapidly according to the times, will create new design ideas that are more appropriate with the times.
Looking for a new perspective by thinking about the essence of a culture will create more interesting design possibilities. We can choose by taking the essence of vernacular architecture ideas rather than using the form as a basic idea.
The climate context has a big impact on design. As a tropical country, we have a lot of possibilities for using climate as a starting point for design. We can use sunlight or rain in tropical climates as a design strength.
As a tropical country, Indonesia has many different building materials, each local material has different characteristics and treatments. For example, in wood materials, we learn from our ancestors how to make wooden structures and how to process tropical wood into strong materials.

Dedicated to the development and construction of ecological houses for more than 20 years, Hsieh and Atelier-3 team upholds to the principles of community-based co-operative construction and sustainable building that combines scientific methods profoundly integrated into different social, cultural and economic conditions. With the establishment of an open structural system and through means of low cost and appropriate technology, implementing local materials and craftsmanship, our method allows residents to participate in the modernization of their properties under the requirements of sustainable development. Based on this, it explores ‘modern dwelling’ and ‘architecture without architect’ which involve the exploration of theoretical and practical approaches to the notions of ‘Pattern Language’, ‘Objected-oriented Design’, ‘Digital and Network Technology’ and ‘Housing Industry 4.0’. In the past 30 years, we have extended to the field of material production and construction in addition to the general professional architectural practice. We have completed post-disaster reconstruction of more than 300 households in the Aboriginal tribe of the 921 earthquake in Taiwan; of more than 500 rural houses in the Wenchuan earthquake in Sichuan, the Ya’an earthquake, and the Ludian earthquake in Yunnan; and the reconstruction of more that 1,000 households in the Aboriginal tribe of the Morakot Flood in Taiwan. We have also led reconstruction of post-earthquake housing in Nepal and a number of new rural community construction projects in China. In 2004 Hsieh won the UN-HABITAT’s Best Practice Award for ‘Aboriginal Community Reconstruction in the Concept of Sustainable Construction’ and in 2011 he was awarded with the Curry Stone Design Prize.
Synopsis : Tectonic in the Resident Participation
In both of the scenarios of post-reform and post-quake reconstruction in rural China, rapid and massive construction were taking places. 512 Wenchuan earthquake reconstruction, for example, completed more than two million sets of rural houses in 2 years, and each year there are eight million sets of rural houses about to be built. The scope and scale of this phenomenon is out of the reach of modern architectural expertise, technology and experience. The autonomous construction and making of one’s house is a productive behavior, not a consumer behavior which you purchase. In order for professionals to even tap into this field, one has to do as little as possible, and to do what is necessary and irreplaceable. Subjectivity of the residence should be put as first priority, for they should be empowered to perform their own labor force and creativity. I will share with you our 3 critical interventions and approaches and values along with our 20-year-long experience and practice:
1. Reinforced Lightweight Steel Framing (R.L.S.F) system
2. Open System
3. Appropriate Technology