Four (4) groups of Urban and Regional Planning students and staff, Faculty of Built Environment, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia received awards in 2017/2018 Township Ideas Competition under Category 1 and 4 organised by Perbadanan PR1MA Malaysia (PR1MA) and Malaysian Institute of Planners. The award ceremony was held at PWTC, Kuala Lumpur on 28th March 2018 with the theme “Youth in Community”.

This is the first time for both PR1MA and MIP cooperated together to organise a township ideas competition with the objectives to encourage young and creative minds in designing neighbourhood and township, including to identify potential research proposal in investigating the community issues and developing new planning ideas for PR1MA neighbourhood and township. The competition launched on 12th September 2017 and consisted of 4 categories, namely Category 1: Neighbourhood Design Ideas for Students, Category 2: Township Design Ideas for MIP Young Graduate, Category 3: Green Township Design Ideas for MIP New Planning Firm and Category 4: PR1MA Research Proposal.

The competition saw participation from various universities and institutions with different backgrounds and expertise. Out of ten (10) groups from UTM, two (2) groups were selected to compete in the final round under the Category 1 and another (2) groups from UTM selected to the final round under the Category 4. The judges comprised of members of the architectural/ planning professionals, universities, consultants and corporations in Malaysia. The award ceremony was launched and officiated by Minister of Higher Education, Dato’ Seri Idris bin Jusoh, accompanied with Chief Executive Officer of Perbadanan PR1MA Malaysia (PR1MA), Dato’ Abdul Mutalib bin Alias and President of Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP), TPr. Hj Ihsan Zainal Mokhtar.

For Category 1, the team comprising Wan Muhammad Aqib bin Wan Mohamad Ahaary, Josephine Lee Siaw Ling, Nuraqilah Najwa binti Mustapa Kamil, Amirul Afiq bin Jamaluddin and Nagananteni A/P Subramanian won Special Mention award, receiving RM1000 and certificate. The team comprising Hayati binti Kuneh, Mas Ayu Aziera binti Masri, Nur Syahirah Haziqa binti Adnan, Syarifah Jamiamirah binti Syed Jamaluddin and Wan Jushamilla Husna binti Wan Ab Jamil were shortlisted to the final round and received certificates. Students from International Islamic University Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia and Universiti Malaya won the 1st prize, 2nd prize and 3rd prize respectively.

On the other hand, for Category 4, the team comprising Mohd Jamsyeer Khan bin Jalaludin Khan, Dr Siti Hajar binti Misnan and Assoc. Prof. TPr. Dr Hairul Nizam bin Ismail won the 3rd prize, receiving RM1500 and certificate. Meanwhile, the team comprising Dr Siti Hajar binti Misnan, Prof. MCILT. TPr. Dr Ho Chin Siong and Dr Gabriel Ling Hoh Teck won the consolation prize of RM250 and certificate.

UTM Winners and Delegations from Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Built Environment, UTM