The Programme of Architecture, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has organised an International Design Colloquium 2022 on 9th March 2022.
This is a joint international event with the School of Architecture, Brno University of Technology (BUT), Czech Republic.
The purpose of the event is to involve faculty members and disseminate architectural ideas and designs from students of UTM and the School of Architecture, BUT.
The 3-hour session was moderated by Dr. Nor Izura Tukiman through Webex.
It started with an opening speech by the Director of the Programme of Architecture, UTM, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alice Sabrina Ismail.
The event was held to review the work of selected students and received constructive feedback and comments from the expert panels.
The expert panels from UTM were Dr. Tengku Intan Suraya Tengku Aziz, Mr. Azari Mat Yasir and Ar. Shahida Azili, while the participating expert panels from BUT: Ing. Arch. Dr. Radek Toman and Ing. Arch. Dr. Jan Kristek.
There were six students involved, three from each university.
A 3rd year UTM student, Lee Zhi Khang presented his work entitled ‘Indigenous Language Resource Centre’, while a 2nd year student, Saik Wen Xuan presented her project ‘Re-imagined: Loop of Hope | Revitalise Food Park’, which aims to celebrate the essence of local cultural diversity while reflecting on future sustainability.
A Master of Architecture (MArch) student, Ahnaf Samsury, presented his project titled ‘Nasi Lemak House of Kampung Bharu’, which explores ways to improve the dining and learning experience for locals and tourists in Kampung Bahru, Kuala Lumpur.
From BUT, Ondej Valek presented his study on 8-minute breaks in the workplace through architecture titled ‘Company for Health’.
Klarisa Ach-Hubner presented ‘Policka – Housing on the Edge of the Town and Landscape’, which is about the role of architects in exploring opportunities and solutions for new developments on the outskirts of the town.
Tatiana Uhrikova presented ‘Reconversion of the refused’, which is about the reconstruction of the abandoned building of the unfinished campus in Olomouc, Hejcin.
The session was fruitful as it stimulated critical ideas and discussions between the students and the experts.
The students benefited from the session and gained alternative insights from the panels with different perspectives from different continents.
While the pandemic Covid-19 restricted the movement of people around the world, this joint event paved the way for a productive academic environment between academics and students from both institutions.
At least 101 online viewers participated in this 3-hour session.
The UTM Programme of Architecture has planned more international joint events in the coming months to strengthen bilateral relations between the various universities and faculties.
Also, further promote collaboration in research, teaching and learning of architecture and design beyond Malaysia’s borders.
For more information on the upcoming events of the Programme of Architecture UTM, please visit the Facebook page of Sekolah Senibina Skudai.