Excellent: In anticipation of the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) moving out from the PAM Centre, a place they have called home for some 41 years now, the institute organised a competition for its corporate members to design the new building.
“In 2011, we were informed that we needed to move out of the PAM Centre by Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), the current owners, because they’re going to upgrade the building. We’ll move to Wisma Bandar, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman temporarily and eventually to Jalan Tanduk in Bangsar, a property that PAM bought in 2010,” said PAM President Ar Hj Saifuddin
Ar Mohd Heikal bin Hasan of HMA & Associates emerged as first prize winner of the New PAM Centre Architectural Design Competition beating 35 other contenders while Ar Leong Yew Kooi of GSD Architect was the runner-up. They walked away with RM50,000 and RM35,000 respectively at the PAM Annual Dinner last Friday.
“The PAM Centre will also house the Centre of Architecture in KL,” Saifuddin revealed. Some 915 people attended the dinner which also saw the newly elected PAM Council for 2012 -2013 being announced.
Winners of the PAM Awards 2012 which recognise design excellence by Malaysian architects were also announced. A total of 121 architects vied for the awards which covered 10 categories including Single Residential, Multiple residential (Low- rise), Multiple Residential (High-rise), Overseas, Adaptive Re-use, Industrial, Commercial, Interior Design, Showroom and Special Category. - By Yvonne Yoong