UTAR Perak campus wins PAM gold award

UTAR Perak Campus is now an architectural masterpiece when its architect consulting firm, The Architectural Network (tAN), received the Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) gold award in the education category at the PAM Awards 2013 ceremony held on 11 May 2013.

The award ceremony was held during PAM's annual dinner in a hotel in Kuala Lumpur, which was graced by DYMM Sultan Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah AlHaj Ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah AlHaj. Receiving the award from PAM President Ar Chan Seong Aun, was tAN's founding principal architect Ar Chow Yeut Keong. 

The PAM awards, recognised as the most prestigious in the building industry in Malaysia, honour architects, builders/contractors and building owners for their pursuit of architectural design excellence and advancement of quality built environment. The awards are bestowed on the best works recognised by peers and the public alike in the architectural industry.

tAN describes the UTAR Perak Campus project as one of the biggest private community universities built in the country utilising public donations.  It exemplifies how education activities can help to revive and revitalise the social and economic health of an otherwise diminishing old tin mining town.

The citation of jury of PAM Awards 2013 says that the campus architecture epitomises a design rigor that manoeuvres fluently along the scale spectrum.  It demonstrates design consistency that integrates the landscape to the building and building to its architectural details.  The placement of the buildings took full command of the vistas the former mining pools have to offer. Each building has its distinct character and yet they are seamlessly connected by well-composed network of verandahs and walkways.  The climate responsive strategies are expressive in the architectural elements.

Present to witness the momentous occasion were, among others, former UTAR Planning and Development Committee Advisor Datuk Yong Ming Sang, UTAR Council Members Jay Yeunh and Hew Fen Yee, UTAR Vice President for Internationalisation and Academic Development Prof Dr Ewe Hong Tat, UTAR Vice President for R&D and Commercialisation Ir Prof Dr Lee Sze Wei, Registrar Dr Tan Kee Kong and Faculty of Science Dean Assoc Prof Dr Lim Tuck Meng.

Other stakeholders who were present were UTAR Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Architecture and Sustainable Design members Dr Lim Poh Im (Head of Department), Ar. Liaw Kok Chuan (Head of Programme) and Ar. Lee Chor Wah, and representatives from tAN and Associated Builders & Contractors Sdn Bhd, led by its Technical Director, Dr Tong Ling Siew. 

 tAN's Ar Chow (left) receiving the award from PAM President Ar Chan

Functional campus in a scenic setting

The grandeur of Dewan Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik

The main library at UTAR Perak Campus

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