Exchanging culture and architectural heritage through study tour

The Architecture Society of UTAR organised the “Malaysian Culture & Architectural Heritage Study Tour” to welcome Tianjin Cheng Jian University to Sungai Long Campus on 7 November 2018. The society welcomed 10 students and two teachers from Tianjin Chengjian University (TCU).

Present at the ceremony were Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science Deputy Dean Dr Lim Jee Hock, Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science Head of Department Ts Tan Kok Hong, Department of Student Affairs Loh Nyuk Leung and lecturers from Tianjin Chengjian University Wang Lin and Wang Yue, Department of Architecture and Sustainable Design (DASD) students, and Tianjin Chengjian University students.

Dr Lim giving his speech

Emphasising on the events that were organised by the Architecture Society, Dr Lim said, “I would encourage more students to join the UTAR Architecture Society as it offers a great platform for the development of soft skills, social skills and creativity. It also provides further insights into Architecture. The Society also organises interesting and exciting events throughout the year. For instance, the Archi Interactive Camp that was held earlier this year from 16 to 18 March, themed “IKAT”, meant to improve their innovation skills and learning experience as well as enhance their social network.”

Wang expressing her gratitude

Wang expressed her gratitude to UTAR for organising this study trip for 10 architecture students along with 2 lecturers. She said that this study trip will allow them to develop a better understanding of architecture through mutual communication with UTAR lecturers and students. She also sincerely invited UTAR Architecture students to visit TCU to promote mutual understanding of each other’s architectural culture.

Tew at the talk

The event also saw Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science Department of Architecture and Sustainable Design lecturer Tew Bun Teck giving a talk titled “An Overview of Malaysian Architecture: From Vernacular to Straits Settlement and City of Future”. Tew briefly introduced Malaysia’s architectural history from the 7th century to the present time. According to Tew, there are four types of architectural development in Malaysia, namely Malay / Bumiputera and Vernacular Architecture, Foreign Multi-Cultural Influence, Colonialism and European Architectural Influence, and Post Merdeka Architectural Development.

Dr Lim and Wang exchanging souvenirs while Ts Tan looks on 

 Second from left: Ts Tan, Wang, Wang, Dr Lim, and Loh


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