A group of 39 architectural students accompanied by 2 faculty members from The University of Kansas (KU), Lawrence, USA had visited the Faculty of Built Environment and Surveying (FABU) of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). 
Visits by Kansas University to UTM started in 2010 where KU has chosen Malaysia as one of the countries to be a case study for its ‘Study Abroad Program’. Other than Malaysia, the program has also chosen Singapore and Japan for their visit. 
The director of Malaysia Architectural Study Tour, our Head of ISIKL, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gurupiah Mursib said that this study tour which took place between January 4th and 11th received an unexpected response from KU students.

According to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kapila Silva, head of the KU delegation, the rapidly developing Malaysia which is rich in culture is the main reason it was selected for the study, together with Singapore, and Japan.  “For this purpose, ISI, with the support from the School of Architecture, Faculty of Built Environment and Surveying UTM, had prepared a special programme of 8 days and 7 nights excursion covering Johor, Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Selangor,”. He also stated that architecture in Malaysia offers a different experience from the modern architectural era (1955-1970), through the postmodern era (1971-1990) and the global era (1991- 2017).

Dr. Gurupiah later explained that the global era are represented by skyscrapers such as the Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur Tower, The Fennel, and the OBYU Tower. Also included are buildings with special concepts such as PAM Center, Arc Rimbayu, Bamboo Playhouse House and PJ Trade Center. “The beauty of this programme is that the it directly features architects of the selected buildings. The 2018 study has featured Ar. Jimmy Lim as the highlight of the study while for 2019, the programme will involve Dato ‘Dr Ar Ken Yeang and Ar Wooi Lok Kuang. “Ken Yeang’s architecture was represented by Menara Mesiniaga, Roof-roof House, and the Suasana Putrajaya while Wooi showcased his architecture of houses including his own home,” said Prof. Gurupiah.

The welcoming session for the delegates was held at the Faculty of Architecture and Survey, UTM Johor Bahru campus on the 4th of January, followed by a lunch session at Ar. Razin Mahmood’s Denai House in Kempas, Johor Bahru. Also present during the welcoming session were the Executive Director of ISI, Prof. Dr. Syed Ahmad Iskandar Syed Ariffin; Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Survey, Prof. Dr. Mohd. Hamdan Hj. Ahmad as well as Associate Director (Student Services & Global Education Experience), Prof. Dr. Nor Haniza Sarmin. This programme reflects the strong ties between UTM and KU, and will soon to be made official via MoU, as mentioned in Prof. Dr. Mohd Hamdan’s welcoming speech.

Majlis Pelancaran Pembinaan Projek Rintis Ruang Kejiranan Program Rejuvenasi Pangsapuri 560 Bandar Bukit Puchong telah dirasmikan oleh YBrs. Puan Noraini Roslan, Yang Dipertua Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya pada 7 Oktober 2010, Ahad. Program perintis ini merupakan kerjasama Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya, Institut Sultan Iskandar, dan Fakulti Alam Bina dan Ukur, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia dalam merejuvenasi perumahan kos rendah di Malaysia.

Pelancaran pembinaan pada hari tersebut menyaksikan penglibatan 35 orang pelajar UTM dari Fakulti Alam Bina & Ukur , Universiti Teknologi Malaysia yang dijadikan anak angkat penduduk turut menjayakan aktiviti pada hari tersebut seperti penyediaan tapak laman edible, mengecat dinding,dan pembersihan blok-blok perumahan. Pembinaan laman edible yang berkeluasan 196 meter dijangka siap pada penghujung tahun ini, dan dapat memberi peluang penduduk untuk bercucuk tanam pada masa lapang. 

All the best to Miss Ayami Tezuka, Ayami. She is an undergraduate architecture student from Hiroshima University under the tutelage of Assoc.Prof.Dr Tetsu Kubota. She managed the Nichias Eco House Research in UTM from August to 24th September 2018.

31 Julai 2018 - Sebuah lagi Kolej Komuniti Cawangan telah berjaya disiapkan dan selamat diserahkan iaitu Kolej Komuniti Cawangan Hulu Terengganu, Terengganu. Upacara penyerahan telah disempurnakan bersama En.Mohd Yusof Zakaria, Pengarah Kolej Komuniti Kuala Terengganu, En. Fazrul Idzam Zainal Abidin (JPPPK), Yusman Yusoff (wakil kontraktor AA Gemilang), Nor Azizul Leman (ISI-UTM) dan Prof Dr Jamaliah Idris (wakil ISI-UTM).

We wish to extend our heartiest congratulations to our Executive Director, who has been awarded the title of Professor. Well Done Prof. Dr Syed Ahmad Iskandar Syed Ariffin!!

Note: Picture Credits to Halid Jamaluddin (HEK) UTM

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