| Azaraimy HH |
THE first architectural conference held yesterday sought a better understanding of the Sultanate’s architectural identity assimilating the concept of national ideology – Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) – into the design.
The conference was held in conjunction with the World Architectural Day (WAD) 2014, created by the International Union of Architects (UIA). It was celebrated to remind the world of architects’ collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat in the vitality of the urban setting and in the well being of its inhabitants.
This year WAD 2014 theme is “Architecture And Identity – A Country’s Challenge”.
The conference sought to exchange valuable knowledge and sharing of experiences from invited speakers and delegates in the field of architecture and to explore further on the ideology of MIB as related to Brunei architecture.
Prior to the conference, there was a presentation of prizes to winners in the design competition that was opened to higher technical institutions in Brunei.
Minister of Development, Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, presented the prizes.
First prize went to Wan Design, which comprised two creative students: Hazwan bin Hj Hassam and Muhammad Najwan bin Hj Rosli.
Second prize went to Avenue Design, which comprised Md Khairul Rizal bin Hj Awang Japar and Md Saifullah Azmi bin Hj Zaki. The third prize was won by Archispace comprising Nurul Sofwanah binti Aziee and Dk Siti Fatimah bint Pg Hj Abdul Malik.
As part of PWD’s ongoing vision to build an environment of distinction, the minister also launched PWD’s ‘Built Environment Guidelines – MIB Context Volume 1’ at the conference.
The formulation of the guideline was initiated by PWD architects and it will serve as a reference for our designers to refer and to implement as common practice and to increase knowledge specific for Brunei’s building design environment.
The conference featured four speakers: Dato Dr Ken Yeang (Malaysia), Xavier Vilalta (Spanish architect), Dr Mastor Surat (Malaysia) and Haslinawati Hj Abdul Halim (Brunei).
Acting Director General of PWD, Chua Pheng Keong, as chairman of the event, said the conference was part of PWD’s ongoing vision of built environment of distinction.
It was also hoped that the conference will remind all architects of their responsibility towards sustainable architecture that is relevant and enrooted to the socio-cultural, governance and environment of the country.
He added that the Built Environment Guideline launched yesterday is to be a design reference for PWD architects and designers and also for all in the future.
Also present were President of PUJA (B), YB Awang Hj Zulkipli bin Hj Abd Hamid, who is also a member of the Legislative Council.