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NEWS ARCHIVE 2019                              

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Korean Landscape Architects

Visit to ILAM
Date: 10 January 2019
Venue: ILAM Office at ALAMi Shah Alam

Seven Korean Landscape Architects from various landscape architecture related associations visited the ILAM office as part of their trip to Malaysia. The attendees discussed future collaborations between both countries and expressed their support for the upcoming IFLA2020 World Landscape Architects Summit in Penang. Later, the delegates were hosted by ILAM to a dinner at a local restaurant.


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Workshop on “Project & Construction Management Certification Framework for Landscape Architect Professionals”
Date: 12 January 2019
Venue: ILAM Office at ALAMi Shah Alam

A special workshop was conducted between

ILAM and Assoc. Prof. Sr. Dr. Fadzil Hassan, on a possibility to develop ILAM’s own certificate framework for project management and construction management, to be used for landscape architects practicing in Malaysia.

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Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) Initiative on Landscape Submission Plan
Date: 20 January 2019
Venue: Bintulu, Sarawak

Kudos to ILAM Sarawak Chapter as the Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) takes initiatives to have landscape plans submitted by landscape architects by April 2019. The meeting allowed landscape architects from ILAM Sarawak Chapter and SHEDA (Sarawak Housing And Real Estate Developer Association) to study their submission guidelines and make comments and improvements.


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Courtesy Call to

Kuala Lumpur Mayor’s Office
Date: 14 January 2019
Venue: Menara DBKL 1

A courtesy call was organised by ILAM, headed by President, Assoc. Prof. LAr. Dr. Suhardi Maulan, to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall Mayor’s office, to officially introduce ILAM and the profession of Landscape Architects to the newly appointed Kuala Lumpur Mayor, YBhg. Dato’ Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan. 7 ILAM Council Members attended the meeting.




MLAA11 Judging Process
Date: 23-23 January 2019
Venue: Premiera Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

The Malaysia Landscape Architecture Awards (MLAA) has been held for the past 10 years. Stepping into the 11th edition this year, the award received a total of 141 exceptional submissions across 8 categories. The award started from Calling of Submission in mid-November 2018 until mid-January 2019.

The blind judging process was conducted for 2 days, where 12 jurors were divided into 3 groups, each assessing the assigned categories. The jurors were, Assoc. Prof. LAr. Dr. Nor Atiah Ismail (Head), Assoc. Prof. LAr. Dr. Osman Mohd Tahir, LAr. Mohd Raduan Mohd Daud, Kashino Naohiro, Ar. Mustapha Kamal Zulkarnain, Assoc. Prof. TPr. Dr. Saniah Ahmad Zaki, LAr. Siti Maisarah Salahudin, LAr. Wan Salamatul Juita Wan Hashim, LAr. Liew Ying Yie, LAr. Khairina Zek Khairuddin, LAr. Kaharuddin Asaruddin, and LAr. Mohd Yusoff Hamzah.



ILAM Southern & Northern Chapter Technical Excursion
Cameron Highlands Indigenous Green
Date: 24 -26 January 2019
Venue: Cameron Highlands, Pahang

Organised by ILAM Southern Chapter, around 40 participants from ILAM teamed up with local students and NGOs for this 3-day programme to study community approaches for managing stormwater (drainage) and slope treatment as a resilience indicator to judge the sustainability of agro tourism in the Cameron Highlands.

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Malaysia Urban Forum (MUF) Round Table Session
Date: 19 February 2019
Venue: KLCC Kuala Lumpur

ILAM attended the Roundtable Session organised by Urbanice Malaysia on the topic of urban culture and heritage. Among the key panelists were YBhg. Dato’ Dr. Zainoh Ibrahim, former Heritage Commissioner of Malaysia, Eddie Khoo, Founder Director of PUSAKA, Joe Sidek, Festival Director, George Town Festival, and others.




MUF2019- A Visit to
Tun Razak Exchange

Date: 20 February 2019
Venue: TRX Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

As part of the Malaysia Urban Forum (MUF), Tun Razak Exchange opened its door to 50 participants from MUF, who were invited to visit and experience KL’s newest destination, A Business Hub with Sustainable Features.


BIM Courtesy Visit
to Ministry of Work

Date: 12 February 2019
Venue: Menara Kerja Raya

ILAM President, together with other professional bodies and Malaysia Professional Centre (BIM), made a courtesy call to YB Tuan Baru Bian, Minister of Works, to hold a dialogue and express the views.


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SPARK Get Together
Date: 24 February 2019
Venue: Restoran Terrapong

Organised by ILAM Youth Chapter (IYC), the organising committee of SPARK (Landscape Architecture International Forum) 2018 came together for a celebration of the success of SPARK 2018 and to celebrate the hard work rendered by each individual.




ILAM Southern Chapter
Landscape Run 2019

Date: 2 March 2019
Venue: Educity Sport Complex,
Iskandar Puteri, Johor

The inaugural Landscape Run was organised by ILAM Southern Chapter with a great turn out on race day. Among the participants were school children, members of the general public, landscape architects and also the ILAM President and Council Members. Congratulations to ILAM Southern Chapter for organising a successful race



National Landscape Day 2019
Date: 3 March 2019
Venue: Taman Botani Putrajaya

This annual celebration was once again organised by National Landscape Department and was graced by Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamd, as the Guest-of-Honour. The launch event was attended by representatives from city councils and also landscape architects. Besides attending the launch, ILAM also set up an exhibition booth to showcase the profession of landscape architects to the public.




ILAM Chapter Meeting
Date: 3 March 2019
Venue: Everly Hotel Putrajaya

All five ILAM Chapter representatives gathered with ILAM Council Members to meet and present their annual plans for chapter activities and also forward planning. During the meeting, ILAM also gave a short briefing to Chapter representatives on their upcoming involvement in the IFLA2020 World Landscape Architects Summit in George Town, Penang.




Revisioning Sungai Perai Workshop
Date: 5-6 March 2019
Venue: The Light, Butterworth

A 2 day workshop was jointly organised by Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai and ThinkCity on Perai River. ILAM was represented by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Osman Mohd Tahir and LAr. Charles Teo. The workshop included a visit to the site and expert group discussions to formulate a recommendation for the future plan of Sungai Perai.


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Date: 6 March 2019
Venue: KLCC Convention Centre

The highly anticipated Awards took place in Kuala Lumpur, with YB Puan Hajah Zuraida Kamaruddin, Minister of Housing & Local Government, as the Guest-of-Honour.  ILAM was indeed honoured to be present at this prestigious awards ceremony, represented by ILAM Vice President, Assoc. Prof. LAr. Dr. Nor Atiah Ismail.



Landscape Architecture Professional Courses
(KAIAL 2019)

Date: 9-10 March 2019
Venue: Faculty of Design & Architecture, UPM

A total of 43 candidates sat for the 2 day professional course in preparation for the ILAM Professional Examination, (30-31 March 2019),

at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). This year witnessed the introduction of a new module,

in line with the current needs of professional practice.


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PALMA Visit to Melbourne
Date: 29 March 2019
Venue: Melbourne City Hall

Persatuan Arkitek Landskap Awam (PALMA) visited Australia in March and, during the trip, they also visited the City of Melbourne and promoted IFLA2020 World Landscape Architects Summit, on behalf of ILAM. Thank you, PALMA!



Khazanah Design Residency
Post-Residency Presentation Workshop

Date: 22 March 2019
Venue: Forest House,
Taman Tugu Kuala Lumpur

Upon the completion of their Residency Programme, LAr. Teng Pe Yang (Permata Green Sdn Bhd), LAr. Khairul Amin bin Mirsa Hussain (Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur), Ar. Angus Lee Ching Hua (Ubiqarts Solutions Sdn Bhd), and Ar. Muhammad Qhawarizmi bin Norhisham (Qhawarizmi Architect), shared their residency work for Taman Tugu and ThinkCity, with the public, at the Taman Tugu Forest House. This workshop session was a good opportunity to get the fellows’ insights on their residency experience in Milan, Italy. ILAM President, Assoc. Prof. LAr. Dr. Suhardi Maulan attended the event.

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ILAM Youth Chapter (IYC)
The Making of IFLA2020 Video

Date: 30 March 2019 – 1 April 2019
Venue: Penang

About five ILAM Youth Chapter members under the videographer, Garis PXL, conducted a 3 day on-location video shoot for the IFLA2020 World Landscape Architects Summit final promotional video. The 3 minute video covers scenes around George Town, Penang Hill, and also Air Hitam Dalam, Seberang Perai. The video premiered during the MLAA11 Gala Night as an update to the upcoming IFLA2020 in George Town, Penang.



ILAM Professional Examination 2019
Date: 30-31 March 2019
Venue: Faculty of Design & Architecture, UPM

Weeks after the KAIAL Professional Courses, the annual ILAM Professional Examination was held in UPM for two days, to certify the next batch of professional Landscape Architects under a new module. This year, there were a record 40 candidates sitting for professional examinations.



Courtesy Visit to Vice-Chancellor of
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

Date: 1 April 2019
Venue: Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang

A courtesy call was made to the Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Professor Datuk Dr. Asma Ismail by ILAM IFLA2020 Organising Committee members to gain support and collaboration of USM as a strategic partner for the upcoming IFLA2020 in Penang. The discussion included USM hosting the IFLA International Student Charrette and also providing technical support for the paper presentations and technical tours.



LAM Engagement Session for Dasar Senibina Identiti Kebangsaan (DASIK) Policy for National Architecture Identity
Date: 8 April 2019
Venue: Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia Office

ILAM Vice President, Assoc. Prof. LAr. Dr. Atiah Ismail, attended an engagement session for the Policy for National Architecture Identity (DASIK), organised by LAM. The draft policy was shared with the stakeholders for viewing and comments during the session.


Review Workshop Malaysia Landscape Architecture Programme Accreditation Procedures and Standards
Date: 10 April 2019
Venue: Hotel Grand BlueWave,
Shah Alam

A workshop was organised by ILAM to further access the standards and procedures for the Landscape Architecture Programme Accreditation in line with current needs. The workshop was organised by ILAM Education, Research & KAIAL Committee, headed by LAr. Mohd Nazri Saidon. Among matters in the workshop were issues and solutions, and making amendments and refinements to the current standards and guidelines.



IFLA2020 Main Organising Committee Meeting
Date: 11 April 2019
Venue: New World Hotel, Petaling Jaya

After several IFLA2020 Steering Committee meetings, a special meeting was called to engage with the person in charge of each organising committee formed under the IFLA2020 organising team. The meeting gave a quick update on the congress, milestones, and explained each of the committees’ roles and responsibilities. This will allow each leader to conduct a detailed discussion with their members.



MLAA11 Media Roundtable
Date: 11 April 2019
Venue: New World Hotel, Petaling Jaya

About 30 friends from the media attended the ILAM Annual MLAA Media Roundtable Session to view the latest insights into this year’s event. The session was chaired by ILAM President, Assoc. Prof. LAr. Dr. Suhardi Maulan and Vice President, Assoc. Prof. LAr. Dr. Nor Atiah Ismail. Among the highlights was the new Young Landscape Architect Award, alongside the introduction of the ILAM Lifetime Achievement Award.


Berita Harian Interview

on Gardens & Herbs
Date: 12 April 2019
Venue: Perdana Botanical Gardens, KL

ILAM Vice President, Assoc. Prof. LAr. Dr. Nor Atiah Ismail, was privileged to be invited by Berita Harian for an exclusive on-location interview about the use of herbs in the garden. The interview stressed the value of landscape plants, not just for aesthetic value, but also nutritious and medicinal values.

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ILAM Youth Chapter
University Tour –

Connecting the Youth
Date: 15 April 2019 & 22 April 2019
Venue: UPM and UIA

ILAM Youth Chapter conducted a university tours to connect to the landscape architecture students in both Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and Universiti Islam Antarabangsa (UIA). The tours aim to give exposure to the future landscape architects about their future career, the profession prospect and also the role of ILAM and ILAM Youth Chapter.



Utusan Malaysia Interview
Date: 16 April 2019
Venue: Utusan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

A special interview was conducted by Utusan Malaysia for the feature in MEGA section of the press. The interview was attended by ILAM members, LAr. Siti Maisarah Salahudin, and LAr. Liew Ying Yie. The highlight of the interview was the topic of women in the built environment industry, their challenges, and achievements. The article was published on 27 May 2018 – congratulations to the both of you.



EdgeProp Malaysia’s Best Managed Property Awards 2019
Date: 21 April 2019
Venue: One World Hotel, One Utama

This edition award judging process was attended by, LAr. Siti Maisarah Salahudin and the award gala night, graced by YB Puan Hjh Zuraidah Kamaruddin, Minister of Housing and Local Government, honoured the winners. Congratulation is extended to Praxcis Design for winning the EdgeProp-ILAM Malaysia’s Sustainable Landscape Award for The Mansion@ParkCity Heights.


ASTRO Awani –

Let’s Talk with Sharaad Kuttan
Date: 23 April 2019
Venue: Astro Awani Studio

Let’s Talk, hosted by Sharaad Kuttan, is a 30-minute programme that dissects and takes a deeper look into current issues that matter. ILAM has been privileged to be featured on the show with the topic of Landscape Architecture and Climate Change. Among the personality highlights were LAr. Norliza Mohd Yusof (Clouston Design Studio), Julien Walker (Walrus Design) and Mohamad Fakri Zaky Ja’afar from Faculty of Design & Architecture, UPM. The talk show considered the role of landscape architects and how they contribute to combatting climate change, creating a more comfortable and safe living environment for all.


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MLAA11 Gala Night
Date: 20 April 2019
Venue: New World Hotel, Petaling Jaya

The Institute of Landscape Architecture Malaysia (ILAM) celebrated 11 years of the Landscape Architecture Industry’s excellence by honouring some of the greenest and most sustainable concepts, at a glitzy gala, staged at the Grand Ballroom of New World Hotel Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, in conjunction with World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM) celebrations.


Butterworth Outer Ring Road
Urban Public Space Below Highway Design Idea Competition Final Presentation

Date: 23 April 2019
Venue: ThinkCity, Penang

This joint collaboration public design competition came to an end as the final top 6 were selected to present before the jury at the final round, in Penang. ILAM, represented by President, Assoc. Prof. LAr. Dr. Suhardi Maulan, alongside jurors from Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai, SMK Convent Butterworth, Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia, Malaysian Institute of Planners, and Penang Sentral Sdn Bhd.

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O.C. Open City, International Summer School
Local Selections

Date: 26 April 2019
Venue: Khazanah Nasional, KLCC

ILAM President, Assoc. Prof LAr. Dr. Suhardi Maulan, was invited to a shortlisting interview session organised by Khazanah Nasional to select the next representative to OC Open City, International Summer School in Italy for the year 2019. All the best to the shortlisted candidates.

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DBKL Shade Trees

Management Plan Launch
Date: 30 April 2019
Venue: KL Tourism Bureau

A year after the DBKL Shade Trees Management Workshop was held, the launch of the DBKL Shade Tree Management Plan was hosted by the Kuala Lumpur Mayor, YBhg. Dato’ Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan. The plan will provide the best practice for the management of shade trees in Kuala Lumpur.



ILAM Southern Chapter & UTM Students of Landscape Architecture Exhibition Day    
Date: 1 May 2019
Venue: UTM Skudai

This programme, jointly organised by UTM and in collaboration with ILAM Southern Chapter, showcased outstanding work and talent from undergraduate students in UTM. The exhibitions were open to ILAM Members and provided a great exposure for students and their future career opportunities. The programme aims to evaluate students by receiving professional input and knowledge sharing for their final year projects.



Meeting with National Landscape Department on IFLA2020 World Landscape Architects Summit
Date: 6 May 2019
Venue: National Landscape Department,

Kuala Lumpur

A courtesy call was made to the office of the Director General of National Landscape Department, Puan Hajjah Rotina Mohd Daik, to further discuss the details for the National Landscape Department’s involvement as the Co-organiser with ILAM for the upcoming IFLA2020 World Landscape Architects Summit. ILAM also sought JLN’s support on the paper presentations and delegate hosting as well as liaising with the local authorities. Heartfelt gratitude is extended to JLN for their support.



China Press Interview
Date: 3 May 2019
Venue: Kuala Lumpur

A special column interview by China Press was attended by LAr. Lee Choong Hong, the Principal of Just Right Design, one of the winners in the MLAA11 Professional Category, for Puteri Coves Residences. In this special interview, LAr. Lee stressed that the importance of landscape architectural practice is to strike a balance between green spaces and the built environment, bringing the two elements into harmony for our well-being.


Malaysia SME Interview with
ILAM Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 Recipient

Date: 9 May 2019
Venue: Kuala Lumpur

A special cover story interview was conducted to highlight the recently crowned ILAM Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 Recipient, LAr. Hj. Nik Malik Nik Zainal Abidin, on his story, achievements and inspiration for the next generations of landscape architects. The interview was published on June 8, 2019 in the PILLAR section of the publication.


Courtesy Call to Perbadanan Putrajaya on IFLA2020 World Landscape Architects Summit
Date: 21 May 2019
Venue: Perbadanan Putrajaya

A courtesy call was made to the office of the President of Perbadanan Putrajaya, YBhg. Datuk Dr. Aminuddin bin Hassim, to gain support from Perbadanan Putrajaya on a paper presentation, post-congress tour and delegate representation for the upcoming IFLA2020 World Landscape Architects Summit.

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International Day

for Biological Diversity
Date: 27 May 2019
Venue: Menara Gamuda
Gamuda Land celebrated this occasion with fun activities such as talks, art exhibition, and workshops. LAr. Siti Maisarah Salahudin attended  this event.

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DBKL Simultaneous Tree

Planting Campaign
Date: 22 June 2019
Venue: Various Location

As one of the Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s effort towards Low Carbon Initiatives, the city hall has embarked on a tree planting campaign which ran simultaneously at two separate locations which is Taman Rimba Bukit Kerinchi and Dataran Wangsa 1 Open Space. The event was graced by the Mayor, YBhg. Dato’ Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan and Member of Parliament for Wangsa Maju, YB Datin Paduka Dr Tan Yee Kew.


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YPLab 2019
Young People’s Lab 2019

Kick off Meeting
Date: 25 June 2019
Venue: PAM Centre Bangsar

This year, ILAM will be the lead association for YPLab 2019 Kick Off Meeting. This programme will challenge the participants to look for solutions for a given site issues. This programme is scheduled to start on 12 September 2019 and will be led by LAr. Siti Maisarah Salahudin and team members from ILAM Youth Chapter.



Khazanah Nasional

Hari Raya Open House
Date: 27 June 2019
Venue: KLCC Convention Centre

Hosted by Khazanah Nasional, this grand Hari Raya Open House was attended by ILAM to celebrate our strong partnership with Khazanah Nasional. Khazanah Nasional and ILAM has collaborated in various activities such as Taman Tugu Greenovation Design Competition and Khazanah Residency Programme.



ILAM AGM & Raya Open House 2019
Date: 30 June 2019
Venue: Dewan Seri Melati,
Perbadanan Putrajaya

About 211 members attended the ILAM Annual General Meeting 2018/2019 followed by ILAM Hari Raya Open House 2019. ILAM Members took the opportunity to meet and catch-up with each other. Sumptuous Raya delicacies were served during the Raya Open House. ILAM would like to express our deepest appreciation to Perbadanan Putrajaya for supporting on the usage of the hall at Perbadanan Putrajaya.



Casual Meet Up

with SILA President
Date: 6 July 2019

Venue: KLCC, Kuala Lumpur

ILAM was delighted to have a casual meet up with Ronnie Tan, President of the Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA), during his visit to Malaysia, for a community project undertaken by the group. This maiden meet up between the ILAM President and team with SILA, opens new opportunities for future collaborations between the two associations.


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Sabah Chapter joins Children Playground Safety Courses
Date: 16-17 July 2019

Venue: Promenade Hotel, KK

This was a one and a half day playground safety course, aimed at cultivating awareness about playground safety, among local authorities, in Sabah. This event was organised by Jabatan Perancangan Bandar & Wilayah, Sabah. The participants took the opportunity to conduct a site visit to playgrounds, for inspection and additional briefings.



iDEA 2019

Judging Process
Date: 17-18 July 2019

Venue: Majestic Hotel, KL

The iProperty Development Excellence Awards (iDEA) are a recognition of excellence in the property development industry. For the 3rd year running, the event raised the spotlight on the industry’s most accomplished developers and developments. The coveted title of distinction was awarded to the most outstanding projects in highly regarded categories. ILAM was delighted to have been part of the judging panel for iDEA2019, which was attended by ILAM Vice President, Assoc Prof. LAr. Dr. Nor Atiah Ismail.


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IFLA2020 Meeting with Tourism Malaysia & Perbadanan Putrajaya
Date: 18 July 2019

Venue: Perbadanan Putrajaya

ILAM met with Tourism Malaysia and Perbadanan Putrajaya to focus on promoting the upcoming IFLA2020 World Landscape Architects Summit. Among the assistance offered by Tourism Malaysia was related to the IFLA2019 World Congress promotional support in Oslo, Norway; IFLA2020 Press Conference in Penang, and also collaboration with FLORIA Putrajaya.



ILAM Southern Chapter
Singapore Biophilic Tour

Date: 15-16 July 2019

Venue: Singapore

This Biennial ILAM Southern Chapter event was a learning trip, to explore new design solutions in biophilic design. Around 40 participants joined the two-day city tour in Singapore, covering 7 project sites. It also aimed to promote future collaboration between the Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia (ILAM), and the Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA).



ALAM10 -

Date: 26-30 July 2019

Venue: FRSB, UPM

ALAM (Assembly of Landscape Architecture Students Malaysia) is an annual program that brings together students of landscape architecture throughout Malaysia. It is not only a foundation of scientific programs that emphasise the creative aspect of landscape architecture students through workshops and design competitions, but it is also a medium for strengthening social networking and soft skills for landscape architecture students. ILAM Council Members, ILAM Youth Chapter, and Corporate Members were among those involved in this programme.


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Designer Garden Presentation

Date: 26 July 2019

Venue: Perbadanan Putrajaya

This year, ILAM highlighted 4 talented young landscape architects during the FLORIA Putrajaya 2019 Designer Garden Showcase. Prior to the garden construction, the designers were required to present their design concept to the organiser, Perbadanan Putrajaya. The designers, led by LAr. Abd Aziz Othman and LAr. Dr. Roziya Ibrahim, were: LAr. Teng Pe Yang, LAr. Anith Ahmad Rosli, LAr. Nazri Ishak and LAr. Ang See May.



IFLA2020 Second Working Committee Workshop
Date: 27 July 2019

Venue: FRSB, UPM

The working committee of IFLA2020 held a comprehensive meeting about formulating detailed programmes for each of the activities during IFLA2020. The team also looked at programme integration between each committee and formulating budget proposals.



MLAA Showcase 2019

Date: 27 July 2019

Venue: Iskandar Puteri, Johor

Each year, the ILAM Centre of Excellence (ICE) organises site visits to selected MLAA award winning projects. This year, the team travelled to Iskandar Puteri, and visited projects such as, Puteri Cove Residences & Quayside, Afiniti Medini, Masjid Kota Iskandar Puteri and The Medini Edible Park, with a briefing by the landscape architects themselves.


BIM Professional
Fraternity Evening

Date: 31 July 2019

Venue: Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur

ILAM was invited by Malaysian Professional Centre (BIM) to be part of the evening to celebrate professionals in Malaysia. The evening consisted of a welcome address by the BIM Chairman, followed by a presentation by H.E. Pascal H Gregoire, Ambassador for Belgium, on the topic of “Digitisation: Impact of Professionals in EU”. ILAM was represented by Youth Chapter Committee and Corporate Members.



IFLA President

Public Talk 1 & 2
Date: 18 August 2019 / The Habitat, Penang Hill  
Date: 21 August 2019 / Kuala Lumpur City Hall

James Hayter, President of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) made a trip to Penang and Kuala Lumpur to promote the upcoming IFLA2020 World Congress in Penang. Mr Hayter also delivered two public talk sessions at The Habitat, Penang Hill, and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), respectively.


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Advisory Committee Meeting

Date: 18 August 2019

Venue: The Prestige, Penang

The first ever IFLA2020 Advisory Committee Meeting was held to meet key organising partners such as the National Landscape Department, Penang State City Council, Seberang Perai City Council and Penang State Secretary Office. The meeting aimed to brief participants about the planning progress for IFLA2020 and to seek collaboration for hosting the event.


Press Conference

Date: 18 August 2019

Venue: Penang Chief Minister Office

The official IFLA2020 World Landscape Architects Summit press conference was hosted at KOMTAR, Penang, by YB Yeoh Soon Hin, Penang State EXCO for Tourism Development, Arts, Culture and Heritage (PETACH). The press conference began with IFLA2020 video showcase, followed by speeches from IFLA President, James Hayter and ILAM President, Assoc Prof. LAr. Dr. Suhardi Maulan, along with a press statement, by YB Yeoh Soon Hin. The session was attended by ILAM Northern Chapter members and friends of the media.



IFLA2020 Update Meeting
with Penang Chief Minister

Date: 18 August 2019

Venue: Penang Chief Minister Office

Following the Press Conference, the Chief Minister of Penang, YB Chow Kon Yeow, hosted a meeting with ILAM to understand the progress of IFLA2020. Via this meeting, the Chief Minister’s office agreed to host the IFLA2020 Closing Gala Night, and IFLA World Exco Meeting, as their support for IFLA2020. Thank you YB Chow.


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FIABCI Malaysia Property

Awards 2019 Judging Process
Date: 29 August 2019

Venue: Avante Hotel, Bandar Utama

The Malaysia Property Award™ is a gold standard for developers in the real estate industry. The Award has gained recognition and prestige, as the “Oscars” of the industry. It is now a brand by itself, with developers vying to win the coveted trophies. This year, the jury from ILAM was represented by ILAM Vice President, Assoc. Prof. LAr. Dr. Nor Atiah Ismail.


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Royal Floria Putrajaya 2019
Judging Process

Date: 29 August 2019

Venue: Taman Botani Putrajaya

The 11th edition of the Royal Floria Putrajaya returned this year, with the theme ‘Mother of all Gardens’, featuring fine examples of Bonsai and Orchids. Under the leadership of ILAM Centre of Excellence (ICE), the company conducted the jury session for the showcase gardens, in various categories. Approximately 15 landscape architects were involved in the jury session.


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Royal Floria Putrajaya 2019
Public Talk

Date: 31 August 2019

Venue: Taman Botani Putrajaya

A trio from ILAM, with the expertise in the topic of Low Carbon, spoke to the public about the topic, ‘Landscape Planning-Towards Low Carbon City’. The topic focused on how landscape architectural design and planning approaches can contribute to the city to achieve Low Carbon initiatives. The trio representing ILAM were: LAr. Norliza Mohd Yusof, LAr. Danial A. Hasan, and LAr. Sabarudin Buang.


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Young People’s Lab

Date: 12 September 2019

Venue: Ruang by Think City

The annual YP’s Lab happened, once again, with a youthful organising team. This year, the event was hosted by ILAM, with Youth Chapter members acting as the main driving force behind the scenes. The one-day interventional workshop was attended by more than 50 participants, supported by Think City, PAM, MIP, and REHDA. Among the speakers were Ar. Muhammad Qhawarizmi Norhisham, Principal Architect of QWA Architect, and Inch Lim, Principal / Landscape Architect from Inchscape Sdn Bhd.


World Council Meeting

Date: 16-17 September 2019

Venue: Oslo, Norway

This year, the meeting was attended by more than 80 participants from IFLA Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa, and Middle East regions. The new, refreshing meeting format was also introduced encouraging an interactive undertaking, with each region participating in the discussion process and workshop. ILAM was once again ably represented by our delegate to the meeting, Assoc Prof LAr. Dr. Nor Atiah Ismail.


World Congress

Date: 18-20 September 2019

Venue: Oslo, Norway

IFLA2019 World Congress was hosted by the city of Oslo, Norway, with the event being attended by more than 1000 delegates. Themed: ‘Common Ground’, the two-day congress, set in Oslo’s Congress Centre, featured 12 inspirational and engaging keynote speakers alongside strong and beautiful local voices speaking on behalf of the landscape architecture industry. The event was attended by more than 20 delegates from Malaysia, with the highlight being the IFLA2020 Flag Handover Ceremony to Malaysian delegates.


Flag Handover Ceremony

Date: 20 September 2019

Venue: Oslo City Hall, Norway

The highlight of the IFLA2019 World Congress was the Flag-Handover Ceremony for the IFLA 2020, at the Oslo City Hall Reception, Norway. The flag was presented to Assoc Prof LAr. Dr Suhardi Maulan, President of Institute of Landscape Architects, Malaysia (ILAM), and Hajah Rotina Mohd Daik, Director General of National Landscape Department of Malaysia, accompanied by delegates representing landscape architects from ILAM, the public sector, universities, and city councils throughout Malaysia.


Courtesy Call to
Architects Sweden

Date: 25 September 2019

Venue: Stockholm, Sweden

LAr. Zainul Fadli Zaini visited the office of ‘Architects Sweden’, during his visit to Sweden, post IFLA2019 Oslo, Norway. During the visit, he presented the upcoming IFLA2020 World Congress to the association, as a kind gesture to warmly welcome all participants to Malaysia.


Landscape Plan Submission Refinement Meeting
Date: 23 September 2019

Venue: iKPKT Bukit Tinggi

Organised by the National Landscape Department, the meeting looked into the refinement of landscape plan submissions, with input from local authorities and practising landscape architects.


MLAA Showcase 2019
Klang Valley & Beyond

Date: 9 October 2019

Venue: Janda Baik & Kuala Lumpur

Each year, the ILAM Centre of Excellence (ICE) organises site visits to selected MLAA award winning projects. In the MLAA Showcase 2, the team travelled to Kuala Lumpur, and Janda Baik, to discover the master planning of both TRX, and the site planning of Tiarasa Escape Glamping Resort. Read our Feature section,
for more on this story.


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iDEA 2019
Awards Ceremony

Date: 9 October 2019

Venue: Majestic Hotel

The 2019 edition of awards iDEA2019 was in the spotlight with more than 40 awards being presented, following the jury process, which involved the ILAM Vice President, Assoc. Prof. LAr. Dr. Nor Atiah Ismail. The award ceremony, which set the stage alight at the Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, was attended by ILAM President, Assoc. Prof. LAr. Dr. Suhardi Maulan.

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Asian Cultural Landscape

Association Congress 2019
Date: 9-10 October 2019

Venue: Fraser Place, Johor

ACLA2019 was held in conjunction with the Johor Landscape Day 2019, which is a state-level annual celebration. This year, Johor hosted the Asian Cultural Landscape Association (ACLA) Conference, introducing the theme, ‘Perception and Aesthetics of Cultural Landscape in Asia’. The program was officiated by Yang Berhormat Mr. Tan Chen Choon, Committee Chairman for Local Government, Urban Well-being and Environment, as the official representative of YAB Menteri Besar Johor.

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ALAS Yuan Ye

Conference 2019
Date: 12-14 October 2019
Venue: Shandong Jianzhu University, China

The annual Asian Landscape Architecture Society (ALAS) Yuan Ye Conference was attended by Prof. LAr. Ts. Dr. Osman Mohd Tahir, at the Shandong Jianzhu University, Shandong Province, China. Dr Osman also promoted IFLA2020 during his paper presentation, entitled: Landscape Architecture & Sustainability.

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Asia Pacific Urban Forum

Date: 15-17 October 2019

Venue: SPICE, Penang

More than 3,000 delegates participated in the 7th Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-7), with the stated aim of accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and New Urban Agenda in the region. Given the region’s vulnerable position in the wake of climate change, the announced deep dive into urban resilience should be of particular interest, while other sessions on urban and territorial planning, smart cities and urban finance were also helmed during this forum. Dato’ LAr. Ismail Ngah, and LAr Amos Ng, attended the event, in SPICE Penang.


Kolosunan Community Development Workshop
Date: 19-20 October 2019

Venue: Kg. Kolosunan, Sabah

ILAM Sabah Chapter was invited to collaborate with Dewan Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu (DBKK) to organise the Kolosunan Community Development Workshop at Kg. Kolosunan, Inanam, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. This CSR project aims to assist DBKK in developing special resource planning for Kg. Kolosunan. The program was joined by at least 40 participants, with 12 from ILAM.


Landscape Architecture International Dialogue
Date: 22-23 October 2019

Venue: GMBB, Kuala Lumpur

The annual SPARK gathering is a platform for creativity, collaboration, and communication, organised in conjunction with KUL Design Month. This year, SPARK marched into its third edition, curated by ILAM Youth Chapter and managed by ILAM Centre of Excellence (ICE). The event was attended by more than 100 participants from various design fields, with the content ranging from Performances, Documentary, Keynote & Panel Sessions, Feature Talk, Sharing Session and Activities.

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KUL Design 2019
Appreciation Night

Date: 31 October 2019

Venue: Kuala Lumpur

To celebrate and conclude this year’s event, Kuala Lumpur City Hall invited all the organising partners under one roof to celebrate with music and food. ILAM is grateful to have been a part of KUL Design for the third year running. During the evening, each of the participating programme partners received a certificate of appreciation from Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).


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Meeting on Developing Guidelines for Tree Inventory and Assessment
Date: 31 October 2019

Venue: ILAM Office @ ALAMi

A focus group discussion meeting was held between ILAM and other industry players from the education, public and private sectors, including the Malaysian Society Of Arborists, to discuss the guidelines for Tree Inventory and assessment, developed by ILAM. This will be conducted in the form of a standard checklist, to be used by landscape architects, for preparing TCLM reports, as part of the TPO procedures. The Meeting was led by ILAM Professional Services Chair, LAr. Sabarudin Buang.

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IFLA Europe General Assembly

& Landscape Architecture Congress
Date: 6-8 November 2019

Venue: Antalya, Turkey

As part of ILAM’s efforts to promote IFLA2020 at the regional IFLA Congress, our team, consisting of LAr. Mohd Fadrillah Mohd Taib and LAr. Sabarudin Buang, attended the 7th European Landscape Architecture Congress, themed “Landscapes as Collective Memories”. During the congress, ILAM was given an opportunity to promote the upcoming Malaysia-bound IFLA2020 World Landscape Architects Summit.


Asia Pacific Regional Congress

Date: 7-9 November 2019

Venue: Cebu City, Philippines

The International Federation of Landscape Architects Asia-Pacific Region (IFLA APR) Congress and Council Meetings were held to champion both local and global issues related to Landscape Architecture. Part of this year’s event was the IFLA Asia Pacific Regional Council Meeting, in which ILAM was represented by Assoc Prof. LAr. Dr. Nor Atiah Ismail as the delegate, while LAr. Mohd Nazri Saidon, and LAr. Danial A Hasan, were observers. During the meeting, ILAM also made a remark to welcome delegates to IFLA2020 World Landscape Architects Summit.


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Aerial Imaging
in Landscape Project

Date: 27 November 2019

Venue: ILAM @ ALAMi

ILAM Centre of Excellence (ICE) once again organised a one-day talk, focusing on aerial imaging. The talk aimed to expose landscape architects to the latest technology in aerial imaging to assist in field work, exploring potential solutions, challenges, demands, and benefits for future use. Among the speakers were LAr. Norliza Mohd Yusof (Clouston Design), LAr. Mohd Feyriyss Md Mohtar (Ecoworld), and Jimmy Chung (UAS).


ICCA Asia Pacific
Summit 2019

Date: 5-6 December 2019

Venue: SPICE, Penang

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Asia Pacific Congress is a platform that gathers key players in the congress and convention industry and this year the event was hosted by Penang State Government. ILAM was delighted to be invited to present the case study for IFLA2020 World Landscape Architecture Congress during a panel session, together with panelists from Japan and New Zealand. LAr. Charles Teo, the Event Director for IFLA2020, represented ILAM.

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Open Day

Date: 22 December 2019

Venue: ILAM @ ALAMi

Once again, ILAM organised the MLAA Open Day, as part of our efforts to raise the bar for the MLAA award submissions, and educate participants about the best way to compile their information. 50 participants from various backgrounds such as professional landscape architects, developers, landscape contractors, government agencies, researchers, and students, attended the briefing. LAr. Charles Teo delivered the briefing and Q&A session.

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