NEWS ARCHIVE 2020                             

Landscape Architects Act 

Meeting 2020

Date: 7 January 2020

Venue: National Landscape Dept.

A meeting was called by the National Landscape Department to learn about the progress of the Act prior to the Parliament seating session. The meeting was chaired by the Director General of National Landscape Department, Hajah Rotina Mohd Daik, and attended by ILAM President, and ILAM LA Act Working Committee members. The team, led by National Landscape Department, is at the stage of discussions with stakeholders, such as the Ministry of Works, The Board of Architects, and the Board of Engineers Malaysia.


Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival

(KLAF 2020)

9Date:  January 2020

Venue: PAM Centre, Bangsar


ILAM joined the organising team for the Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival (KLAF 2020). ILAM’s collaboration in the programme of “Beyond Green” in April, was focused on promoting green awareness to schools, Biophilic Design, as well as the Conference, Workshop and Townhall Sessions. Due to the Covid-19 Corona Virus outbreak, and the nationwide Movement Control Order (MCO), the event has been postponed.


Virtual Run

Date: 15 January – 31 March 2020 

Venue: Anywhere


The first Virtual Run, in conjunction with IFLA2020, was organised by ILAM Southern Chapter to promote a healthy lifestyle, build awareness, cross-cultural integration and social networking among Landscape Architectural communities, and the general public. The participant can run as many kilometres as possible within the designated running period. The highest accumulated km for each category men, women, and group members, will receive a special prize. For those who did not get the most km, they will receive finisher recognition for completing 5.7km, 57km, or 228km.

Meeting of

Kuala Lumpur City Plan
Date: 17 January 2020

Venue: Menara DBKL

The first draft amendment meeting for Kuala Lumpur City Plan was called, following public feedback. ILAM, represented by Vice President, Assoc Prof. LAr. Dr. Nor Atiah Ismail, provided our valuable feedback and suggestions for the city plan.


Jury Briefing

Date: 20 January 2020

Venue: ILAM @ ALAMi

The 2019 edition of MLAA submission has been completed and closed. It is the duty of the jurors to perform their online evaluation before the submissions are shortlisted, to call for live presentations. Prior to the jury session, all 14 jurors were called for a briefing and collected the submission files. The jury process was managed by ILAM Centre of Excellence (ICE), and the briefing was conducted by head of jury, Assoc Prof. LAr. Dr. Nor Atiah Ismail.


IFLA2020 Courtesy Call
to Penang State Secretary Office

Date: 4 February 2020

Venue: KOMTAR, Penang

A courtesy call was made to Penang State Secretary, YB. Dato’ Abdul Razak Jaafar. The meeting aimed to brief the state government about the progress of the upcoming IFLA2020 in Penang, and to also seek state support and collaboration for infrastructure and participation of local governments in Penang Island, and Seberang Perai, respectively. The IFLA2020 team was led by IFLA Secretariat Head, Assoc Prof. LAr. Dr. Nor Atiah Ismail, together with the National Landscape Department, ILAM Northern Chapter committee members, and ILAM Centre of Excellence (ICE).

ILAM Consultants’
Focus Group

Date: 8 February 2020

Venue: Alami Hotel Shah Alam

ILAM Professional Practice Committee organised the Consultants’ Focus Group meeting to hear the issues, problems, and find solutions for discussion points. The session was opened by the ILAM President, followed by a group discussion, chaired by the committee of Professional Practices, LAr. Sabarudin Buang, LAr. Liew Ying Yee, and LAr. Khalifah Jamaluddin. Among the points discussed were engaging practitioner with client, local governments, and also matters
of professional competency.



World Urban Forum

Date: 8-13 February 2020

Venue: Abu Dhabi, UAE

Organised and convened by UN-Habitat,
the World Urban Forum has become the foremost international gathering for exchanging views and experiences on sustainable urbanisation, in all its ramifications. The inclusive nature of the Forum, combined with high-level participation, makes it a unique United Nations conference, and the premier international gathering on urban issues.
ILAM Fellow, LAr. Dato’ Ismail Ngah,
attended the event.


Workshop with Stakeholders
on Landscape Dev. for RMK12

Date: 10-11 February 2020

Venue: Taman Botani Putrajaya

A stakeholder workshop involving state and local governments, universities, developers, landscape consultants and NGOs was organised by the National Landscape Department, and officiated by Director General, Hajah Rotina Mohd Daik. The two-day workshop identified the challenges and opportunities in landscape development and recommendation for adoption into the Twelfth Malaysia Plan, 2021-2025. ILAM was represented by President, Assoc. Prof. LAr. Dr. Suhardi Maulan.


Date: 12 February 2020

Venue: Hotel Premiera, Kuala Lumpur

After the first stage of online judging and shortlisting, the selected MLAA12 candidates were called for a 10 min jury presentation before the project could be selected for a site visit and placed in the running for the Excellence Awards, and Project of the Year. The presentation session was led by head jury, Assoc Prof. LAr. Dr. Nor Atiah Ismail.


Contract Administration
in Landscape Works Course

Date: 18 February 2020

Venue: Hotel Premiera, Kuala Lumpur

A one-day course about contract administration was organised by the ILAM Centre of Excellence (ICE). The speaker, Sr. Tr. Masnizan Che Mat, a Quantity Surveyor and Management Consultant, explained and discussed the basics of Contract Administration in Landscape Work including Contract Administration Procedures, Query List, Verbal Instructions, Payment, Cost, and many more. The course was attended by more than 30 participants.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

in Landscape Architecture Course
Date: 19 February 2020

Venue: Hotel Premiera, Kuala Lumpur

This was the second in the series organised by the ILAM Centre of Excellence (ICE), with the speaker, Sr. Addey Sham Baharin, Head of Section, Contract Administration, Capital Work Department at Indah Water. The objective of the course was to explain and discuss the Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication Act (CIPAA 2012). With this course, the participants will be able to discuss their application and know the challenges and benefits of CIPPA for their work practices. The course was attended by more than 30 participants.

Merbau Avenue
Launching Ceremony

Date: 20 February 2020

Venue: Taman Botani Putrajaya

A special area in Taman Botani Putrajaya is now designated for the Merbau Tree (Intsia palembanica). The Minister of Federal Territories completed the launch ceremony, with the planting of 220 Merbau Trees, along a stretch of 350m in the park. This event was organised in conjunction with 46th Federal Territories Day celebration, and marked the Silver Jubilee, 25 years, of the formation of Putrajaya.


Working Committee Workshop

Date: 22 February 2020

Venue: iKPKT, Bukit Tinggi

A two-day workshop focus on the profession of landscape architecture and progress planning for the IFLA2020 World Landscape Architects Summit was held at iKPKT. The session invited each organising team to discuss the details of their programme and look into the integration and organisation of the plans, as a whole.

Parks Day 2020

Date: 23 February 2020

Venue: Taman Wawasan Putrajaya

Putrajaya Parks Day is a celebration of our great outdoors and parks. This year’s edition was celebrated with various activities such as a run, archery, a picnic in the park, Wawasan Scavenger Hunt, Food Trucks, Jejak Taman Putrajaya, and many more. ILAM participated by setting up a booth to promote the landscape architecture profession, and IFLA2020.


Site Visit
Date: 25-26 & 29 February 2020
Venue: Penang and Klang Valley

Following the MLAA12 presentation, 5 projects were selected for the final showdown in the site visit round to determine which entries deserved the MLAA Excellence Award in their respective categories. The jurors spent two days in Penang and one day in the Klang Valley to examine the projects, via site visits.



Landscape Architecture Professional Courses, KAIAL’20
Date: 29 February – 1 March 2020

Venue: FRSB, UPM

A total of 32 candidates sat for the two-day professional course in preparation for the ILAM Professional Examination at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). This year witnessed the second year of a new module, in line with current needs of professional practice.

National Landscape Day Celebration 2020
Date: 1 March 2020

Venue: Perdana Botanical Garden

The 22nd annual National Landscape Day celebration, once again organised by the National Landscape Department, in the beautiful setting of Perdana Botanical Gardens, was graced by Ybhg. Datuk Hajah Rosida Jaafar, Secretary General of Ministry of Federal Territories, and attended by more than 3000 visitors. ILAM took the opportunity to set up a booth at the Garden Bazaar area, to promote the landscape architecture profession, and IFLA2020. A heartfelt appreciation was also extended to LAr. Sharipah Mohamed, and LAr. Nazri Ishak, for being part of the booth set-up team.

ILAM Annual
Chapter Meeting 2020

Date: 1 March 2020

Venue: Premiera Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

The annual ILAM Chapter Meeting was held in conjunction with National Landscape Day. All five representatives from the Chapters attended, presenting reports from their regions, and a way forward for 2020. Looking forward to seeing you again, at IFLA2020.



National Landscape Day 2020
Date: 2 March 2020

Venue: KL Tourism Bureau

In conjunction with National Landscape Day Celebration, the National Landscape Department organised a seminar, “Landscape Character and Visual Quality in Landscape Planning”. The seminar consisted of speakers from various fields, including landscape architects from ILAM. More than 50 participants joined the one-day seminar.

National Landscape Day
Perak State 2020

Date: 3 March 2020

Venue: Laman Budaya, Kuala Kangsar

To create the awareness of the importance of conservation and maintaining landscape character and visual quality in cities, towns and nature reserves, the Perak State Secretary Office organised the National Landscape Day Perak, at the Royal Town of Kuala Kangsar. This event was graced by DYMM Paduka Seri Sultan Perak, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Al-Maghfur-lah, and DYMM Raja Permaisuri Perak Darul Ridzuan, Tuanku Zara Salim. The celebration also witnessed the tree planting ceremony by the Sultan of Perak, and an exhibition, in which ILAM was involved.

IFLA2020 Technical Visit Committee Site Recce
Date: 7-8 March 2020

Venue: Penang

The IFLA2020 Technical Visit Committee conducted several site recce’s, to designated destinations, to study the detailed implementation of the technical visits. Among places visited were Balik Pulau, the Habitat Penang Hill, Tropical Spice Garden, Entopia,
and Boulders Valley.



Professional Examination 2020
Date: 14-15 March 2020

Venue: FRSB, 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. This year, there were a record 51 candidates sitting for professional examinations.

ILAM X Landscape Institute (UK) Collaboration
Date: 19 March 2020

Venue: Zoom Meeting

A special meeting was held online with Landscape Institute (UK), to discuss avenues for creating online web content, and possible collaboration for IFLA2020. During the meeting, LI UK’s President, Adam White, agreed to conduct a fringe activity, in collaboration with the Habitat, Penang Hill, during IFLA2020. Thank you to Niall Williams, and Dan Cook, for joining the meeting.


IFLA2020 Second Advisory Committee Meeting
Date: 20 March 2020

Venue: Zoom Meeting

The second meeting for the IFLA Advisory Committee was held online to discuss the possibilities of IFLA2020 postponement to year 2021. Among the stakeholders were MYCEB, PCEB, National Landscape Department, MBSP and ILAM Centre of Excellence. The outcome of the meeting agreed that the event should be postponed to 2021, due to the outbreak of Covid-19.


ILAM First Online
Council Meeting

Date: 27 March 2020

Venue: Zoom Meeting

For the first time, ILAM Council Meeting
was conducted online, due to the Movement Order Control (MCO). The zoom meeting has become a new norm that has also been adopted by ILAM for every meeting since the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak.



Date: 1 April 2020

Venue: Zoom Meeting

A meeting was conducted between ILAM and IFLA World to discuss the possibility of postponing IFLA2020. ILAM presented the update report, profit and loss projection, due to Covid-19 pandemic, and an alternative proposal for IFLA2020. The meeting was extended with a second meeting on 9 April 2020 to discuss with next year’s host, IFLA2021 Sweden, to arrive at consent of postponement. The discussion came to the conclusion to postpone IFLA2020 to the year 2021, in Malaysia, for which ILAM will decide a suitable date for the congress.

Webinar Series 2020

Date: 1-31 May 2020

Venue: Live on FB & Youtube

During the Movement Control Order (MCO), ILAM kept innovating by bringing content to our members via the online ILAM MCO Webinar Series, live on ILAM Facebook and Youtube channels. A total of two light chat sessions “Borak Borak with Ati” and four webinar sessions, entitled: New Norm as The Norm, Landscape Architectural Approaches For Outbreak Prevention, Reforming Landscape Architecture Practice Post Pandemic and Alternative Ways of Teaching and Learning Landscape Architecture, streamed online each week of the MCO.


Webinar The Next Norm
in Business Event Penang

Date: 14 May 2020

Venue: Tin Media Webinar

ILAM was once again invited by Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) to share best practice in Business Event organising in the new norm, particularly focusing on organising the upcoming IFLA2020. ILAM was represented by LAr. Charles Teo. The session was moderated by Mano Manap (Place Borneo), The Hon. Yeoh Soon Hin (Penang State Exco for Tourism, Arts, Culture and Heritage), Ashwin Gunasekeran (PCEB), and Khoo Boon Lim (Malaysian Association of Hotels – Penang Chapter).

Issuing of e-Certificate for
ILAM Registered Landscape Architecture Firms

Beginning of 1 June 2020

As part of our effort to shift to a digital platform, cut down paper usage, and promote efficiency, ILAM will be issuing e-Certificates for Registered Landscape Architecture Firms under ILAM, beginning 1st June 2020.

Please scan the QR code on the certificate to crosscheck the consultancy firm validity, or visit our website at


Congratulations to our proud Landscape Architects who are now leading some of the City Council’s landscape departments.
They are, LAr. Zulkifli bin Endut (Kuala Lumpur City Hall), LAr. Mustika Ally Zulkifli (Johor Bahru City Council) and LAr. Dr. Badrulzaman Jaafar (Petaling Jaya City Council). Let’s make Malaysia green and sustainable for our future generations. Photo courtesy of PALMA.



ILAM Immediate Past President, Dr Osman, has been promoted to Professor in Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). Congratulations, Professor LAr. Ts. Dr. Osman Mohd Tahir.

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