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For the past 30 years, landscape architects have often been the unsung heroes of Malaysia’s development projects. These passionate individuals work tirelessly to balance the needs of the environment alongside the construction of physical features such as buildings and public spaces.

The Landscape Architecture profession in Malaysia was initially formed under the name Angkatan Landskap Arkitek Malaysia (ALAM), on 24 September 1981. This group comprised various professionals, semi-professionals, students and private individuals who shared a passion for organising and developing green spaces. In 1982, ILAM was accepted as a member of the Malaysian Professional Centre or Balai Ikhtisas Malaysia (BIM). Subsequently, international recognition came by becoming a member of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) and the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 1984. With an increasing number of local graduates from Landscape Architecture courses, there was a need to move the association forward to represent all new and existing members.

As a result, on December 14, 1987, ALAM transformed itself into the Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia (ILAM).


THE PROFESSION                       

Landscape architecture combines design with the environment, art with science.  It is about everything outside the front door, both urban and rural, at the interface between people and natural systems.

The range of ways in which landscape architects work is staggering. From master planning Olympic sites to planning and managing landscapes like national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty to designing the public squares and parks that we all use, landscape architecture nurtures communities and makes their environment human and liveable.

Landscape architects are broad thinkers who thrive on the big picture. They are playing an increasingly important role in addressing the great issues of our day: climate change, sustainable communities, water, housing and the prevention of hunger. 

Landscape architects are often natural leaders, able to communicate with many professions and leading multidisciplinary projects. Landscape architecture is not just the profession of the future – but the profession for a better future.


KEY PROGRAMMES                       

  • Continuous Professional Dev. (CPD) Programme
  • Malaysia Landscape Architecture Awards (MLAA)
  • Pro. Practice Course & Examination (KAIAL)
  • Landscape Architecture Accreditation Programme
  • ILAM – PBF Research Programme
  • National Landscape Month - March
  • World Landscape Architecture Month - April
  • ILAM Annual Gala Dinner
  • Talks and Training Programmes
  • Expeditions, Study Tours & Courtesy Call
  • Sustainable Landscape Asia Conference (SLA)



Human respect to nature:
a) God creates nature
b) Human pays respect to the nature by bowing down his or her body to the ground.
c) To become one with the nature and to achieve total living environment with landscape.

a) “L” shape represents nature which vertical part of L represents Mountains & Trees and horizontal part represents

     Water and Land.
b) “a” represents human figure, symbolising veneration for nature.
c) Small circle represents the sun and the big circle represents landscape architecture in perfect harmony with nature.
d) Square shape represents harmony with living environment.

a) Red symbolises the sunlight as a source of life.
b) Green represents the harmony with landscape.
c) White represents the importance of ILAM in Malaysia.
d) Black accentuates the profile.

Phua Chin Eng (Grand Prize Award of ILAM Logo Competition)


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