27 September 2013, Kuala Lumpur – Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (“PAM”) together with Lafarge Malaysia Berhad (“Lafarge”) launched the inaugural PAM-Lafarge Architecture Student Competition (“the Competition”) on affordable housing today. Through the Competition, Lafarge aims to change the perception around affordable housing - without compromising on the quality of the products used and the construction build, affordable housing is about reducing the cost of building through the promotion of construction efficiency by using the right construction methods, materials and solutions.
The competition seeks to challenge students to come up with innovative and sustainable designs that take advantage of thermal cooling effects, promote energy efficiency and sustainability, as well as provide for quality communal living.
Lafarge hopes to make a significant impact in this area by changing the way Malaysians think about their homes, and how they are built. The Competition supports Lafarge’s global corporate positioning of ‘Building Better Cities’ which reflects the company’s contribution to building more housing, and cities that are more compact, more durable, more beautiful and more connected in a sustainable manner.
“Lafarge is extremely proud of our heritage in Malaysia, and as we celebrate our 60th Anniversary this year, we want to do more to affirm our commitment to the nation as well as Malaysians as a whole. It is therefore in this spirit that we came together with PAM to organise and launch the inaugural PAM-Lafarge Architecture Student Competition,” stated Bradley Mulroney, President and CEO of Lafarge.
Lafarge seeks to inspire aspiring Malaysian architects to play a role in driving affordable housing in Malaysia and deliver more innovative solutions to meet the challenges of affordability and sustainability in the development of the construction landscape of tomorrow. Architecture students participating in the competition will be encouraged to explore the use of sustainable materials and designs, raising awareness on sustainable construction.
Ar Chan Seong Aun, President of PAM is supportive of the Competition and said, “In order to ensure that this competition is meaningful, we have worked closely with Lafarge to carefully design the competition brief and design criteria, and will be looking for submissions that encompass elements of design excellence, innovation and costs among others. We hope that the students are excited to be part of this competition.”
University students who are registered with PAM can participate in this competition, and can register their interest from 26 September – 15 October 2013. The closing date for submissions is on 29 November 2013, after which the judging process will commence. The results and the award ceremony will be held on 16 January 2014. For more information or to find out more on how to participate, please visit http://www.pam.org.my/.
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About Lafarge Malaysia Berhad
Lafarge Malaysia Berhad (formerly known as Lafarge Malayan Cement Berhad) is the parent of a group of companies in Malaysia and Singapore whose core businesses are in the manufacturing and sale of cement, ready-mixed concrete, aggregates and other related building materials. It built the country’s first cement plant in 1953 and currently has over 1,500 employees. Lafarge is a leader in the Malaysian construction materials industry that operates a network of facilities nationwide which includes three integrated cement plants in Langkawi, Kanthan and Rawang, including a grinding plant in Pasir Gudang. Lafarge is also one of the leading ready-mixed concrete companies in Malaysia with more than 30 batching plants throughout Peninsular Malaysia. Additional information is available at www.lafarge.com.my
About Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia
PAM (PERTUBUHAN AKITEK MALAYSIA-MALAYSIA INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS) is a Non-Profit Organization (NGO), the premier Malaysian association for Malaysian Architects which has approximately 5,500 members – members of PAM are architects and includes those with additional expertise as interior designers, property developers, and builders. PAM, being the national association for architects in Malaysia, who are also city and country planners, hold regular unique events: Exhibitions, Talks, and Architectural Design Competitions to discover and groom young creative talents, award Scholarships to deserving architecture students as well as hold the monthly Architect-Meet-The-Public Session.
The monthly Architect-Meet-The-Public Session is a free public service by PAM to help members of the public who may need advice regarding property and housing matters. It is part of PAM’s community programme and contribution to communities and individuals who wish to have a one-to-one appointment to meet an Architect. Representatives from ACEM (Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia) will also be present to answer related queries at this session. PAM Membership offers many benefits, including business networking and learning opportunities in continuous professional development that support career advancement. Despite being busy with their own business and practices, PAM members are nevertheless also actively engaged in CSR and voluntary community activities locally and internationally. PAM wishes to brand new architect talents and outstanding architectural designs in Malaysia and the world to inspire others.
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