WE TAKE BUIDLINGS FOR GRANTED
Architecture is actually a very important part of human life. We take buildings for granted. In actual fact, we have to inculcate the sense of recognising how important a building is in terms of design and its adaptability to function. If we appreciate culture and beauty, we become more sensitive and humanistic. If we lose our culture and heritage, we lose our identity.
PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL UNION OF ARCHITECTS
Global Movement Leader, Architect & Urban Planner
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Ar Esa Mohamed, is an architect and planner had his education and training at the University of Newcastle, Australia, where he obtained a First Class Honors and the University Gold Medal in Bachelor of Architecture in 1973. Subsequently, he also obtained a Masters in Town and Country Planning in 1976 from the University of Sydney. For his contribution to the advancement of architecture and the country’s development, Esa was conferred the Honorary Doctor of Architecture by the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is one of the founding member of AJM Planning and Urban Design Group and also the Managing Director of Akitek Jururancang, a firm responsible for several prestigious planning and architectural projects in Malaysia. Esa’s key achievements is in the master planning of the Subang Jaya township, Putrajaya, the Federal Administrative Capital City of Malaysia, the master plan and architecture of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and several other key notable projects in the country.
His works include several major projects in China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. He has obtained several prestigious awards such as the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2001 given to his firm for the outstanding Datai, Langkawi and was awarded the Construction Industry Player of the Year by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) in 2002 and the Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (ISM) Excellence Award 2003 for his Outstanding Contribution to the Property and Construction Industry. Esa is currently the President of the International Union of Architects (UIA), representing nearly 1.3 million architects in more than 100 countries. Between 2008 and 2011, Esa Mohamed has been a UIA Council member, and then Vice- President of the Union from 2011 to 2014. He is a member of the UIA Commission for Professional Practice. He was President of the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) between 1993-1995 and of the Architects Regional Council Asia (ARCASIA) from 1995 to 1996.