Jury & Convener

The Esteemed Panel of Jury


Adjunct Professor (Dr.) Ar. Hijjas Kasturi


Hijjas Kasturi is founding Director of Hijjas Kasturi Associates (HKA) an architectural practice which has won many local and international accolades for its work. The firm's high profile works include the iconic Malayan Banking Berhad, the Securities Commission Headquarters, the Convention Centre in Putrajaya and the Telekom's Headquarters. Throughout his career, Hijjas has made himself available to contribute his time whenever permissible in teaching architecture. He has served as Visiting Lecturers, Visiting Professors, and External Examiner to University of Science Malaysia in Pahang, International Islamic University, University of Malaya, MARA University of Technology, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sheffield University, Adelaide University and Melbourne University. For his contribution and commitment in architecture, Hijjas has been honoured with Honorary Doctorate degrees from several universities both locally and abroad, including from University of Malaya in 2009. 

YBhg. Tan Sri Ar. Chan Sau Lai


Chan Sau Lai started his architectural journey at University of East London in 1965 and started his career working with Kumpulan Akitek and moved on to found Beneton Properties Group in 1979. He has won multiple international awards such as First Prize in Architectural Competition for The Residence for the British High Commissioner, Kuala Lumpur in 1986 and Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia Architectural Award for The National Library at Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur in 1993, FIABCI Malaysia Property Award for Building of the Year (Residential High Rise) for Stonor Park in 2007, and FIABCI Malaysia Property Award for Building of the Year (Residential, High Rise) for Rhombus. Between 2001-2003 he was the President of the Mancunian Alumni Association Malaysia.  The Alumni consists of five Universities in the United Kingdom, representing approximately 4500 Malaysian graduates since the 1950’s.

YBhg. Datin Paduka Dr. Halimaton Saadiah


Datin Paduka Dr. Halimaton Saadiah Hashim is a professional town planner, a Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Planners and served the Town and Country Planning Department (TCPD) betwen 1976-2006 at the Federal level, Kuala Lumpur City Hall and the TCPD of Negeri Sembilan, Johor and Selangor where she last served TCPD. She was a Principal Fellow with the Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI) of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) from 2006-2014, and led the preparation of the UKM Bangi Campus Master Plan 2020. As a member UKM's Governance and Education for National Heritage Conservation (GENHC) research group, she led the preparation of Langkawi Geopark Management Plan and a study team member for stakeholder participation in the conservation of Melaka World Heritage City. Currently a Senior Director of Rekarancang Sdn Bhd, a Planning and Development consultant firm, she remains as a member of GENHC, headed the Feasibility Study for the Development of Low Carbon Langkawi for the Ministry of Energy and Green Technology (KeTTHA) and is a member of the planning group for International Ibrahim Business District (IIBD) in Johor Baharu. 

YB Senator Tan Sri Dato’ Sr Abdul Rahim Abdul Rahman


Abdul Rahim has had more than 49 years’ experience in the real estate industry. He established Rahim & Co in 1976 with one purpose in mind; to competently integrate under one roof the various disciplines of Property Valuation, Research & Advisory, Real Estate Agency, Property & Facilities Management, Project Management and Investment Consultancy. From a humble beginning of a sole proprietorship with an initial staff of 3, Rahim & Co has blossomed into one of Malaysia’s largest real estate consultancy firms. He is Past Presidents of The Royal Institution of Surveyors, Malaysia (1986 – 1987), the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) Malaysian Chapter (1982 – 1986), the Asia Pacific Real Estate Federation (1985 – 1988) and the Association of Valuers, Property Managers, Estate Agents and Property Consultants in Private Sector Malaysia (1990 – 1994). Abdul Rahim was the first Malaysian to be elected the Deputy World President of the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) in 1990 for a 2-year term. Born in Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Abdul Rahim fancies golf; and he plays when he finds spare time off from work.

Prof. Dr. Faisal Rafiq Mahamd Adikan


Prof. Dr. Faisal Rafiq Mahamd Adikan was the recipient of the Section Prize for the Best Engineering Research during Presentations at the House of Common (British Parliament) in 2006. He specializes in glass-based integrated optical devices for use in telecommunication and sensing applications. He received his PhD from the Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton in 2007. In 2013, Dr. Rafiq was promoted to the post of Full Professor. Later that year, he was appointed as the University of Malaya’s Deputy Vice Chancellor, in charge of Development, making him one of the youngest DVCs in Malaysia. In 2012, he picked up University of Malaya’s Best Administrator (Dean) award for a second consecutive year. He received a Certificate of Excellence in Service (2014) in 2015.


The UM Master Plan Ideas Competition Convener


 Ar. Saifuddin bin Ahmad


Ar. Saifuddin bin Ahmad is the Principal of SAIFUDDIN ARCHITECT and Director of SNO ARCHITECTS SDN BHD. He obtained his Diploma in Architecture from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 1980 and completed his Bachelor of Architecture at Deakin University, Australia in 1982. He has been involved in various Competitions and Awards, and was appointed as Chief Juror to judge the Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM) Gold Medal Awards, Juror for the CIDB 2015 Malaysian Construction Industry Excellence Awards (MCIEA), Juror for DBKL competition awards "Pertandingan Peningkatan Imej Reka Bentuk Bandar", Juror for Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) Architectural Design Award and Juror for 'Architecture+Design and CERA Awards, India. Ar. Saifuddin had the opportunity to successfully design, manage and complete the Low Energy Office (LEO) for the Ministry of Green Technology and Water in Putrajaya, Parcel E. This building was conferred the prestigious ASEAN Energy Award 2006 by the ASEAN CENTRE and was accorded Green Building Index Silver rating. The LEO Building was also chosen to be on the Malaysian 50 cent commemorative stamp for the Energy Efficient Building Series in 2009.