Ken Yeang

July 17, 2015 rayumz

Ken  Yeang

Architect Ken Yeang

from George Town (Penang), Penang in Malaysia (马来西亚)

  • 8, Jalan 1, Taman Sri Ukay Off Jalan Ulu Kelang, Ampang Selangor, Malaysia
  • trhy@trhamzahyeang.com
  • 68000, Ampang Selangor, Malaysia
  • 603-4257 1966, 603-4257 1948
  • 603-4256 1005, 603-4256 9330
  • http://trhamzahyeang.com

Profile

Architect Type

Architect-General

Gender
Male
Birth Year

1948

Other Name

Ken Yeang

Name Language

English

Hometown

George Town, Penang, Malaysia (马来西亚)

Description, Philosophy, History

Description:
Architect Ken Yeang obtained his qualifications in architecture from the Architectural Association School in London (AA). In 1969, he did an internship at the Singapore architect practice S.T. S. Leong, before returning to the AA to complete his diploma under Peter Cook (1972). Yeang worked briefly at Louis de Soisson Partnership and as a student did freelance illustrations and graphic design work for the AD and AAQ magazines and for the AA. His did his post-graduate at Cambridge University Department of Architecture. His doctoral dissertation, "A Theoretical Framework for Incorporating Ecological Considerations in the Design and Planning of the Built Environment" earned him a PhD in ecological design and planning. It is published as ‘Designing With Nature’ (McGraw-Hill, 1995) and in Spanish as “Proyectar Con La Naturaleza’ (Gustavo Gili, SA, 1999). He received an honorary Litt.D. from Sheffield University (2004), and an honorary PhD from University of Malaya (2013). He is registered as a professional architect with ARB (Architects Registration Board) (UK), the RIBA (Royal Institute of Architects) (UK), PAM (Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia), the SIA (Singapore Institute of Architects) in 1972. He is a Fellow of the SIA and an Honorary Fellow of the AIA (American institute of Architects). Yeang attended short courses in business management at the Malaysian Institute of Management, the Singapore Institute of Management and Harvard Business School.
Philosophy:
Yeang's early work applies bioclimatic (climate-responsive) principles to building design, to create low-energy passive-mode buildings. This climate-responsiveness approach engenders critical regionalist features in his work, where climatic responses of the design provide the links to its locality. The bioclimatic approach subsequently became the underlying armature for his ecological design agenda. Yeang pursuit of eco-architecture and eco-masterplanning theories, concepts and ideas have been carried out in parallel with an exploration for an 'ecological aesthetic', encouraged by his former PhD Supervisor at Cambridge University, Professor John Frazer, in questioning "...What a green building and masterplan should look like?" Yeang contends that an ecological architectural aesthetic should resemble a living system, looking natural, verdant and hirsute with nature and its processes visible in the bio-integration of the synthetic builtform's physical constituents (abiotic) with the native fauna, flora (the biotic constituents) and the environmental biological processes of the land. He contends that much of existent architecture and masterplans that lay claim by other elsewhere to be sustainable are simply commonly-styled or iconically-styled builtforms stuffed internally with eco-engineering gadgetry and with occasional vegetation in its upper open courts. Yeang contends that an eco-architecture and an eco-city should be 'alive' as a living system, analogous to a constructed ecosystem and not 'de-natured' nor look predominantly inorganic, artificial and synthetic. He adopts these assertions as the basis for his eco-architecture.
History:
Born in 1948 in Penang, Malaysia, Yeang grew up in a tropical Modernist house designed by Iversen, van Sitteren & Partners. He attended Penang Free School. In 1961, Yeang attended Cheltenham College, a British public school in Gloucestershire. Yeang took ecology courses at the Department of Environmental Biology at Cambridge University and attended (partially) the ecological land use planning course at University of Pennsylvania, Department of Landscape Architecture under Ian McHarg. He became a member of the British Ecological Society. These studies provided the bases for Yeang’s doctorate and to later develop his biodiversity approach to ecological architecture and masterplanning.

Education

School Attended:
Course
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Degree
Architecture from the Architectural Association School in London (AA) Internship at the Singapore architect practice S.T. S. Leong. Post-graduate at Cambridge University Department of Architecture & PhD in ecological design and planning. Ecology Course at the Department of Environmental Biology at Cambridge University Ecological land use planning course at University of Pennsylvania Yeang attended short courses in business management at the Malaysian Institute of Management, the Singapore Institute of Management and Harvard Business School.

Organization

Architecture Style

Building Technology

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Awards

• 2002 Excellence Industry Award for Export Services - Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE)• 2001 Tokyo Fashion Association International Award (Work on the design of natural ventilation in skyscrapers)• 2000 Enterprise 50 Award (Government of Malaysia SMIDEC - Small and Medium Size Industries Development Corporation with Andersen Consulting) - Malaysia.• 2000 Academician of the International Academy of Architecture (Sophia, Bulgaria).• 2000 Sir Robert Mathew Award, Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) (London, UK).• 1999 Prinz Claus Fonds Award (Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, HRH Prince Claus of the Netherlands. - Netherlands.• 1999 Enterprise 50 Award (Government of Malaysia SMIDEC - Small and Medium Size Industries Developpment Corporation with Andersen Consulting) - Malaysia.• 1999 Asia Pacific Distinguished Scholar Award at the Third International Symposium on Asia Pacific Architecture, School of Architecture, University of Hawaii (Honolulu, USA), April 7-9.• 1999 UIA Auguste Perret Prize for Applied Technology in Architecture (International Union of Architects) (Paris, France).• 1999 Honorary Fellow AIA (American Institute of Architects) - Washington, USA.• 1998 Fellow SIA (Singapore Institute of Architects) (Singapore).• 1998 Far Eastern Economic Review Innovation Award (Bronze), Far Eastern Economic Review journal - Hong Kong.• 1992 The Norway Award for outstanding contribution to quality in the field of architecture - Jotun Paints, Norway. Awards (for Building Projects):• 1998 URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) Ecological Design in the Tropics Design Award for EDITT Tower, Singapore (2nd Prize) in association with Swan & Maclaren Architects (Singapore).• 1998 RAIA (Royal Australian Institute of Architects) International Award for the Menara UMNO.• 1998 Asian Innovation Awards (Bronze), Far Eastern Economic Review• 1998 SIA (Singapore Institute of Architects) Award, Honorable Mention for Menara UMNO, [url=http://asia.archune.com/geo/asia-south-east/malaysia/my-pin/]Penang[/url] (overseas category).• 1997 IPDM (Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers) Award for design excellence (in the Corporate Category) for Conoco Asia Pacific Ltd., Interior.• o 1997 PAM Architectural Awards for the Central Plaza for excellence in design and building - Malaysia.• 1996 RAIA (Royal Australian Institute of Architects) International Architecture Award (for the Menara Mesiniaga)- Australia• 1996 Aga Khan Award for Architecture (for the Menara Mesiniaga) - Geneva, Switzerland• 1995 IAKS (International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities) Award (for the Selangor Turf Club Grandstand) - Germany• 1995 SIA (Singapore Institute of Architects) Design Award (Overseas Category), Honorary Mention (for the Selangor Turf Club Grandstand) - Singapore.• 1995 Merit Award, Kenneth F.Brown Asia Pacific Culture and Architecture Design Award (for the Roof-Roof House) (Hawaii, USA• 1993 PAM Architecture Award for the Menara Mesiniaga for excellence in design for commercial buildings.- Malaysia• 1993 PAM Architecture Award (Honorary Mention) for Conservation (for the Standard Chartered Bank, [url=http://asia.archune.com/geo/asia-south-east/malaysia/my-pin/]Penang[/url]) - Malaysia• 1993 IATA (International Award for Innovative Technology in Architecture), Top 20 Finalist, Quaternario - Italy• 1993 2nd MSG/MSID (Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers) commercial interior and display design award for the Seacorp light-fittings.• 1991 PAM Architecture Award for commercial building. - Malaysia• 1991 PAM Architecture Award for single residential building (for the MS Tan House) - Malaysia• 1989 PAM Architectural Awards for the IBM Plaza for excellence in design and building - Malaysia• 1989 PAM Architectural Awards for The Weld Interior for excellence in design and building - Malaysia• 1989 Antron Design Award Honorable Mention - USA (for the Interior Design of J. Walter Thompson Interiors).• 1988 Antron Design Award Honorable Mention - USA (for the Interior Design of British Petroleum - BP offices).• 1987 Commonwealth Association of Architects (London) Commendation (for the book: "Tropical Verandah City") - London Competition Prizes:• 2001 Highly Commended (2nd place), Green Square Urban Design Competition, Sydney, Australia.• 2001 Winnng entry for the Millennium Monument Competition.• 2001 Distinction, Taipei Capital Square Urban Design Competition.• 2000 Winning Entry, Southwark Regeneration, Elephant and Castle, Southwark (Submission made jointly with others)• 2000 Winning Entry, Tech-Linx Facilities Competition, Cyberjaya, Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia.• 2000 Winning Entry, Huannan Masterplan Competition, Huannan, China for Hopsons International plc. (HK).• 2000 Top Three Commendation Entry, "Living in the City" Competition. (Special Commendation).• 1999 Winning Entry Singapore National Library, 2-stage Open Competition, (Submitted under Swan & Maclaren Architects), - Singapore.• 1997 Winning Entry Subang Jaya Urban Center Masterplan, Selangor. Limited Competition - Malaysia.• 1994 3rd Prize Entry Taichung Civic Centre & Town Hall, Taiwan, UIA International Open Competition - Taiwan.• 1985 Citation Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur, Urban Design Open Competition, Kuala Lumpur City Hall, Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia.• 1984 1st Prize [url=http://asia.archune.com/geo/asia-south-east/malaysia/my-pin/]Penang[/url] Swimming Club Masterplan and Extension Open Competition (in association with Laurence Loh Arkitek) [url=http://asia.archune.com/geo/asia-south-east/malaysia/my-pin/]Penang[/url], - Malaysia.