Pathway to become a professional architect in Malaysia


Route to becoming a Professional Architect in Malaysia

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Students in Malaysia interested in Architecture should be prepared for a long road ahead to achieve the status of obtaining the title “Ar.” as

UCSI University architecture students won the runner-up prize in the PAM­-Lafarge Architecture Student Competition 2013

UCSI University architecture students won the runner-up prize in the PAM­-Lafarge Architecture Student Competition
2013

a professional architect. Architecture is a combination of creativity, history, sciences, and design. You will learn how to conceptualise and design buildings in relation to the economic, technical, environmental and social needs.

Architecture strongly relates to built environment and urban planning disciplines such as civil and structural engineering, quantity surveying, and property economics and management.

If you are interested in creating things, buildings and spaces, technology, art and design, a career in architecture may be for you.

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Basically, an architect is a person who creates the designs of buildings. They don’t actually build them, that’s the job of the Civil Engineer. Architects role is like a project leader who works with different people to coordinate and get the building up on time within budget.

The architecture profession in Malaysia is protected by law and is regulated by the Lembaga Akitek Negara (LAM). They govern the entire profession starting from the definition of an architect under the Malaysian Constitution, licensing, practice, acts and enactments as well as education.

Another important body concerning architects is the Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM) who takes care of the well being of the architects including professional development from the lowest to the highest qualifications. They also organise functions and activities for their members.

Shortage of Professional Architects in Malaysia

EduSpiral took us on a tour of UCSI University's Architecture Gallery and the North Wing campus

EduSpiral took us on a tour of UCSI University’s Architecture Gallery and the North Wing campus

At the 2014 Persatuan Arkitek Malaysia -Tan Sri Ar Chan Sau Lai Architecture Award prize-giving ceremony today, Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib said that the current ratio of architects in Malaysia is one to 17,257 people.

There is a shortage of architects in Malaysia due to the low passing rate in the final test which would enable them to become professional architects, which carries the title of Ar.

There are only 1700 Registered Architects in Malaysia. The Average pass rate is 9%~20%

 

The Education Pathway to Become a Professional Architect in Malaysia

UCSI University Architecture students' project

UCSI University Architecture students’ project

Students after SPM will go for the Foundation program for one year.

Upon successful completion, they will then enter into the degree for another 3 years at UCSI University which is accredited by Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia (LAM) equivalent to LAM Part 1.

The next step is to go into an accredited Masters equivalent to LAM Part 2 for another 2 years.

Graduates will then work for 2 years and then sit for the LAM Part 3 exams and then to finally become an architect.

The whole process after SPM will take you about 8 years.

Pathway to Become a Professional Architect (Ir.) in Malaysia

The architecture profession in Malaysia is protected by law. The regulating and governing body of the architecture profession in

Award-winning architecture design from UCSI University

Award-winning architecture design from UCSI University

Malaysia is known as Lembaga Akitek Negara (LAM). They govern the entire profession starting from the definition of an architect under the Malaysian Constitution, licensing, practice, acts and enactments as well as education.

The other body that concerns the well being of architects themselves is Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia.

It functions as an association that takes care of its members, organize functions and manages the professional development of an architect from the lowest to highest qualification. Just like Bar exams for lawyers, architects also require certain level of qualification that is a standard worldwide.

The qualifications are known as LAM Part 1, 2 and 3. The equivalent of this is RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), AIA (American Institute of Architects) and RAIA (Royal Australian Institute of Architects).

The diagram above shows the career path of an architect. After graduating with Part 2, a person is known as an architect, and will be able to practice according to the job specification of an architect. This should be the minimum target of anyone pursuing this profession. Anything less is a waste of time.

These qualifications can be obtained in two ways:

  • Obtaining a fully accredited degree (or equivalent) that carries Part 1 or 2 equivalent.
  • Sitting for individual exams after obtaining a non-accredited degree for Part or 2.

Part 3 can only be obtained after practicing as an architect for a minimum of 2 years and fulfilling all the project requirements set by LAM.

Fulfilling these needs, the architect will then submit themselves to a series of interviews and exams to determine that they are capable and absolutely qualified. These exams are conducted by Persatuan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM).

Entry Requirements for the Architecture Degree Course in Malaysia

After chatting with EduSpiral online, I then met up with them at the university for a campus tour that helped me make a great decision about my future course. Kenneth Pang, Architecture student at UCSI University

After chatting with EduSpiral online, I then met up with them at the university for a campus tour that helped me make a great decision about my future course.
Kenneth Pang, Architecture student at UCSI University

After SPM, students must possess a credit in Maths & any one Science subject in order to enter into the Foundation in Architecture at UCSI University. To enter the BSc (Hons) Architecture at UCSI University, students need to have the following qualifications:

  • Foundation in Arts or Science Entry Requirement for Architecture degree -Minimum CGPA 2.0 including credit in Maths
  • STPM Arts or Science Stream Entry Requirement for Architecture degree -Pass with minimum CGPA of 2.00 (or equivalent) Minimum Gred C for 2 subjects INCLUDING Maths
  • A-Levels Entry Requirement for Architecture degree -Minimum Gred C for 2 subjects INCLUDING Maths
  • UEC Commerce or Science Stream Entry Requirement for Architecture degree -5 Credits (‘B’ grade) inclusive of Maths
  • South Australian Matriculation (SAM) Entry Requirement for Architecture degree – Minimum average of 65% in 5 subjects inclusive of Maths
  • Canadian Pre-U (CPU) Entry Requirement for Architecture degree – Minimum average of 65% in 6 subjects inclusive of Maths

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  1. Hi , how i can be an architect if i took ICT in high school ? and if i can what subject do i need to score in SPM .
    ps , I din’t take any science course accept basic scince .

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  2. can i apply using my IGCSE Cambridge results with 7 credits including math?

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  3. can i apply using IGCSE results for foundation level in architecture?

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  4. Karthiga Ramadas

    Can I do part 2 after completing my degree in interior architecture? If not what is the pathway? Do interior architecture demanding in Malaysia?

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  5. can i just take the diploma in architecture instead of foundation?? is foundation required?

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  6. what kinds of qualities must an architect possess?

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  7. i have only 2 credits in my spm without art subjects. but i am willing to study from the beginning for interior architecture. how can i begin ?

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  8. Is it necessary for a an individual who wants to be a professional architecture to take masters in Architecture?Are those who completed their Bachelor of Architecture eligible for Part 3 professional examination?

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  9. what is the differences between architecture part 1 and part2?it is necessary to take part 2?what is the salary just for finishing part 1of architecture only?

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  10. can you send me the actual pathway of architecture in malaysia like which part,require years and qualification?

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  11. Can I have some information about this career (via email) ?? thank you

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  12. What are the other best universities in Malaysia for Architecture?

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  13. how is the salary for an professional architect in malaysia who has the license and has completed part III ?

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  14. are there any scholarship or loan for diploma in architecture?

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  15. Am interested in Drama and language . Where can I pursue such course ?Singapore / ? Malaysia

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  16. is architecture a popular job in malaysia?Highly demand in Malaysia?

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