Choose to Study at a Top University in Malaysia for Architecture

First Rate Private Universities in Malaysia with Architecture Degree Accredited by Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia (LAM)

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Students interested to pursue a tertiary education in architecture should choose top private universities that are accredited by Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia. Choosing to study at a top university in Malaysia for architecture will enhance the chances of you completing the challenging pathway to becoming a professional architect. Read on the article below on the education pathway and which private universities in Malaysia would be best for you.

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Best Architecture Degree Programmes at Premier Private Universities in Malaysia with Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia (LAM) Accreditation

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Vivi Tan, Architecture at UCSI University

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

Education Pathway

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

Students after SPM or O-Levels interested to major in architecture can either go for the Diploma or the Foundation program in architecture in Malaysia.

Students can choose the Foundation in Arts at UCSI University or Foundation in Natural & Built Environments at Taylor’s University

Upon successful completion of the 1-year Foundation, you will then enter into the undergraduate degree in architecture for another 3 years at UCSI University  or Taylor’s University which is accredited by Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia (LAM) equivalent to LAM Part 1.

Students after SPM or O-Levels taking the Diploma in Architectural Studies at top ranked UCSI University will study for 2.5 years and then enter Year 2 of the architecture degree for another 2 years.

Students who have obtained the relevant results in STPM, UEC, A-Levels, CPU, SAM and other Pre-U Programmes can enter the architecture degree for 3 years. After completing the Bachelors in Architecture at a top private university in Malaysia, the next step is to go into an accredited Masters in Architecture degree equivalent to LAM Part 2 for another 2 years. Architecture Masters Degree Graduates in Malaysia will then work for 2 years and then sit for the LAM Part 3 exams and then to finally become an architect.

Studying the BSc (Hons) Architecture at Top Ranked UCSI University

Architecture at UCSI University

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Hock Wei, Architecture at UCSI University

UCSI University is ranked the number 1 private university in Malaysia in the QS World University Rankings 2019 and their students & lecturers have won many awards in architecture.

Supported by excellent facilities and affordable tuition fees, these make UCSI University an excellent choice for students wanting to pursue an accredited architecture degree in Malaysia.

All of UCSI University’s Architecture & Interior Architecture degree programmes comply with the latest requirements for accreditation by the Council of Architectural Accreditation & Education Malaysia (CAAEM), Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia (LAM).

UCSI University is an Award-Winning University in Malaysia for the Architecture Degree Programme

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

UCSI University is the best for architecture in Malaysia seeing the number of awards that their students have won.

  • UCSI University Architecture student, Lam Chee Hau, won Silver in the 2015 Nippon Young Designers Award in the Architecture Category
  • UCSI University Architecture student, Lam Chee Hau won Honorary Mention in the 2014 Nippon Young Designers Award in the Architecture Category
  • UCSI University Architecture students, Wan Mei Zhen, won Silver and Tan Kwon Chong Best Green Innovation & Honorary Mention in the 2013 Nippon Young Designers Award in the Architecture Category
  • UCSI University Architecture student, Yap Yan Xun, won Honorary Mention in the 2010 Nippon Young Designers Award in the Architecture Category
  • UCSI University Interior Architecture student, Ng Ann Kee, won Students’ Choice Award in the 2010 Nippon Young Designers Award in the Interior Design Category
  • Gee Sze Yong, 19, Ting Ying San, 21 and Lim Chuun Kiat, 19 who are pursuing the Diploma in Architecture Studies and Interior Architecture programme at UCSI University win in the Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers (MIID) furniture design competition 2014
  • UCSI University recently swept 13 prizes at the 17th MIID Interior Design Competition 2013. Themed, ‘Re-invent’, the national competition saw UCSI students bag first and second place in Residential Design and Commercial Design; first place in Hospitality Design, Installation Design and Performance; and another six awards in other categories such as furniture design, photography, and sketching, among others.
  • UCSI University architecture students win 7 awards in the 25th Persatuan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM) Architectural Students Workshop 2013

Top Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Architecture in Malaysia at Taylor’s University

Architecture students at Taylor's University

Architecture students at Taylor’s University

The top rated Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Architecture programme at Taylor’s University is a pre-professional course that is accredited by Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia (LAM) which exempts graduates from the LAM Part 1 Professional Examination.

Students after SPM or O-Levels may go for the Foundation in Natural & Built Environments for 1 year before continuing on to the architecture degree at Taylor’s University. Students who are not sure of whether to pursue architecture yet may go for the Foundation in Arts instead where they have more choices for the degree. Taylor’s University is an award-winning university for architecture and acknowledged as the best for architecture courses in Malaysia.

Taylor’s students will learn from highly qualified academicians who are practicing architects with research experience about in-depth knowledge and understanding of the application of structure, materials, technologies and systems that will impact the field of architecture, through modules such as Building Materials, Building Construction and Building Technology. Students will also be able to select from a wide range of elective modules in specialised areas of expertise and research interest of the academicians.

The architecture degree programme at Taylor’s University also includes lecture series, external design reviews, field trips, site visits and an opportunity to participate in Activity Week, an international study trip. Students also gain valuable exposure via a dynamic internship (practicum):

  • 8-week fieldwork in Year 1 requires students to document historical and architectural buildings, through a set of measured drawings and a report.
  • 8-week internship in Year 2 exposes students to the real-life working environment and enables them to work within a building team.

Achievements of the School of Architecture, Building & Design at Taylor’s University

2014
  • Full Accreditation for both bachelor programmes by Board of Architects Malaysia, Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors.
  • Special Mention Paper – 6th RICS International Surveying Conference for Undergraduates
2013
  • Honorable Mentions
    • PAM-Lafarge Architecture Students Competition
  • Best Contingent Award
  • 2nd Place- Multimedia Competition
  • 3rd Place – Photography Competition Category B
    • Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) Architecture Student Workshop
2012
  • Champion
    • Hyundai Veloster Rev-It-Up Inter-College Challenge
  • 2nd Place – Installation Category
  • 3rd Place – Multimedia Competition
    • Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) Architecture Student Workshop
  • Special Mention Paper and Best Presenter Award
  • 4th RICS-RISM International Surveying Conference for Undergraduates
2011
  • 1st Place – Booth Design Competition
    • Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) Student Exhibition
  • Champion
    • Electrolux Student Think Eco Challenge Competition
  • Champion
    • 7Up Lipton Ice Tea Natural Arts Campus Design Challenge
  • 2nd Place
    • Cool Art Competition organised by Goethe Institute Malaysia
  • 3rd Place
    • Wharf Hoarding Design Competition 2011 organised by Bolton
2010
  • Champion, Penang Eco Retreat Student Ideas Competition organised by Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) and the Green Building Index
2009
  • Champion, SBC Corporation Berhad / Taylor’s Architectural Design Award
2008
  • 1st Place – Booth Design Competition
  • 2nd Place – Student 1 Day Competition
    • Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) Student Exhibition
  • Winner – Best Female Participant
  • 2nd Place – Multimedia Competition
  • 2nd Place – Sketch Competition
  • 2nd Place – Fashion Design Competition
    • Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) Architecture Student Workshop
2007
  • 2nd Place – Booth Design Competition
    • Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) Student Exhibition
  • Champion
    • SBC Corporation Berhad / Taylor’s Architectural Design Award 2007

List of Recognised Architectural Programmes in Malaysia

Institutions Period Mode Degree Awarded Recognition
1. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) 
Faculty of Built Environment
Karung Berkunci 791
80990 Johor Bahru
Johor Darul Takzim
3 yrs FT BSc. Arch.
Effective Date : 1 July 2015
Expiry Date : 30 June 2020
Part I
2 yrs FT M. Arch.
Effective Date : 1 July 2015
Expiry Date : 30 June 2020
Part II
FT : Full Time
2. Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) 
Pusat Pengajian Senibina (CoSA)
Fakulti Senibina, Perancangan & Ukur
UiTM Kampus Puncak Alam
42300 Bandar Puncak Alam
Selangor
4 yrs FT B. Sc. (Hons) Architecture
Effective Date : 1 August 2017
Expiry Date : 31 July 2020
Part I
2 yrs FT B. Arch. (Hons.)
Effective Date :01 August 2012
Expiry Date :31 July 2017
Part II
2 yrs FT Master of Architecture
Effective Date :1 August 2017
Expiry Date :31 July 2020
Part II
Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM – Perak)
Fakulti Senibina, Perancangan & Ukur
32610 Bandar Baru Seri Iskandar
Perak Darul Ridzuan
4 yrs FT B. Sc. (Hons) Architecture
Effective Date : 6 October 2017
Expiry Date : 5 October 2022
Part I
FT : Full Time
3. Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) 
School of Housing, Building & Planning
11800 Pulau Pinang
3 yrs FT Bachelor of Housing Building and Planning
Effective Date : June 2014
Expiry Date : June 2019
Part I
2 yrs FT B. Arch
Effective Date : June 2014
Expiry Date : June 2019
Part II
FT : Full Time
4. University of Malaya (UM) 
Faculty of Built Environment
Lembah Pantai
50603 Kuala Lumpur
3 yrs FT B. Sc. (Arch.)
Effective Date : 13 June 2016
Expiry Date : 12 June 2021
Part I
2 yrs FT M. Arch.
Effective Date : 13 June 2016
Expiry Date : 12 June 2021
Part II
FT : Full Time
5. International Islamic University Malaysia (UIA) 
Kulliyyah of Architecture & Environmental Design
Jalan Gombak
53100 Kuala Lumpur
3 yrs FT B. Sc. (Arch. Studies)
Effective Date : 1 December 2016
Expiry Date : 30 November 2021
Part I
2 yrs FT B. Arch (Hons.)
Effective Date : 5 March 2012
Expiry Date : 4 March 2017
Part II
FT : Full Time
6. Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) 
Department of Architecture
Faculty of Design and Architecture
43400 UPM Serdang
Selangor Darul Ehsan
3 yrs FT B. Design (Architecture)
Effective Date : June 2014
Expiry Date : June 2019
Part I
3 yrs FT Bacelor Sains Seni Bina
Effective Date : 14 January 2015
Expiry Date : 31 June 2019
Part I
2 yrs FT B. Arch.
Effective Date : June 2014
Expiry Date : June 2019
Part II
FT : Full Time
7. Taylor’s University 
School of Architecture, Building & Design
Taylor’s Lakeside Campus
No. 1, Jalan Taylor’s
47500 Subang Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan
3 yrs FT Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Architecture
Effective Date : September 2018
Expiry Date : 31 August 2021
Part I
2 yrs FT Master of Architecture
Effective Date : 18 March 2018 
Expiry Date : 31 August 2021
Part II
FT : Full Time
8. UCSI University Kuala Lumpur 
No. 1, Jalan Menara Gading
UCSI Heights, Cheras
56000 Kuala Lumpur
3 yrs FT Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Architectural Technology
Effective Date : July 2012
Expiry Date : July 2014
Part I
3 yrs FT Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Architecture
Effective Date : July 2014
Expiry Date : July 2019
Part I
FT : Full Time
9. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) 
Fakulti Kejututeraan dan Alam Bina
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
43600 UKM Bangi
Selangor Darul Ehsan
3 yrs FT B. Sc. Arch.
Effective Date :10 July 2012
Expiry Date :June 2019
Part I
FT : Full Time
10. Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur (IUKL)
Taman Ilmu Ikram
Jalan Serdang-Kajang
Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur
43000 Kajang
Selangor Darul Ehsan
3 yrs FT Bachelor of Science (Architectural Studies)
Effective Date :9 March 2017
Expiry Date :8 March 2022
Part I
FT : Full Time
11. Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)
Fakulti Kejuruteraan dan Sains (FKS)
Jalan Sg. Long, Bandar Sg. Long Cheras
43000 Kajang Selangor
3 yrs FT Bachelor of Science (Hons) Architecture
Effective Date :21 July 2017
 
Expiry Date :20 July 2022
Part I
FT : Full Time
12. LimKokWing University of Creative Technology (LUCT)
Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment Limkokwing University of Creative Technology
Inovasi 1-1, Jalan Teknokrat 1/1
63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor
3 yrs FT B. Sc. (Architectural Studies)
Effective Date : December 2013
Expiry Date : December 2018
Part I
FT : Full Time
13. City University ( formerly known as City University Collage of Science & Technology) 
Faculty of Architecture & Built Environment
Menara Citu U,
No.8 Jln 51A/223
46100 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan
3 yrs FT B. Sc. (Hons) (Architectural Design)
Effective Date : 28 September 2016
Expiry Date : 27 September 2019
Part I
FT : Full Time
14. Kolej Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (KUTAR)
School of Architecture
Faculty of Built Environment
Jln Genting Klang, Setapak
53300 Kuala Lumpur
3 yrs FT Bachelor of Science in Architecture
Effective Date : 14 July 2017
Expiry Date : 13 July 2020
Part I
FT : Full Time
15. Kolej Universiti Teknologi Sarawak (KUTS)
Lot 868, Persiaran Brooke
96000 Sibu
Sarawak
3 yrs FT Bachelor of Science (Hons) In Architecture
Effective Date : 18 October 2017
Expiry Date : 17 October 2020
Part I
FT : Full Time
16. Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)
Bandar Baru Nilai
71800 Nilai
Negeri Sembilan
3 yrs FT Sarjana Muda Sains Senibina (Kepujian)
Effective Date : 20 October 2017
Expiry Date : 19 October 2020
Part I
FT : Full Time

 

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