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‘In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. By Time, indeed humanity is in a state of loss. Except those who believe and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of truth and in the mutual teaching of patience’ (Surah al-`Asr, 103:1-3)
"Professional Architect lives almost by faith. When called upon he can do the job without fear or favour. He possesses aspecialized skill and lives by a code of ethics cloaked in honour andintegrity. He is expected to speak his mind and give his views. Whenfaced with absolute wrong, he can resolutely disagree and walk away." quote from THE PROFESSIONAL MAN by Ar Dr Tan Loke Mun PRESIDENT PAM

Monday, 18 August 2008


1.This is a mix development consisting of offices, SOHO (small office and home office), flats and also MENCAP (voice of learning disability) facilities.

2.Initially it was schematically designed by a colleague in residential department. Due to the time constraint I was called to finish up the design with a complete internal layout detail. This would mean that I had to work without changing much of the proposed elevations.

3.The only elevation that could be changed and need to be amended is the one for the SOHO units.
4. The challenge was to keep the variation in designing internal layout to a minimum. The initial space zoning may not be similar in volume but I manage to reduce the variation by introducing similarity in interior units such as typical toilet layout, kitchen, etc.

5. In this exercises a new presentation format is not needed as the format had been done previously. Thus I would not only have to follow the format and colour technique but also to draw the new elevation using the same hand-stroke. This would keep the continuity in design presentation.

6.The second option layout is to show how the SOHO units would be implemented within the proposed layout.

7. If I had been given the opportunity to design the MENCAP facilities, I would also like the chance to be with this special people. How should we design for someone that we barely know their daily routine and the kind of life that they lead? We may be able to learn from books or copy from a typical design for "special person" to get an overview of their needs but having a "human touch" with the user is also important in delivering the best design solution.

8. Are we still willing to surrender the authority of designing to other experts? May be by surrendering this special design area to the expert could reduce the time, cost and also liability. What else would be left for us to design someday if all the design work is handed over to other specialist? RGP have an innovative approach to architectural design. We have no dogma, no standard answers and we are spirited and fun to work with.

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