July 2019

” Silver Award, PAM Architectural Award for Design Excellence in Commercial High Rise Sunrise @ Gurney, Penang “

Type: Award
Date: July 2019

Sunrise@Gurney is the iconic building along Gurney Drive, Penang. With its striking façade inspired by the Chinese cabinet of curiosity, the pattern on the façade also serves as sun shading to the interiors of the building.
A much sought after piece of real estate along Gurney Drive, the building won the 2019 PAM Silver Awards for high-rise commercial building category.

July 2019

” Architectural ‘Lightning Rod’ Laurence Loh bestowed with highest honour at PAM Awards 2019 “

Type: Award
Date: July 2019

The Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) awarded Professor Architect Laurence Loh with the Gold Medal for Design Excellence (2019) in early July 2019. The Gold Medal was conferred on him by PAM President Ar. Lilian Tay, witnessed by Penang Mayor Dato’ Ar. Yew Tung Seang, in a special ceremony as part of the Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival (KLAF 2019). Another prominent architect, Ar. Jimmy Lim is also a recipient of the Gold Medal for Design Excellence. The Gold Medal represents the highest honour that PAM can bestow on an Architect to recognise lifetime achievement in architecture by Malaysian architects, whose careers have endowed the profession with great distinction and have promoted, either directly or indirectly, the advancement of architecture in Malaysia and internationally. Laurence was selected by an esteemed panel of judges, consisting of experts led by the Immediate Past President of PAM, Ar. Ezumi Harzani Ismail.

Since the inception of the Award in 1988 there have been 8 recipients. Prof. Ar. Laurence Loh joins a very short list of Gold Medal recipients which includes some of the most prominent architects the country has produced, such as Ar. Hijjas Kasturi, Dato Seri Ar. Lim Cheong Keat, Datuk Ar. Baharuddin Abu Kassim and Dato Dr. Ar. Kenneth Yeang.

In the Jury citation, Prof. Ar. Laurence Loh was recognised as the trailblazing pioneer of heritage conservation in Malaysia. “He has reinforced the role of the architect as a custodian of knowledge in the environment of historical buildings,” said Ar. Wooi Lok Kuang in his citation at the award ceremony.

The jury further acknowledged his numerous contributions to Malaysia’s built environment through his involvement in UNESCO and Badan Warisan Malaysia, in his capacity as director of Think City and his commitment to many other civic society organisations: “…as a hardcore architectural conservation advocate, practitioner, teacher, advisor and civil society activist, Laurence positioned himself as the lightning rod attracting believers willing to invest in ideas and transform sites into game changers.”

Through his practice, Arkitek LLA, Prof. Ar. Laurence Loh has been responsible for some of the country’s most recognised award-winning projects. The award for Design Excellence is especially fitting considering the breadth of his work: encompassing conservation and adaptive reuse projects such as the world-renown Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Stadium Merdeka, Suffolk House and Bangunan UAB (winner of the PAM Building of the Year Award 2018), as well as contemporary architecture projects ranging from bungalows to high rise commercial buildings such as the Penang Swimming Club, the Penang Hill Stations and Sunrise Gurney, the recipient of this Year’s PAM Award for Highrise Commercial Buildings.

30th March 2018 : IKEA

” It is in the end the details that give the product its life. “

Type: Site Visit
Location: Batu Kawan, Penang
Status: On going

IKEA strives to product & deliver affordable products to the many through the combination of function, quality, design and value, with sustainability in mind. This common ideology is shared between IKEA and LLA in which has brought to a successful collaboration that continues to product significant performance improvements. Whilst working closely with the client, the firm has been critical with the adaptations made at both micro and macro levels to ensure the optimization of their operational needs and requirements.

The completion of the project is targeted by end of 2018. It is an achievement for the firm and has brought us to a whole new level of being detail-oriented which makes a difference in design.

31st March 2018 : LLA’s Anniversary

” Celebrating our past and charting the future through excellence. “

Type: Celebration Dinner
Date: 31st March 2018
Location: Kirishima, Cititel Hotel

LLA, the epitome of heritage and conversation has been enthusiastically involved in various contemporary developments throughout the 35th years and strive to grow bolder, not older. The firm has been welcoming new ideas and believes that the learning curve never really ends. This mindset has shaped the culture of the firm to never settle for less but to constantly move forward.

In conjunction with the 35th Anniversary, LLA has published STEEL which celebrates the spirit of steel in many fascinating ways.

“… craft as design and the assembly of industrial metal parts, where roofs and beams mimic the pencil lines of sketches sweeping in curves across tracing papers, all coming to life in real-time projects.”

The documented projects have clearly justified the versatility of steel through innovative designs that has rekindled the spirit of place.


Chowrasta Market


The Malay Mail, 7 August 2012

New-look Chowrasta market takes shape

The Star, 31 July 2012

Council wants feedback on Chowrasta project

The Malay Mail, 22 February 2012

Facelift Long Time Coming Say Traders
Makeover Chowrasta

The Star, 2 December, 2011

Massive facelift for Chowrasta


Penang Hill


The Star, 15 September 2012

New facilities for Penang Hill visitors to be completed next year

Viewing Deck Opening 2015


Suffolk House


The Edge, 8 August 2011

Penang’s First Great House Regains Glory

The Star, 6 December 2010

Majesty Restored

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation –
2008 Award of Distinction


Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion


The Star, 22 October 2011

Cheong Fatt Tze building is one of two in Asia featured on Lonely Planet list

Architectural Digest, August 2003 Issue

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion: A Singular Obsession Drives a Penang Landmark’s Transformation
UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation – 2000 Most Excellent Project


Lunas Rubber Smokehouse

Aga Kahn Award for Architecture 2010 – Shortlisted Projects

Arkitek LLA


The Penang Monthly, 20 April 2012

Hooking the Young on Heritage

The Edge, 11 October 2010

Holistic Development Needed for Penang