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Our team in Arkitek LLA consists of a variety of individuals including designers, project managers, CAD personnel, administrative staff and consultants, whose expertise and experience contribute to the whole design/construction process and delivering an exceptional level of service to our valued clients.

LAURENCE LOH

Principal

AADIP, RIBA, APAM, LAM, MIID, ICOMOS Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Hong Kong

Laurence is recognised as a leading conservation architect and cultural heritage expert in Malaysia and the Asia-Pacific region. His architectural practice of 40 years consistently delivers highly commended projects related to new-built designs as well as building conservation and planning. Best practice exemplars of his work in Malaysia include the restoration and adaptive reuse of the world-renowned Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion (2000 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards, Most Excellent Project), the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple (2003 Award of Merit), the Restoration of Merdeka Stadium, Malaysia’s Stadium of Independence (2008 Award of Excellence) and Suffolk House (2008 Award of Distinction). Increasingly, his practice facilitates the revitalisation of heritage sites through an integrated approach that incorporates urban planning, building conservation, cultural-mapping, consensus building, transport, universal access and environmental sustainability. With Badan Warisan Malaysia, he participated in drafting the Conservation Management Plan for George Town as part of the World Heritage Dossier. He lectures regularly at the University of Hong Kong and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property in Rome. He was the site evaluator for the World Heritage Sites of Macau and Kaiping in China and has served on numerous UNESCO missions. In 2012 and 2013, he worked closely with the Getty Conservation Institute to create an Urban Conservation Planning course for Malaysian planners. Currently, he is the President of the Heritage of Malaysia Trust, an adviser to the Hong Kong Institute of Architectural Conservationists and a director of Think City Sdn. Bhd., a company responsible for the dispersal of financial grants to catalyse neighbourhood regeneration and to facilitate cultural-mapping in the World Heritage Site of George Town, Penang.

ONG JIN CHENG

Senior Partner

B.ARCH(ADEL.) APAM, LAM, AIDPM

A professional architect of 25 years standing, Jin Cheng was trained at the University of Adelaide in Australia. His area of interest lies in sustainable architecture and he has been involved in the field of green designs and environmental concerns on an international basis. Jin Cheng has been in the forefront of bringing quality to and setting standards in the construction industry; in particular he has extensive with highly demanding industrial and commercial building wheres delivery time, precision and costs are of paramount importance. He possesses professional capabilities that encompass all architectural consultancy services and he maintains invaluable contacts within the Local Authorities, having served in its Architectural Department. Jin Cheng has in-depth knowledge of statutory procedures, guidelines and policies and is part of a circle of professionals who maintain regular dialogues with Government bodies responsible for formulation and implementation of policies. Jin Cheng has served as Chairman for the Malaysian Institute of Architects (P.A.M. – Northern Chapter) and is a Fellow of the Institute. He also served as President of the Rotary Club of George Town, Penang. Currently, he provides external critiques for the School of Housing, Building & Planning at Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang and Universite Technology Malaysia, Johor.

ERIC KANG HOO CHONG

Senior Partner – KL Office

B.ARCH HONS (UCD), APAM, LAM

After graduation from University College Dublin, Ireland, Eric gained invaluable training in adaptive reuse and modernization of existing heritage buildings and re-planning of office interiors in both Dublin and London. This early experience abroad shaped his professional attitudes and his realization that cultural and social traditions, climate, technology and budgeting must all be given equal weightage when seeking right solutions. Eric joined Arkitek LLA Sdn Bhd since 1995 and is a registered member of Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia (Board of Architects) and P.A.M. (Malaysian Institute of Architects). He is experienced in design & implementation of large development projects, ranging from resort towns to waterfront realization and commercial centres as well as hypermarket, residential projects and interior works.

FOO E LEEN

Senior Associate

B.Arch(Hons) UTM, M.Sc, B.Eng Politecnico Di Milano

E Leen completed her B.Arch(Hons) at UTM before pursuing her M.Sc in Building Engineering at Politecnico Di Milano. During her time abroad, E Leen was actively involved in post-tragedy housing schemes, designing sustainable housing projects under the flagship of Architetto Arturo Montanelli in Milan. Her interest in sustainable design and management has driven her participation in competitions such as the HOLCIM awards.

After joining Arkitek LLA in 2010, E Leen has been involved in both conservation and contemporary projects.. She believes in value added design that is not necessary complex in nature. For each project undertaken, she is in pursuit for design and notions that are responsive not only to climatic and contextual needs but also to the balance of people, culture and place in the built environment.

E Leen enjoys art and photography and has taken part in various independent exhibitions. She is actively promoting a platform for local photographers and artists alike.

CORE DESIGN TEAM

WAN KHAIRULHAMIEM BIN WAN KAMARUZAMAN

Project Architect – KL Office

B.Arch UKM

Hamiem’s experiences have proven indispensable in focusing on and dealing with the multitude of complicated requirements for the firm’s current hypermarket commissions and commercial malls. He handles meticulous project issues and diligently strives to achieve the design intent which significantly influences the final implementation of projects.

SAFUAN AZMAN

Design Architect

B. Sc. Arch (Hons) IIUM, Pg. Dip. Arch Oxford School of Architecture

Safuan’s interests in responsible green architecture have been profound and sustained. He has actively sought involvement in sustainable eco-friendly architecture initiatives both in Ranau, Sabah on the island of Borneo as well as in the market town of Machynlleth, Powys in Wales, prior to joining the firm in March 2014. A committed advocate of participative planning, focus group decision making and evolved community architecture, he travelled to India in 2011 to be part of the Post Tsunami Impact Assessment and Evaluation Program in Nagapattinam. The main aims were focused on materializing and enhancing design for improved transitional shelter. He is currently involved in conservation works, urban design and regeneration within the World Heritage Site of George Town as well as a wide range of contemporary projects for the firm.

NICOLE TEH

Design Architect

Bachelor of Architectural Studies, University of Melbourne, Australia
Master of Architecture, University of Melbourne, Australia

Armed with both a Bachelors and a Masters from the University of Melbourne in Australia, Nicole decided to spend time in Singapore to be immersed in design focussed and planning solutions for a wide variety of projects ranging from landscape to mixed-use typologies. Her 2 years with DP Architects allowed her the opportunity to dedicate attention to design development followed by a year in Hong Kong mainly participating in contract administration.As the newest member of the design team, Nicole believes in the importance of acquiring adaptive skills and being a determined and persistent learner in varying contexts and circumstances, thus enhancing the continuous growth of the Firm.

LOH-LIM LIN LEE

Heritage Consultant, Historical & Social Researcher

BSc, MPhil London School of Economics, ICOMOS

After 7 years as a lecturer in Universiti Sains Malaysia, Lin Lee had a mid-life career change to the field of historic conservation and has served with the firm since its inception, cutting her teeth with the restoration of the famed Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion. She serves as a UNESCO consultant, is a member of ICOMOS (International Council of Monuments & Sites) and is a Duncan Sandys-PATA Scholar for the Conservation Foundation of Britain. In the Firm she works on conservation projects, research, reports and assessments to the Local Authorities. As a trainer for guides and a senior council member of the Penang Heritage Trust and having worked successfully with the State Government for the listing of George Town as a World Heritage Site, Lin Lee is able to offer clients in-depth views and advice for conservation projects.

DORIS LIM

CAD Designer

A brilliant example of growing with the firm, Doris joined us in her teens as one of the staff of the newborn Laurence Loh Akitek in 1983. She was ready to absorb, to discover and to be trained. Her skills, proficiency and competence have been the result of her willingness and openness to being guided and schooled in the various spheres of architecture. As technology in the field changed, Doris displayed a distinct motivation to reinvent herself. She has applied her skills to a myriad of projects ranging from single bungalows to efficiency-effective global hypermarkets to high rise luxury condominiums.
Affable Doris contributes articles on food and travel in her leisure time.

LOOI CHEE LEONG

Senior CAD Technical Personnel

Looi has been the mainstay of the CAD department for more than 2 decades. He has honed his skills to form the backbone of contemporary, state-of-the-art approaches to architectural drafting so that the firm continues to be able to offer the latest in detailing and site solutions.

Genial and blessed with tongue-in-cheek humour, Looi has been a pivotal point of office social dynamics and is held in high esteem in the firm.

TERENCE TOH

Multi-media Coordinator & Lead Visualiser

Terence plays a key role in the increasing use of multimedia in the profession. His perceptive and finely honed skills in computer rendering and visualization as well as his astute and enthusiastic knowledge of all things in the cyber world makes him of irreplaceable value in the firm and to the client. Of even greater significance is that for the last 19 years, Terence has been central to the growth of the firm, allowing it to stay relevant to changing technologies.

Terence also enhances his creativity by engaging in professional photography in his after-office pursuits

KEY PERSONNEL

CHEAH SYN TEONG

Senior Technician and Restoration Specialist

The ‘pillar’, the ‘backbone’, the ‘mainstay’ of the Firm, Cheah has been all those and more since Day 1. Revered for his traditional hand-drawn detailing, his speed and accuracy and his unwavering commitment and dedication to the Firm, Cheah is fully pledged to ensure exceptional work standards and prompt delivery. Unassuming and generous to a fault, Cheah’s old-fashioned Penang-style ensures we all stay grounded and are not swept away by nondescript and non-caring modernity.

VIVIEN MOEY

Chief of Administration & HR Manager

Bringing her years of hard gained experience and corporate know-how into the Firm, Vivien ensures efficiency and orderliness in the Firm. Her presence has ensured a resilient and ordered organization and structure, something that is often found to be lacking in the profession of architecture with all its high flying creativity and inventiveness.

ONG JOON KWONG

Chief Liaison Executive

Ong is another founding member of staff who has found his niche in resolving and working through the highly complex intricacies and convolutions of the Local Authorities. He remains the definitive authority in the Firm on understanding approvals and advising clients on how best to manoeuver their way through the minefield of requirements.

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