Kuala Lumpur
Architecture Festival 2018

Change is the only constant 
— Heraclitus (c. 535 BC - 475 BC)

turn and face the strange..
— Ziggy Stardust, aka David Bowie, 1972

18 April 2018 : The 2018 edition of the Kuala Lumpur Architectural (KLAF2018) edition will embark on the idea of CHANGES as the principal thematic. Curated and developed by Director Ang Chee and the KLAF2018 team, CHANGES seek to explore the new roles architecture and design play in the (re)configuration of environments accelerated by shifting urban conditions, design economy, social structures and digital realms. Architecture from antiquity had centered on objectives and ideals of permanence, stability and universality but increasingly, the construction of those very fundamental foundations of architectures are being challenged, often in surprising and unexpected ways. As the grounds shift, CHANGES will provide a platform for the investigation, deliberation and presentation of the theme, and how making a CHANGE, in spatial intelligence and practice, outlines a new direction and definition for a more engaging and transformative architecture.

From June 28th to August 26th, KLAF2018 looks forward to presenting new international and local partnerships and participations, as well as an exciting programme of parallel collateral offerings, all within the stated objectives of expanding KLAF as the premier event and platform for architecture and design in the region. A series of exhibitions and new initiatives will be incorporated to the regular menu of KLAF programme. A series of special key pilot projects and competitions will accompany the thematic and curated programme, including in particular a major project on the critical subject of Malaysian (future) housing case studies. All exhibitions of KLAF2018 will be free to public and hosted across the city of Kuala Lumpur across a range of venues. 

For the first time, a series of screenings will also be hosted by KLAF. Films and videos of architecture and design are increasingly gaining prominence as a medium of communication and we have some very exciting news to announce very soon. In addition, we will have the first KLAF Architect/Artist Residency programme.

The Datum:KL series of conferences, symposiums and forums will this year again be refreshed in content and configuration. For KLAF2018, Datum:KL will have as its central thematic plank, RE:POSITION, to accompany and reinforce the overall festival thematic, CHANGES. KLAF2018 will also see the addition of a new Datum event focusing on architecture and design education.

KLAF2018 will publish the second series of the KLAF catalogue, The Logbook: CHANGES + RE:POSITION, which will once again be the official publication of the festival. Further titles are currently being planned with the other projects. A major publication of KLAF, The Merdeka Interviews: Architects, Engineers and Artists of Malaysia’s Independence, was launched in early April 2018.

As the regional platform for architecture and design, we once again call for submissions across all disciplines and territories to participate in the various projects of KLAF2018. We also welcome any proposals with resonance to our theme and curation. We look forward to partnerships, collaborations and contributions from all interested individuals and groups, organisations and institutions. Please follow us on our various channels for updates and get in touch with us at inbox.KLAF@gmail.com. We want to hear from you.

Public engagement events and activities will once again be the focus of KLAF, scheduled to commence in the second half of July through to August. In addition, a series of student and youth programmes will be launched. The new initiatives from KLAF sets out to establish a new commitment in the advocacy, education and promotion of architecture and the city, and the role of public participation in the larger ongoing project towards BETTER ARCHITECTURE, BETTER CITIES!

The Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival is the main event of the architectural calendar in Malaysia. Organised by the Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) - Malaysian Institute of Architects, the festival began in 2011, building from the success of the annual Datum:KL conference started in 2003.

In 2017, the Festival was re-designed as a platform for architecture, both within and outside the industry and discipline as an extended programme of two months. The main objective is to construct a concentrated moment to gather and galvanise a constituency of influencers, projects, speculations and ideas, and to present them to the public at large in Kuala Lumpur and internationally. A key decision to further expand into the public space outside our traditional boundaries of architectural, building and design professionals. KLAF intends to relocate its agendas to focus on the public and the city at large, to invigorate and to launch discussions and initiatives towards BETTER ARCHITECTURE, BETTER CITIES! 

KLAF is officiated under the auspices of Y.A.M. Tengku Datin Paduka Zatashah binti Sultan Sharifuddin Idris Shah, the Royal Patron of KLAF since 2017. KLAF is organised in conjunction with the yearly ArchiDex building trade show, a key event under KLAF.

Y.A.M. Tengku Zatashah binti Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah
Tengku Zatashah is Chairman & CEO of an award-winning international lighting design consultancy firm, Light Cibles Malaysia; Independent Non Executive Director of a public listed company Kim Teck Cheong Consolidate Berhad; Senior Advisor to a leading corporate communications firms Klareco Communications.  

She is President of Alliance Francaise Kuala Lumpur, a non-profit organisation that promotes French language and culture in Malaysia. She is also Royal Patron of Make-A-Wish Malaysia, an organisation granting wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses, and also Royal Patron for the Selangor Symphony Orchestra. In 2017, Tengku Zatashah became the Royal Patron for the Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival. 

To date, Tengku Zatashah is on the Board of Trustees for Selangor Youth Community (SAY), a NGO fostering youth volunteerism under the royal patronage of her brother Raja Muda of Selangor; as well as Board of Trustee for Yayasan Raja Muda Selangor. She is the founder and advocate for #zerofoodwastage, a campaign she initiated to channel surplus food to feed the homeless and urban poor families via Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK); she is advocate for #sayno2plastic campaign especially in Selangor, as well as being one of the Ambassadors for #StandTogether #saynomore2bullying campaign. 

In 2017 and 2018 Tengku Zatashah was on the Nomination Committee for the Merdeka Award: Outstanding Contribution to the People of Malaysia. She has conducted many lectures to youths and university students on the topic of career development, leadership, #zerofoodwastage and #sayno2plastic. 

Awards: In 2009, Tengku Zatashah was awarded Datuk Setia Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah (SSIS) by Sultan of Selangor. Title “Datin Paduka Setia”. In 2017, she was awarded France’s highest award Legion d’Honneur, as Chevalier Legion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour). Tengku Zatashah was recently appointed by the Prime Minister of Malaysia as Ikon Wanita, Ambassador to the Year of Women Empowerment.

Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) is the main national professional institute representing architects in Malaysia. Founded in 1920 as the Institute of Architects Malaya, its name was changed in 1948 to the Federation of Malaya Society of Architects (FMSA), then allied to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Another change to its current name to reflect national sovereignty came about on 20th January, 1967 when PAM was registered with the Registrar of Societies. PAM’s mission statement then and now is to “to promote the advancement of architecture and the architectural profession for the betterment of society”.

PAM currently has approximately 5,000+ members consisting of professional architects, graduates and students. Apart from its registered address in the capital city, PAM membership is also represented across Malaysia with member chapters in Sabah, Sarawak, Penang (Northern chapter) and Johore Baru (Southern chapter). In September 2016, PAM completed an important milestone by moving into its own headquarters building in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, in a GBI Platinum-rated building the result of an open architectural competition.

The institute organises the annual PAM Architecture Awards and the Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival, as well as undertaking various initiatives like organising public lectures, advocacy programmes, architecture competitions, student awards, youth projects as well as championing conservation and heritage issues. PAM maintains a regular extensive programme of publications and programmes on architectural matters relating to its members, the public and the environment.