Register February 27, 2019 | Submit February 27, 2019 | Architecture Competitions
International Design Competition Tropical House for Orang Asli
The tropical House for Orang Asli Design Competition is part of the KUALA LUMPUR ARCHITECTURAL FESTIVAL 2019 (KLAF2019: TOMORROW)’s programme in collaboration with Epic Society.
Epic (Extraordinary People Impacting Communities) is a social enterprise that creates platforms that inspire, mobilise and empower people for personal and community transformation, with a vision to make collaborative social impact accessible to all.
Epic was established in 2010, where they began their journey with Epic Homes, a movement that seeks to build relationships between the urban and rural divide through the activity of building homes for underprivileged communities, founded by John-Son Oei, co-founded by Loh Jon Ming, Jayne Kennedy and Jasmine Ng.
The Epic Homes programme is designed to develop support networks by bringing together rural and urban folk through the act of building homes, leading to the development of cooperative, resilient and sustainable communities.
This competition calls for the design of houses for the Orang Asli of Malaysia.
Who are the Orang Asli?
Orang Asli is a collective term (which means original or first peoples in Malay) for some 18 ethnic groups of less than 180,000 in total who are widely regarded as comprising peninsular Malaysia’s original inhabitants. They are generally divided into three distinct groupings: the Negrito, Senoi and Proto-Malay. While perhaps half of the Orang Asli live in or close to forests, may be involved in hill rice cultivation or traditional hunting and gathering activities, others such as the Orang Seletar and Mah Meri live near the coast and fish. Still others, such as the Jakun, are involved in agriculture with some continuing a semi-nomadic lifestyle, such as the Negritos.
Over the last few years, through shared experiences in Orang Asli community projects, Epic Homes have developed friendships, mutual respect and admiration for their sense of community mindedness, resilience and rich culture that they’ve cultivated through generations.
Registration Open Date
14 Dec 2018
Submission of Queries
7 Feb – 20 Feb 2019
Publication of Queries &
Registration Closing Date
27 Feb 2019
Closing Date of Submissions
24 Apr 2019
Judging – Shortlisting
Judging – Juror Meeting
Announcement of Winner
22 Jun – 7 Jul 2019
Category 1 – Rural Housing
5 x Honorary Mention
Category 2 – Semi Urban Housing
5 x Honorary Mention
Registration fees of RM80.00 per entry.
Ar. Mohd Fuad bin Zakaria
Mr. Ridhwan Dzulkafli
Panel of Jury
The President of PAM or nominee
Rita Soh, President of ARCASIA or nominee
Founder and CEO of Epic Homes
YBhg. Dato’ Ajis Bin Sitin
Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Kemajuan Orang Asli
Dr. Wan Srihani Wan Mohamed,
Universiti Putra Malaysia
Ar. Eleena Jamil
Eleena Jamil Architect
Ar. Lee Chor Wah
Past President of PAM
For more information about this competition, please contact us.