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Hijjas bin Kasturi, visiting lecturer in Australia, March 2008

Hijjas Kasturi's public lecture at the University of Melbourne can be heard online from the university website. This link will open in a new window.

Read the keynote address given by Hijjas Kasturi to the Malaysia alumni reception in May 2008.

Hijjas bin Kasturi. Photo by David Ellis.Hijjas bin Kasturi visited Australia in March 2008 to lecture at his two alma maters, the University of Adelaide and the University of Melbourne. He was later featured in the alumni magazines of both institutions.

Renowned architect is visiting professor

from Adelaidean, the monthly magazine of the University of Adelaide, April 2008

Celebrated international architect Hijjas Kasturi has been appointed Visiting Professor in the University of Adelaide's School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design.

Professor Kasturi made his first official visit as Visiting Professor over three days in March, spending time with students and giving an evening lecture on the latest projects in South-East Asia and the Middle East of his international practice, Kasturi Architects, Malaysia.

"The School is honoured to have this noted designer in our midst," said Professor Nancy Pollock-Ellwand, Head, School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design.

"He spent one-on-one time with the students, providing valued studio criticism, and gave an inspiring lecture on his recent projects.

"The presence of such a venerated architect in the School is immensely instructive to students and staff alike, and we look forward to many more visits over the coming months and years."

Professor Kasturi also visited the University of Adelaide in December when he was awarded the title Doctor of the University (honoris causa) in recognition of his service to society and the profession of architecture.

His distinctive architecture includes some of Kuala Lumpur's iconic skyscrapers and his work has received many honours, including the Tokyo Creation Award in 1998 and the Malaysian Architects Institute Gold Medal in 2001.

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Hijjas Kasturi Visits Melbourne School of Design

Cover story of Atrium, the annual newsletter of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, 2008

Hijjas Kasturi, distinguished alumnus of the Faculty, launched an exhibition Concrete, Glass, Steel which showed highlights of his practice Hijjas Kasturi Associates (HKAS) in the Atrium of the Architecture building on Monday 17 March. In launching the exhibition he described the path he took from studying in Australia to being an academic in Malaysia and then setting up the successful practice of HKAS.

Mr Kasturi then gave a public lecture titled ‘In Search of Identity in Architecture’ outlining significant buildings designed by HKAS. He categorized the development of the buildings by HKAS spanning Concrete – characterized by the initial buildings completed in Malaysia, followed by the Metal influenced designs of prize winning buildings in Riyadh, then the more recent Glass constructions.

Hijjas Kasturi studied at the University of Adelaide and the University of Melbourne (Bachelor of Architecture 1965, Graduate Diploma of Town and Regional Planning 1966). “Those were the golden years of Australian architecture to me. The times of Robin Boyd, of Roy Grounds and Peter Muller. It was the time when the Olympic Swimming Pool had just been completed - magnificent vanguard buildings, breakthroughs in architecture - such as the beginnings of Sydney Opera House, when the whole world was looking at it. It was a really fantastic time to be a student.

He returned to Singapore in 1966, then moved to Malaysia in 1967, where he founded the School of Art and Architecture at MARA Institute of Technology. He went into partnership in 1969, and then formed the practice Hijjas Kasturi Associates (HKAS) in 1997.

Characterised by the major concerns of architecture, town planning and building, plus the arts-oriented influences of industrial design, graphic and textile design, and fine arts, the practice of HKAS has a unique vision.

Major buildings in Kuala Lumpur such as Menara Maybank (1989), Tabung Haji (1986), Putrajaya Convention Centre (2003) and the 4G11 Tower (2008) currently being built in Putrajaya are a small sample of the influential buildings designed by HKAS.

Mr Hijjas Kasturi’s work is recognised internationally. In 1998 he received the Tokyo Creation Award and in 2001 the Malaysian Architect’s Institute Gold Medal. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Universiti Malaya in 2005.

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Distinguished Architect Visits the Melbourne School of Design

By Michelle Burder

Hijjas Kasturi, distinguished alumnus of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, launched an exhibition Concrete, Glass, Steel which showed highlights of his practice Hijjas Kasturi Associates (HKAS) in the Atrium of the Architecture building on Monday 17 March. He also gave a public lecture titled In Search of Identity in Architecture outlining significant buildings designed by HKAS. He categorised the development of the buildings by HKAS spanning Concrete – characterised by the initial buildings completed in Malaysia, followed by the steel-influenced designs of prize winning buildings in Riyadh, then the more recent Glass constructions.

Mr Kasturi’s work is recognised internationally. In 1998 he received the Tokyo Creation Award and in 2001 the Malaysian Architect’s Institute Gold Medal. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Malaya in 2005. Mr Kasturi studied at the University of Adelaide and the University of Melbourne (Bachelor of Architecture 1965, Graduate Diploma of Town and Regional Planning 1966).

“Those were the golden years of Australian architecture to me,” Mr Kasturi said. “The times of Robin Boyd, of Roy Grounds and Peter Muller – it was the time when the Olympic Swimming Pool had just been completed – magnificent vanguard buildings, breakthroughs in architecture such as the beginnings of Sydney Opera House, when the whole world was looking at it. It was a really fantastic time to be a student.”

Mr Kasturi returned to Singapore in 1966, then moved to Malaysia in 1967, where he founded the School of Art and Architecture at MARA Institute of Technology. He went into partnership in 1969, and then formed HKAS in 1997. Characterised by the major concerns of architecture, town planning and building, plus the arts-oriented influences of industrial design, graphic and textile design, and fine arts, the practice of HKAS has a unique vision.

Mr Kasturi will also be the keynote speaker at the University of Melbourne, Malaysia Alumni reception on Saturday 24 May 2008.

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Read the keynote address given to the Malaysia alumni reception.

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Last updated 3 June 2008.

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