PEO­PLE – VERON­ICA NG

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This word­smith thinks learn­ing

should never stop.

Very elo­quent with her words, Dr. Veron­ica made her mark in the writ­ing in­dus­try through PAM (Per­tubuhan Arkitek Malaysia). She has been on the pub­li­ca­tion com­mit­tee since 2011. Con­stantly writ­ing re­search pa­pers for jour­nals and con­fer­ences, you would have also seen her work in mag­a­zines such as Ar­chi­tec­ture Malaysia, D+A Sin­ga­pore, World Ar­chi­tec­ture

China and Ar­chi­tec­ture Asia. As an ar­chi­tec­ture critic, she looks at the tran­si­tion of prac­tices and their rein­ven­tion of work from build­ings to ty­pol­ogy of houses. Al­though she is not ex­actly in­volved in de­sign­ing ar­chi­tec­ture, but she is a big con­trib­u­tor to Malaysian ar­chi­tec­tural prac­tices as well as ed­u­cat­ing the gen­eral pub­lic on the the­o­ries of Malaysian ar­chi­tec­ture.

Af­ter sec­ondary school, not know­ing what to study, she got into study­ing ar­chi­tec­ture by ac­ci­dent. Af­ter her fourth year of ar­chi­tec­ture at Curtin Univer­sity, Aus­tralia, she started to love it. Grad­u­at­ing with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree, she worked for two years in an ar­chi­tec­ture firm, but she re­alised she had no in­ter­est in com­mer­cial ar­chi­tec­ture. Still hav­ing a pas­sion for the field, she took a dif­fer­ent route and de­cided to do her doc­tor­ate in ar­chi­tec­ture whilst teach­ing part time at the univer­sity. Af­ter com­plet­ing her PhD, she de­cided to come back to Malaysia and started teach­ing at Tay­lor’s Univer­sity in the ar­chi­tec­tural fac­ulty.

Among the com­mend­able work she has done in Tay­lor’s Univer­sity as a lec­turer is their so­cial-based projects. Her de­sign phi­los­o­phy of learn­ing through ex­pe­ri­ence has led her to get stu­dents to help the needy through ar­chi­tec­ture. For in­stance, when work­ing on re­vi­tal­is­ing the tin min­ing city of Mun­tok, In­done­sia, she showed how events can trans­form the com­mu­nity. She en­cour­ages her stu­dents to keep on ac­quir­ing knowl­edge, be­cause she be­lieves that the mo­ment you stop learn­ing, you be­come ob­so­lete.

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