PEOPLE – VERONICA NG
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.