De­sign­ing for ex­cel­lence

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THE re­cent win at MIID Reka Awards 2013 by Malaysian In­sti­tute of Art (MIA) au­gurs well for the in­sti­tu­tion. Or­gan­ised by the Malaysian In­sti­tute of In­te­rior De­sign­ers (MIID), the com­pe­ti­tion saw a high num­ber of sub­mis­sions for all 11 con­tested cat­e­gories.

Seven In­te­rior De­sign schools sent in sub­mis­sions. Af­ter pro­fes­sional scru­tiny by the jury mem­bers, MIA was be­stowed the Gold Award and Sil­ver Award out of the 61 stu­dent work en­tries.

Lum Choon Sam’s “The Ar­chi­tec­ture and De­sign Li­brary” bagged the Gold Award. Lum’s de­sign was com­mended by the jury mem­bers. His de­sign was found to of­fer well-de­vel­oped so­lu­tions and shows a con­tin­u­ous flow of spa­ces with well-thought out ar­chi­tec­tural treat­ment and de­sign el­e­ments.

“There were some hic­cups dur­ing the ini­tial stage of the project but my per­se­ver­ance and self-be­lief helped me pull through,” said Lum. He at­trib­uted his suc­cess to the lec­tur­ers and self-learn­ing at­ti­tude he in­cul­cated from them.

Ng Kar Chian seized the op­por­tu­nity to show­case his tal­ents for the se­cond time and suc­cess­fully won the Sil­ver Award. Ng’s project – to trans­form a wet mar­ket into an en­vi­ron­men­tal park – al­lows the pub­lic to un­der­stand, ap­pre­ci­ate and ex­pe­ri­ence the nat­u­ral ecosys­tem. Ng im­ple­mented green de­sign so­lu­tions in his work.

“Our lec­tur­ers set high aca­demic stan­dards, which has trained us well in de­vel­op­ing con­struc­tive and state-of-the-art so­lu­tions,” he said.

Founded in 1967 as a non-profit in­sti­tu­tion, MIA has pro­duced thou­sands of pro­fes­sional artists, de­sign­ers and mu­si­cians for the cre­ative in­dus­try. The in­sti­tute of­fers a range of Di­ploma cour­ses in the field of art, de­sign and mu­sic, in­clud­ing Il­lus­tra­tion, In­te­rior De­sign, Graphic De­sign, Tex­tile and Fash­ion De­sign, In­dus­trial De­sign, Fine Art and Mu­sic. All the cour­ses of­fered are ac­cred­ited by the Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency (MQA).

Strong in­ter­na­tional links

MIA has es­tab­lished links with pres­ti­gious uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges in the United King­dom, Aus­tralia, New Zealand, Tai­wan and China through which MIA grad­u­ates may pro­ceed to com­plete their de­gree pro­grammes. This en­ables stu­dents to save time and cost in pur­su­ing their de­grees over­seas. It also pro­vides a well-bal­anced ed­u­ca­tion, com­bin­ing the Malaysian and over­seas learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­po­sure. With the MQA ac­cred­i­ta­tion, MIA grad­u­ates may also fur­ther their stud­ies in lo­cal uni­ver­si­ties.

MIA is open for its new in­take, which com­mences on Jan 6.The in­sti­tu­tion will be hold­ing its Open Day on Dec 14 from 9.30am to 4pm. There will be talks by var­i­ous de­part­ments and coun­ters will be set up for coun­selling by lec­tur­ers.

An ex­hi­bi­tion will be held at MIA’s art gallery fea­tur­ing young tal­ents of MIA.

For the con­ve­nience of par­ents and stu­dents, MIA will ex­tend its week­end coun­selling hours on Dec 21 and 28 as well as on Jan 4, 5 and 11, from 9.30am to 4pm.

Ng Kar Chian (left) and Lum Choon Sum from MIA were crowned the win­ners of the stu­dent cat­e­gory in the MIID Reka Award 2013.

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