Back again, bigger and boasting two award categories for propertydevelopers and architecture firms plus green buildings , the BCI Asia Awards recognised the top 10 most active firmsrecently. This year marks the 8th annual BCI Asia Awards being organised.Since we first started in 2005, we have given recognition to 10 ofthe most active architecture firms in the seven Asian countrieswhere we operate, namely Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore,Indonesia, Philippines and Hong Kong, said Kelvin Yong, countrymanager of BCI Asia in Malaysia. Yong added that since last year, BCI Asia introduced a new awardcategory for property developers which is based on the aggregatevalue of projects . This is a record year which saw Arkitek MAA Sdn Bhd and BEPAkitek Sdn Bhd winning the award for the seventh time each. Theother winners are SA Architects Sdn Bhd and VERITAS Architects SdnBhd, both winning for the sixth time and Akipraktis, winning forthe fifth time. |
It was a first win for both ArchiCentre Sdn Bhd and BL TayArchitect from Penang. The rest of the winners in the architecturecategory that have won three times and below are ATSA ArchitectsSdn Bhd, KAZ Akitek Sdn Bhd and NWKA Architects Sdn Bhd, Yongrevealed. In the property developers category, Dijaya Corporation Bhd, IJMLand Berhad, IOI Properties Berhad, Mah Sing Group Berhad, NadayuProperties Bhd, NAZA TTDI Sdn Bhd, Perbadanan Kemajuan NegeriSelangor (PKNS), Sime Darby Property Bhd, SP Setia Berhad andSunway Berhad emerged in the top 10 most active list. Besides recognising leading developers and architecture firms, theawards also aim to recognise firms that will shape the builtenvironment of the future, and their impact, both socially and onthe environment. A few years ago, we started a category for the FuturArc Prize andthe FuturArc Green Leadership Award.
The FuturArc prize is aninternational competition for green building designs while theGreen Leadership Award, started in 2008, is an international awardrecognising the contribution of architects to sustainable design orgreen built projects. This year, we had a winner from Malaysia for the Green LeadershipAward, an international award for the different countries that weoperate in, with the winner being ArchiCentre Sdn Bhd, he shared. To further integrate the green agenda, next year s criteria forthe awards would centre around green projects. They need to be certified green either through green-ratedprojects according to Malaysia s Green Building Index (GBI),Australia s Green Star, Singapore s Green Mark or United State sLeadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) greenratings, Yong elaborated.
BCI Asia chairman, Dr. Matthi as Krups shared that this year s Top10 Award winners demonstrated the increasing innovation for greatdesigns and long-term solutions for sustainability . The fact that buildings are responsible for as much as one thirdof global greenhouse gas emissions and 40 per cent of global energyused, is starting to be increasingly acknowledged by market playersaround the world. This is a trend BCI is happy to witness in Asiaas well.
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