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Architecture is the art and science of creating spaces and structures.

Architects are those who are excited about exploring their creative side. They take in the beauty of the world around and allow it to take form in the designing and constructing of living spaces, monuments, skyscrapers, parks, towns, cities or landscapes.

Every architectural structure would naturally contain the personality and foresight of the architect who designed it.


The Board of Architects Malaysia has recognised some architectural programmes being offered in Malaysia. The list includes UTM, UiTM, USM, UM, UIA, UPM, Taylor’s University and UCSI University KL. For further information, click here.

Starting 1 January 2017, recognition of architectural education institutions abroad will no longer be awarded automatically.

Subject Focus

Students must not be colour-blind and there usually will be an interview session, which may include a personality test and a drawing examination.


  • Physics / Chemistry / Additional Science / Science
  • Mathematics / Additional Mathematics
  • Geografi / Sejarah/ Pendidikan Seni Visual / Lukisan Kejuruteraan / Reka Cipta / Perdagangan / Ekonomi Asas


  • Advance maths
  • Structural Physics
  • Design
  • Architectural Planning
  • AutoCAD
  • Land Surveying
  • Graphic
  • Building facilities
  • Engineering Science
Personality Type

Do you easily appreciate functional yet fashionable designs? Do you notice the fine details of a house? Do you prefer working alone?

These personality type codes serve ONLY as a guideline and can be taken with a pinch of salt. Always consult with your school counsellor or ask our experts for further guidance!

You should also realize that ANY type can be successful in ANY major or career.

Myers-Briggs: INTJ, INTP

Find your Myers-Briggs personality type here.

Holland Vocational Code: AIR

Find where you belong in the RIASEC model here.

Career Info
  • Architect: Plans and designs buildings and other structures
  • Architectural Technician: Works closely with architects and other building professionals; Provides architectural design services and solutions on construction projects
  • Building Control Surveyor: Ensures building regulations and other legislation are followed when houses, offices and other buildings are designed and constructed.
  • Urban Planner: Makes long and short-term decisions about the management and development of cities, town, villages and the countryside; Balances conflicting demands of housing, industrial development, agriculture, recreation, transport and the environment for development to take place.
  • Landscape Architect: Plans and designs land areas for parks, recreational facilities, highways, airports and other properties; Projects include subdivisions and commercial, industrial and residential sites
  • Building Technician: Provides assistance and advice to construction site managers, architects and surveyors; Helps on building plan and designs ensuring quality of suppliers and budget costs are followed.

Work Environment:

Most architects work in offices, although some may also work in laboratories and industrial production plants or at construction sites. Most work full time, and about half worked more than 40 hours a week.

The non-office portion of an architect’s job is usually spent at the job location. When a project is located nearby, architects may leave the office periodically to stop by the project site.


Fresh/Entry Level: RM 1.600 – RM 2,500

Junior Executive: RM 2,200 – RM 3,400

Senior Executive: RM 3,600 – RM 7,000

Manager: RM 6,500 – RM 10,000

Senior Manager: RM 7,500 – RM 13,500

Job Demand

In Malaysia:

Malaysia is a rich pool of architectural resources to tap from. Malaysia has around 2,000 architects registered with Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia but there are another 2,000 or so who have yet to obtain their license to practice on their own.

Due to the diversity of cultures, the influence of colonial past and increase of fresh, new ideas, a variety of architectural designs can be witnessed in Malaysia. One of the most significant Malaysian architects is Ken Yeang, who was referred to by CNN as the “world’s leading architect in ecological and passive low energy design” for his work on green architecture. One of his most significant works is the futuristic Mesiniaga Tower.

Careers in architecture are expected to increase thanks to rising affluence and tax deductions on housing loans. As this large generation transitions into their high earning years, they are investing on properties with more amenities, gadgets and features. According to iProperty Group, customers are looking to invest between RM150,000 to RM500,000 for properties. This demand will mean plenty of work for architects.

Although demand will be stable, clients and developers are said to be conservative. According to BlueScope Lysaght, a maker of steel building materials, there is a gap between experience and exposure. Many have revolutionary ideas when it comes to concepts but are limited by industry demands which are still rather conservative. Green concepts and sustainable design is forecast to be the emerging trends.


Research reveals that China remains the world’s largest construction market (a title it’s held since 2010); that the Asia-Pacific Market is expected to be the largest by 2020 (with projected value of $4.6 trillion dollars); and that China, India, and Brazil offer the best growth potential for architectural services.

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