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Country Zones

Zone A

BIA - Bhutan Institute of Architects
IAB - Institute of Architects Bangladesh
IIA - The Indian Institute of Architects
IAP - Institute of Architects Pakistan
SLIA - Sri Lanka Institute of Architects
SONA - Society of Nepalese Architects

Zone B

ALACE - Association of Lao Architects and Civil Engineers
AMA - Association of Myanmar Architects
ASA - The Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage
IAI - Ikatan Arsitek Indonesia
PAM - Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia
PUJA - Pertubuhan Ukur Jurutera & Arkitek
SIA - Singapore Institute of Architects
UAP - United Architects of the Philippines
VAA - Vietnam Association of Architects

Zone C

AAM - Architects Association of Macau
ASC - Architectural Society of China
HKIA - The Hong Kong Institute of Architects
JIA - The Japan Institute of Architects
KIRA - Korea Institute of Registered Architects
UMA - Union of Mongolian Architects

President's Message (2017)

It is a great honour for the Institute of Architects, Pakistan (IAP) and myself, personally, to take over as President of ARCASIA for the term 2017-18. I realize the enormity of responsibility and the expectations that the members of this 21-nation organization have from this office.

This is more so because my immediate predecessors Ar. Nui Sathirut Tandanand from Thailand (2015-16) and Ar. Pei Ing Tan from Malaysia (2013-14), who had been remarkably pro-active during their respective tenures, have set the bar at a very high level.

We have discussed with our corporate partners to help setting up seminars and workshop program for any institute that require technical knowledge for their members. Our corporate partners are ROCA, SIKA, BlueScope Steel, Siam Cement Group.

Responding to the challenges faced by architects, posed by a rapidly changing built environment in the Asian Region, these two stalwarts of ARCASIA introduced several new initiatives that would promote and recognize good practice, sustainable design, social responsibility, disaster preparedness, education and the promotion and empowerment of the younger architects.

ARCASIA is today recognized globally as one of the most active and influential regional organizations. This is true because, having a distinct “Asian Identity”, we think alike and act as a closely-knit family and our approach to the commonality of issues we face as architects, is very similar.

We share our problems and concerns, empathize with each other and are always ready to support each other when required. This has been our main strength as an organization.

I am blessed with a very hard working and committed team – Ar. Ramiz Baig as Honorary Secretary, Ar. Sannah Ejaz as the Honorary Treasurer, Ar. Pei Ing Tan and Ar. George Kunihiro as Advisors. With the Immediate Past President, the three elected Vice Presidents and five Committee Chairpersons as Office Bearers, I can foresee the dynamism and vibrancy in the team and greatly look forward to working with them to continue with and build upon the programmes set up by my predecessors, particularly the initiatives taken in the domain of Architectural Education and Training and the promotion of Young Architects. I hope to promote and encourage the Roundtables of all five ARCASIA committees as well and also look to Sports within our ARCASIA countries to promote fraternity. I also look at the recent growth in ARCASIA membership as a very positive trend.

I am also very hopeful that I will receive the support of all the presidents of the 21-member Institutes in taking ARCASIA to further heights.

President's Message (2015)

On 17th January 2015, we had an Official ARCASIA Handover Ceremony and Office Bearers Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand hosted by the Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage (ASA). We had a very smooth administration transfer, followed by a fruitful meeting and discussions.

I am happy to say that our administration will carry on with the policies and projects initiated under the capable leadership of Immediate Past President Ar. Tan Pei Ing. I also wish to provide you with our goals and objectives, and list the projects we planned to achieve in the two next year.

ARCASIA PROJECTS for 2015-2016


  • 1.1 ARCASIA Faculty Exchange and Visitation Program.


  • 2.1 I wish to establish a "Basic How to Start Professional Practice Guidelines". The information can be used by any Institute to help their members. This will be most beneficial for all young and experienced architects in our region.
  • 2.2 Develop list of ARCASIA Expert Facilitators to help share professional knowledge on "How to Do" professional practice and other CPD Seminars. With the assistance from developed institutes such as KIRA, JIA, HKIA, SIA, PAM, and others, we can help initiate workshop for any institute and provide information on "International Standard for Professional Practice" that can be disseminated to individual architects as required.

3. Green and SUSTAINABLE under ACGSA

  • 3.1 Compile information on Green Council of member institute that have established guidelines.
  • 3.2 Understand "Incentive programs" of Green Council of each member Institute.
  • 3.3 How to promote Green and Sustainable Designs not only to architects but also developers, bankers, policy makers, and general public.


  • 4.1 ARCASIA Prize Traveling Fellowship will be launched January 2015. The sponsor for the fellowship is BlueScope Steel Thailand. The first travel program will be up to 3 months research in Japan.
  • 4.2 Create a platform to exchange design ideas between 19 member countries.
  • 4.3 Source of information for design competition in our region and the world.
  • 4.4 Information on Cross Border Mentorship Program. This is being done on an adhoc basis with KIRA and ASA. We wish to make this into ARCASIA Program under ACYA.
  • 4.5 Information on job opportunities in our region.
  • 4.6 Any professional issues relating to young architects.

5. SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY under ACSR (Proposed by VP Zone B: Ar. Endy Sobijono)

Disaster Risk Reduction
  • 5.1 Mapping of ARCASIA Disaster Centers/Organizations in each state and compile necessary information.
  • 5.2 Architectural Emergency Procedures in terms of risk reduction.
  • 5.3 Networking with similar organizations i.e Architecture for Humanity, Emergency Architects, Asia Disaster Preparedness Center, etc.
Architecture for the Less Fortunate
  • 5.4 Initiate for networking of ARCASIA architects working on this issue.
  • 5.5 Exchange of information and documentation of local renewable materials.

6. Corporate Partners providing Technical support to ARCASIA.

We have discussed with our corporate partners to help setting up seminars and workshop program for any institute that require technical knowledge for their members. Our corporate partners are ROCA, SIKA, BlueScope Steel, Siam Cement Group.


Develop an ARCASIA Travel Exhibition to showcase award winning designs given by ARCASIA. This will be a high tech/ electronic exhibition that can be easily transportable to any where in the world.

Our concentration for this first year will be the following:
Launch of ARCASIA Travel Prize Competition for young architects under 40 to be announce this month, January 2015.

Setting up Professional Practice Workshop for all architects, young and old, to have a better understanding of international standard practice with subjects ranging from "how to" set up an architectural practice, office management, as well as project management. The first workshop series will be held at ARCASIA Forum in Ayutthaya in November 2015.

I am also very happy to announce the MOU signing of two corporate partners, BlueScope and Sika. BlueScope will be providing sponsorship funding for ARCASIA Travel Prize to Japan, while Sika will be our "Platinum Partner" for the next two years. In addition, our two partners will provide technical support for ARCASIA Technical Workshop which will also be launched during ARCASIA Forum in Ayutthaya.

Our "Team ARCASIA" will hit the ground running to get as many activities and projects for the benefit of our member institutes and Asian architects. We are eager to serve you to the best of our abilities.

President Message (July 2014)

President Ar. Tan Pei Ing

June 2014 has been a very busy month for ARCASIA and we have just concluded our one week long ARCASIA 16th Asian Congress of Architects (ACA16) and associated events, hosted by Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM). Months of intensive preparation and planning were put in to organize all the events. ACA16 was considered by most to be a great success, with overwhelming positive response and feedback from member Institutes, the official delegates, international and regional guests who attended the events.

We started ACA16 with a friendly ARCASIA golf for the keen golfers on 23rd June 2014. On the same day, the judging panels met at PAM to conduct the judging of the Architectural Student Design Ideas Competition on ‘The Making of Socially Responsible Design Today, to Shape Communities to be Responsible Citizens of Tomorrow’. This competition was jointly organized by ARCASIA Committee of Social Responsibility (ACSR) and PAM to create and promote awareness in socially responsible architecture to architectural students, who are our future generation of architects. We had 54 submissions from students from ARCASIA member countries and the judges were extremely happy with the outcome.

We had 3 days of very intensive meetings. The Office Bearers and Various Committee Meetings were held on 24th June 201 and we managed to achieve most of programs initiated at the beginning of our term of office. The 35th Council Meetings on both 25th and 26th June 2014 ended on a very positive note and many delegates acknowledged the large amount of work that was been done over the past 1-½ years. This was the last Council Meeting I chaired as President of ARCASIA. Although my term would end only at the end of 2014, ACA16 and the 35th Council Meeting would be the highlight and the most significant events that were held before I step down as President. We look forward to wrap up the remaining works by the end of the year and pass the baton to the President Elect Ar. Sathirut Nui Tanndanard in early 2015.

The last 1-½ years had been a very fulfilling and enriching journey. Looking back, we are delighted to announce that we did manage to achieve many of the milestones that we have targeted. The feedbacks from member Institutes have been really heartwarming and encouraging and they make all the hard work worthwhile. One of the Institute members even suggested during the recent Council meeting to change the constitution to a 4-year term presidency! However, I strongly believe that my successor with his new team will definitely continue with the momentum that has been built and establish new targets to bring ARCASIA to greater height.

The 2 days ACA16 – Datum:KL Conference on 27th and 28th June 2014, PAM has chosen ‘RejuveNATION’ as the theme for ACA16. This echoes the same vision that I have adopted for my presidency of ARCASIA. This is indeed very timely, especially in the current challenging global context. We really need to explore new approaches to rejuvenate the profession in order to stay relevant and to equip our profession to face the challenging tasks ahead.

A half-day Professional Practice Forum was also held on 25th June 2015, focusing on three broad area of interest that will shape the current and future architectural education and practice. They are urban planning, BIM and practice related issues. The response was also overwhelming.

The Students’ Jamboree with the participation of close to 500 students, with more than 200 students from member countries was also a great success. The students were able to network and exchange their ideas and aspirations. Most important, many great long-term friendships were fostered among the students.

ACA16, together with the 35th ARCASIA Council Meeting, various Forums and ARCHIDEX exhibition had provided the opportunity for us to share our common values, knowledge, experience and aspirations. It has stimulated fruitful discussions on issues that confront the built environment and allowed us to demonstrate the solidarity and commitment of the architectural profession to work with the other industry players and the community to address the many pressing issues affecting habitation and social economic issues in our increasing fractious society. We should reinvent our profession, re-examine our priorities and pledge our commitment to promote responsible and sustainable architecture to create a more congenial built environment today and for our future generations.

We have rebranded the ARCASIA Awards for Architecture (AAA) to raise the standard of the Awards to a much more prestigious awards which is in line with our vision to promote the design excellence of the architects within Asia region. This is to give due recognition to the Award winners and celebrate their talents to a much wider audience. AAA 2013 was successfully concluded despite the extremely tight schedule and the presentation of the Awards was by the Honorable President of Nepal. This is probably the first time in the history of ARCASIA Awards where it was given such significant recognition and honor.

For AAA2014, we have received an even greater response with 272 submissions; which is more than 30% increase in participation as compared to AAA2013. I am very happy to note that we have received a lot of submissions in the 2 new categories of Awards, which were introduced as part of our key agenda, “Sustainability and Socially Responsible” Architecture. This demonstrates the increasing awareness of architects on the virtues of “Responsible Architecture”.

The various architectural stories among our winners also tell of remarkable endeavors; some that were achieved under harsh environments with tremendous limitations. They served not only to foster greater levels of creativity but also promote the virtues of resourcefulness. All of these architectural works will lift the human spirit and celebrate our humanity. They will also inspire us and fuel our ambition and commitment to excel.

In my inaugural speech as the President of ARCASIA, I spoke about my deep passion for “Architecture for Humanity” and pledged to make this as one of the key agenda under my presidency. I am very glad to note that many of us share the same passion and commitment. We have initiated our 1st Post Forum Symposium on Social Responsibility in Nepal last year with great success. This year, ARCASIA jointly with PAM has organized this 2nd Post ACA Symposium on Social Responsibility on 29th June to showcase our joint commitment to promote awareness on the need for us to reexamine our priority as Architects and responsible architecture focusing on post disaster preparedness and management, social housing, universal design and community based architecture/initiatives. The presentation of awards for the Students' Poster competition of Social Responsibility was held at the same time. We have secured a lot of support from our friends in the building industry, as we believe that only when we pool our resources together, can we make a difference.

Over the years, our Asia region has its fair shares of Natural disasters, the earthquake in China, the tsunami in Japan, the flood in Thailand and the most recent Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines at the end of last year. All these disasters were devastating and the damages were immeasurable in every aspect. All these natural disasters demonstrated how ruthless nature could be and this will not be the end of it. As such, there is an urgent need for us to address all the pre and post disaster issues. The question remain whether we in any way could have helped to mitigate the impact and what could we do to make a difference in managing future disasters. ARCASIA is in the position and can serve as a platform to establish a framework and guidelines for helping affected member Institutes look at issues such as disaster management.

I am glad to note that the momentum of this program initiated by ARCASIA is growing and I hope that the spirit of giving and caring carries on as an integral part of ARCASIA events in the future. I am also pleased to inform that ARCASIA has just established our own ARCASIA Emergency Architects and we have completed our draft of ARCASIA Social Responsibility Charter.

Architecture Asia (AA) magazine, the ARCASIA’s official journal was also transformed. Our intention was to position it as an internationally recognized magazine that will reflect the intrinsic quality of Asian architecture today and allow Asian Architects the rightful opportunity to explore and expound the virtues of Asian Architecture globally.

We recognized the need to engage the younger architects and the Council at the 35th Council meeting decided to set up a Committee on Young Architects. This is also part of the effort to rejuvenate ARCASIA and to make ARCASIA more inclusive.

The Inaugural ‘Architecture Asia Awards for Emerging Architecture’ was launched in February 2014 and successfully concluded and presented at ACA16 with 8 winners. This is to promote our young talented designers and at the same time, create a platform for intellectual discourse among our future generation and to build our future leaders.

We have continued with our engagement with a wider audience, targeting the younger generation through new media communication methodology. ARCASIA Facebook has gained its popularity and Facebook for the respective Committees have also been set up to provide convenient communication platform for discourse among the committee members.

ARCASIA is well recognized and respected by other international and regional organizations. We will continue with our agenda to engage all the organizations and to participate actively in their events. This will also help reinforce the position of ARCASIA as an organization that can truly represent the interests of our profession as the leader to shape the built environment.
I would like to reiterate again that, as an organization, ARCASIA could only be as strong as the commitment and support of all our Member Institutes. As such, I look forward to more active participation and support from all member institutes in collectively realizing our vision to rejuvenate ARCASIA into a more vibrant and relevant organization.

I would like to end my message by reminding us that ARCASIA has a dream and our dream is:
‘To have a rejuvenated organization’, so, “Let us all work together to make our dream come true and make a difference’

Archived messages :
Apr 2014 |Oct 2013 |Apr 2013 | Jan-Mar 2013

Ar. Tan Pei Ing,
President of ARCASIA