‘Theraplay’ by UTM Landscape Architecture Students Won The Best Project Award of Project For Happiness 2021

Six Landscape Architecture 3rd year students from the Faculty of Built Environment & Surveying, UTM won the best project award as first place in “the project for Happiness 2021” on 8th January 2022.

There were 15 teams of projects from different local universities participated in Project for Happiness 2021. UTM project team, explicitly “Theraplay,” which was formed in April 2021 last year, has embarked on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for the special needs community and engagement.

Theraplay team received an RM9,800 grant from MyStarfish Foundation and crowdfunding supports from faculty and the public.

Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia (ILAM) has collaborated with the Theraplay project for fund-raising support for autistic children (Special Children Home in Johor Bahru).

Theraplay project members are as below:

  1. Ho Jia Er (Group Leader)
  2. Celine Chiow Jia Yee
  3. Soh Huey Xuang
  4. Ho Hui Ching
  5. Cho Jun Kee
  6. Soon Suh Jing

The main goal of the Theraplay project is to create a conducive and well-equipped outdoor learning environment for special children to learn through playing in the therapeutic landscape environment.

Simultaneously, the key objectives of this community project are to raise public awareness and educate people on the role of the therapeutic landscape in healing the special needs community. 

Theraplay project was executed in six months and completed at the end of October 2021. The involvement of students in the Theraplay project built up and expending their teamwork, leadership, and soft skill. Students’ ability to manage and transfer knowledge skills from the landscape design process, costing, construction, and engagement with children and staff of special children’s homes.

The cycle of the project began from;

  1. Pitching project idea;
  2. Organised autism therapeutic Landscape webinar; 
  3. Crowdfunding campaigns;
  4. Site clearance and material purchasing;
  5. Project construction for sensory wall installation and planting activity. 

The challenge faced during the Theraplay project implementation was the lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic. Theraplay project’s accomplishment has provided an excellent opportunity for students to practice and experience what they have learned in landscape architecture.

Meantime, this project becomes a benchmark for students and their readiness in the real working world. Likewise, the most effective of transmitting 21st Century education strategies in teaching and learning is accountability to apply knowledge and develop creativity, problem-solving, and critical thinking.

On the other hand, this project milestone embeds university students and the public’s importance of the therapeutic landscape for special needs communities.

In short, the team] plan to continue the Theraplay project 2.0 and manifest on another site and continuous corporate social responsibility (CSR) program in the future

Evolution of Mining cultural landscape of Taiping, Perak, Malaysia

The tin mining industry is one of the oldest industry heritages in Malaya during the 18th century. It was the main economic contributor to the formation of a mining town and cultural landscape. Taiping, is located in Larut District, Perak state, was the vital tin producer of Malay states during the heyday of British colonization. However, due to the tin mines depleted, the former mining town and the remnant industrial landscape became the most challenging part of heritage conservation. Today, the legacies of post-mining landscape and built heritage are essential for Taiping in achieving sustainable cultural heritage conservation to imbue values of history, culture, economy, and milieu in retaining its sense of identity.
This talk-sharing session will discuss the mining cultural landscape and the importance of heritage landscape conservation by exploring Taiping’s mining landscape transformation. Moreover, the dialogue will further discuss the heritage managing of the mining landscape in Asian regions?

Obrolan Heritage / Heritage Talk
OH #56 | 09-2021

Dr. Lee Yoke Lai
Senior Lecturer Landscape Architecture
Program Faculty of Built Environment and Surveying
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Saturday, 18 September 2021
15.30 – 17.30 JKT/BKK

@zoom Jurusan Arsitektur Universitas Trisakti
Registration [pda]
Nilai kum 3 bagi anggota IAI
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Pusat Dokumentasi Arsitektur,
Ikatan Arsitek Indonesia,
Jurusan Arsitektur Universitas Trisakti

Webinar: Heritage Activity Movement

114 September 202


The International Workshop on ASEAN Heritage since 2015 aims to create collaboration among the participants from Asia to have the opportunities to experience and exchange knowledge of urban conservation. The mission is to seed conservative awareness and allow the participants to experience and understand the diversity and define the key elements that are similar issues among Asian countries.

Asian Network of Industrial Heritage (ANIH)


UNS –UTM unique collaboration to boost education and research activities

JOHOR BAHRU, 20 Apr. – A Strategic collaboration was established today between Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS) from Indonesia when both parties virtually signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) through Zoom platform today.

The MoU was signed by UTM Vice Chancellor, Prof. Datuk Ts Dr Ahmad Fauzi Ismail on behalf of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and witnessed by Prof. Sr. Dr. Hishamuddin Mohd Ali, Dean of Faculty of Built Environment and Surveying (FABU) while UNS was being represented by its Rector, Prof. Dr. Jamal Wiwoho.

Prof. Fauzi in his speech has mentioned that the initiative of this agreement was to mutually encourage both universities to be involved in education and research collaborations.

“Through this collaboration, both universities would encourage and promote co-operation in staff and student development, joint research activities, joint program & seminar.

“This collaboration also will include any other areas of co-operation which is to be mutually agreed upon by both parties,” said Prof. Fauzi.

Elaborating about the collaboration, Prof. Fauzi said that this agreement was discussed virtually on September 30th 2020 between UTM and UNS where both parties have agreed to collaborate in carrying out learning and research activities.

“This agreement was been discussed thoroughly between Dr Lee Yoke Lai and LAr. Prof. Dr. Ismail Said from the Landscape Architecture Department, representing UTM while UNS was represented by Head of Architecture Department, Dr. Ir. Untung Joko Cahyono.

“Following the discussion, UNS has appointed and invited the lecturers from the Landscape Architecture Programme of FABU to participate in the Visiting Professor Joint Programme. Through this inbound programme, the two parties have shared online lecture sessions, design project critique sessions for the Master Programme Studio and research study briefings for post-graduate students and young lecturers of UNS in the field of build environment,” said Prof. Fauzi.

In a cooperative effort, UTM has invited UNS as a co-organizer and speaker for the ‘Online Global Classroom’ (OCG) program, which is a knowledge and cultural sharing session. Both OGC programme has significantly attained greater respond and learning goals.

Also involved in that discussion were Chief Researchers of Urban Rural Design and Conservation (URDC) Laboratory, Dr Eng Kusumaningdyah, Master of Architecture Programme Coordinator, Dr Ars Avi Marlina and Head of Laboratory and Building Science, Dr Yosafat Winarto.

The MoU signing ceremony were also attended by Vice Rectors of UNS, the Respectable Prof. Ahmad Yunus, Prof Bandi, Prof Kuncoro Diharjo and Prof Sajidan and also Pro Vice Chancellor (International) of UTM, Prof. Dr. Mohd Ismid Md Said.

Both parties has begun their collaboration since the first MoU signing in 2016. Since then, numerous academic activities and research alliances have been successfully achieved between these two institutions, specifically in the fields of Engineering and the Built Environment specifically Urban and Regional Planning.

It is hoped that future collaboration between UTM and UNS will achieve the Key Performance Indicators (KPI) set out in the Envision UTM 2025.


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