Biography

MAHMUD BIN MOHD JUSAN, PhD

Mahmud bin Mohd Jusan is an Associate Professor at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He received his Diploma in Architecture from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 1982; B.Arch (Hons) from Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom in 1986; Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture from the same university in 1987; M.Sc. (Concrete Technology, Contruction and Management) from Dundee University in 1991; and Ph.D from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 2007. He joined Universiti Teknologi Malaysia as an academic staff in 1983.  Besides teaching, Mahmud has been entrusted to undertake administrative posts; as Head of Department of Architecture, Head of Department of External Program, and currently as Postgraduate Coordinator of Faculty of Built Environment and Surveying.

For architectural education of the country, Mahmud had served as a member of the Council of Accreditation of Architectural Education Malaysia (CAAEM), under the Board of Architects Malaysia (LAM) from 1999 to 2002. Currently he is a member of CAAEM’s (LAM) Accreditation and Validation Panel to evaluate national as well as international architectural programmes. From 2011 to 2014 Mahmud was a Member of the Council of Head of Architectural School (COHAS), an official representative for Malaysian schools of architecture  in the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE). Mahmud has  also been appointed as a Member of the Selection Committee for the National Academic Award, Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia. In publication, Mahmud has been contributing as a reviewer as well as a member of editorial boards for national as well as international publishers and conference organizers.

As an academician, Mahmud is actively involved in research activities. His main interest is in the field of user cantered architecture particularly in exploring theories and concepts of the congruence between man and his environment. Currently he is a Research Fellow for Center of Built-Environment in the Malay World (KALAM), ISIIC, UTM. He has written books and book chapters, and several articles in refereed journals on the theories. He has produced several working papers presented in both national and international conferences.

Apart from being an academician, Mahmud is also a self-taught water-colourist, interested in exploring the hidden forces in the natural and man made environment. Please visit  https://www.saatchiart.com/mjusan to see my artworks

 

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MY CURRENT WORKS

CITRA REGIONALISMA

In this semester (2018/2019 – 1), I am entrusted to undertake the running of M Arch studio, particularly the sociocultural (so-cult) studio. The aim of the studio is to expose the students to structured research and to apply the findings practically into an architectural design project. This is expected to be very challenging (as well as exciting) to the students especially when they will undergo an exploration on aspects of traditional design derived from the documents available in KALAM (Pusat Kajian Alam Bina Dunia Melayu – Center for the Study of Built Environment in the Malay World). The outcomes will be transformed into data useful in the design of a living environment in the context of “urban village.”

The philosophy of my workbase is “Citra Regionalisma” that is referring to images or representation of regionalism. Regionalism here is considered beyond geographical natural region. It has – since early 20’s century – been conceptualized in the context of cultural environment and human or sociological region. Currently, regionalism has been conceptualised at various disciplines and levels (macro and micro) encompassing planning of places at various scale, environment, transportation, economic landscape, urban design and sense of place, including the micro scale architectural works. Culture – as defined by Merriam Webster – is the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group, and the characteristic features of everyday existence shared by people in a place or time. It is the cultural components that have been frequently conceptualized to express regionness or regional representation.  Architecture is a manifestation and expression of culture, hence architecture is a representation of regionalism

MODELLING IN THE DESIGN PROCESS

Concurrently, I am also experimenting aspects of architectural design methodology namely; 1) Modelling with physical model, and 2) Transforming behavioral theories into architectural design.

Modelling with physical model:  This is an exploration on preliminary design development using physical model. aiming at enhancing students’ design ability in developing design ideas. This method of design development encourages students to employ 3D thinking in idea development, i.e. projecting ideas volumetrically by considering a more comprehensive spatial qualities of the architectural works.

Transforming behavioral theories into architectural design: This approach to architectural design method is nothing new, but effort on transforming behavioral theories into architectural design projects is often neglected or less successful. In this semester (2016/2017 Sem 2), my Third Year architecture studio is handling a design project based on the theory of “Place attachment.” In this project the students are asked to understand how attached UTM’s Alumni to the building and places in the old UTM campus in Kuala Lumpur. The project involves studies on literature on “place attachment” which is followed by a semi-structured interview with UTM’s alumni. Later, from the interview results, the students are asked to identify which buildings and places that are remembered by the alumni. A new building will be proposed by the student to support alumni attachment to the campus. The works are now progressing