Architects urged to be creative

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

THE Minister of Development yesterday urged architects in the country to be creative and to learn how to work with limited budget without sacrificing the quality of their work.

“Becoming an arhitect is all about creativity,” Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman said in yesterday’s seminar on architecture organised by the Brunei Association of Surveyors, Engineers and Architects (PUJA).

“Architects are supposed to be creative, not just when it comes to (designs), but you have to be creative (and learn to work) around (a limited) budget as well,” he said.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi made this statement in response to concerns raised by local architects on budget constraints in projects.

Architects who participated in yesterday’s seminar reported that they may not be able to execute the designs required by clients owing to budget constraints.

But YB Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi said as professionals, architects should not use budget constraints as an excuse for not meeting clients’ requirements.

“You have to be creative in terms of designing a building which will still fulfill the requirement of your clients. You have to be creative in terms of materials being used,” the minister said.

For his part, Yang Berhormat Hj Zulkipli Hj Abd Hamid, president of PUJA, told The Brunei Times it has always been a challenge to look into ways and means of meeting clients’ demands.

In an interview held at at the sidelines of the seminar, YB Hj Zulkipli said cost and budget limitation is one of the many challenges faced by architects during the design stage.

He added that conflicting demands from clients and the demand towards a more ecologically sustainable design also test the skills and professionalism of architects.

YB Hj Zulkipli said while architects don’t normally introduce new concepts in their work, current national and global demand for buildings to be environmentally-friendly would incur additional cost.

“As you go forward, there may be a need for engineering solution or structural solution or architectural solution to address the environmental requirement to reduce for example, power consumption, lighting and so on. So yes, it does involve extra cost,” he said.

But he said higher costs are usually incurred the initial stage of installation.

He said that a building designed to save energy will lead to lower electricity costs in the long term.

The two-day workshop and seminar, which ends today, aims to define Bruneian architecture in the context of religion, culture and identity.

Courtesy from The Brunei Times

Architects urged to be creative
Architects urged to be creative
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