SCHOOL OF BUILT ENVIRONMENT.
BRIEF INTRODUCTION: Dr Ken Yeang is a prolific Malaysian architect and writer best known for developing environmental design solutions for high-rise buildings in the tropics.
LIFE AND CAREER: Dr. Ken Yeang was born 1948 in Penang,Malalysia.A Malaysian architect and ecologist whose planning and designs have had the constancy of the theoretical framework of ecological and bioclimatic premises for almost 40 years. Beginning his architectural practice in l974, Yeang continues his research and designs by constantly interpreting his theoretical and technical work into actual designs, built projects and master plans around the world. In addition to a fulltime practice that encompasses large scale projects, skyscrapers, and ecomasterplanning, Yeang has been a prolific writer of books about ecodesign and a visiting scholar at universities in Australia, China, Malaysia, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He apparently has a son called Max and lives in Mayfair.
Yeang attended Cheltenham College in Gloucestershire, England, received his first qualification in architecture from the Architectural Association in London, and received a PhD in ecological design from University of Cambridge (UK. His dissertation was entitled, "A Theoretical Framework for the Ecological Design and Planning of the Built Environment".
ARCHITECTURAL IMPACT: Ken Yeang has created outstanding designs throughout his 40 year professional career and continues his original and fresh approach to the forms and shapes of his buildings. If Yeang’s buildings were judged solely on their beauty, boldness, originality, and imagination, they would have, and already have, received critical acclaim and architectural awards. Yeang demonstrates that ecomimetically designed buildings necessarily establish a green aesthetic of their own. In a word, Yeang’s ecodesigns produce shapes that tantalize the imagination by their organic, “green and hairy” characteristics.
LIST OF PROJECTS: Yeang has designed over 200 projects since 1975. His key benchmark buildings and projects include:
- The Roof Roof House - Kuala Lumpur (l985) - bioclimatic house that rethought the idea of bioclimatic responses to passive-mode low energy building design.
- Menara Mesiniaga Tower - Selangor, Malaysia (l992)- bioclimatic tower that exemplifies Yeang’s key principles for the design of the bioclimatic skyscraper
- Kowloon Waterfront Masterplan - Hong Kong (c. 1998) - green masterplan with the use of ecoinfrastructures and ecocells
- National Library of Singapore (2005) - green accredited tower that received the Green Mark Platinum Award
- Soma Masterplan - Banagalore, India (2006) - signature ecomasterplan that espouses the idea of the horizontal ecoinfeastructure (horizontally).