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Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) – Malaysian Institute of Architects – is the national professional institute representing architects in Malaysia.

PAM was founded in 1920 as the Institute of Architects Malaya. In 1948, the name and consequently the Constitution were changed to the Federation of Malaya Society of Architects (FMSA) which was allied to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Another change in name to reflect national sovereignty, and registration under the current name, came about when PAM was registered with the Registrar of Societies on 20 January 1967.

The Institute is managed by an elected Council consisting of a President, Deputy President, Vice President, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer and 10 Council Members. Also in Council is the Immediate Past President, 3 nominated Past Presidents and 4 elected representatives from the Chapters.

The mission statement of the Institute is “To promote the advancement of architecture and the architectural profession for the betterment of society”. The Institute provides a framework for its members to operate effectively: to do, to run and to get the business of architecture within the Code of Conduct and Scale of Fees.

The primary objectives of the Institute are:

  • To promote and enlarge knowledge, study and practice of architecture.
  • To provide a central organisation for architecture.
  • To assist and advise Governments, local authorities, or other private or public bodies.
  • To promote friendly interaction and discourse amongst Architects.
  • To obtain and disseminate among the Members, information on matters affecting the profession, and
  • To preserve and to maintain the integrity and status of the profession.

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This CPD will examine the roles and responsibilities of the Architect under the Housing Development Act (Act 118 Peninsular Malaysia 2007) and the Sarawak Housing Ordinance (1993) and related regulations. It will cover an overview of the two sets of laws in force in West Malaysia and Sarawak and point out the major differences. A brief outline of the certification process under the housing acts and ordinances and the management of quality in relation to this certification is reviewed. Managing common defects and complaint is also considered.

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