Redefining the Standards of Built Environment Practice
The School’s architecture programmes are accredited by the Board of Architects Malaysia, or Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia (LAM), making us the first private university with this recognition. Our programme meets the requirements of LAM, ensuring that graduates are eligible for an exemption from the LAM Part 1 Examination, easing their pathway to becoming Graduate Architects with the board.

The Quantity Surveying (QS) programme is also acknowledged and accredited by leading international boards, including the Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia (BQSM), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS). The RICS and PAQS accreditations place our QS graduates on par with international standards, meeting the requirements for professional surveyors from over 140 countries. Our graduates will also gain automatic membership to BQSM upon graduation.

Our programmes meet the rigorous standards of these professional accreditation boards, due to our stringent entry requirements, comprehensive curriculum, students’ work and achievements, as well as the qualified teaching faculty.
Board Of Architects Malaysia Or Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia (LAM)
The Board of Architects Malaysia or Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia (LAM) is the Malaysian statutory authority responsible for the enforcement of the Architects Act. The Board has many roles and functions, one of them is to accredit architectural programmes offered in Malaysia.
Board Of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia (BQSM)
Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia (BQSM) is a statutory body, governing the quantity surveying profession and promoting the growth of the quantity surveying profession through regulation and continuous professional development.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is the world’s leading professional body for qualifications and standards in property, land and construction. RICS memberships offer a global passport to professional opportunities to more than 140 countries.
The Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS)
The Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS) is an international association of national organisations representing quantity surveyors in the Asia and Western Pacific region. One of the main roles of PAQS is to promote best practices of quantity surveying in the region.
Designing Functional Legacies
At SABD, our goal is to elevate our research centre, The Center for Modern Architecture Studies in Southeast Asia (MASSA), into a renowned research centre in Southeast Asia.

We intend to address the urgent need to include modern architecture as part of the architectural heritage in Southeast Asia, thus aiding the process of planning settlements and designing buildings that are suited to the context and continuity of the cultures of Southeast Asia.

As part of our initiatives to document our heritage, the students visited Kampung Cina, Kuala Terengganu, to examine the site and produce detailed drawings. These drawings were subsequently used to restore a temple to its former glory, after it was partly ruined in a fire.

Other research projects undertaken by our students include:
  • Modern Architecture Kuala Lumpur Series featuring Masjid Negara, Muzium Negara, Stadium Negara, Stadium Chin Woo and British Council
  • The Inventory of Sungai Buloh Leprosy Settlements, Selangor
  • Chapel of St. Francis Institution, Malacca
  • No. 6, Hereen Street, Bandar Hilir, Malacca
  • Ho Ann Kiong Temple, Kampung Cina, Kuala Terengganu and many more