Designing Better Classroom

It was a day of fun learning experience for over 30 secondary students who listened to renowned architects sharing their stories and giving career advices to those who intend to become architects at the Built Environment Explained Competition 2013.

Organised by Taylor’s University, this year’s competition saw established architects Ar. Dr. Eleena Jamil from Eleena Jamil Architect, AR. Lilian Tay and Ar. Ng Yiek Seng from VERITAS Architects giving inspiring talks to the students who took part in the workshop and competition. A group of Taylor’s University School of Architecture, Building and Design (SABD) students then took the stage and presented their work and experience - Fuji Kindergarten Trip to the participants.

The workshop was meant to challenge the participants to showcase and exercise creativity and innovation in turning regular classrooms into better learning spaces.

With the newly learned knowledge, the participants then went on to apply what they know into their design for the competition. Divided into groups of three, they re-examined the current state of classrooms and generate creative measures to transform a typical room setting into conducive classrooms that enhances the teaching and learning process, to provide a better teaching-learning experience for all.

Prussian Pineapple from SMJK Katholik Petaling Jaya took the champion title, winning RM1, 800 cash prize, certificates, medal and champion trophy. They also won RM1, 000 cash prize and a trophy for their school. While The Procastinators! And Probably Not, both from KDU International School finished as runner-up and 2nd runner-up, walking home with RM1, 200 and RM600 respectively, together with certificates and medals.