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16th Asian Congress Of Architects (ACA) Locks In Malaysia For 2014

Malaysia will host Asia’s future leading architects in 2014 when they convene in the country for the 16th Asian Congress of Architects 2014 (ACA 2014). The Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) and the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) made the announcement today.

ACA is a major regional congress held every two years, attended by architectural students from member countries of the Architects Regional Council Asia (ARCASIA). The main objective of the congress is to facilitate Asian talents of architecture to travel around the region and gain in-depth exposure in architectural environments of member countries.  The congress also coincides with the institution’s Annual Meetings which deliberates and presents collective directions of the architectural industry of the region.

Zulkefli Sharif, CEO of MyCEB said, “Our win for ACA 2014 is a great announcement to end the year with. We hope that the congress would successfully stimulate fresh ideas from these aspiring architects through intellectual exchange of knowledge and experience which would then translate to a collective contribution to the progress of the industry, both locally and regionally,” he continued.

The Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) is the national professional institute representing architects in Malaysia. Founded in 1920, the institute today is an active member of the Architects Regional Council Asia (ARCASIA). ARCASIA was formed as a regional centre to address environmental designs and unity amongst it six founding Asian Member Institutes including India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Today, ARCASIA has grown to 18 members of institutes from Asia including members from Japan and Korea.

“As a member of ARCASIA, we are honoured to host ACA again after 1984 and 2000 which have collectively brought in 800 delegates into the country. We are hoping to significantly increase the number to 3,000 delegates for ACA 2014, with 40 percent international attendees. This will serve as the perfect platform for us to show our members the architectural developments in our country and lift up the standards of our local architectural society,” expressed Ar Hj Saifuddin bin Ahmad, President of PAM. “ACA 2014 is taking place befittingly in the country as ARCASIA’s president for year 2013-2014 is from Malaysia,” he added.

The six day congress is expected to yield more than RM21.7 million in economic impact to the country and RM13.1 million from visitor expenditure. Under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) roadmap, Malaysia has aspirations to become the business events hub of the region and to position the country as one of the Top 5 destinations in Asia Pacific for international meetings. 

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