Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia - Malaysian Institute of Architects

Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) is the main national professional institute representing architects in Malaysia. Founded in 1920 as the Institute of Architects Malaya, its name was changed in 1948 to the Federation of Malaya Society of Architects (FMSA), then allied to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Another change to its current name to reflect national sovereignty came about on 20th January, 1967 when PAM was registered with the Registrar of Societies. PAM’s mission statement is "To promote the advancement of architecture and the architectural profession for the betterment of society".

PAM currently has approximately 5,000 members consisting of professional architects, graduates and students. Apart from its registered address in the capital city, PAM membership is also represented across Malaysia with member chapters in Sabah, Sarawak, Penang (Northern chapter) and Johore Baru (Southern chapter).

In September 2016, PAM completed an important milestone by moving into its own headquarters building in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, in a GBI Platinum-rated building the result of an open architectural competition.

The institute organises the annual PAM Architecture Awards and Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival. PAM maintains a regular extensive programme of publications and programmes on architectural matters relating to its members, the public and the environment. It also organises a regular monthly “Meet the Architects” session for the public seeking relevant advice and guidance.

About the award

The PAM Student Awards seeks to promote scholarship, innovation, merit and excellence in the youth towards the study of architecture. It also demonstrates the commitment and investment of both PAM and the Benefactor towards architectural design excellence.