Architecture competition "Kemeri National Park Observation Tower" 2nd prize winner - Nathira Haja

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the winner of the 2nd prize of our “Kemeri National Park Observation Tower” competition - Nathira Haja from Malaysia!

Nathira Haja from Malaysia

I graduated from Curtin University of Technology - Bachelor of applied Science (Architecture Science). I have started my own firm ‘C Design resources’ based in Malaysia. ‘C’ literally stands for ‘Creative’ where every single line begins will end up with creativity.

Brief information about the projects that you/your company have been involved with. For instance what scale have you focused on/preferred, any significant projects where company/ individuals have been involved?

After working in consultancy and a developer firm for more than 6 years, I have decided to start my own practice. During my working experience i have been involved in various projects such as residential projects, commercial projects, industrial projects and mixed development. These experiences and exposure to diversity projects has given me strength and confidence to initiate my own firm 'C Design'. Being a neophyte, I currently initiate the projects on a smaller scale such as interior design works, residential projects and refurbishment works and further working towards the larger scale developments. As an independent architect, I truly believe the achievement of the completion and satisfaction of projects are the best rewards, no matter on what scale the project is.

What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society?

Architecture is ‘endless’ and ‘versatile’. It’s an awareness of social trends, keen business sense, solid engineering skills and an understanding of the law. Architecture, is less about standing for something, and more about its ability to connect the human spirit with the universal concept of past, present and future in such a way that it is contextual and evolving.

Why do you participate in architecture vision competitions?

Participating in architecture vision competitions gives us a chance to explore further in various international projects. It also enhances our knowledge in assimilating and learning the new culture and development. Simultaneously, it’s an opportunity to explore and express the new concepts that we have not attempted on our daily basis projects. 

What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture vision competitions?

It gives one a chance to try out new projects globally where you can opt for selective projects to express and evolve your talent and concepts. Push your endless boundaries with creativity and innovative.

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